Short-Term Job Adventures New York
Administration, Garden, Guest Services, Housekeeping, Kitchen & Food Services, Lifeguards, Maintenance, Media Services, Reception and Wellness Team
The 200-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 200-acre campus, enjoy delicious meals in a mostly vegetarian dining hall, and 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 »
2017 Seasonal Opportunities!
• Omega is accepting applications for Seasonal Staff Members who can commit to a full-time work schedule for six months between late April through the end of October, filling essential support roles that help Omega provide unique programs, workshops and events. In exchange, staff will receive a compensation package that includes a weekly wage, indoor housing, all meals and participation in Omega's specially designed holistic education program.
People and Culture Team
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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 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 twelve 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 (Copake)
• Camphill Hudson (Hudson)
• Triform Camphill Community (Hudson)
Camphill Association of North America
360 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534
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). Tiyulim Trip Leaders will most often work in teams of two leading small groups (up to 15 campers) on a single night trip. Trip Leaders will have the opportunity to lead activities that include backpacking, outdoor living skills, environmental ethics, canoeing, biking, Leave No Trace awareness, team building, rock climbing, outdoor education, orienteering and more. Tiyulim staff will be provided with extensive leadership training in the field as well as an in-camp orientation. Positions run from early June to late August 2017.
Summer 2017 Tiyulim Director Job Opening
• In addition to hiring five Tiyulim Trip Leaders, CSL is also seeking a creative, energetic and down to earth leader with a passion for the outdoors to oversee the Tiyulim summer program. Learn more about the Director position »
Camp Seneca Lake
1200 Edgewood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 461-2000 x263
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Environmental Education Instructors
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.
|Spring Season Job Openings!
• Frost Valley is currently seeking Program Instructors for the spring season (April 3rd to mid-June).
Director of School Programs
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd.
Claryville, NY 12725
(845) 985-2291, ext. 221
(845) 985-0056 fax
Equestrian Staff Members
Located on 6,000 acres of gorgeous forest surrounded by thousands of acres of state owned Forever Wild land. 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 YMCA could be the perfect place for you.
Join an incredible Frost Valley YMCA team of 40+ Equestrian Staff Members from a wide variety of backgrounds and places from all over the world, work with amazing horses in a fun and beautiful environment, and make an impactful difference on children and guests. Summer Horse Camp is a multi-facility equestrian program that has over 90 horses and provides instruction to riders of all skill levels, including a special girls-only program. With summer positions that include In-Cabin Counselors, Live-Out Counselors and Instructors/Barn Staff, the Equestrian staff will work as a team to teach riders, provide care for horses and lead activities. Positions will be determined based on strengths demonstrated throughout the 3-week staff training beginning on June 4th. There is also the option to arrive before training to help out with horsemanship weekends, trail rides and more. All applicants must make a commitment through September 3rd. If you are a team player, have a passion for horses and a desire to work with children, fill out the online application or connect with Hannah Joyner for more information.
Equestrian Program Coordinator
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd.
Claryville, NY 12725
(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–June 30th, with the opportunity to continue throughout the summer months and/or the fall season. If you are energetic, flexible, outdoorsy and outgoing, send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to Hillary Southard.
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 700-acre biodynamic farm with a large dairy herd, an on-site creamery, 14 acres of mixed vegetables with a 300 member CSA, a natural food store, 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.
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075
(518) 672-4465 ext 201
(518) 672-7608 fax
Spa & Wellness Coordinator, Front of House/Guest Services, Kitchen, Maintenance and Housekeeping Support Staff
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 — or hop in a car and enjoy the ride to artsy Woodstock (20 minutes) NYC (2½ hours) or Boston (3½ hours).
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 Mountain Retreat is a wonderful place for people with a range of interests — working here will be dynamic, inspiring and fun! Each year support staff are needed from mid-March through December, with at least a 3-month minimum commitment. If you are self-motivated, hard working, friendly, flexible, dedicated and have excellent customer service skills, fill out the online application or email Nina Gramaglia for more info.
Menla Mountain Retreat and Conference Center
375 Pantherkill Rd.
P.O. Box 70
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-6897 ext. 7519
(845) 688-6895 fax
Year-Round and Seasonal Outdoor Instructors and Internships
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 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.
Summer Camp Jobs!
• With spring Instructor/Intern positions now filled, Pok-O-MacCready is now seeking Counselors and Area Specialists for the summer camp program.
Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center
P.O. Box 397
1391 Reber Rd.
Willsboro, NY 12996
(518) 963-4165 fax
Summer Day Camp Counselors and Activity Leaders include Day Camp/Bus Counselors (who live in the NYC region), Drama Activity Leader, Earth Artist, Games Specialist, Lifeguards & Water Safety Instructors, Naturalist/Outdoor Educators and Wilderness Trip Leaders
Located on the campus of the 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 the intensive weeklong staff orientation on June 20th, followed by six weeks of camp through August 4th. There is also the option to work a Farm and Garden Days program that runs through August 19th. 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. ob opportunities are available during the spring (mid-March 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.
Spring 2017 Season Job Openings
• Chingachgook is seeking Outdoor Educators for the spring season (mid-March to mid-June).
Director of Outdoor Education
YMCA Camp Chingachgook
1872 Pilot Knob Rd.
Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
(518) 656-9462 ext 6644
(518) 656-9362 fax
Outdoor Education Assistant Director
The off-the-grid village is nestled on the shores of Lake Massawepie, a 750-acre lake in the heart of the Adirondacks. Amenities are few, and the setting itself is rustic, giving students an opportunity to live a materially simple life that is devoid of cell phones, lap tops and running water. The campus consists of canvas structures called yurts, a small timber-framed kitchen, a composting toilet and a wood-fired sauna.
The Adirondack Semester program situates students on the boundary between modern civilization and wild nature and encourages them to study and reflect on their relationship with each of these and on the choices we must make in order to preserve the natural world. Two Assistant Directors will commute to the site to facilitate and develop a living and learning community that is physically and emotionally safe for all to enjoy, teach a full university semester (including cultural and natural history of the Adirondacks, perceptions of nature, and a creative expressions course), set up and oversee food purchasing (including CSAs, food co-ops and farmers markets) and plan and lead weekend outdoor activities and backcountry trips. This six-month appointment begins on July 6th, with possible renewal for successive years. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, WFR and demonstrated experience as an outdoor educator and trip leader apply now. Preference will be given to applications received by February 27th.
St. Lawrence University
Newell Field House
23 Romoda Dr.
Canton, NY 13617
Trail Crew (6-8 Members)
Crews will maintain a trail system located in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks largely operating within the Giant Mountain, Dix Mountain, and High Peaks wilderness areas and the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. You’ll work in some of the most scenic wilderness on the east coast and travel from 1000’ to 5000’ in elevation. Trail Crew is housed at a well appointed seasonal camp site in Keene Valley.
The ATIS Trail Crew operates in one of the Northeast's best wilderness settings maintaining some of the most dramatic and demanding trails in the High Peaks. The season begins with a patrol of the entire trail system to remove winter blow down, clean existing drainage structures, and assess damage from the winter. Following the patrol, the crew will work on selected projects for the remainder of the season to repair, harden or reroute trails. The crew is also responsible for maintaining and, if necessary, rebuilding 20 bridges and 24 ladders in the trail system. Applicants must make a commitment from May 15th to August 4th (40 hours/week, MO-FR) and be self-motivated, physically fit and have prior trail work and backcountry experience. If you have a passion for trail work, hard physical work, living and working outdoors, safety, a willingness to learn, and strive to do superior work, email your cover letter and resume to Erik Jacobson.
Adirondack Trail Improvement Society
P.O. Box 565
Keene Valley, NY 12943
Residential Seasonal Educators
Located 60 miles north of Manhattan, the property spans 350 acres of natural woodlands, featuring countless ecological resources and extensive wildlife for exploration and discovery.
Clearpool Outdoor Education, a program of Green Chimneys, offers year-round nature-based education and adventure programs, seasonal activities, summer camp, and facilities for day or overnight excursions. Residential Seasonal Educators are needed to design and directly teach hands-on programs related to outdoor, adventure, and environmental activities to various school groups, public, and adult programs. Responsibilities may include leading various groups in adventure/nature based activities (such as teambuilding activities, low/high rope challenges, interpretive hikes, and ecology based programs), staffing/coordinating evening programs when needed, program coordination with other resident educators, upkeep of program materials/program areas, assisting with special programs/events and helping maintain the campus as needed. Now seeking Educators for the spring season (February to June), with an opportunity for summer and fall season employment (early September to mid-December). Go to GreenChimneys.org to complete an application online!
400 Doansburg Rd., Box 719
Brewster, NY 10509
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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
Overnight adventures range from overnight programs within a two hour drive from school to multi-night programs and wilderness expeditions throughout New England, the Adirondacks, Berkshires, Hudson Highlands, Delaware River, Housatonic River Valley and coastal Maine.
Wanted: Facilitators of Positive Change!
Mountain Workshop staff are dynamic, energetic people committed to creating personal growth opportunities for youth in the outdoors. Field Instructors are responsible for safely leading/co-leading school-aged children in a variety single and multi-day programs that focus on elements such as high and low challenge courses, group team building initiatives, tandem and voyager canoeing, survival skills, hiking and more! The season runs late July through late October 2017, with a limited number of spring positions also available. Benefits include competitive per diem rates, in-depth activity specific training, pro deal purchases, and a monthly housing stipend. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although priority will go to staff that apply early and possess the most relevant experience. Become a member of the Mountain Workshop team and join a movement to facilitate positive change in the lives of today’s youth!
Ropes Course Manager
• Mountain Workshop is now seeking a Ropes Course Manager who will serve as the team leader for the both a high and low ropes course. The position will run from June 24th through mid-October and housing will be provided. Apply online.
35 Miry Brook Rd.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 797-1435, ext. 119
(203) 797-1436 fax
Environmental & Outdoor Educators, Medical Team, Kitchen Staff
Silver Bay (Adirondacks) and Wading River (North Shore of Long 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 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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