Work With Us

We are looking for committed and passionate individuals to become a part of the Living Earth School community, working alongside awesome staff members as well as incredible kids and families.

Characteristics of team members that do well in our culture and environment:

  • A desire to learn and grow professionally.
  • Takes on responsibility with accountability and a high-quality level of work.
  • Works well with team members while tackling projects and duties independently.
  • Manages time efficiently, hits deadlines, and is willing to make decisions in solving problems.

Current openings are listed below. Send all job applications to workwithus@livingearthva.org

Job Opportunities

NOW HIRING: Full-Time Instructors for 2024-2025 School Year

Instructor

We are looking for people to join our core team of year round instructors! Our team consists of passionate mentors whose primary role is to guide and support children through their exploration of nature. Ideal candidates are folks who love the outdoors, care about their community, and love working with youth. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to apply! The full position listing, including the job description and how to apply, can be found below.

Connect with nature and journey into the heart.

For the full job description, please read (4 pages, use arrows at bottom left): 2024_25 FT Instructor Job Listing

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact info for 2 professional references and 1 character reference (email and phone#) to careers@livingearthva.org. Please put your first and last name and the words “full-time application” in the subject line.

Summer Camp Roles and Competent Characteristics

This breakdown highlights the differences between roles at summer camp. As you decide which one might fit you, please read the PDF of the full job description before applying.

Basic Living Earth School Employee Expectations:

  • Safety first: Manages the physical and emotional safety of campers and staff
  • Atmosphere of growth: constantly curious about new things, and asks questions
  • Present: Participates in daily staff meetings planning/debrief meetings, and trainings
  • Inclusive Mentor: Inspires students through the day by initiating games, checking in with quiet students, and watching out for campers’ physical, social and emotional well-being
  • Coyote culture: Values gratitude, curiosity, core routines, questioning, community, sinking into our senses, and trickster attitude when appropriate
  • Healthy communicator: Expresses needs, ideas, and suggestions to co-workers and supervisors promptly and clearly; committed to moving through conflict
  • Practitioner of reflective feedback: Gives and receives constructive feedback in a forthright yet loving way, for the purpose of growth
  • Professional: Dependable, punctual, appropriate appearance, respectful demeanor

Instructor: The job of an Instructor is to feel comfortable in leading activities and designing lessons. They are expected to continue growing and learning through experience while being mentored by Lead Instructors. Instructors should monitor the energy of the group. They mentor CITs in the ways of LES, Coyote Mentoring, and other outdoor education skills. Instructors plan the day completely, thinking through gear, tasks, stories, rain plans, and explanations. They have the flexibility to deviate from the plan for what best serves the campers. Instructors are experienced in naturalist and survivalist skills across a variety of subjects.

Lead Instructor: Lead Instructors mentor campers as well as other staff. On their own, they can be trusted with group management, in small groups as well as camp-wide activities. The Lead Instructors bring dependable experience and skills as well as emotional intelligence to the camp experience. They are leaders in camp culture, capable of designing flexible lessons for campers as well as providing the space for other staff to grow and develop their own mentoring skills.

Camp Coordinator: The Camp Coordinator is responsible for managing the facilities and the staff. Working with the Administration and the other Camp Coordinators, they create updated staff schedules weekly. They run staff meetings and facilitate the camp schedule. Coordinators are responsible for the camp’s parent interactions and communication, both face-to-face and over the phone. The Coordinator is emotionally intelligent and offers to help staff in times of need, including situations involving campers. They coordinate staff to lead large-group activities and swim time. When possible, they observe and provide feedback on staff instruction and group management. They are responsible for providing decision-making leadership during extreme weather, injuries, emergencies, or when disciplinary action is needed, and are responsible for reporting these incidents to the Administration.

Expeditions: We also have Apprentices, Guides and Trip Leaders for Leaders on our Expeditions with a very similar breakdown in responsibility.

Summer Staff Camping

All staff are invited to set up a tent in one of our Staff Camp locations. It is where we have down time with peers, inspire each other to practice skills and brainstorm next week’s plans. Some staff live locally and choose to sleep in their more permanent dwellings, but it has been tradition for most staff to sleep under the stars, cook over a fire, and enjoy challenging each other to hone their survival skills. We DO want staff arriving to work rested and cared for, so there are amenities to make life easier like toilets, shower, electricity, refrigeration, and large propane stoves set up for your convenience. Staff Camp locations are approximately a 30 min drive from our Day Camp locations and some staff choose to carpool.

Details

Our staff is the backbone of our programs! We get an amazing crew of staff from all over the country. Many return year after year, and have become life long friends. It is a fun enriching community to be a part of.

We look for caring, compassionate people, who live their life with integrity and want to make a positive difference in the world. It is essential to have a love for both the natural world and being with children. Must be willing to be a part of a team, be hard working, have the ability to communicate clearly, and be flexible. It is important to have wilderness skills and experience working with children, but most importantly a strong desire to work with children and nature.

If this sounds like a way you would like to spend your summer, please contact us for more information and an application. We look forward to getting to know you and spending a wonderful summer together!