Outdoor Instructor

Live, learn and teach in the heart off the Catskill Mountains!
Job Description

Live, learn, and teach in the Heart of the Catskill Mountains of New York while working at Frost Valley YMCA! Each year we serve over 20,000 people, primarily from the greater NYC, Long Island, and northern New Jersey region, through our Environmental Education and Groups and Family Retreats Departments. We provide exciting outdoor learning opportunities to very diverse audiences, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to access these experiences.

As a member of our Outdoor Instructor team, you will facilitate innovative outdoor experiences that help students, teachers and families deepen relationships and rediscover a love of learning. Outdoor Instructors are responsible for the preparation and delivery of programs offered through the Environmental Education, Teambuilding, and Group and Family Retreats programs which include but are not limited to guided hikes, ecology lessons, teambuilding, adventure education, and facilitating high and low ropes elements.  Each outdoor instructor must be able to effectively communicate and interact with students and guests of all ages in all types of weather. Persons of color  and bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply and we invite people of all backgrounds to realize our collective heritage in the natural world. 

Frost Valley YMCA seeks to promote an awareness of the interrelatedness of the natural world through the usage of the natural sciences.  We promote deeper connections for our students and guests with the outdoors, with each other, and with themselves.

FT (Aug- Jun), non exempt

Seasonal(Aug- Nov), non exempt


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Studies, Outdoor Recreation,related fields a plus OR equivalent life experiences

  • Previous experience working with children and adults, either in classrooms, after school programs, nature centers, outdoor schools or camp setting
  • Commitment to working with guests from diverse backgrounds, have empathy and respect for their social and emotional lives

  • Effective leadership, teaching, facilitation and communication skills

  • Firm commitment to guest service bringing warmth and fine eye for detail and hospitality 

  • Have passion, awe and wonder for the outdoors

  • Hold current First Aid/CPR certifications, or ability to obtain upon hire

Essential Functions
  • Facilitate, plan and implement programs with small groups of students and guests in the areas of ecology, challenge course, group work, outdoor education/recreation, local culture/history, primarily based outdoors. 
  • Prepare, develop, and maintain program spaces and resources for use by staff and participants.

  • Serve as host and point of contact for school and team building groups.

  • Participate in training and development opportunities.

  • This position requires weekend work.

  • Embrace the Frost Valley YMCA’s eight core values of respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, community, diversity, stewardship and inclusion. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.