Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook in Northern Virginia provides group programs in team development, high adventure, environmental education and summer camp!

Adventure Links Instructors facilitate outdoor adventure camps and traveling programs for groups in Northern Virginia, Maryland & West Virginia!

At the challenge course.With a foundation in outdoor and experiential education, Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook is committed to providing quality programs that include summer adventure camps, daylong school field trips and custom corporate retreats. The staff's passion for the outdoors inspires participants to uncover courage and to launch personal journeys by challenging themselves to push outside of their comfort zone. The team building programs unify groups through a series of lessons and laughter and play with purpose. Youth adventure camps provide an active, hands-on environmental experience for younger generations. Hemlock Overlook recently celebrated their 30th anniversary of providing outdoor education to the residents of the DC metro area and continue to celebrate place, tradition and memories.

The spring and fall seasons focus on team building and environmental education programs for school and community groups, while the summer ushers in children camp programs, with activities that include a challenge course, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, caving, environmental education, white water rafting and more. Most programs take place at base camp located in Northern Virginia.

2018 Employment Opportunities

Staff challenge fun.

Live the Adventure!
Adventure Links employs a diverse group of individuals with notable integrity, experience, creativity, and above all, a love for the outdoors and working with youth. As participants can attest, Instructors possess a unique blend of character, humor and compassion allowing them to create countless value-forming experiences for people of all ages.

A rocket launch experiment.

Freelance Instructor
Duration: 9 months (late March to mid-November)
Freelance Instructors are individuals coming into the field with teambuilding and outdoor education experience who live in or around the Northern Virginia area. This position is similar to the 3-Season instructor position, but based around the “as needed” basis. This means as a Freelance Instructor, you are placed in a pool of other instructors and are offered work on a need only basis. Adventure Links would give you a few weeks of notice before the program, so you know exactly when and what you need to work.

3-Season Instructor
Duration: 8 months (early April to mid-November)
During the spring and fall season, Three-Season Instructors lead group programs including the challenge course, environmental education, and adventure sports. During the summer months, Instructors lead adventure-based summer camp programs and/or group programs. On weeks that are not full with programs, supplemental hourly work will be available.

Summer Camp Instructor
Duration: 3 Months (June to August; flexible end date)
As a member of the summer staff, Camp Instructors facilitate weeklong outdoor adventure day camps, residential camps and traveling overnights for youth ages 8-14. Instructor teams facilitate a new adventure pursuit each day and lead groups of up to 14 participants as they explore a variety of outdoor recreation sites in Northern Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

2-Season Instructor (Summer/Fall)
Duration: 6 Months (June to mid-November)
Two-Season Instructors will lead adventure-based summer camp programs as well as team development and environmental education programs for school and community groups during the fall. On weeks that are not full with programs, supplemental hourly work will be available.

Leading a canoeing expedition.

All Instructors will supervise participants and maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment, implement and instruct outdoor activities and the Adventure Links curriculum, manage daily program logistics, maintain program facility and gear, communicate clearly and openly with Adventure Links administration and practice and facilitate a Leave No Trace ethic.

During the summer months, Instructors may be scheduled for extended days lasting 10-12 hours or scheduled for overnight camps lasting 5-7 days. During the spring and fall seasons, a typical workday consists of challenge course facilitation and environmental education, with program typically lasting 6-8 hours.


Great views on-the-job!

Located in Clifton at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes from Washington, DC. The park is over 200 acres and connects to three other regional parks making a total of around 4,000 acres. The small town of Clifton is five minutes down the road from camp and has a few restaurants and post office. The Northern Virginia area offers a range of different grocery stores, international restaurants and any things else you may need within 20-30 minutes from the site.

Perks & Rewards

A white water rafting adventure!

First year Instructors will generally make $350 per week during the spring and fall. Summer Lead Instructors on average earn $350–$500 per week.

Learning the ropes of rock climbing.One of the major benefits of Adventure Links is the ability to live on-site, in small dorm like buildings or platform tents on 235 acres of beautiful park land with a community of peers. Along with staff housing, a community kitchen and bathroom with showers, laundry, WiFi access and partial board during the summer season is provided. Participating in this lifestyle is often a significant growth experience for staff members.

Additional perks include extensive training and development, pro-deal accounts, personal use of program equipment, discounts on professional development courses, and the opportunity to be a part of an active community of enthusiastic outdoor leaders.

Continual learning, innovation and personal development are at the heart of the Adventure Links staff culture!

The Essentials

Environmental Education programming.Instructor Qualifications:
Minimum 19 years old; over 21 and a college degree in related field preferred.
CPR/first aid certification at minimum. WFA/WFR is expected by second year of employment. Staff members with WFR certification are given preference on overnight and expedition programs.
Genuine desire to work with youth.
Able to work full and active days outside in the elements.
Experience working with youth in a leadership role. Training and experience relating to outdoor leadership, experiential education or classroom teaching is preferred. 
Flexible, good humored and personable.
Invested in running quality outdoor education programs and developing skills as a facilitator and outdoor leader.
Strong work ethic, responsible and accountable.

Connections & Application

Instructors possess a unique blend of character, humor and compassion allowing them to create countless value-forming experiences for people of all ages.

Applications are accepted year-round for upcoming program seasons. Positions starting in the spring are typically filled by early March, while summer/fall staff generally fills by early May. Preference is given to applicants who are able to work for the entire length of the employment period. After completing the online application, email your resume to the Program Director.

2018 Employment Alert
Adventure Links is actively accepting applications for all 2018 positions. Get your application in today!

Program Director
Adventure Links
13220 Yates Ford Rd.
Clifton, VA 20124
(571) 281-3556

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