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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.

Ashokan Educators

The Ashokan Center seeks positive, communicative individuals who thrive in a collaborative work environment. Applicants must have experience working with children and a passion for nature, history, music, and art. Specialized knowledge of local ecology, climate & sustainability, 18th & 19th Century crafts and NY history, music and art are strongly desirable. We have both on-call and full time positions, and we are hiring on a rolling basis.  Full time Ashokan Educators work Monday – Friday and some weekends.  Housing is available if needed for full time positions, or if on-call educators need to commute a distance and stay overnight.  Our programs generally run with the school year, so January – late June, and late August – December.


  • Teach a variety of inquiry-based classes such as living history, forest and aquatic ecology, team building, sustainability, music, art, and traditional colonial-era crafts
  • Lead large and small group activities
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and program assessment
  • Perform other tasks as determined by the education team

Full time employee benefits

  • $15 an hour
  • On-site housing is available; private room with paid utilities and free wifi
  • Meals included during program days
  • Paid training sessions for all curricular areas, organizational systems, staff expectations, safety and emergency response
  • Access to our 385 acre preserve
  • Free admission to all Ashokan festivals, concerts, and lectures

Position Requirements

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

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