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The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation (The Friends) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization in the Metro North Boston area. The Friends’ mission is to strive for the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, and to promote awareness, policies and programs that celebrate and preserve this public resource for current and future generations. The Friends relies primarily on volunteers and part-time staff to serve the community by providing educational and recreational programs in and about the Fells.

We are currently looking for qualified individuals for the following positions:

Seeking Forest Instructors for Summer, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE (05/05/20):

Friends of the Fells is currently awaiting guidance from state and national health authorities to determine whether our Forest Camp will be allowed to proceed, and if allowed to proceed, under what modified conditions to ensure public health.

If allowed to proceed, we anticipate that our Forest Camp schedule and programming details will likely need to be adjusted to conform with enhanced public health directives. Therefore, currently we cannot make any guarantees in regard to work schedules, including which weeks camp will be held or how many hours per week we can offer employment. When we are in a position to offer employment to applicants, our offer will be conditional and subject to change at any time. 

Our camp job openings are filling fast, so if you are interested in joining us as a Forest Instructor this summer we encourage you to apply without delay.

2020 Fells Forest Camp

Forest Kindergarten – Program Leaders (ages 4-5)
Forest Explorers – Program Leaders (ages 5+-7)
Forest Adventurers – Program Leaders (ages 8-12)

Job description

The Friends of the Fells is seeking youth program instructors for our 2020 Fells Forest Camp programming (Monday, June 22nd through Friday, August 21st) to facilitate the morning and afternoon sessions of the following programs: Forest Kindergarten (ages 4-5), Forest Explorers (ages 5+-7), and Forest Adventurers (ages 8-12).  Forest Kindergarten and Explorers will be at DCR Botume House on Woodland Road in Stoneham, and Adventurers will be at DCR Flynn Rink in Medford.

While session times vary according to program, age, and registration, leaders will generally need to be available to work between 8:30 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday — with some exceptions.

Each of these programs is designed to meaningfully connect children with nature through experiential learning, and unstructured outdoor play. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about both nature and children to lead this outdoor summer program. If you are interested in leading any of these programs, or to read more about them, please visit our Forest Camp web pages for details.

Desired skills, experience and requirements

  • Knowledge and experience as a naturalist, hike leader, and/or early-childhood educator
  • Passion for being outdoors, and for sharing nature with children
  • Demonstrated understanding of experiential education concepts and methodology
  • Basic knowledge of local flora and fauna (or the willingness to learn)
  • Energy and enthusiasm for playing, singing, and simply being outdoors with young children
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Certification or willing to become CPR/First Aid certified
  • CORI/SORI background checks (Friends of the Fells will perform)
  • Skill with photography also a plus

Hours and compensation
This is a seasonal part-time position, hours vary (part-time and full-time schedules available), but summer programming is held M-F, 8:30 am to 4 pm for all sessions.  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and three references to Chris Redfern, Executive Director, or email

Chris Redfern
Executive Director
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
c/o The Beebe Estate
235 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Volunteer Positions

In addition to these paid opportunities, we can always use more people involved in our work. Please check our Volunteer Opportunities page for information about how you can get involved.