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.
|Winter/Spring Season Job Openings!
• Frost Valley is currently seeking Program Instructors to work a mid-season school year term (February 1st to mid-June) or 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 over 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, Whole Farm Training Apprenticeships and Summer Camp Staff
Featuring a 400-acre biodynamic farm with a 65-cow dairy herd, an on-site creamery, 14 acres of mixed vegetables with 300-member CSA, a full-line natural foods store, an organic bakery, a sauerkraut cellar and on-farm education for children and adults. The farm is located in the Taconic Range in central Columbia County, about 2½ hours from New York City.
Nurturing the land that nourishes us, Hawthorne Valley Farm Education Interns (children's garden, farm & arts, teen leadership and cooking internships), Farming Apprentices and Summer Camp Counselors & Staff work together on this unique 400-acre biodynamic dairy farm that combines care for the land and the creation of a welcoming place for children and young adults. Here you’ll have the opportunity to live and work on a real, working farm—waking to the rooster’s crow and eating delicious, home-cooked meals created from food produced on the farm and other Hudson Valley organic growers. All staff members receive a stipend, housing and tasty organic vegetarian meals. Education Interns are available during the spring (mid-January to mid-June, with a summer camp option) and fall (late August to early December). Farm Apprenticeships begin in February/March for a year.
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075
(518) 672-4465 ext 203
(518) 672-7608 fax
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
The campus consists of over 300 acres inside the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, the East’s largest wilderness. The 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 property is about two hours from either Montreal or Albany.
If you love kids and are looking for fulfilling employment in the experiential education and outdoor adventure fields, come work, live and play with Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center and their small, dynamic community of outdoor professionals in the beautiful Adirondack Park. Instructor positions are offered during the spring (March to mid-June), the fall (late August to late November) and year-round (late August through mid-June); Internships are available during the spring and fall as well as the winter season (Jan/Feb); and Counselor and Area Specialist positions are available for the summer camp program. Grab an application online or connect with Luke Colbourn for more information.
|Spring 2017 Season Employment Alert
• Pok-O-MacCready is seeking Instructors & Interns for the spring season (mid-March to mid-June). If you are looking to teach exciting experiential classes in all program areas and lead wilderness trips, 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 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
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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Summer Naturalist Interns
Work in a 35,000 square foot museum on a 81-acre site on the Raquette River featuring over 50 species of live exhibit animals and silver LEED certification for green building design and sustainability initiatives in Tupper Lake, Adirondacks.
The Wild Center is currently seeking Summer Naturalist Interns to work with a dynamic education staff at a world-class museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Interns will be trained to design and lead formal public programs and informal interpretive experiences to support the museum's mission, with a dynamic day of indoor and outdoor activities that include canoe and SUP trips, nature play, outdoor programs, Wild Walk shifts, Science on a Sphere, animal encounters, exhibit guiding, art studio shifts and more. Applicants must be available from May 21st through Labor Day (end date flexible), have at least 2 years of college experience in the environmental education/sciences field (a Bachelor’s degree is preferred), and have a love for working with the public in a fast-paced museum setting. To apply, email your cover letter, resume and contact information of 3 references (name, phone & email) as a PDF file to Tawnya Kentile by February 10, 2017. Explore WildCenter.org for details on all job openings.
The Wild Center
Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks
45 Museum Dr.
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
(518) 359-7800 ext. 113
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!
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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