Summer Position: Ecology Program Director
Christodora: Nature Learning Leadership . . . has a new opening for a Summer Ecology Program
Director and is seeking teachers or educators with a background in the sciences to lead a discovery-based,
research program for high school students in July 2019. This is an opportunity to lead
scientific investigations of the forested ecosystems within the 6,000-acres of Great Mountain Forest
(GMF) near Norfolk, CT, where the Yale School of Forestry conducts educational research programs. Consortium teachers have held this position in the past.
Christodora is a 122-year old nonsectarian nonprofit organization that inspires urban youth from
under-resourced backgrounds to develop life and leadership skills through immersion in the natural
world and hands-on environmental science. The Summer Ecology Program (SEP) recruits approx.
16-20 motivated high school youth from NYC, presenting a powerful dynamic for direct attention in
a small group atmosphere. With input from the GMF foresters and other local experts, the Director leads
the group in hikes and other explorations as the students “live and breathe” the scientific method; at
the end of the 2-week program student teams present their original research findings to the GMF
staff and guests. Students also swim in Tobey Pond and take advantage of nearby community resources
including the Norfolk public library and the Yale Summer Music Festival.
The program is based at the Yale Camp within GMF, which includes a lodge with a common room, vintage classroom and staff/guest bedrooms; family-style meals prepared by the program’s cook are served in the dining room. Students stay in a loft upstairs or in bunk beds located in rustic cabins with nearby fully functional bathroom facilities. Most important is the outdoor classroom: 6,000 acres of forests,
bogs, streams, and ponds within GMF.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for making a positive and impactful difference in the lives of
urban youth through the discovery and study of our natural world, as well as experience in a residential camping or learning environment.
Position Date Requirements:
Must be available to meet with staff, engage with the local community, and design the program
experience before training dates.
On-Site Training: July 5-7; Program: July 8-23; Closure & Debrief: July 23-24.
• Facilitate a fun, engaging, community where urban youth feel comfortable outside and
inspired to learn about our natural world.
• Provide scientific leadership by mentoring and facilitating all aspects of students’ success
with independent research projects and presentations.
• Train and manage a team of three staff (1 Educator, 1 Intern, 1 Cook)
• Maintain and foster strong community relations by collaborating and engaging with community members and local partnerships.
• With the support of Christodora’s administration, direct and manage all program schedules,
logistics, and risk management plans including overnight supervision of youth in an outdoor
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline with the ability to lead a student centered and
experientially focused research program.
• Successful candidates have the ability to lead inspiring field research for inner city high
• Energetic and motivated individual with the ability to be flexible and sensitive to the diverse
needs of both the program and students.
• References, background checks, driver’s license, and a physical are required.
• First Aid/ CPR Certification or ability to obtain prior to start or program.
• The Summer Ecology Program Director is a seasonally contracted position. Stipend is
negotiable based on experience.
Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with “SEP
Director” in the title. Christodora is committed to making a difference within a culturally diverse
educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about
how they will further this goal. Three professional references will be required.
Christodora is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.