A 1-2 year experience of providing leadership and service to others.
Through our RamaYear program, recent college graduates devote a year or two of their early careers to an immersive year-round service experience on our Rhinebeck, NY campus. At Ramapo, these young adults spend their days working with groups of youth and educators on outdoor adventure-based retreats that build teamwork and communication skills. They design activities to meet each retreat group’s needs and goals, and lead teambuilding games and leadership development exercises. RamaYear staff live with and serve as mentors to our Staff Assistants: young adults, 18-25 years old, who seek to become self-sufficient and build social, independent living and job skills. Additionally, RamaYear play key roles in Camp Ramapo, a traditional summer camp experience for children ages 6-16 with social, emotional or learning challenges.
At the outset, new RamaYear staff members receive intensive training in Ramapo’s approach and philosophy, acquiring a toolbox of skills and strategies to create environments that foster success. Through their experiences leading retreat groups, mentoring Staff Assistants and being a part of Camp Ramapo, they strive to embody these practices and role model them effectively each day.
Full-time, salaried positions. Includes room & board and full benefits.
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Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Phone and Skype interviews are available. If you have questions, please contact Kate Wrightington at 845-876-8423 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Matthew was looking for a job that was personally rewarding and fun, but also provided solid skills that could be applied to his future career choices. Ramapo for Children’s RamaYear program caught his attention and since joining the team, Matthew has enjoyed a wealth of experiences and challenges.
As a RamaYear, each day provides a variety of tasks and new lessons to be learned. The work week is typically divided between completing various duties on-campus, one-on-one work with Ramapo for Children’s Staff Assistants, and planning and assisting group retreats to the Rhinebeck campus. Matthew notes that another important aspect of working as a RamaYear is being conscious of your behavior and how it can be interpreted. Because RamaYears work so closely with Staff Assistants and retreat groups, being a positive role model at all times is an important part of the position and one that he takes very seriously. Through his position as a RamaYear, Matthew has grown and built great relationships with the people around him and counts the opportunity to work on Ramapo for Children’s campus as a rewarding experience.
What You’ll Do
Make a difference and inspire change: impact thousands of children, young adults and educators each year by helping them to realize their full potential.
- Work with 8,000 children, young adults, educators and youth workers who visit campus each year
- Facilitate outdoor adventure-based, community building retreats for groups of youth and adults from urban schools
- Lead icebreakers, teambuilding activities and leadership development exercises
- Manage all outdoor activities: lead hikes, facilitate ropes courses, build campfires, facilitate indoor and outdoor climbing walls, and much more
- Live with and serve as a mentor, role model and job coach to a young adult with learning differences, ADHD and/or autism spectrum disorders
- Create emotionally safe environments for young people, and live and work in an inclusive community
- Be part of a team of dedicated and passionate professionals
What You’ll Gain
Build a foundation for lifelong leadership: get an extraordinary professional experience and essential career and life skills to help you stand out in a competitive job market.
- Develop exceptional team-building, leadership and management skills
- Receive state of the art training in program planning and group management of the kind Ramapo provides to over 10,000 teachers and youth service professionals in NYC
- Gain intensive, hands-on experience with a wide range of populations
- Learn to quickly build relationships with individuals with diverse backgrounds and needs
- Improve your ability to manage projects, solve problems, resolve conflicts and communicate effectively
- Increase your self-confidence and make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults
- Master technical skills for outdoor leadership, such as putting people on belay; leading hikes, paddling tours and other expeditions; building fires and more
Who You’ll Work With
Join the Ramapo family: be part of a supportive and tightly knit community of talented and engaged people.
- Join a team of dedicated and compassionate professionals
- Receive guidance and support from highly experienced, accomplished and caring senior staff members
- Live and work alongside fellow RamaYear staff
- Build lifelong friendships and connect with driven, like-minded peers
- Gain access to the network of Ramapo staff and alumni
What We Look For
- Recent college graduate
- Ability to live on Ramapo’s campus in Rhinebeck, NY
- Motivation, and an interest in Ramapo’s mission
- Experience in youth development, special education, community development, and/or adventure education is a plus
“I’ve grown so much since being here. I’ve been pushed to lead others and make decisions, and am more confident as a result. I love taking groups on hikes to see wildlife and to get away from the sounds of cars and people. A lot of our youth participants have never been out of the city before, and it’s amazing to share that experience with them.” –Lainey, a first-year RamaYear member
“You have to make personal sacrifices and step far outside of your comfort zone. You also have to think outside of yourself. In college, you tend to focus on your own wants and needs. It’s been good for me to get the sense that there are things bigger than myself, and that I can help people by putting aside my own issues and focusing on theirs.” –Patrick, a second-year RamaYear member