Local Adventure Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, March 3, 2017, 5:00pm


Boston, MA
United States

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About AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program

Each year, the AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) makes the outdoors accessible to over 35,000 youth from urban, lower income communities throughout the Northeast.  We accomplish this by providing training and support to hundreds of youth workers and teachers that independently lead their groups of youth into the outdoors.  YOP’s continuum of services includes outdoor leadership training, free equipment loans, trip planning assistance, reduced lodging rates at AMC destinations, professional development, and youth adventures.  This unique model enables our YOP-trained partners to use the outdoors to meet their youth development goals.   For more information about our program, visit www.outdoors.org/yop.

About the Position:

We seek a dynamic leader with experience working with Boston area youth.  Strong outdoor skills are not a requirement for this position as YOP is prepared to provide outdoor skills training; however, a strong interest in developing outdoor skills and incorporating outdoor activities into youth development programs is a requirement.

This seasonal position is available from May until November and reports to the Youth Programming Manager. The Local Adventure Instructor will lead after-school, day trips, and overnight camping trips in the Boston area. The Local Adventure Instructor will also have the opportunity to lead at least one 4-day excursion near the White Mountains while working for YOP. As a part of office life, this team member will be responsible for marketing YOP trips and trainings to Boston based youth groups via phone and email.

General Responsibilities:

  • Develop calendar and promote Local Adventure trips and YOP trainings to Boston-based youth groups via phone and email.
  • Lead groups of 8-10 urban youth (ages 11 to 18) on a variety of outdoor adventures with a co-leader from the participating youth agency.  Activities include hiking, canoeing, and camping.  
  • Teach leadership, communication, team-building and challenge initiatives, basic outdoor skills, and Leave No Trace ethics, all with safety as a top priority.
  • Plan and organize gear, food and other programmatic needs for each week. Clean and maintain trip equipment, including tents, stoves, sleeping bags, clothing, and cooking gear.
  • Complete post-trip reporting responsibilities including trip summaries, statistics, and organizing paperwork and photographs.  
  • Provide recommendations for program improvement.
  • Collaborate with and mentor co-leaders (YOP members) in the development of outdoor programming that supports the youth agency goals. 
  • Conduct participant pick-up/drop-off from the Boston area with a 12-passenger van.

Required Qualifications:

  • Dedication to YOP’s mission to make the outdoors accessible to all. 
  • Dedication to working with people representing a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Mandatory participation in YOP’s 5-day Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) in May or June.
  • Experience and interest in working with youth from urban and low income communities.
  • Excellent group management, facilitation, and behavior management skills. Ability to lead meaningful Interest and experience working with people representing a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining strong organizational partnerships.
  • Ability to drive 12-passenger van safely and possession of a clear personal driving history.  (Must hold valid driver’s license and be able to pass a DOT medical exam.)
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Excellent logistical and organizational skills for program planning and implementation.
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Can be obtained upon hire).
  • Willingness and ability to hike and camp, while carrying a 30-40 pound pack, in all weather conditions.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn Efforts to Outcomes, our new database. 
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Familiarity with the Greater Boston Area and Boston-area youth organizations is beneficial.

To Apply: Please submit resume, cover letter with your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 3, 2017. A hiring decision will be made no later than April 3, 2017. Start date is negotiable. No phone calls, please.

Seasonal Benefits of working with the AMC:
Here is a list that highlights benefits offered for our seasonal employees. Benefits may vary based on position.

  • Employee discounts on all AMC merchandise
  • Free and discounted rates at AMC destinations and lodges.
  • AMC membership
  • Pro-deals with major gear distributors.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger.  The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.  Join us!