Learning Guide Instructor

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The mission of Earthworks Programs at The Center for Youth is to create a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment, where people develop resilience, self- confidence and an appreciation for the natural world. Earthworks programs use a strengths based approach to education; working collaboratively to develop strategic partnerships focused on community building, practical knowledge, outdoor education and alleviating poverty. Our programs link human health with stewardship, positive youth development with a sense of social responsibility, and education with community outreach. We provide a holistic means of building relationships across both private and public sectors, and serve all children and young adults of Rochester in creating healthy, lasting bonds between the natural world and themselves.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: We work with a number of different schools and organizations as a part of afterschool activities, classroom teaching, field trip expeditions, forest school, survival workshops and extended day programs, including summer camps and school break camps. Earthworks Programs at the Center for Youth are not seeking a typical outdoor educator.

We are seeking gregarious, energetic individuals who understand the importance of empowering at-risk youth in the most epic outdoor experiences within even the most mundane of environments. Our unique approach to education fosters a meaningful connection to the outdoors through nature awareness, primitive skills, curiosity, community and the therapeutic element of the natural world. Youth aged 4-16 join us for the experience of being able to run wild and free.

We will bring the experience to the youth, creating the adventure no matter where we find ourselves – gathering resources, crafting tools, navigating the landscape, mastering epic games and challenges. Learning guides will help craft our nature-based programs, facilitate positive group energy, and keep kids safe and engaged.


  •  CPR and first aid certifications or Wilderness first aid
  •  Bachelor’s degree with preference given to those with coursework in environmental studies.
  •  Must have outdoor education experience as well as experience working with at-risk and urban youth in K-8 classrooms (no certification required)
  • Must have some form of experience designing/ implementing hands-on nature based programming, including wilderness and primitive skills.
  • Must be able to multi-task and coordinate with various stakeholders including teachers, administrators and other Earthworks staff.
  • Must be personable, reliable, and have an ability to work well with young, school-aged students in fluctuating environments
  • Strong background in restorative justice, trauma informed care, classroom teaching and/or team-building.


  •  A tenacious ability to “make things happen” for students
  • A collaborative approach to solving concerns, including good rapport with students and families
  • Professionalism, with students, staff and community work-force partners
  • Initiative and flexibility, as this role will evolve to respond to student needs
  • Good organization, time management and documentation skills
  • Ability to build cooperative relationships with youth and parents
  • Ability to work independently, creatively and to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with school personnel, collaborative partners, community resources and other program staff
  • Sensitivity to, appreciation for and ability to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A valid driver’s license and regular access to a motor vehicle
  • Automobile insurance at the level of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident Bodily Injury and $50,000 Property Damage


The Center delivers programs and services to youth and families across Monroe County who represent many racial, cultural and geographic groups. The Center ensures understanding and values differences in people of diverse cultures, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, disabilities and beliefs. All staff are required to attend cultural competency workshops and training and to continually enhance their own understanding of cultural diversity. The Center Performance Appraisal, administered annually, provides an opportunity for staff to evaluate how they are integrating culturally competent practices into everyday work.

*Note: It is also mandatory that new employees be cleared by the NYS Central Register prior to unsupervised interaction with clients.


Candidates must be able to be autonomously mobile in order to provide the required services.

Must be able to work outdoors, in all types of weather for extended periods of time.


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Pay Range  –  $16.00 – $19.00

The Center for Youth is provides equal opportunities for employment.

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