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

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).