Outdoor and Environmental Program Instructor, Frost Valley YMCA

Claryville, NY

Position Title: Outdoor and Environmental Program Instructor

Organization: Frost Valley YMCA

Location: Claryville, NY

Organization Overview: Frost Valley is a camp, retreat destination, and environmental education center where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities experience enriching, even life-altering, outdoor opportunities. Located on over 5,500 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains – just 2.5 hours north of New York City – we provide year-round access to education and recreation in the outdoors.

Position Overview: Frost Valley YMCA is located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Each Year they serve over 20,000 people, primarily from the greater NYC, Long Island, and northern New Jersey region, through the Environmental Education and Groups and Family Retreats Departments.  Providing exciting outdoor learning opportunities to very diverse audiences, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to access these experiences. Program staff are responsible for the preparation and delivery of programs offered through the Environmental Education, Teambuilding, and Group and Family Retreats programs which include but are not limited to hikes, ecology lessons, teambuilding, adventure education, and facilitating high and low elements. Each program staff member must be able to effectively communicate and interact with students and guests of all ages. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Frost Valley YMCA seeks to promote an awareness of the interrelationship of the natural world through the usage of the natural sciences and promotes deeper connections between the students and guests with the outdoors, with others, and with themselves.

Duties: Facilitate programs with small groups of students and guests in the areas of ecology, challenge course, group work, outdoor education/recreation, local culture/history. Plan and implement lessons and activity plans for each assigned program. Prepare, develop, and maintain program spaces and resources for use by staff and participants. Serve as host and point of contact for school and teambuilding groups. Participate in trainings and development opportunities.

Qualifications: Previous experience working with children Commitment to working with guests from diverse backgrounds Effective leadership, teaching, facilitation and communication skills Firm commitment to guest service. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Studies, Outdoor Recreation, related fields a plus OR equivalent life experience Hold current First Aid/CPR certifications, or ability to obtain upon hire

Start/End Dates: August 22nd 2022- June 2023 (Fall and Spring Seasonal Positions also Available)

Salary/Pay: 13.20 hourly, Room and Board also included

Application Deadline: August 8th

How to Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Eva Larson, School Programs Director at elarson@frostvalley.org.