Position Announcement

Mohonk Preserve, New York State’s largest member & visitor supported nature preserve, is seeking a dependable team member to fill the position of:

Summer Camp Educators – Varied Positions

Photo by Gerald Berliner

About the Position:
We have exceptional Environmental Education programs for all ages including in-school programs; field studies; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM); public and teen programs and more. We are seeking 2-3 individuals who love the outdoors and enjoy sharing nature with children. Organizational and positive interpersonal skills are a must. These non-exempt positions are seasonal and report to the Director of Education.

Seasonal; Non-exempt



  • Mountainside Adventures: Lead Educator stipend of $3,560; Assisting Educator stipend of $2,960, for two 2-week sessions (July 10-21 and July 31-August 11).
  • Camp Peregrine: Assisting Educator stipend of $970/week (up to 6 one-week sessions, flexible weeks).

Essential Functions:

  • Ensuring safety of campers at all times
  • Serving as role model for Mohonk Preserve’s stewardship ethics and philosophy of environmental education
  • Planning and co-leading 1 or more sessions of summer camp
  • Communicating with parents and campers as needed
  • Attending and participating in camp-related trainings
  • Purchasing supplies within the approved budget
  • Communicating with parents and staff about changes to the schedule
  • Coordinating weather and other related location changes as needed
  • Developing and leading daily camp activities and hikes
  • Mountainside Adventures sessions include one overnight sleepout under the stars, weather permitting

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, natural sciences or related fields OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience teaching/working with children outdoors
  • Ability to plan and implement fun, educational hikes and activities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including comfort communicating with parents and other staff
  • Driver’s license and vehicle required
  • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Office 365 applications, remote work platforms (e.g., Teams, Zoom)
  • Have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to ensure that all people are respected and welcomed at Mohonk Preserve. This includes participating in ongoing education and other work the organization undertakes to develop and incorporate these principles
  • Bonus skills:
      • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English)

Mohonk Preserve’s main offices are located at our Visitor Center in Gardiner, NY. Working hours to be coordinated with supervisor.

COVID-19 Considerations:
The health and safety of our employees and their families is of the utmost importance. Mohonk Preserve requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors CDC Mask Guidance. Regular testing may be required for the unvaccinated. All employees are expected to adhere to required Mohonk Preserve COVID-19 protocols.

Mohonk Preserve is a smoke-free campus.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to hike at least five miles with some elevation gain while carrying 20 pounds
  • Frequently works outdoors
  • May require standing, walking, hiking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, carrying equipment

How to Apply:
Resumes will be accepted with letter of interest and 3 professional references for contact. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications must be received by February 12, 2023. Email to employment@mohonkpreserve.org
Include in subject line “Summer Camp Educator”.

The anticipated start date of this position is July 2023
No phone calls please

Additional Information:

More information about Mohonk Preserve can be found at https://www.mohonkpreserve.org/


This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.