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Located in Olivebridge, NY on 385 acres of fields, forests, trails, and streams, the Ashokan Center has provided high quality, innovative outdoor/environmental education programs for K-12 school students and teachers for over 50 years. Ashokan is the home of the world renowned Ashokan Music & Dance programs and also hosts retreats, weddings, as well as a variety of public events, performances and lectures.

Outdoor Educators

The Ashokan Center seeks positive, communicative people who thrive in a collaborative work environment, and have a love of the natural world and a passion for sharing it with children. Specialized knowledge and teaching experience in outdoor education, local ecology, NY State history, music and art are strongly desirable. Both full-time positions and on-call positions are available. Full-time educators work Monday through Friday and occasional weekends. Housing is available for full-time educators, and occasionally for on-call educators who have a long commute. Our programs run during the school year. Fall training usually begins in late August and spring training in early February.

Position Requirements

  • Teaching experience in educational/interpretive settings with elementary/middle school students
  • A college degree in one of the following disciplines is preferred: adventure/outdoor education, environmental science, natural history, history, music, and art. A background in more than one area is a plus!
  • First aid certification is preferred


  • Teaching a variety of inquiry-based classes such as living history, forest and aquatic ecology, team building, music, art, blacksmithing and broom making
  • Leading large and small group activities that inspire and promote teamwork, cooperation, and a love of nature
  • Participation in ongoing professional development and program assessment
  • Assist with program related preparation, maintenance, and cleaning
  • Perform other tasks as determined by the education team


  • Starting at $17 – $18 an hour first year with private room, free utilities, and Wi-Fi
  • Off-site staff eligible for an increased compensation rate!


  • Meals provided on program days
  • All staff training sessions including safety and emergency response are paid
  • Access to Ashokan’s 385-acre preserve
  • Free admission to all Ashokan festivals, concerts, and lectures
  • Staff tee shirts and hoodies

The Ashokan Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.