Short-Term Job Adventures Massachusetts
Fun Fact: Massachusetts comes from the Algonquian word meaning the great mountain: a reference to the tallest in Blue Hills, a recreational area south of Boston.
Social Work Opportunities: Residential Support, Forestry & Grounds, Gardening, Farming, Kitchen & Food Services, Harvest Barn Bakery, Roadside Café
Berkshires (Monterey) and Boston (Medford)
Helping those with mental illness build more meaningful lives, Gould Farm staff & volunteers can serve as informal counselors, work team leaders and role models at this 600-acre farm and therapeutic community in the Berkshires of Massachusetts or as support staff for clients who are well on their way to leading more independent lives with the Boston Support Program. On-the-job and in-service training and supervision are part of Gould Farm's pledge to provide a meaningful work experience for its employees. The Farm provides housing on the campus as well as food and other benefits including health insurance and paid vacation. All positions require residency at the Farm as a condition of employment. Applications for volunteer positions are accepted year-round.
P.O. Box 157
100 Gould Road
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-1804, ext. 37
(413) 528-5051 fax
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Lodge & Hut Crews, Trail Crews, Outdoor Education Team and Support Staff
The Appalachian Mountain Club operates from Maine to Pennsylvania with offices or facilities in the following locations: Maine (Acadia National Park and 70,000 acres in central Maine just east of Greenville), Massachusetts (Boston, Northampton and South Egremont), New Hampshire (Alexandria, Chatham, Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountain National Forest), New Jersey (Delaware Water Gap), New York (Harriman State Park and NYC), and Pennsylvania (Bethlehem).
If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a supportive and fun culture, AMC offers a range of rewarding employment opportunities in terrific locations throughout the Northeast! Seasonal employment, summer jobs and internships are broken into four categories: Lodge & Hut Crews (Help serve food, prepare facilities, and offer trail information to outdoor enthusiasts who visit AMC outdoor lodges throughout the year), Trail Crews (AMC is responsible for over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast and they need your help to maintain them), Outdoor Education Team (Serve as an Educator, Guide or Naturalist for various environmental educational programming), and Support Staff (During the high season, thousands of guests pass through AMC facilities, hundreds of staff who need supplies, and dozens of buildings that need maintenance). Positions are available year-round and seasonally.
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108
BOC is located in a gorgeous western Massachusetts setting in the Berkshire Hills, with hundreds of acres of conservation lands; all criss-crossed with a network of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.
Combining incredible adventure leadership programs with environmental education and fantastic recreational activities, Berkshire Outdoor Center is home to the largest and most comprehensive challenge course in the northeastern United States, with over 50 low and high ropes elements across all of their courses. Program Instructors are responsible for leading group activities in the fields of outdoor education, leadership development, team building, and adventure recreation. This includes facilitation of the low/high ropes course, climbing & alpine tower, science & nature ecology, environmental education & hiking, waterfront & boating, and snow shoeing & cross-country skiing during the winter months. Now accepting applications for the summer season. Positions start between June 15th-30th and conclude August 1st-10th, with opportunities for fall season employment. Berkshire Outdoor Center also operates programs every season. Review all positions available or fill out the Expression of Interest in Employment form to begin the application process.
Berkshire Outdoor Center
Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA
748 Hamilton Rd.
Becket, MA 01223
(413) 623-8991 ext. 221
(413) 623-5890 fax
MassLIFT AmeriCorps Members
MassLIFT brings AmeriCorps volunteers out to serve 200 north central and western Massachusetts communities. Service activities build regional capacity to protect and steward open space for farms, working forests, trails, wetlands, rivers, parks, community gardens, and other lands of conservation and local importance.
MassLIFT AmeriCorps Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals in environmental stewardship; recruit, train, manage and support community volunteers engaged in land conservation activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation or service opportunities that address land conservation needs. 2017 positions include Land Stewardship Coordinators, Community Engagement Coordinators, Regional Conservation Coordinators and Youth Education Coordinators. Please submit an application only if you are willing to commit to the full 900 hours and 6-month term of service (February 1 – July 28, 2017). Applications will be accepted until all openings are filled. For more information, connect with Sean Pollock.
MassLIFT Program Director
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
1461 Old Keene Rd.
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 248-2055 x16
Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team, Kitchen Staff
Becket, Charlton, Groton and Yarmouth Port
Through unique, hands-on experiential education programs, Nature's Classroom immerses student groups ranging between the 4th and 8th grades in community awareness, motivational learning and conservation of our natural resources at one of 13 centers in the Northeast, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. In addition to Outdoor Educators, Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a Kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are hired during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving). The fabric of the Nature's Classroom community is woven by the individual uniqueness of staff who work, grow, live, and play closely together. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred (paid Intern positions available for those without degrees). A science/math background is helpful; as are special interests and talents (music, singing, storytelling and group dynamics). If you have a strong commitment to children and learning, connect with Ashley Bame or download an application.
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax
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Work Study Program, Cooking Internship, Summer Kitchen & Camp Program Staff
Located in the beautiful Berkshires just 3 miles from the Vermont border
Are you at a transition point in your life? Do you want to explore who you really are and where you're going? Whether you are recently retired, just finishing college, or taking a break from your current work, the Rowe Center Volunteer Residency Program is a chance for people who want to slow down, take stock, explore new directions, engage in creative and meaningful work, and be a part of a value-based, supportive community. The residency can last from six weeks to a year, anytime from Labor Day until late June. The Cooking Internship is an opportunity to learn vegetarian cooking and bread baking from Rowe's wonderful cooks over a 3-month minimum commitment. Summer positions include Camp Program and Cabin staff, a Head Cook, Cooks, Kitchen Housekeeper/Prep Cooks and Maintenance staff. Summer positions run as early as April through October, and include a weekly wage plus room and board. To apply, fill out the appropriate application and email it to Paulette Roccio.
Director of Operations
The Rowe Center
22 Kings Highway
Rowe, MA 01367
Adventure Trips Director
The Adventure Trips program base camp location is on Cape Cod, just one hour south of Boston in the historic town of Sandwich, amidst over 300 acres of forests, meadows, sparkling freshwater ponds and adjacent to the Camp Burgess Farm.
Come join a fun and growth-oriented community at Camp Burgess and Hayward, a YMCA overnight camp. Serving youth ages 12-17, outdoor adventure, experiential learning, and leadership development form the foundation of the Adventure Trips program. The Adventure Trips Director will develop and implement adventure travel, service learning and leadership programs for teens. Responsibilities include hiring, training, supervising, and coaching 8-10 Trip Leaders throughout their employment. The Director will also manage the marketing of programs as well as the budget and financial reporting of all trips, and helps facilitate the climbing tower and challenge courses. This is a full-time, year-round salaried position with a generous benefits package as well as on-site housing. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, with one or two years of relevant experience in a director/coordinator position for youth programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Joe O'Keefe.
Associate Executive Director
Camp Burgess & Hayward
75 Stowe Rd.
Sandwich, MA 02563
Nestled in a picturesque, pristine outdoor setting in the Berkshire mountains of Northwest Massachusetts. The surrounding state forests contain an 80 foot waterfall, four ponds, a bog, many 2,500 foot peaks and more than 25,000 forested acres, all within a day's walk. The region is a phenomenal setting for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers to enjoy a pristine wilderness playground, alongside music, arts, and festivities in nearby college towns.
Christodora's Manice Education Center provides New York City's inner-city children a first hand experience and appreciation of nature through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs. The Outdoor Education team work closely together in a supportive atmosphere teaching small, coed groups of 10-12 students from NYC public schools in a variety of outdoor classroom settings. All Educators will facilitate debates, science labs, cooperative games, group initiatives, and campfires for groups of approximately forty students. Duties also include facilitating low ropes course elements and leading 2-5 day backpacking and/or canoeing expeditions. Positions are available during the spring (April 12th–June 9th), summer (June 12th–August 26th), and the fall (September 6th–October 28th). If you have experience in outdoor education, wilderness navigation and leadership training, an adventurous spirit, a willingness to learn, passion for the outdoors, and enjoy connecting with urban youth, send your cover letter, resume, and 3 reference contacts to Matthew Scholl.
Christodora's Manice Education Center
68 Savoy Rd.
Florida, MA 01247
(413) 663-5399 fax