Americorps Outdoor Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 12:30pm



Florida, MA
United States


Christodora Inc

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Job Description:

Christodora, a 124-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in New York City, seeks AmeriCorps Outdoor Educators (OEs) to work at its Manice Education Center (MEC) located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts on a 200-acre wooded campus.  This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an environmental and expedition (backpacking and canoeing) education program for up to 1,200 youth from New York City.


  • Adhere to the rules, regulations (including not participating in any Prohibited Activities as fully listed in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement), and code of conduct as specified in the AmeriCorps Member Handbook as well as the Christodora/Manice Education Center Policy and Procedure Manuals in performing any and all duties assigned.
  • In particular, submit signed/dated timesheets on a bi-weekly basis as directed by yoursupervisor and immediately report any injuries sustained during authorized service activities to your supervisor*.
  • Commit and adhere to all applicable government and professional guidance to control the spread of covid19, a communicable respiratory disease that can cause illness and death, in an effort to lead the safest and healthiest camp community possible in 2021*.
  • Additionally assigned duties may include some/all of the following:
  • Teach environmental education
  • Demonstrate an emerging, or greater, competency in basic ecological and environmental concepts
  • Develop and deliver environmental education opportunities for students, ages 11-18, that are student-centered, problem-based, experiential, and challenging through the creation and implementation of daily Discovery Activity Plans (DAPs)
  • Understand and apply curricular content in an experientially engaging way for students*
  • Lead service projects to improve wilderness areas, trails, and waterways open to the public
  • Past experience in outdoor and/or stewardship settings
  • Past experience working with youth from urban areas
  • Supervise and facilitate community service opportunities, including, but not limited to trail maintenance and restoration projects
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of trails traveled, treated, improved, etc.
  • Transport no more than one-third of body weight in materials for service projects and daily living*
  • Safely lead groups on both day and extended backcountry excursions*
  • Assess and manage risk on a continual basis toward protecting the safety and health of students, staff, community, and beyond
  • Assist with basic upkeep of MEC facilities, i.e. weekly chores not to include construction, capital improvements, etc.
  • Foster social-emotional growth of youth from NYC
  • Overnight supervision of students in cabin-style, platform canvas tents*
  • Mentor, support, and empower Wilderness Teaching Assistants
  • Awareness of conflict resolution techniques and commitment to employ principles of restorative justice and positive reinforcement

*Indicates an essential job function.



  • Energetic, friendly, patient, flexible, outgoing, and motivated candidates who are passionate about serving urban youth in residential environmental stewardship programming
  • 17yo or older; minimum HS diploma/GED or working to obtain such
  • Pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States



  • Demonstrated teaching, service, or stewardship experience
  • Certifications in any/all of the following: Wilderness First Aid (WFA); CPR/AED; and/or waterfront lifeguarding
  • Proficiency in second language; Spanish preferred
  • Driver’s license


Position Start Date:

Thursday, June 9, 2022

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How to Apply:

Please send a resume and detailed cover letter in the body of an email to with only “[Last Name]/MEC OA” as the subject of the email.  Three professional references may be requested following an initial interview.  Christodora is committed to making a difference within a culturally diverse educational environment, and applicants are encouraged to include how they will further this goal in their application materials.

Christodora is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and/or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1678.57 upon successful completion of term of service
  • Housing and meals while at MEC and on service projects away from MEC
  • Weekly living allowance, paid bi-weekly of $375 - $600/week
  • Student loan forbearance, if qualified

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