Short-Term Job Adventures Virginia
Experience the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, Skyline Drive, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg. This is Virginia—a place steeped in history with unique job adventures.
Located in Clifton, Virginia at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, 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.
Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook offers employment opportunities during the spring, summer and fall that include school, community and corporate programs as well as day and overnight summer camps. Summer camp programs are offered to children ages 8-17, with activities that include a challenge course, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, caving, environmental education, white water rafting and more. Instructors facilitate weeklong outdoor adventure day camps, residential camps, and traveling programs for groups of up to 14 participants as they explore a variety of outdoor recreation sites in Northern Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Instructors possess a unique blend of character, humor and compassion allowing them to create countless value-forming experiences. Applications are accepted year-round for all upcoming program seasons.
|2018 Employment Alert
Adventure Links is currently accepting applications for all 2018 job openings: Three Season Instructors (early April to mid-November), Summer Camp Instructors (June to August), Two Season Instructors (June to mid-November), and Freelance Instructors (on-call basis).
13220 Yates Ford Rd.
Clifton, VA 20124
Seasonal Outdoor Education Instructors/Facilitators & Summer Camp Instructors
Calleva is located 20 minutes of DC and a perfect launching point for wild and wonderful West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. The two main campuses include Riley’s Lock (C&O Canal National Park; great for water-based programs like kayaking, canoeing and fishing) and Calleva Farm (Dickerson, MD; the hub for agricultural education and horseback riding programs). Calleva staff will get the best of both worlds — city life and working in the country.
Introducing kids and adults to gorgeous wilderness areas in the DC area, Calleva provides outdoor adventure, sustainable agriculture and environmental science programs for groups in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Calleva's unique blend of fun, learning and challenge helps people take risks, develop confidence, learn new skills and excel in a team environment. Seasonal Instructors/Facilitators and Summer Camp Instructors will lead land and water-based outdoor adventure programs that include rock climbing, caving, kayaking, sailing, rafting, canoeing, river stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, environmental education, horseback riding, camping and fishing. Calleva values people with diverse life experiences who seek adventure in their personal lives.
|2018 Employment Alert
• Calleva is currently accepting applications for all 2018 Instructor/Facilitator job openings: Three Season (April to November), Summer Camp (June to August) and Late Summer/Fall (early August to November).
Adventure Camp Director
13015 Rileys Lock Rd.
Poolesville, MD 20837
Field Station Educators, Adult & Family Program Educators, College Program & Research Interns, College Summer Assistants, Outreach Programs & Internship Supervisors, Summer Camp Counselors
The Field Station is located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful Eastern shore of Virginia — boasting some of the most pristine coastal habitat on the east coast and 90 miles of protected coastline. Staff can take advantage of the proximity to Assateague Island and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where beach-goers, wild-pony-lovers, bird-watchers and more go to soak up the beautiful scenery of the shore.
Looking for the type of exciting outdoor hands-on job experience that puts you elbow deep in algae and knee deep in marsh mud? The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is searching for Field Station Educators to lead student groups through a coastal ecology program that spans the dynamic ecosystem of a barrier island including bay/estuarine, salt marsh wetland, maritime forest, sand dunes and Atlantic coastal beaches. Educator positions run from late February through mid-November, with a potential winter extension and/or spring rehire. Summer jobs and internships include College Community Assistants, Research Assistants, Internship Supervisors and Camp Counselors.
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
34001 Mill Dam Rd.
Wallops Island, VA 23337
(757) 824-5636, ext. 110
Summer Lifeguards, Pool Managers, Assistant Pool Managers & Aquatic Management Internships
The summer program blends rewarding job responsibilities and experience with a unique and affordable way to travel and explore our Nation’s capital, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy free museums and world class entertainment! Most of the pool locations are in the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). There are also a limited number of job positions in Massachusetts and New York.
Life is too short for the wrong summer job or internship. Lifeguarding for High Sierra is more than just a job. It’s the chance to be an integral part of a community and serve as a role model for the youth that swim there. It’s also an opportunity to join a team of like-minded aquatic professionals dedicated to the highest levels of safety and service. Lifeguarding will help you develop discipline, leadership and rescue skills that will be valuable for a lifetime. And while safeguarding lives is a big deal, it’s also rewarding and fun to be the center of the pool community! With more than 2,000 students from over 22 countries, High Sierra Pools staff the world’s best lifeguards, pool managers, and interns at nearly 750 different locations. Applicants who can work from Memorial Day to Labor Day are preferred; however High Sierra will accommodate school schedules. There are also additional opportunities for staff to work as early as April and stay as late as October. If you can meet the minimum swimming requirements for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification class, are at least 18 years old, and have demonstrated the ability to live independently, apply now.
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High Sierra Pools
2704 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
Lifesharing Community Residential Caregivers
The Village is located on a 550-acre farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 30 minutes from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.
Are you looking for a meaningful experience with adults with disabilities in a beautiful natural setting? Volunteers at Innisfree experience the give and take of a shared home and work environment alongside residents with intellectual disabilities. Residents and Volunteers participate side-by-side in a variety of workstations that can tap into their artistic energies at the bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop. Benefits include room, all meals, a monthly stipend, WiFi access throughout the Village, an onsite fitness facility and an incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A one-year commitment of service is necessary.
A Day in the Life: A New Way to Move through the World
Learn more about how the Innisfree Village community empowered Lisa G. to find a new way to move through the world while volunteering again and again and again OR take a sneak peek of your new work environment and the variety of people who live and work together.
Current Openings—Now Hiring!
The Innisfree Farm Internship is an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in animal husbandry and the practice of rotational grazing. Come join a rich, varied community life into which Interns are welcomed wholeheartedly.
Now seeking Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting this spring. This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in community living, working with people with special needs, and rural life or farming and gardening.
5505 Walnut Level Rd.
Crozet, VA 22932
(434) 823-5027 fax
The Piedmont region of central Virginia.
Help teenagers turn their lives around while developing valuable professional experience! The Discovery School of Virginia serves teenage boys and girls, ages 12 to 17, experiencing emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. As a Group Leader, you will work cooperatively with other adults to plan growth and adventure experiences for youth in your care. You will lead work and play activities as well as structured meetings where students resolve differences. Most importantly, you will foster a healthy, secure environment in which young men and women can turn their lives around. Applicants must make a 1-year commitment and have the ability to live on campus during the workweek (5 days on/2 days off). A Bachelor’s degree in human services or an Associate’s degree with 3 months experience working with youth is required. If you have a concern for others, sense of adventure, willingness to learn, idealistic and hardworking, complete an application or submit your resume to Karen Whorley.
The Discovery School of Virginia
2697 Copper Mind Rd.
P.O. Box 1160
Dillwyn, VA 23936
(434) 983-5617 fax
Crew Leaders & Members
Based out of New Market, Virginia, GAVCC works with a variety of land management agencies in the Southeast region, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and conservation-based nonprofits.
Through meaningful work on the land, GAVCC Conservation Crews will work on projects across the state that can include new construction and maintenance, invasive species management, habitat improvement, wildfire recovery and disaster response. Over the course of the program, Crews will deepen their connection to the local community and landscape as well as the greater conservation movement. Crews usually camp on-site for nine days on, followed by five days off. No housing is provided for off days, but GAVCC staff can provide suggestions for local places to stay. Positions are available during the spring (early March through mid-May), summer (early June through early August), and fall (September to mid-November), with an option to work multiple seasons. View detailed job descriptions and apply online or contact Zach Foster for more information.
Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps
9386 S. Congress St.
New Market, VA 22844
Outdoor Program Instructors
Instructors will work in and around an incredible surrounding environments on a daily basis: The Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah National Park. George Washington National Forest. Horizons is located hours from our nation’s capital, endless beaches and a world-class natural recreational landscape that they call home.
With a focus on team building, challenge and community, the Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons offers school groups, scouts and retreat groups an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Now seeking Instructors to lead groups in team building and educational programs of all shapes and sizes! You may find yourself teaching any number of environmental, personal growth and teamwork lessons during high and low rope activities, archery, caving, field games, climbing, backpacking and paddling. Positions are available during the spring (mid-March through mid-June, with a summer option) and fall (mid-August through mid-November). If you want to make a positive impact on others through meaningful outdoor experiential education programs, email your resume and 3 references to Katie Hanley.
Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons
3586 Horizons Way
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Outdoor Trip Leaders, Group Leaders and Activity Instructors, Support Staff
The elegantly rustic lodges stocked with modern amenities are situated on 500 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 35 miles northwest of Roanoke, Virginia (about 4 hours south of Washington, DC). Facilities include lodging, meeting spaces, an outdoor pavilion, cedar sauna, 900’ zip line, 50’ climbing wall and cargo net, high adventures ropes course, two low element challenge course, fields for camping and games and much more! Off-site adventures take place in the wilderness of the Blue Ridge region of the Appalachian mountains, The New River Valley and New River Gorge.
Embark on an awesome adventure with a tight-knit community of positive outdoor professionals! With a focus on developing leadership, confidence and teamwork for its participants, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing Trip Leaders, Activity Instructors and Group Leaders engage their group in a variety of adventurous activities, whether by foot, bike, canoe, raft or kayak from site to site each day throughout the spring, summer and/or fall. There is opportunity to advance to Instructor, Manager and full-time Director positions once you've been oriented. Also seeking Chefs/Cooks who are interested in working in the kitchen as well as being trained or assisting Leaders in the field. If you're looking to get paid to experience outdoor adventures like no other, contact Kait Prairie through email or by calling (540) 864-6792. Applications are accepted year-round.
Hot Summer Jobs!
• Now seeking staff for the summer season (June 3rd to August 18th; apply by March 1st).
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
11176 Peaceful Valley Rd.
New Castle, VA 24127
(540) 864-6800 fax
Over 80 varieties of cut flowers are grown on this 11-accre farm in northern Virginia, just 70 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
If you have a passion for flowers, Wollam Gardens is the place to work, learn, live and grow your floriculture dream. Floriculture Interns have the opportunity to learn all aspects of a cut-flower growing operation, including seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bouquet making and custom florals, attending farmers markets, and assisting with onsite events. You will get dirty, work hard, experience an amazing hands-on learning environment, and see first-hand the beauty of this unique operation. Life on the farm is a communal living experience—all Interns will share in the chores of cooking, cleaning, caring for the chickens, and hosting visitors. Farm and/or floral experience is not required; however, priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that they understand the level of hard work associated with farming. If you have an outstanding work ethic, team spirit, an eye for beauty and color, and a love of the outdoors, apply online. Internships range from 12-14 weeks during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
Summer and Fall Internships Available!
• Wollam Gardens loves having adventurers and environmentalists from all walks of life help out in what they think is a pretty beautiful place! With spring internships now full, applications are being accepted for the summer and fall seasons.
5167 Jeffersonton Rd.
Jeffersonton, VA 22724
Summer Activity Counselors
Most positions are based out of unique camp sites in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia or Virginia Beach.
With programs that specialize in fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking, Virginia Outside offers day and overnight camps throughout Virginia for campers as young as 6 years old all the way through high school students. Now seeking Activity Counselors for the summer 2018 season! Head counselors are responsible for picking up to 12 kids in a 15-passenger van at a specific location in the morning, then drive campers to a pre-determined hot spot for fishing, kayaking and/or riding for the day. Head counselors will be accompanied by at least one or two additional secondary counselors who will assist in the day’s activities. A typical week follows an 8:30-4:30 MO-FR schedule. Positions are available from June through August — work just a week or make a commitment for all 10 weeks! Head counselors must at least 20 years old, have a good driving record, and be comfortable in a leadership role. Of course, experience in biking/kayaking/fishing is desired, however, it’s not a must. Virginia Outside can always teach you what you need to know! If you are responsible, energetic, fun, and enjoy working with kids in the outdoors, email your resume to Tee Clarkson.
4525 East Seminary Ave.
Richmond, VA 23227