Short-Term Job Adventures New York
Administration, Garden, Guest Services, Housekeeping, Kitchen & Food Services, Lifeguards, Maintenance, Media Services, Reception and Wellness Team
The 250-acre campus is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City. The Rhinebeck property is a bucolic setting, with rolling hills, an inviting waterfront, and lovely gardens and grounds—a peaceful oasis where one can relax, rejuvenate, and feel at home in the midst of nature's bounty and a community of warm, caring people.
Each year, hundreds of seasonal community members join the Omega Institute to be a part of something larger than themselves and to serve and grow alongside like-minded people. Seasonal Community Members live and serve in a vibrant learning community on Omega's beautiful campus, enjoy a weekly salary, indoor housing and wholesome meals (shorter-term/part-time Members receive all meals and are provided with a campsite and shared bathroom facilities), and all staff have access to classes in everything from yoga, the arts, energy healing, coaching, and so much more. With positions available from April through October, these unique opportunities for students, career-shifters or retirees offer a season of hard work, personal growth, spiritual exploration and community building. Learn more about the Omega Seasonal Community Experience »
2018 Seasonal Opportunities
• Work at a beautiful retreat center in Rhinebeck, NY. Omega Institute is currently accepting applications for residential and non-residential seasonal positions beginning this spring through October. Apply now!
People and Culture Team
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Summer Tiyulim Trip Leaders
The 200 beautiful wooded acres in the Finger Lakes region of New York provide the ideal backdrop for camp.
Camp Seneca Lake is seeking creative, energetic, down to earth staff with a passion for the outdoors to support the Tiyulim Program (outdoor adventure in Hebrew). Summer Tiyulim Staff will most often work in teams of two leading small groups through an Outdoor Education curriculum. Tiyulim Staff will have the opportunity to lead activities that include backpacking, outdoor living skills, environmental ethics, biking, Leave No Trace awareness, team building, fire building, outdoor cooking, first aid, outdoor education, orienteering and more. Tiyulim staff will be provided with extensive training in the field as well as an in-camp orientation. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college, experience working/living in the outdoors, be a team player, love working with children, and have a positive attitude. Prior experience in outdoor education is preferred, but not required. Positions run from early June to late August. To begin the application process, email your resume and the names and contact information for three references to Aaron Cantor.
Camp Seneca Lake
1200 Edgewood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 461-2000 x263
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Located on 6,000 acres of gorgeous forest surrounded by thousands of acres of state owned Forever Wild land, Frost Valley provides the opportunity to work with youth, families and adult groups from all backgrounds and diverse communities across New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Upstate New York. The campus is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just 2½ hours north of New York City and a short drive to Phoenicia, Woodstock, New Paltz, and Ellenville. Some of the best hikes in the Catskills are minutes from their doorstep, as well as some of the best fishing locations in the country. If you like being outdoors and in the mountains, Frost Valley could be the perfect place for you.
Are you looking for a place that promotes the interconnectedness of people, communities and nature? Program Instructors with Frost Valley YMCA are responsible for teaching environmental education and outdoor recreation classes that combine team building with high and low ropes, wildlife and forest ecology, outdoor living skills, interpretive hikes, rock climbing, arts and crafts, boating, archery and more. Positions are available during the spring (late March to mid-June), fall (late August to mid-November) and for a full academic year (late August to mid-June). If you have a Bachelor's degree and are energetic, flexible, friendly, creative and passionate about working with both children and adults in beautiful outdoor classrooms, email your cover letter and resume to Brett Tillman.
|Fall Season & Academic Year Job Openings
• Frost Valley YMCA is currently seeking applicants for the fall season (late August to November 19th) or the full academic year spanning through mid-June 2018.
Environmental Education Director
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd.
Claryville, NY 12725
(845) 985-2291, ext. 221
(845) 985-0056 fax
Located 90 miles northwest of New York City, Greenkill is situated on 1,150 acres of beautiful forested hills and valleys. The camp has three different villages for residential and year-round programs, each on their own body of water.
Through guided discovery, communal living and hands on exploration, Program Instructors for Greenkill Outdoor Education Center are responsible for planning and teaching classes in the areas of environmental science (outdoor ecology, wildlife studies and environmental topics), outdoor skills (orienteering, survival and outdoor adventures) and local history as well as facilitating team building through the use of low initiatives, climbing walls and ropes courses to 5th and 6th grade students on their 1-5 day educational field trip. Positions are available from as early as February 1st to June 30th, with the opportunity to continue throughout the summer months and/or the fall season. Academic positions run from September through June. If you are energetic, flexible, outdoorsy and outgoing, send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Hillary Southard.
|Program Coordinator Job Opening!
• The New York YMCA Camp is also seeking an Outdoor Education Program Coordinator who will plan and prepare specialty activities and programs that ensure a safe, high quality experience for groups visiting Greenkill.
Greenkill Outdoor Education Center
160 Big Pond Rd.
Huguenot, NY 12746
(845) 858-7823 fax
Place Based Learning Center Education Interns, Residential and Day Summer Camp Staff, Summer Camp Nurse and Farm Apprenticeships
Featuring a 900-acre biodynamic farm with a large dairy herd, an on-site creamery, 14 acres of vegetable production (the two-acre Corner Garden supplies the farm store, and feeds the children at the Waldorf School and those attending the Farm Camps and Visiting Students Program. The other 12 acres supply a 300-member CSA program, as well as the Greenmarket and Farmers Market booths in New York City and the Hudson Valley), organic bakery, sauerkraut cellar and day/residential hands-on educational programs for children and adults. The farm is located in the Taconic Range in central Columbia County, about 2½ hours from New York City.
Hawthorne Valley Farm offers an environment where children, teachers, interns and farmers live, work, learn, and enjoy all the bounty of farm life together. If you have an enthusiasm to work with children in an outdoor farm environment, want to experience the farm to table food system first hand, or have an interest in farming, explore the cycle of employment opportunities:
• Education Interns lead hands-on educational activities for 3rd-10th grade students during the spring (mid-January to mid-June, with a summer camp option) and fall (late August to early December) seasons.
• Summer Camp Counselors and a variety of other summer camp staff, including a Camp Nurse, Dining Hall Staff, and Kids Can Cook Staff work from mid-June to mid-August.
• Farming Apprentices will rotate through all areas of the farm, including field vegetables, Corner Garden, milking herd, and livestock operation for a year beginning in February/March.
Summer Farm Camp Job Openings — Now Hiring!
• Hawthorne Valley Farm is currently seeking a variety of summer camp staff (Camp Counselors, Cooks and a Registered Nurse) for the summer season (June 18th–August 11th).
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075
(518) 672-4465 ext 201
(518) 672-7608 fax
Support Staff: Spa & Wellness Coordinator, Front of House/Guest Services, Kitchen, Maintenance and Housekeeping
Set on 325 acres in the heart of the historic Catskill Mountains and surrounded by a stunning national forest preserve — the perfect spot for nature lovers. After work, enjoy the hiking trails, swimming pool, meditation sanctuary, workshops and other facilities (and skiing/snowboarding nearby in the winter months!) — or hop in a car and enjoy the ride to artsy Woodstock (20 minutes) NYC (2½ hours) or Boston (3½ hours). The 115-bed retreat center caters to group rentals, in-house retreats and a full Tibetan inspired spa.
Work for a noble cause. Gain valuable job experience. Pursue personal development. Live in a beautiful mountain valley. Enjoy incredible outdoor activities. Play with a great team of staff members. Menla is a wonderful place for people with a range of interests — working here will be dynamic, inspiring and fun! The staff is small at Menla and everybody will wear many hats. After work enjoy hiking trails, swimming pools, free attendance of Tibet House teachings, various yoga and meditation classes, bi-monthly staff sauna days, and discounts on massage treatments and bookstore items. If you are self-motivated, hard working, friendly, flexible, have excellent customer service skills, and the desire to offer the best of yourself in a unique environment, fill out the online application or email Nina Gramaglia for more information. Support staff are needed from mid-March through December (with a 6-month minimum commitment).
Menla Mountain Retreat
375 Pantherkill Rd.
P.O. Box 70
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-6897 ext. 104
(845) 688-6895 fax
Outdoor Education Instructors, Interns & Summer Camp Staff
Located in the beautiful Adirondack Park, the Center offers programs in high adventure, team building, natural science, and living history. The 300-acre property is crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and nature trails, and the waterfront sits on the southern shore of Long Pond, providing easy access to canoeing, kayaking, fishing and pond ecology classes. The campus is about two hours from either Montreal or Albany.
Encourage a sense of awe in the presence of nature with the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center and their small, dynamic team of outdoor professionals. Year-round and seasonal Outdoor Education Instructors and Interns teach exciting experiential classes (such as low ropes, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and wildlife ecology) and participate in work projects geared towards facility maintenance and curriculum enrichment. Positions are offered during the spring (mid-March to mid-June) and fall (late August to mid-November), with potential for year-round employment (late August through mid-June). Counselor and Area Specialist positions are also available for the summer camp program. If you are personable, energetic, flexible, and a team player, grab an application online or connect with Mollie Dean for more information.
|Spring Season Employment Alert
• Pok-O is seeking Instructors & Interns for the spring season (mid-March to mid-June). If you are looking to teach and lead exciting experiential programs, get your application in now!
Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center
P.O. Box 397
1391 Reber Rd.
Willsboro, NY 12996
(518) 963-4165 fax
Summer Day Camp Counselors, Climbing Instructor, Outdoor/Primitive Skills Specialist, Earth Artist, and Lifeguards & Water Safety Instructors
Located on the campus of Green Meadow Waldorf School and the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, The Nature Place is a non-competitive, nature-oriented day camp. Campers, ages 4-16, and staff will have the opportunity to explore, play in and learn from 200 beautiful acres of farmland, gardens, trails, woods, fields, streams, ponds and swamps.
A typical day at The Nature Place is built around playing, learning and growing outdoors with friends through hands-on, pressure-free programming supported by a well-trained staff. Orientation Week is more than just staff training, it is where The Nature Place philosophy is lived and where staff learn the high expectations they have of them. The week is fun, informative, serious, hands-on and active. You’ll swim, garden, hike, play games, ask questions and get to know each other. The summer camp season kicks off with an intensive weeklong staff orientation on June 27th, followed by six weeks of camp through August 11th. There is also the option to work a Farm and Garden Days program that runs through August 25th. If you have experience working with children and the ability to facilitate group programming, fill out the online application.
The Nature Place Day Camp
285 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
(845) 356-2932 fax
Outdoor Educators (Spring & Fall), Adventure Trip Leaders and Camp Staff (Summer)
On the eastern shore of Lake George, at the foot of Buck Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains, you can find the perfect place for recreation, education, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Working at YMCA Camp Chingachgook is more than a job; it is being part of a great community! Seasonal Outdoor Educators work with students, families, youth and adult groups to provide positive experiences in the outdoors. Using an experiential approach to teaching and program instruction, Educators inspire wonder and discovery through outdoor exploration, Adirondack ecology, and challenge course education. Summer Adventure Trip Leaders plan, coordinate and facilitate multi-day trips that include backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing throughout the Adirondacks, New England, and Canada. Job opportunities are available during the spring (early April to mid-June), summer (June to late August) and fall (mid-August to early November). To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Tricia Biles.
Hot Jobs @ Chingachgook
• Chingachgook is currently seeking Outdoor Educators for the spring season (early April to mid-June) and a Waterfront Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of all waterfront programs, including leadership, training, supervision and evaluation of staff & lifeguards, and leading waterfront activities from early April through end of October.
Director of Outdoor Education
YMCA Camp Chingachgook
1872 Pilot Knob Rd.
Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
(518) 656-9462 ext 6644
(518) 656-9362 fax
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.
Explore all current seasonal job openings »
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108
Therapeutic Community Life Sharing Work Opportunities: Coworkers (specializing in crafts, dairy work, elder care, farming & gardening, weaving, and the wood workshop), House Parents, House & Workshop Leaders, and Service Volunteers
Copake, Ghent and Hudson (about 2 hours north of New York City)
Camphill staff, called Coworkers, live and work with children, youth, and adults with developmental and other disabilities in rural Camphill communities in one of thirteen communities in North America (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont as well as in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada). Daily life includes providing human support and caregiving, craft work, working in the farm or garden, cooking wholesome meals, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Full room and board, medical insurance, vacation time and a monthly stipend is provided.
Learn more about Camphill Communities in New York:
• Camphill Village Copake
• Camphill Hudson
• Triform Camphill Community (Hudson)
• Camphill Ghent (Chatham)
Camphill Association of North America
P.O. Box 1045
1601 Pughtown Rd.
Kimberton, PA 19442
Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team and Kitchen Staff
Silver Bay is located on the shores of Lake George in the hills of the Adirondack Mountains. Learn more about all 14 Nature's Classroom sites in the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island).
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 14 centers in the Northeast. The majority of staff at each site are Outdoor & Environmental Educators who will act as group leaders, teach and present classes in various academic areas and lead evening activities. Medical staff (Nurse, LPN, EMT) and a kitchen team (Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Co-Cook) are also hired. 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 apply now. Positions are available during the spring (as early as February through mid-June) and the fall (Labor Day through about Thanksgiving).
19 Harrington Rd.
Charlton, MA 01507
(800) 433-8375 toll free
(508) 248-2745 fax