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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.

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS

North Country School is offering up to three 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.

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, out-time facilitator, tutor, and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work toward teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an Edible Schoolyard class, and will assist in houseparenting.

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 weekly with mentor teacher and Director of Teaching & Learning
  • 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.

North Country School is a junior boarding/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. Math students learn measurement and computer skills by tracking the weights of newborn lambs. Science students study anatomy by reassembling chicken skeletons from birds they harvest. English students write persuasive letters to elected officials about environmental issues they research. Arts students restore rowboats, knit scarves from wool from our own sheep, and create sculptures and murals that decorate our campus.

North Country School and Camp Treetops seek a full-time Director of Facilities to oversee the execution of all aspects of the facility maintenance and planning.

The Director of Facilities is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the physical plant and property for the North Country School / Camp Treetops and Rock-E property.  The Director is responsible for the supervision of the maintenance staff and their activities. The Director will manage all contracted services and ensure the physical operation of the property meets budgetary and strategic objectives.  The Director will also bring experience in project management and have excellent communication skills.  A candidate with a strong sense of environmental sustainability who has a desire to continue to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint and experience with energy management systems that provide a more sustainable environment is essential to being successful.  

This position is currently open and will remain open until filled. Compensation for this position will be based on the level of experience and knowledge of the candidate.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

As a key member of the Administrative Team, this candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in directing, supervising and evaluating department staff; ensuring staff are properly trained relative to specific job tasks and responsibilities.
  • Assure confidence and a high regard for safety in the community that regular maintenance and repair tasks are attended to, that preventative maintenance plans are in place to lessen future plant issues and that there is available staff for emergency maintenance issues if they occur. 
  • Direct, schedule and oversee external contractors including electricians, plumbers, excavators, roofers, painters, landscapists, etc. Assure compliance of all contractors to safety standards and mitigate risk.
  • Management of a facilities budget including approval of expenditures, financial planning of all repairs and replacement projects and monitor expenditures.
  • Plan and manage physical plant projects. Obtain estimates of cost, oversee site and building projects ensuring compliance with local laws. Be accountable to managing a project budget.
  • Demonstrate open and comprehensive communication of physical plant activities. Have excellent organizational skills and a broad knowledge of business functions.
  • Ensure proper systems are in place for managing all mechanical systems including a wastewater treatment plant, potable water system and heating systems of various types.
  • Work collaboratively with all staff to assure project planning and implementation aligns with our school and camp program schedules and facility needs.  Minimize disruptions to overall business operations.
  • Ability to plan and direct physical plant initiatives that enhance and sustain our diverse facility with strong budget planning and management. Coordinate facility initiatives with the Plant Committee of the Board of Trustees in order to help prioritize campus needs.
  • Quickly develop an understanding of the complex systems, policies and agreements in place to help manage a very diverse institution.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in facilities management, engineering or property management or related field and/or 5 years of experience in property/facility management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Project management experience
  • Strong desire to maintain the forest and land management of the facility
  • Good knowledge of regulations and laws regarding facilities
  • Ability to multitask and be willing to get their hands dirty 
  • Computer proficiency, Google workspace knowledge and knowledge of working with various preventative maintenance systems

To apply, or for more information, send an email to: , or send a request via U.S. mail to: Attention: Director of Facilities Search Committee, North Country School and Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Cover letter and resume required.

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.

Now hiring a full-time/year-round Maintenance Technician for North Country School/Camp Treetops.

Starting pay is commensurate with experience. We provide benefits including health insurance from day 1. We seek an independent maintenance technician who will be responsible for a variety of hands-on tasks related to buildings and grounds maintenance.

The ideal candidate will have worked with hand tools, power and carpentry tools and various maintenance vehicles safely.  Candidate must present a positive attitude, and enjoy working in a school community.

If you are interested, please contact us with a resume with job experiences.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.50 – $16.50 per hour

Education:   High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:   Have worked performing similar tasks before

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist wastewater treatment operator with required tasks
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks including waste removal, grounds work, maintaining fleet vehicles and managing various tasks as they come up.
  • Perform most maintenance tasks as assigned by a computerized maintenance management system
  • Safely operate hand tools, power tools and machinery including tractors and mowers
  • Perform landscape improvement including tree removal

Uniform:  none

Company’s website:

  • www.northcountryschool.org

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

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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