The Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom program uses inspiring outdoor settings and experiential education to engage students and their teachers in ecology, earth science, and leadership development and teambuilding. Each year A Mountain Classroom (AMCR) serves over 8,000 students across the Northeast. As a leader in the field of environmental education, AMCR programs create unparalleled educational experiences that complement classroom learning and other developmental student goals. AMCR programming incorporates hands-on, place-based education into our partners’ curricula and other youth development objectives.
This multi-faceted position will manage and develop AMC’s educational efforts in Maine’s Piscataquis County as a component of the AMCR Maine Woods Community and Youth Environment Program (MWCYEP). This position works closely with a variety of community partners to provide environmental education, youth positive development, and outdoor recreation learning experiences to youth from Piscataquis County and Jackman, ME. Responsibilities include program design, scheduling, curriculum decisions, and logistics. Direct field instruction with youth, teachers, and families is an important part of this role. Programs include day-long and overnight outdoor experiences.
The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.
Visit us online: http://www.outdoors.org/classroom.
Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
• Build and maintain relationships with school and youth organization staff to ensure impactful programs in outdoor education, environmental education, and youth development that advance goals and meet expectations for both AMC and partners.
• Promote, schedule, manage, and teach a yearly slate of single-day and residential programs with local schools and community organizations in communities, at AMC sites, and in the backcountry.
• Support grant writing and reporting.
• Meet the objectives outlined in grants and annual program objectives (1,500 youth experiences annually).
• Send confirmation letters, maintain teacher contacts, and be available for occasional school presentations.
• Maintain and communicate detailed information about program operations to educators, AMC reservations, other AMC departments, as well as for program record keeping.
• Use existing A Mountain Classroom curriculum to student-centered and nature-centered programs that support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
• Evaluate program curricula and collaborate on its revision and development. Topics may include water, forest, winter, or alpine ecology, geology, meteorology, natural resource use, climate change, outdoor skills and teambuilding/leadership skills.
• Work collaboratively with the AMCR staff to mentor, supervise, train and evaluate seasonal educators. Provide logistical and professional development support for field educators. Perform field checks to provide feedback and ensure program quality.
• Collaborate with other AMC staff to plan and offer teacher professional development in environmental science topics that align with NGSS.
• Support the AMC’s Dark Sky Initiative.
• Implement risk management guidelines and ensure consistency among AMC teaching staff.
• Perform on-call duties for youth programs. Manage field evacuations and hospital visits.
• Manage teaching and equipment inventory.
• Work with a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
• Actively contribute to and support the cohesive operation across AMC departments and facilities.
• Represent the AMC professionally to the general public, especially to local communities.
• Four-year college degree in Environmental Education, Earth Science, Outdoor Recreation, or Natural Resources Management or other combinations of relevant education and experience (formal or non-formal).
• 3-5 years of demonstrated and progressively increasing environmental or outdoor leadership experience, including experiential program delivery, wilderness trip leading, or ecology education.
• Demonstrated management experience. Ability to promote staff development and teamwork. Cooperative approach to working with others in a large and diverse organization
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills for a fast-paced and changeable program schedule.
• Ability to perform work in a remote camp setting and travel safely in the backcountry in all weather conditions, carrying up to 40 lbs of gear. Work is also performed in a standard office setting.
• Commitment to creating equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant outdoor learning experiences.
• Valid Wilderness First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain (WFR or WEMT preferred).
• Valid Maine driver’s license or the ability to obtain and DOT certification.
• Competent with Microsoft Office suite of programs.
• The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal record check performed annually.
Apply for Piscataquis County Education Coordinator using the link below: