Youth Program Facilitator

Job Description

Position Start Date: 8/29/2017

Position End Date: 11/10/2017

Youth Program Facilitators are responsible for the delivery and overall safety of programs that occur during the school-year (spring and fall seasons) on Thompson Island. Working with students in small groups of 8-12, Facilitators are responsible for structuring a safe, inclusive and fun learning environment for all participants. Through the use of games and initiatives, high and low challenge course elements, hands-on-science lessons, and group processing and reflection, facilitators promote teamwork, character-development, perseverance and effective communication for youth from a wide range of backgrounds, and of varying ages. Current Basic First Aid and CPR required, Wilderness First Aid and CPR encouraged.

Connections Programs serve middle schools in the Boston Public School district. The program seeks to narrow the achievement gap for urban students in Boston Schools by providing hands-on science education and character-building experiences. Designed to inspire an interest in science and promote the development of social emotional skills, Connections courses run on Thompson Island for one to three days, including up to two overnights.  The majority of these programs utilize established STEM curriculum based on the Massachusetts State Science Standards, delivered in nature.

 Discovery Programs serve a diverse range of ages and populations, from Boston-area youth to University age students on courses lasting in length from 1-3 days. Discovery programs are custom-designed, utilizing the low and high ropes challenge course elements to provide tailored, adventure-based experiences for young people. 


  • Actively participate and contribute to all pre-season trainings and in-season professional development sessions.
  • Prepare and facilitate teambuilding games and initiatives, high and low challenge course elements and hands-on-science lessons in accordance with course outcomes and student needs (day, overnight, and multi-day expeditions).
  • Attend pre-course meetings, collaborate with co-instructor to plan course activities that meet programmatic and client objectives.
  • Collaborate with co-instructor(s), Course Director and Logistics Manager to ensure all students are physically equipped with appropriate clothing and gear per the time of season and fitting to the experience.
  • Deliver clear and concise course expectations, activity and safety instructions to all participants.
  • Review and maintain familiarity with student medical paperwork, administer and log student medications as necessary.
  • Responsible for supervision on overnight programming including sleeping in dormitories, mealtime, and recreational time.
  • Maintain 100% sight and sound at all times, providing 24-hour emotional and physical support to students.
  • Facilitate prompt arrival to designated locations with students; maintain awareness and understanding of daily schedules.
  • Responsible for daily program setup & cleanup, attending course briefs and debriefs, and maintaining care for the organization’s resources and supplies.
  • Complete professional and timely paperwork following the conclusion of every course.
  • Participate in post-course debrief and feedback sessions as designated.  
  • Respond to course delivery needs and/or behavioral/medical needs in accordance with TIOBEC policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to OBUSA safety standards and TIOBEC Charter Operating Policy and Procedures.


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