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. Applications are accepted year-round for all upcoming program seasons.
|Summer/Fall Employment Alert
• Adventure Links is accepting Instructor applications for the summer/fall season (now through November 19th).
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.
|Fall Season Employment Alert
• Calleva is currently accepting Facilitator applications for the fall season (early August to mid-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 Counselor Interns
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. 107
(757) 824-5638 fax
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.
Now Hiring Residential Caregivers!
Innisfree is currently seeking full-time Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting this summer. 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.
Occasionally Innisfree offers a few gardening and farming internships. Check the Innisfree website for these notices.
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.
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.
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, located 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 assisting with sales at area farmers markets. Interns will get dirty, work hard, experience an amazing hands-on learning environment, and see first-hand the beauty of this unique operation. Interns are needed from March through December. The initial commitment is 10 weeks, but may be extended or curtailed based on performance, need, and availability. Life on the farm is a communal living experience—all Interns will share in the chores of cooking, cleaning, and hosting visitors to the farm’s AirBnB rooms. Farm and/or floral experience is not required. If you have an outstanding work ethic, team spirit, an eye for beauty and color, and a love of the outdoors, apply online.
Fall Season Internships Available!
• All summer positions have been filled. Wollam Gardens is now reviewing applications for fall season openings. You may also submit your application to be considered in the event of any unexpected openings.
5167 Jeffersonton Rd.
Jeffersonton, VA 22724
Camp Program Assistant and Curriculum Director
Located in the Virginia countryside just 30 miles north of Charlottesville and 2 hours from Washington D.C.
Camp Dogwood Summer Academy offers distinct summer experiences for young people ages 7-18: Camp Dogwood for rising 2nd through 9th graders, Rites of Passage for rising 10th through 12th graders, and the Staff Training Enrichment Program (STEP) for rising 11th and 12th graders. Hot summer jobs include a Camp Program Assistant (acting as a role model for all campers, responsibilities include providing administrative support to the various camp programs and serving as a cabin supervisor for the STEP Program) and a Curriculum Director (develop, implement and manage the camp’s experiential education curricula with an academic enrichment focus, design and deliver program activities that are safe, fun, educational, and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities, and manage and evaluate instructors on program delivery as well as the development of the campers’ abilities and skills in reading, science, math and leadership). Compensation ranges from $300-$500/week, plus meals and lodging. Positions run from June 3rd through August 15th. To apply, fill out the online application.
Camp Dogwood Summer Academy
1650 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA 22102
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The Farm is located in beautiful Fauquier County, about an hour east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and an hour and a half outside of Washington, DC.
Family-run Whiffletree Farm raises 8,000 chickens, 2,000 laying hens, 150 pigs and 800 turkeys, graze around 50 beef cattle—and chases around their 6 children under the age of 9! Now seeking hard working, cheerful, responsible, and professional Farm Interns who will become well versed in all the pertinent farm and business practices of a sustainable farm operation and exposed to all the daily work that goes into animal care. The work mostly entails moving, feeding and watering the animals, cleaning eggs, processing chickens, building and maintaining infrastructure, making deliveries, helping customers in the Farm Store, record keeping, and getting feed and bedding materials. A four-month minimum commitment is preferred, but they are willing to discuss other possibilities. No farm experience is necessary, but a positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and willingness to take instruction is critical. To apply, request an application packet from Jesse Straight.
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Farmer & Owner
8717 Springs Rd.
Warrenton, VA 20186