Adirondack Mountain Club

Lake Placid, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $14.25/hour
Deadline Jul 03, 2022
Required Experience 0 - 1 years


The Outreach Educator position offers the exciting opportunity to work as a part of ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club) Education team at the Heart Lake Program Center (HLPC) in Lake Placid, NY. There are two major components to this dynamic position: environmental interpretation and outdoor leadership.

As an interpreter, the Outreach Educator creates and conducts natural history programs, participates in ADK’s school outreach programming, and leads other interpretative programs for children and adults. As an outdoor leader, this role promotes responsible recreation, and leads backcountry day-hikes and backpacking trips. This position also flexes to support the education department in fulfilling daily tasks, developing programming, and other duties as assigned.


Environmental Interpretation– 50%

  • Facilitate ADK’s fourth grade school outreach programming, including classroom visits to local schools, leading students on hikes and occasional virtual programming.
  • Lead other elementary school outreach programming
  • Develop environmental interpretation programs
  • Give public presentations
  • Engage in community outreach
  • Support minor maintenance of trails relevant to the HLPC’s visitor experience.

Outdoor Leadership – 30%

  • Assist in planning and executing safe, low-impact group hikes, backpacking trips, paddling trips and co-leading outdoor skills workshops.
  • Demonstrate Leave No Trace ethics, proper camp set-up, and other outdoor skills. Program Planning, Trip Planning and Special Projects – 20%
  • Support daily functions of the education department, including program development, special projects, program preparation and other duties as assigned.



  • A passion for outdoor education and a commitment to the mission, values, and vision of the Adirondack Mountain Club
  • Educational background in environmental education/interpretation, natural history, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, or related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, public speaking, professionalism, and outdoor leadership capabilities
  • Act as professional role model for ADK, demonstrating at all times a stewardship ethic and responsible wilderness leadership
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability and willingness to navigate 10-15 miles by foot over rough, steep, terrain with heavy pack loads
  • High level of organizational skills to effectively plan, teach, and administer the diverse demands
  • of the job, and keep detailed records
  • Willingness to work extended hours/days in the field while on overnight trips
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and willing to work with people of all ages
  • Employment is contingent on passing a background check
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a large 15 passenger van and trailer
  • A valid New York State Guide’s License or willingness to obtain
  • Preferred:
  • Previous experience working in education, outdoor recreation, or a nature/visitor center.
  • Previous experience working with families with children
  • Familiarity with flora and fauna of the Adirondacks
  • Basic level of competence with trip logistics: route identification, navigation, equipment needs, dietary requirements and food packing, and group dynamics and conflict resolution
  • Competence in areas of instruction: backpacking, low-impact camping, map & compass, off-trail navigation, natural history
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or equivalent medical/first aid training


Reports to: Interpretive Manager
Classification: Seasonal, full-time, non-exempt

Dates: September 6, 2022-June 23, 2023

Salary/Wage: $14.25/hour

Benefits: Paid sick time; Extensive training and certifications (Wilderness First Aid, Certified Interpretive Guide, Leave No Trace Trainer and more); free ADK workshops; discounts on store merchandise and rental equipment.

Housing: Shared onsite housing available at Heart Lake Program Center with three meals a day for a small deduction.


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