Short-Term Job Adventures West Virginia
Seasonal and Resident Field Instructors
Experience Learning's Spruce Knob Mountain Center campus incorporates Mongolian-inspired yurts with modern dormitories, dining facilities, a library, and a 400-acre outdoor classroom encompassing caves, wetlands, fossil beds, endangered species and spectacular views. This high-elevation nature preserve is located in the Potomac Highlands, featuring some of the darkest night skies in the Eastern U.S., the highest peak in the state (Spruce Knob), the healthiest streams in the state, extensive Red Spruce and northern hardwood forests, natural springs and numerous caves. Field courses are also conducted in the nearby Monongahela National Forest and a variety of off-site courses throughout the mid-Atlantic, including the Appalachian Trail. A second campus is operated at Sweetwater Farm, a 560-acre working farm located on the rim of the Shenandoah Valley.
Spend your days climbing mountains, traversing caves and making a difference in the lives of youth with Experience Learning! Facilitating beyond the classroom wilderness learning programs, Field Instructors help students gain the confidence, experience and appreciation for our natural world through lessons and activities that include hiking, backpacking, camp craft, orienteering, caving, stream ecology, forest ecology, geology, rock climbing, canoeing, stewardship projects, outdoor cooking, and survival skills. In addition, Field Instructors tailor courses to meet the thematic goals for each school served, leading students in discussions and initiatives around leadership, communication, environmental stewardship, teamwork and creative problem solving. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, and a WFR certification is preferred. Seasonal Instructor positions are offered during the spring and fall (minimum commitment of two months), while Resident Field Instructors bridge the gap from April through mid-November. If you are a Jack or Jill-of-all-trades with a strong work ethic and keen judgment, email your cover letter, resume, and three references to Dave Martin.
Fall Season Job Openings!
• Experience Learning is currently seeking Field Instructors for the fall season (August 28th to November 17th) and a Course Director to plan and implement wilderness-based school courses at 2 campuses in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia from August 26th (or earlier) to November 17th.
Spruce Knob Mountain Center
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804
Located in the heart of the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area featuring two towering fins of rock sprouting from the mountain. The area offers world-class outdoor adventures including climbing, caving, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, bird watching, paddling, fly-fishing, cross country skiing, tele-skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing and much more. Why not work where you can play?
NROCKS Adventure Guides are responsible for safely leading, instructing and supervising guests at the Via Ferrata (offering a mile of fixed-anchor, professionally-guided rock climbing) and/or the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour (showcasing 12 exhilarating zip lines and 3 adventurous sky bridges). You'll work hard, but play even harder in the great outdoors, and meet people from all over looking for the same thing you are: rewarding work that is fun and exciting! Start and end dates of employment are flexible and can begin as early as March and end as late as November. Most Guides work a 3-season shift. If you are willing to work hard and have fun with a great group of coworkers, complete a job application and background check authorization form and send this along with your resume and cover letter to Katie Hanley.
NROCKS Outdoor Adventures
141 Nelson Gap Rd.
Circleville, WV 26804
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 outside 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