Program Instructor Position

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The Ashokan Center is looking for enthusiastic, energetic leaders to join our team of outdoor educators who teach students of all ages in program areas such as Living History, Natural Science, Colonial Craft making, and Community Building.

Full time, part time and “on call” positions are available.

Read about a sample day for instructors at The Ashokan Center


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Teach day and evening classes, manage student groups and interact positively with all clients, general public and other Ashokan staff.
  • Participate in teacher information sessions and medical meetings.
  • Assist with cleaning and maintenance of facilities related to educational programs including dining hall, craft shops and bunkhouses.
  • Supervise students during recreational periods on our athletic fields. As well as the shared responsibility of supervising residential students overnight in our bunkhouses.
  • Share responsibility for maintaining effective communication between instructors and all teachers and students.
  • Facilitate large group discussions and shared responsibility of running student meals in our dining hall.

Full time employee benefits include:

  • Room & Board for residential field instructors.
  • Paid training sessions for all curricular areas, organizational systems, staff expectations, safety and emergency response.
  • Optional twelve-month salary schedule.
  • Internet available at staff house.

Employment Terms

  • Fall through spring, (September–June) with a  move out period from Dec 18 through Jan 8
  • Residential staff start with an hourly rate of $9.70. Off site staff start with an hourly rate of $11.75


Education/Experience: Candidates must have a BA or BS degree in environmental science, adventure/outdoor education, natural history, history or a related field, or equivalent training in interpreted programs preferred. Experience working in educational/interpretive settings preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Candidates must have an in-depth knowledge of teaching practices in indoor and outdoor settings, emphasizing experiential, place-based, and discovery learning. Candidates must also demonstrate a thorough understanding of natural systems and environment, with an interest in developing proficiency in such topic area as Native American/ Pioneer Culture History and Skills, Botany, Geology, Habitat Studies, Colonial Crafts making.

Abilities and skills sought include:

  • Ability to teach a variety of science, natural history and historical and interpretive programs with an inquiry based approach that inspires curiosity and questions; 
  • Ability to recognize and work within the limitations of special needs or disabled students and recognize how to respond to different learning styles;
  • Ability to write lesson plans, instructional materials, reports, and general correspondence;
  • Some combination of fine arts skills such as story telling skills, traditional handicrafts, and musical abilities is preferred.

In addition, candidates must display a strong work ethic, willingness to work long hours on multiple and consecutive days, availability to work weekends and nights, interest in professional development, eagerness to work outside in all weather conditions, passion for working with children, appreciation for working and living with other instructors in close quarters, sense of humor, strong attention to detail and the ability to accommodate last minute schedule changes or program shifts.


This position requires an appropriate level of physical fitness to carry out assigned outdoor activities, and to navigate uneven trail and outdoor terrain.


Send application (available on our website), cover letter and resume to

Cover letter should include a statement of your personal philosophy of education, examples of how you have shown initiative and professional development in your past employment and educational experiences; highlight any specialized knowledge and skills that can bring innovation to our programs while supporting your unique professional interests.

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The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Rd.
Olivebridge, NY 12461

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