EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT2024-02-27T16:33:11+00:00

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.

Faculty

Ceramics Teacher

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative ceramics teacher and houseparent for the fall of 2024. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced faculty who are committed to the mission to “create a community that gives children the self-confidence, knowledge, skills, and values to lead satisfying and productive lives while contributing to their world.” Our goal is to build a joyful, inclusive, and respectful learning community. 

This teacher will be responsible for teaching up to four sections of middle school art courses as well as living on campus and serving as a support houseparent. The successful candidate must be able to transfer an enthusiasm for and a deep understanding of  ceramics to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. 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

  • Create an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where students’ voices is 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 the arts.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Art or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • the desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
  • a sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
  • the desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences and viewpoints
  • 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.

The wage for this position ranges from $25,000 to $28,000 based on experience. Housing is included with this position. Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to .  Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

6th Grade Humanities Teacher

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative 6th Grade Humanities and houseparent for the fall of 2024. 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. 

The wage for this position ranges from $26,000 to $36,000 based on experience. Housing is included with this position. Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to . Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

Learning Support Specialist

North Country School in Lake Placid, NY, has engaged DovetailED to lead a search for a Learning Support Specialist beginning September 1, 2024. Interested candidates should review the position statement and submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references with contact information as a single PDF document to DovetailED President Zack Lehman at .

North Country School | Learning Support Specialist Position Statement: https://bit.ly/3UuKa3i.

This Learning Support Specialist will assist in supporting our middle school students and their unique learning styles. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills and experience in evaluating and aiding children with various learning styles. This teacher will be responsible for teaching a full course load of learning support classes 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 and confidence. 
  • Bring Experience with skill-building strategies and tools of learning support such as mnemonics, graphic organizers, webs and two column notes for enhancing comprehension, visualizing, making inferences, drawing conclusions and synthesizing information
  • 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 learning support classes at the elementary,  middle school, or high school level
  • a degree in middle school education and/or experience in providing Orton Gillingham services 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.

The wage for this position ranges from $34,000 to $38,000 per year based on experience.

Per Diem School Nurse

North Country School is seeking an experienced and collaborative per-diem School Nurse for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. The School Nurse would be responsible for overseeing the general health and wellbeing of the students. The successful candidate must be comfortable working with students in grades 4-9 and possess a deep understanding  of medical conditions and treatments as well as state rules and regulations. 

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Associate’s degree in Nursing required (RN or LPN preferred) 
  • Passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • The desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
  • Sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
  • Satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.

The pay for this position is $225 per day. Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to

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

The wage for this position is $1,600/month and includes room and board. 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: .

Year-round Staff

Experienced Kitchen Cook

North Country School & Camp Treetops seeks a full-time/year-round cook. We work in several kitchens and provide farm to fork meals to our students/campers and staff.

Starting pay is commensurate with experience. We provide amazing benefits including health insurance from day 1. We cook with produce that has been grown in our gardens or locally procured. Our pork and lamb have been raised on our farm and have been cared for by our staff and students. We buy other meats locally, sustaining our community. We also raise our own chickens and turkeys for both meat and eggs.

Our cooks have the opportunity to cook using their individual skills. We prepare meals from scratch every day and provide family-style meals. The menu is constantly changing and individual creativity is encouraged.

This is a full-time position with 2 days off together each week and a schedule that allows you to be home at a reasonable time each night. We encourage all interested to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in a school kitchen or restaurant
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to details and ability to follow instructions and recipes
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to work in a team environment and help in all aspects as needed
  • Experience working in an environment with children; provide supervisory guidance in providing direction to students/campers who work on various kitchen tasks
  • Strong knowledge of food handling and safety procedures
  • Strong passion for cooking and/or baking and creating dishes from various cultures
  • Have experience in preparing for various dietary needs; being conscious of allergens in food and providing options to serve various food requirements
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and able to climb stairs

Interested candidates can submit a resume to .

Pay: $17.00 – $19.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Disability insurance
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off

Year Round Garden Systems Intern

North Country School & Camp Treetops seeks a year-round garden systems intern for the 2024-2025 season from June 2024 through the end of May 2025.

In the garden spaces, you will be a part of everything from seeding, to transplanting, to tractor work, to harvest and working with our farm to table kitchen. You will help manage our rotating drum compost facility along with our garden manager. You will spend a lot of time preparing fields and planting, as well as working to tend tomatoes in our 100 ft greenhouse. From May to October, the focus will be on the production gardens and perennial gardens. In the winter and spring, we will create a crop plan, furthering our farming knowledge, and prepare for and lead the community in maple sugaring in our 11 acre sugar bush. We typically grow over 30 varieties of annual flowers, and over 25 different annual vegetables and herbs. You will support the barn during all school events on the farm, barn chores, and lambing season.

During Camp, you will help lead twice daily chores in the gardens with campers and counselors. Each week, you will offer 1-2 hour long activities with campers in the camp you are working in (Junior 8-11 or Senior 12-14). These activities are focused on farming and the natural environment here in the Adirondacks. These activities can be whimsical and based on your personal interests and connecting the farm to our campers experience. You will participate in and lead weekly community mornings during the summer in each camp, where a large farm related job takes place. You will also help cook a lunch on Sunday’s for the campers on the garden harvest job that week. Again, the creativity is up to you!

Each week during the school year, you will support an Edible Schoolyard (ESY) class. Here, you will be able to share connections from our farm to the classroom. You will help incorporate the farm into core classes throughout the year. Each week you will offer a few “out times”. These are outside and active activities at the end of the school day that bring students to the farm and the outdoors. The farm works together to head tables during family style meals. The school year is a balance between working on the farm and supporting the school program. Your day will be a mix of both farm work and working within the school community.

You will be a part of weekend programming working both on the farm and with students. Being a part of the school community includes going to all school events where we can come together and share our work with one another.

We take pride in being well organized, and maintaining beauty in the fields and the quality of what we produce and grow. 

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 21+
  • One season of garden related experience is helpful, but not required
  • A strong work ethic, timeliness, and an eye for detail and efficiency
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willingness to laugh and have fun. We work closely together and camaraderie is part of the joy of farmwork. Communication is vital for understanding instructions and maintaining a comfortable work environment
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Proactive and forward thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your own education. Even if there is no explicit instruction happening, there are always opportunities to learn
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. There are often long days spent doing physical work in a range of weather
  • Night and weekend work
  • Willingness to learn how to operate farm equipment
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record

Compensation

Year round farm interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 plus housing, all regular meals, and paid time off. Additionally, year round interns can elect to sign up for health insurance.

Ultimately, this year round internship can be your stepping stone. This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We’d like to be your guides in that journey! 

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to

  1. Tell us about yourself; your interests, your longer term plans, why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. What do you hope to learn?
  3. What is your previous work experience on a farm or in a school?
  4. What is your learning style?

Please include a resume and 3 references from previous work experience.

Year Round Livestock Intern

North Country School & Camp Treetops seeks a year round livestock intern for the 2024-2025 season from the start of June 2024 through the end of May 2025.

As a year round livestock intern, you will work at the barn caring for and learning about chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses. Throughout the year, you will lead children through daily barn chores, caring for the animals as they grow and change with the seasons, each of which brings its own lessons – to both the farmers and the classrooms. Together our community will harvest chickens and turkeys, monitor ewes for signs of labor, and work together to stack hay in the barns for winter. You will support the garden spaces during all school events on the farm, and during maple sugaring. As a farm intern you will experience a space where physical labor meets academic instruction and you’ll be an integral part of sharing that with campers and students over the course of the days, weeks, and months.

During Camp, you will lead twice daily chores with campers and counselors at the barn, and in the pasture on a weekly rotation. Each week, you will offer 1-2 hour long activities with campers in the camp you are working in (Junior 8-11 or Senior 12-14). These activities are focused on farming and the natural environment here in the Adirondacks. These activities can be whimsical and based on your personal interests and connecting the farm to our campers experience.  You will participate in and lead weekly community mornings during the summer in each camp, where a large farm related job takes place.

Each week during the school year, you will support an Edible Schoolyard (ESY) class. Here, you will share connections from our farm to the classroom. There is an expectation that you will help incorporate the farm into core classes throughout the year. Each week you will offer a few “out times”. These are outside and active activities at the end of the school day that bring students to the farm and the outdoors. The farm works together to head tables during family style meals. The school year is a balance between working on the farm and supporting the school program. Your day will be a mix of both farm work and working within the school community. You will be a part of weekend programming working both on the farm and with students. Being a part of the school community includes going to all school events where we can come together and share our work with one another.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 21+
  • One year of animal care experience
  • A strong work ethic, timeliness, and an eye for detail and efficiency
  • Upbeat, able to find joy in simple moments, willingness to laugh and have fun. We work closely together and camaraderie is part of the joy of farm work.
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Proactive and forward thinking, both in daily farm tasks and your own education. Even if there is no explicit instruction happening, there are always opportunities to learn
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, kneel for long periods, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. There are often long days spent doing physical work in a range of weather
  • Night and weekend work
  • A driver’s license and clean driving record

Compensation

Year round farm interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 a month plus housing, all regular meals, and paid time off.  Additionally, year round interns can elect to sign up for health insurance.

Ultimately, this year round farm internship can be your stepping stone. This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing food for your community and farm education. We’d like to be your guides in that journey! 

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to

  1. Tell us about yourself; your interests, your longer term plans, why you want to work on an educational farm
  2. What do you hope to learn?
  3. What is your previous work experience on a farm or in a school?
  4. What is your learning style?

Please include a resume and provide 3 references from a previous work experience.

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.

Policies on Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment

North Country School is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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.

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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