A Mountain Classroom Coordinator

Job Description

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom uses inspiring outdoor settings and experiential education to engage students and their teachers in ecology, earth science, and leadership development. Each year A Mountain Classroom (AMCR) serves over 9,000 students, expanding the classroom walls for 130 schools across the Northeast. As a leader in the field of environmental education, AMCR programs create unparalleled educational experiences that complement classroom learning and other goals for student development. The Coordinator is a key member of the AMCR staff and will oversee the successful delivery of 50 residential programs annually based out of AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, the AMC’s 8 Backcountry Huts, and AMC facilities in Massachusetts, New York & New Jersey. Responsibilities are approximately 80% administrative and 20% in the field, including teaching programs.

The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Visit us online: http://www.outdoors.org/classroom.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with schools to choose program elements that meet their needs. Ensure instructional staff delivers quality programs to meet teachers’ expectations. Manage communications with schools before, during, and after programs. 
  • Oversee logistical and educational aspects of the program.
  • Work collaboratively with the AMCR staff to hire, mentor, supervise, train and evaluate 18 seasonal educators. Provide logistical and professional development support for field educators. Perform field checks to provide feedback and ensure program quality.
  • Implement risk management guidelines and ensure consistency across staff and program sites.  Manage field evacuations and hospital visits when necessary.
  • Evaluate program curricula and collaborate on its revision and development. 
  • Assist in the implementation of AMCR program evaluation.
  • Manage inventory and maintenance of gear and teaching supplies depot.
  • Represent A Mountain Classroom to the AMC community and to the public. 
  • Collaborate on program marketing. Attend promotional conferences and school visits.
  • Teach AMCR programs, especially during the winter season. Fill in for sick or injured field instructors.  Lead groups safely into the backcountry.
  • Perform weekly on-call duties on a rotating basis with coworkers throughout the year. 
  • Work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends. 
  • May act as fill-in educator for summer Teen Wilderness program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education or related field. 2-3 years previous experience as an outdoor/environmental educator. Some administrative and supervisory experience.
  • Science education background. Previous backpacking experience and knowledge of the natural history of New England.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work creatively and constructively with others and contribute to a team environment.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends often with little prior notice.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to acquire DOT driving certification.
  • Physical Requirements: Must be capable of safely traveling alone in the backcountry 3-5 miles during all seasons and weather conditions. Must be able to carry a backpack with up to 40+ pounds of equipment.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted through April, 21, 2019. Please include your resume and a cover letter when applying. No phone calls, please. 

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!

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Gorham, NH

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