Jobs

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 are 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.

 

2018 Enrichment Director

Description

Brand spanking new and awesome position for one amazing, fun loving, nature, winter, kid enthusiast!

The Enrichment Director will be in charge of creating and implementing unique outdoor activities, adventures, and wilderness skills for the older participants (grades 3–5). The Enrichment Director will be responsible for creating a unique activity for a predetermined theme each week. Working with the Site Director, the Enrichment Director will work to enhance the activity and provide challenges and skill set for our older and more experienced participants.

 

Requirements

  • MINIMUM AGE. You must be 21 years or older.
  • AVAILABILITY. Elements Enrichment Director  must be able to commit to the full 8 week season of Elements Blizzards, and our mandatory training session on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 2nd 2017 from 9:30 - 11:30 (+/-) or afternoon of Monday, January 15th, 2018 from 3:30 - 5:30.  Enrichment Director must be available Monday through Thursday afternoons during the 8 week Elements season. There will also be pre season expectations of: familiarizing yourself with the parks where Elements Blizzards sessions are held, curriculum development, equipment inventory and enhancement and pre-season program planning.
  • 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: 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 & Director and in certain instances, the parents.
  • TRANSPORTATION. Enrichment Director will be responsible for getting necessary equipment to and from the parks. With that in mind, applicants with access to their own car or reliable transportation are recommended.
  • PUNCTUALITY. Elements Enrichment Director will need to allow enough time prior to 4:00 Crew Brief for any enrichment activity set up and will be able to depart at end of session (5:30) once all equipment is packed and stored.
  • 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.

 

ESSENTIALS

  • Are you an imaginative trailblazer (literally & figuratively)? Are you energetic, cheerful and have experience in inspiring small groups of elementary aged youth in the outdoors?
  • Do you enjoy embracing all that Mother Nature has to offer and are you able to craft outdoor activities that are unique and fun?
  • Are you able to teach age appropriate skills? Can you set up a camp site, zip line or rope swing? Conduct camp cooking demo? Build a full blown survival shelter out of natural materials? Whittle? Track spore? Tie knots and read a compass? How about setting up an awesome scavenger hunt?
  • Applicants must have youth programming experience and be available Monday through Thursday afternoons, January 16th – March 8th, 2018. Regarding time frame; it will depend on the enrichment activity planned for day and how long it will take to prep and set up. Enrichment Director will need to have set up activity and be available at 4:00pm for ‘Crew Brief’ and can depart after enrichment equipment is stored away and daily program (5:30) is complete and kids collected.
  • Pay will be commensurate with past work experience.

 

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 (fbarnes@theelementsdc.com):

    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.


    2018 Crew & Interns

    Description

    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.

     

    Requirements

    • MINIMUM AGE. You must be 18 years or older to work as a paid Elements Crew. You must be 15 or older to work as an paid-Elements intern.
    • 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. 2nd 2017 from 9:30 - 11:30 (+/-) or afternoon of Monday, January 15th, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30. 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 (5:30) and after participants have been collected (typically 5:40). 
    • 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 (fbarnes@theelementsdc.com):

    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.