Youth Mountain Adventure Program (YMAP) Summer Adventure Instructor - Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program


Job Description

Each year, the AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) makes the outdoors accessible to over 35,000 youth from urban, lower income communities throughout the Northeast. We accomplish this by providing training and support to hundreds of youth workers and teachers that independently lead their groups of youth into the outdoors. YOP’s continuum of services includes outdoor leadership training, free equipment loans, trip planning assistance, reduced lodging rates at AMC destinations, professional development, and youth adventures. This unique model enables our YOP-trained partners to use the outdoors to meet their youth development goals. YOP is expanding rapidly and looking for talented individuals to join our team, which aims to serve at least 60,000 youth per year by 2020. About YMAP The Youth Mountain Adventure Program (YMAP) is an initiative of YOP for youth organizations located in the Greater Boston area. The mission of YMAP is to promote positive youth development by exposing youth ages 11-18 to the wonders of the outdoors on wilderness adventures. These 4-day excursions are provided free of cost, including transportation. With these added resources, YMAP trips are a chance for YOP groups to participate in longer, more challenging trips than would typically be possible for individual agencies to lead independently.

The YMAP Summer Adventure Instructor is a seasonal position that is responsible for the planning, logistics and co-leading of eight 4-day YMAP excursions with YOP Members and their organization’s youth. These trips include hiking, camping, backpacking, and canoeing at AMC’s Cardigan Reservation in New Hampshire. Instructors are responsible for some administrative tasks including trip planning, conducting pre-trip meetings, providing support for YOP’s equipment room, completing trip reports and debriefs, and other logistical duties. This position will also lead various day trips in and around the Boston area as needed during June. Most weekends are off and hours include continuous overnights while on trips. 

General Responsibilities: 

  • Complete YOP’s Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) with a pre-trip meeting on June 4 and backpacking training June 8-12
  • Lead groups of 8-10 urban youth (ages 11 to 18) on a variety of outdoor adventure activities with a co-leader from the participating youth agency. Trips include a series of four-day camping, hiking, canoeing and swimming experiences, as well as day trips
  • Teach leadership, communication, teambuilding and challenge initiatives, basic outdoor living skills, and Leave No Trace ethics, all with safety as a top priority 
  • Clean and maintain trip equipment, including tents, stoves, sleeping bags, clothing, and cooking gear. Prepare necessary gear for the trip each week
  • Report on each trip by documenting trip summaries, statistics, testimonials and photographs. Provide recommendations for program improvement
  • Assist with completion of trip itineraries and curriculum development
  • Plan menus, organize, and purchase food
  • Conduct participant pick-up/drop-off from the Boston area with a 12-passenger van
  • Plan and co-facilitate pre-trip meetings with YOP Members for youth attending multi-day trips 
  • Work closely with the Outdoor Adventure and Partnerships Coordinator to check in and debrief each trip experience
  • Collaborate professionally with YOP Members participating in trips in a co-leadership capacity. Model best practices and provide a positive and experiential learning environment for adult co-leaders and youth alike
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Apply by: May 10 2016


Camp/Organization: Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program (ACA Accredited)

Location: Boston

Type of Position: Specialized Activity Leader

Time Frame: Seasonal

Salary: $500-600/wk


We seek a responsible, energetic, and organized individual that is dedicated to the mission of YOP to make the outdoors accessible to all

  • Experience and interest in working with urban youth
  • Background and experience in Outdoor Leadership or Recreation, Environmental Education or Studies, Youth Development, Education or related field
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people, and establish and maintain strong organizational partnerships
  • Strong outdoor leadership skills including backpacking, hiking, camping, winter skills, and/or canoeing
  • Experience leading groups of youth on day and multi-day outdoor trips
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent logistical and organizational skills for outdoor program planning and implementation
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR (Can be obtained upon hire)
  • Ability to drive 12-passenger van safely and possession of a clear personal driving history. Must hold valid driver’s license and be able to pass a DOT medical exam
  • Willingness to hike and camp in mountain terrain carrying a 40-50 pound pack, in all weather conditions
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn Efforts to Outcomes, our new database
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings, including Tuesday through Friday for eight weeks in July and August
  • Excellent group management, facilitation, and behavior management skills. Ability to lead meaningful and effective group games and activities.

Additional Information

This position represents a great opportunity to learn and implement outdoor leadership curriculum and work closely with Boston area youth agencies, while having fun outdoors! Adventure Instructors also gain exposure to future employment opportunities at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Applicants must be available from June 4th through September 2nd and able to work at AMC’s Boston Headquarters. This position reports to the YOP Outdoor Adventure and Partnerships Coordinator.


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