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Wildwood Programs, Inc. Instructor of Outdoor Education, Summer Program in Altamont, New York

Instructor of Outdoor Education, Summer Program

Job Type

Full Time

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Altamont, NY


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Contributes to and plans lessons in conjunction with the designated curriculum framework around various science and nature themes (life cycles, pond life, camping, etc).

• Creates learning materials geared to each student's ability and interest.

• Works with students to increase motivation, provides consistent reinforcement to learning, continuous assessment of level of functioning, and continuous feedback to student for all learning activities.

• Plan for groups of students at the elementary, intermediate, and high school levels.

• Use the NYS learning standards as a guide for planning activities.

• Collaborate with classroom teaching staff to ensure carryover and data collection of individual extended school year goals.

• Work closely and collaborate with an assistant that is in charge of the pond and pond-related activities.

• Assist with the planning, setup, execution, and clean up of an overnight.

• Report progress as needed to classroom staff and families.

• Review and ensure safety rules and procedures are followed at all times.

  • All supervisors, managers, and employees are all responsible for helping to create a workplace free of recognized hazards, and for acting safely.



B.A. in Education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university, minimum three years related experience working with individuals with special needs and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

Math Ability:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Appleworks, MS Word word processing software; Internet software and FileMaker Pro database software.

Certificates and Licenses: There are none required

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises Outdoor Education Assistant by guiding and structuring the program and activities related to Outdoor Education, specifically related to the Pond.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.

Provide support to students in crisis through the use of behavioral support techniques, including the use of personal physical interventions.

Additional Requirements:

A valid New York State Driver’s License and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Must have daily access to their own vehicle and drive our students when the program requires it.

Required to complete, pass, and use CALM training, provided by the school, which includes deescalation strategies and approved protective holds and movements for students.

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