Outdoor Educator

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Christodora, a 124-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in NYC, seeks 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 education program for approximately 400 youth from New York City in September and October.

Each spring and fall, MEC hosts two outdoor, ecology field trips a week for NYC public middle schools, serving approximately 40 students during each trip; and each summer, MEC offers a full season of expedition (backpacking an canoeing) camps for NYC youth in grades 6-12 with approximately 40 campers at each of the typically five sessions.

Enjoy living and working in a phenomenal setting for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers in a forested playground, sandwiched between multiple state forests, rivers, and ponds.  This role is especially applicable for guides, facilitators, teachers, learning specialists, mentors, paraprofessionals, interpretive rangers, adventure guides, and youth development specialists.  There are limited opportunities to remain with Christodora through the school year as an Environmental Educator (EE) in New York City (room provided).

OEs in the Fall/Spring School Programs work as residential, recreational camp counselors, facilitating three-day, school-chaperoned, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field trips at and nearby MEC for our partner NYC public schools.  Staff work closely in a supportive atmosphere and teach small, mixed-gender groups of 12 youth in all types of weather (there is no bad weather, only bad planning!) in forest, mountain, and pond settings during the spring and fall.  The MEC staff lives in similarly rustic housing as students from Monday through Thursday each week: large, canvas-walled tents on top of large wooden platforms that can fit up to eight beds.  Each school trip engages in nature hikes to a summit with a view of four states, an 80-foot cascading waterfall, and a unique bog ecosystem.

Join our Team: Sept 13 – Nov 2, 2021 (Indigenous

Peoples Day weekend off).  Limited openings are available to remain with Christodora as an Environmental Educator (EE) teaching nature-based STEM in NYC public schools from November 2021 to March 2022 (room provided).

Fall Training Opportunities

Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED, low-ropes challenge course facilitation, and Verbal

Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.

All educators receive hands-on training and ongoing professional development in the delivery of an active, outdoor, experientially driven curriculum, grounded in social-emotional development and trauma-informed care


Facilitate low-ropes challenge course activities designed for teamwork, communication, leadership skills, trust, and social-emotional outcomes

Inspire curiosity about the natural world through discovery-based activities in a variety of ecosystems

Use basic chemical testing equipment in our camp science lab

Plan active and experiential lessons from MEC’s discovery-based curriculum

Introduce composting and gardening (including a small flock of chickens) to students

Lead nighttime hikes to see the stars and cultivate sensory awareness

Work closely with other educators within activity groups to create meaningful, problem-based, experiential, and active environmental science lessons

Provide overnight supervision on a rotating schedule for up to six youth in canvas-walled, cabin-style tents on large wooden platforms

Celebrate as a camp community with skits, music, and s’mores at our campfire program (rain or shine) in a covered gazebo surrounded by forest

Problem-solve unexpected student behavior through restorative circles

Adhere to the latest Christodora COVID-19 Safety Plan for MEC, which may include masking, pre-arrival and screening testing (both PCR and/or rapid antigen testing), cohorting, and physical distancing, and this plan is subject to change according to federal, state, and local mandates for residential programs



Adventurous spirit, willingness to

learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoys connecting with youth from NYC

Background clearances and medical

physical from a licensed medical professional required.  Initial drug screening may be required

BA/BS in related discipline or demonstrable

professional experience


Experience in environmental

education in a residential camp or outdoor setting

Experience working with urban middle-school

groups in classroom or outdoor settings

Spanish/English bilingual a plus

Valid driver’s license


  The staff of the Manice Education

Center acknowledges that, as outdoor professionals, we continue to live and make

a living on the unceded and ancestral lands of the indigenous people who

stewarded these lands for generations before the arrival of European settler

colonialism.  These people and sovereign

nations include the Mohican, Pocumtuc, Nipmuc, and Wabanaki, though much of

this history remains lost or stolen through the effects of European settler

colonialism.  These nations are not

currently represented in the board, directors, or employees of Christodora,

Inc., which owns and operates MEC, and MEC continues to benefit from the

oppressive history of colonialism and industrial agriculture that has forever altered

the ecosystems of the region.  We

recognize there will be implications for how Christodora must alter its

thoughts and decisions when educating youth on unceded lands, and we welcome

dialogue in this work, as this is only a small step toward repairing the

generations of injustice done to these people and nations.

Christodora, a 124-year-old nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, based in NYC, seeks 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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    September 13, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 11, 2021



$600 weekly salary

Room and meals at MEC during employment

Outdoor equipment pro deals


$600 weekly salary

Room and meals at MEC during employment

Outdoor equipment pro deals


Florida, MA, USA

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To Apply…

Please email with only “MEC Outdoor Educator” as the subject of the message to request a short application.  There will be a link in the application to upload a resume if you wish.  Three professional references may be requested following an initial phone interview.

Christodora is an equal opportunity employer and all

qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard

to age, family status, income, ethnicity or race, religious or spiritual

practice, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national

origin, disability status, protected veteran status, indigenous heritage, and/or

any other characteristic protected by law.

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