Program Instructor- Full School year

The Ashokan Center
Job Overview

Live and work in the beautiful Catskill Mountains!


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

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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.
  • 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.
  • Access to prodeals.
  • Internet available at staff house.

Employment Terms

  • Fall through spring, (September–June) with a move-out period from Dec 18 through Jan 11
  • Residential staff start with an hourly rate of $10.40. Off-site staff start with an hourly rate of $11.40


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.


Send application (available on our website), cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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.

Academic Year Job Openings!
 Ashokan still has a few more Program Instructors positions to fill for the academic year. They especially have a need for male Instructors (although gals are still encouraged to apply).