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 


Because, just like everyone at Elements, you:

  • Are passionate about the outdoors, wellness, and the guts and glory of working for a small business.

  • Enjoy the company of other humans: elementary aged kids, corporate executives, start-up entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts and newbies included.

  • Believe in our mission of getting people of all ages outside, active, and grounded and providing 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.

  • Are devoted to creating an open and collaborative environment with new ideas and insights.


  • You have outdoor skills, experience, and 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.

  • Bachelor degree

  • Experience in operations, event planning, hospitality, customer service, youth enrichment, outdoor industry or similar role

  • Excellent computer skills including Google Drive, Social Media + Communications (Square Space, Mail Chimp, Facebook/Instagram), and Quickbooks

  • Demonstrated sound judgment, ability to apply depth of knowledge and experience in solving complex challenges/making recommendations where no precedent may exist

  • Organized, resourceful, focused, and great at prioritizing

  • Professional, self-motivated, results oriented

  • Strong communication skills (written/verbal/presentation)

  • Detail oriented, with the ability to manage multiple tasks in parallel on an ongoing basis

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies

  • Good communication skills, kindness, flexibility and good humor highly desirable

  • Oh, and reliable transportation since this position is responsible for making sure equipment is delivered to the parks/event sites.


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 the woods with our participants.


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 Winter Junior Crew program and Enrichment Program and Spring/Fall offerings. Winter season  Site Leader and weekly communications with parents.  Pre-season and weekly organizing of KIDS’ program materials and communications.

ADMINISTRATION: Weekly administrative responsibilities with emphasis on program logistics and brand promotions: 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.


We are growing and are looking for someone who can grow with us. With that in mind, the hours for this part-time position can be flexible 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/kid offerings: we will need availability to support or guide on our seasonal Spring and Fall Week of Walks and Overnight: Hikes and Hotels. And we will need candidate to be available to support our Custom Experiences (half/full day or one to two overnights). 

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

KIDS PROGRAM Schedule: You must be able to commit to the 8 week KIDS winter season (January 13 - March 6, 2020), 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. In Spring & Fall- there will be a Wednesday 8 week (April/May & Sept/Oct) Elements session offered for a local independent school from 2:00 - 3:30.

ADULT PROGRAM Schedule: Seasonal Week of Walks is typically late September and early May. The Seasonal Overnights are typically scheduled for 24 to 48 hours in October and April. The Custom Experiences are scheduled depending on client and Elements availability.

Application Guidelines

If you meet the above qualifications and would like to be considered, please submit your application here on JobScore.

  1. Once we review your information and application, we will schedule a time to meet and get to know you in person.

  2. 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.