North Country School is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres are forest preserve. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails. North Country School has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education, taking full advantage of its campus, the High Peaks region, and the cultural and recreational opportunities offered in nearby Lake Placid.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references as indicated on each job posting. Interviews, including demonstration lessons, will take place until the position is filled.

Alumni and Events Manager

North Country School and Camp Treetops, located in Lake Placid, NY seeks an Alumni and Events Manager for immediate placement. The Alumni and Events Manager will manage, develop and seek to expand opportunities for alumni, families, friends and trustees to be engaged through on-campus, regional and other planned events. Working under the direction of the Director of Advancement, this individual will work collaboratively with staff for both the school and camp programs.  The ideal candidate will be highly energetic, professional, a strong relationship builder, an articulate team player; be very well organized, a good communicator and be very detail oriented. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Alumni, Families, Friends and Trustee Events and Engagement:

  • Plan, organize, invite guests, and grow participation for:
    • School and Camp alumni outreach, networking and gathering
    • Six to ten campus events per year including reunions and Camp and School family events as well as coordinating use and rental of Rock-E House on the NCS/Treetops campus. 
    • Regional events nationwide including New York, Washington D.C., Alta Ski Resort (UT), Seattle, San Francisco or other locations as needed
    • Trustee meetings and dinners both on campus (2) and in NYC (2) annually
  • Work with Trustees and VIP volunteers to coordinate regional gatherings
  • Utilize event software in support of event invitation and follow up
  • Partner with advancement and communications personnel to keep alumni contact information and news updated and organized; promote upcoming events through social media, website and print communications
  • Work with other team members on donor stewardship efforts beyond events including special mailings, gifts and engagement

General Office and Organization Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, maintain consummate organization, project enthusiasm and sensitivity to needs of constituents
  • Be a resource for the advancement, communications and admissions staff
  • Provide counsel and assistance to colleagues and other duties as requested


  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred.  Experience in not-for-profit management or fundraising environments preferred.  Candidates with sales or hospitality experience will also be considered.
  • Willingness to understand the needs and interests of constituents in order to develop relationships with the institution
  • Possess an interest in education 
  • Strong organizational, communications, and analytical skills. Excellent ability to work with and develop a rapport with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • Eager to work collaboratively with colleagues including staff and faculty
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
  • The ability to travel as requested and a willingness to work some evenings and occasional weekends. 
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to . Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the importance of working as a community. www.northcountryschool.org

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged. www.camptreetops.org

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

6th Grade Humanities Teacher

North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey. 

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative 6th grade humanities and houseparent for the fall of 2023. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced faculty who are committed to building a joyful, inclusive, and respectful learning community. This teacher will be responsible for teaching 6th grade humanities courses as well as living in a house and serving as a houseparent. A candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.

Major Responsibilities    

1) Student Relationships

  • Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where students’ voices are celebrated.
  • Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
  • Serve as a houseparent in a house of 8-12 students; provide instruction in health, wellness, and character education while coaching, mentoring, and counseling.
  • Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.), as needed.

2) Learning  

  • Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging instruction.
  • Plan instruction that inspires enthusiasm, confidence, and a deep understanding of English and history.
  • Create learning experiences by incorporating a range of instruction modalities.
  • Assess understanding using a variety of formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize assessment feedback to adjust instruction and continuously improve student learning.
  • Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment.
  • Attend and collaborate in the organization of annual overnight educational trips.
  • Actively pursue student-centered professional learning opportunities aligned with school goals and initiatives.

3) Community

  • Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and special projects.
  • Communicate regularly with parents regarding curriculum, student progress, and course placements.
  • Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
  • Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc. 
  • Participate actively in department, grade-level team, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
  • Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development.

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • previous experience teaching English and/or history at the elementary,  middle school, or high school level
  • a Bachelor’s degree in English/history or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • partake in community work with students and engage with students in outdoor trips like rock climbing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, overnight hiking and camping, and many other activities that support our co-curricular focus on experiential learning. 
  • satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.
  • candidates who also have experience riding and caring for horses, have interest in participating in our equestrian program, and have the ability to teach lessons is a plus. 

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to .  Interviews including demonstration lessons  will take place until the position is filled.

Academic Internships

North Country School is seeking one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

All Academic Interns are supported by faculty mentors as they…

  • learn to employ NCS’s unique teaching pedagogy
  • navigate classes and communication structures built around them
  • learn to balance a variety of responsibilities in residential, academic and co-curricular programs
  • develop, refine, reflect, and expand teaching strategies
  • develop a professional growth plan
  • seek non-evaluative feedback on teaching and professional life
  • learn new skills

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, outtime facilitator, tutor and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work towards teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an edible schoolyard class and will assist in houseparenting. Occasional opportunities to fill in

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet regularly with their mentor teacher/s
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Matthew P. Smith, Director of School, at: .

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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Policies on Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at North Country School are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of North Country School.

A. Non-Discrimination

North Country School is committed to:

  • Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;
  • Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and
  • Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.

B. Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by North Country School.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to North Country School contingent on rendering sexual favors,
  • Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between North Country School and the individual; or
  • A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.
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