We hire the best people we can possibly find in the business. First and foremost, you must love the outdoors.

Our team comes from many backgrounds — college & high-school students, camp counselors, teachers, NOLS, Outward Bound instructors etc. We also hire outstanding applicants from our partner organization, City Kids Wilderness Project. Feel free to apply for our program at any point. We make our final selection for each January during the prior Fall.

We would love to have you join our energetic, outgoing and outdoorsy team. We are always looking for new faces that are up to the task of ensuring every child involved with the ELEMENTS is having a fun, safe and MEMORABLE experience.


2020 Administrative & Operations Director 


The Elements DC is looking for an Administrative & Operations Director to join our team in Washington, D.C.

This is a unique role for someone who is passionate about the outdoors, wellness and the guts and glory of working for a small business. If you can interact as comfortably with elementary aged kids as you can with corporate executives, start-up entrepreneurs and stay-at-home moms, we want you on our team.

The Elements DC Mission: We’re dedicated to getting you outside, active, and grounded. Our mission is to provide creative experiences in the outdoors to build a happier, healthier and stronger community. At Elements we see an opportunity to play a role in how people authentically connect. Our programs for kids meet in Washington, DC and our programs for adults adventure locally and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

What we need:

In a nutshell, we are looking for someone who likes to wear many professional ‘hats’ and is willing to go above and beyond to make Elements the best. Read on for the details but you will be engaged in all aspects of the business whether that is administrative duties in the office or projects accomplished at your fave coffee shop or in he woods with our participants.

  • PROMOTIONS: Responsible for brand promotion with the director of Elements. Manage and maintain website, social media platforms, print content and brand for updates and consistency of messaging to help market all Elements DC offerings and events. Support Director in cultivation of targeted, strategic partnerships for The Elements DC programming with the goal of growing brand awareness and expanding new program opportunities.


    • ADULTS: Logistics and execution of Elements ADULT offerings with a focus on program preparation, customer activation and communications and follow up. Guiding support and/or leader for ADULT custom and seasonal offerings.

    • KIDS: Coordinator of Junior Crew program and Enrichment Program. Weekly communications with parents and back up Site Leader. Pre-season and weekly organizing of KIDS’ program materials and communications.

  • ADMINISTRATION: Weekly administrative responsibilities.

What we are looking for in you:

  • STRONG INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Great attitude, hard working, positive attitude and good energy. Calm and grounded and experienced in inspiring small groups of youth as well as adults in the outdoors?

  • CREATIVE & FOCUSED: You have curiosity, creativity, a lot of gumption and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. You are organized, resourceful, and great at multitasking. You are good at staying focused and prioritizing to do’s based on the company’s agreed upon goals.  You are detail, deadline, and results oriented and able to be ‘two steps ahead’ so as to blaze the trail (whether in the office or woods) for the director, kids or clients.

  • CLEAR COMMUNICATOR: You have some combination of experience with written communications, online & print content creation for purposes of furthering growth and promotion of events. TECH SAVVY: You are savvy (or willing to take the time to learn)  with using Square Space, Mail Chimp, Facebook/Instagram, Quickbooks, Google Drive

  • HOSPITABLE: You have a knack for hospitality/creative event planning/customer service experience as well as tapping into your inner child for creative interaction with our KIDS.

  • OUTDOOR SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & PASSION: It’s what we are all about and we need you to be comfortable, experienced, skilled and passionate about being active, outdoors and in all sorts of elements.

The Elements DC CULTure

  • As a team, we are  small but mighty and are truly passionate about all The Elements DC has to offer to our community. Our team mantra is ELEVATE. We want everything we do to always ELEVATE the Elements experience for all.

  • We are devoted to creating an open and collaborative environment. We love new ideas and insights.

    Working at The Elements DC

    We are growing and are looking for someone who can grow with us. With that in mind, the hours for this position can be flexible, part-time and will vary depending on projects, goals and deadlines. We are adaptable and, like the seasons change, so too does our pace of work:

    • Winter is our busiest season with daily administrative tasks and our KIDS sessions Monday through Thursday (and some Friday) afternoons

    • Spring and Fall are busy with admin duties and ADULT offerings: we have our seasonal Spring and Fall Week of Walks and overnights and will set goals for scheduling and guiding custom day and overnight Elements custom Experiences. W

    • Summer time is our time to regroup, plan and think big.

  • We are looking to hire someone for an initial 3 month trial period where pay will be hourly and based on experience. After trial period, we will consider candidate for a salaried position.

  • Upward mobility! There is room for growth with Elements!


  • AVAILABILITY. Elements Operations/Admin Director is a 9 to 12 month, part-time, position.

    • Applicants must be available and able to support our seasonal and custom ADULT offerings.

    • Applicants must be able to commit to the 8 week KIDS winter season, our mandatory training session on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2019 from 9:30 - 11:30 (+/-) or afternoon of Sunday, January 12th, 2020 from 3:30 - 5:30. There will also be pre season expectations of: familiarizing yourself with the parks where Elements KIDS sessions are held, curriculum development, equipment inventory and enhancement and pre-season program planning.

  • TRANSPORTATION. The Operations/Admin Director will be responsible for getting necessary equipment to and from the parks/sites. With that in mind, applicants with access to their own car or reliable transportation are recommended.

Application Guidelines

If you meet the above qualifications and would like to be considered, please send an email with the following information to Margaret Rietano (

  1. Your resume and work experience and a cover letter of why you feel you are a good candidate for this role.

  2. Elements Job Application Form. Once we review your information and application, we will schedule a time to meet and get to know you in person. And then request two + references and a photocopy of your ID with birthdate (passport or license)

  3. Final decisions will be made upon completion and review of all applicants files.


2020 Crew & Interns 


We're seeking 20+ amazing/fun-loving/nature/winter, and kiddo enthusiasts.

Our Elements Crew are like camp cabin counselors without the cabin! We break the participants into age appropriate groups and each of these 'small groups' has one Crew for the full season.

Once your group has arrived and checked in with the Site Director, they head off with their Crew for pre-planned adventures in the woods.

  • The Crew/Interns will be responsible for the discussing the day’s activity with the Site & Enrichment Directors during the 4:00 Crew Brief.

  • The Crew/Interns will help with any necessary equipment, materials and paper work on site.

  • The Crew/Interns will be on site to cheerfully greet the participants & parents and supervise and lead their Small Group in the day’s activity.

  • The Crew/Interns will assist the Director in making sure all the kids are safe, engaged and having fun. At times this will tap into the improvisational or creative talents of the crew.

  • The Crew/Interns will be sure that all the kids are picked up by the appropriate parent or permitted adult.

  • The Crew/Interns will help collect and maintain all equipment and make sure that it is properly stored.

  • The Crew/Interns are encouraged to communicate with the Director any positive or negative feedback about the activity, participants, parents; or other assistants.

  • Pay will be commensurate with past work experience.



  • MINIMUM AGE. You must be 18 years or older (or a past Elements Intern) to work as a paid Elements Crew. You must be in 10th grade or older to work as a 1st year paid-Elements intern. 9th grade applicants can work at Elements as Crew in Training.

  • EXPERIENCE. You must have experience working with elementary school aged children. Experience could include school settings, camp counselors, scout programs, team coaching, baby-sitting etc., and some outdoor recreation experience, including but not limited to: outdoor clubs, NOLS, Outward Bound, wilderness clubs, Scouting, team sports, summer camps, etc.

  • LEADERSHIP. You need to set the tone for the program and teach by example: the Crew and Interns must be responsible, cheerful, punctual and prepared (all of equal importance).

  • ATTIRE. You must be dressed for the elements and able to get involved in the activity that the kids are engaged in.

  • COMMUNICATION. You must be able to communicate promptly with the Site Leader.

  • FAMILIARITY. You must become familiar with the Elements locations where you are working.

  • TRANSPORTATION. Often times the crew coordinates carpools! But you are responsible for getting to and from our Elements sites on time. We reimburse our CKWP interns for any transportation costs they incur getting to or from their Elements shifts.

  • AVAILABILITY. Elements Crew & Interns must be able to commit to the full season (but not necessarily every session) of Elements Flurries and/or Elements Blizzards, and our mandatory training session on the morning of Saturday, Dec.7th 2019 from 9:30 - 11:30 (+/-) or afternoon of Sunday, January 12th, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30. Often times we hire based on what afternoons work with your schedule, so feel free to apply even if you are only available for some of the weekly sessions / locations. Enrichment Director must be available Monday through Thursday afternoons during the 8 week Elements season.

  • PUNCTUALITY. Elements Crew must be on-site at 4:00 for the Crew Brief and can depart at end of programming (5:45) and after participants have been collected and we have quick crew de-brief (typically 6:00).

  • LEAVE NO TRACE. All of our Elements Crew & Directors will be required to adhere to the Leave No Trace principles as well as embrace the Elements philosophy regarding age appropriate wilderness challenge.


Application Guidelines

If you meet the above qualifications and would like to be considered, please send an email with the following information to Fran Barnes (

  1. Your resume (if available) or work experience

  2. Elements Job Application Form

  3. Two references – email addresses and phone numbers (ideally outdoor or education related)

  4. A photocopy of your ID with birthdate (passport or license)

Upon completion of the Elements Application and upon review of the submitted information, We will contact you to schedule an interview. References will be contacted. Final decisions will be made upon completion and review of all applicants files.