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We are looking for adults 20 years and older who want a job that differs from most summer camp jobs. Most of our staff are college age and many are in their mid-twenties, and some in their 30’s and 40’s. Overall, our staff team is made up of quite mature folks who have a solid outlook on life and a strong sense of who they are. We have hired 18, and 19 year-olds, but it is required that they have been a part of Living Earth and participated in our CIT (camp counselor in training program), thus ensuring they have a standing commitment to the mission of LES and an understanding of the teachings.

We are looking for people who strive to be role models and mentors in the lives of children and can see the gifts in a child and help bring them to the fore. Our staff members must be passionate in connecting kids to nature, and have a deep love for kids. Be ready to dive in fully and give your best to the day, and step into your own personal growth as part of the journey. Our guiding mission is “Connect with nature and Journey into the Heart”.  If this resonates with you, then this could be a great way to spend your summer. One of the beautiful parts of working with Living Earth is that you become a part of the family.  Most staff return summer after summer, many have officially made the move to the area, and most all become life long friends.

Please contact us right away, as we like to begin the hiring process in January, and most hiring is completed by early March. If this job feels right for you, please reach out to us even if it is after March!

(If it is after this time, please feel free to contact us to see if we still have any remaining spots open:

We hire for the following positions each year:

Please click the name of position to download the job description

To apply for the Nature Connection Instructor or Intern positions, please follow the link below.  To apply for any other job listed, please follow the directions in the position description.  If you have any questions, please inquire with

Application for Summer 2020 is Closed


Contact us for more information. A great way to gain outdoor education environmental education and deep nature connection based mentoring experience. The internship is an instructor training program based in nature mentoring, primitive living skills, natural history.

We hire several Interns each summer, and begin the hiring at age 18 and older.  Most interns are older and wanting to get a solid base in deep nature connection and fill their tool bag with amazing skills of how to be an effective nature mentor.  Interns receive our intensive week long staff training in deep nature connection mentoring, and get to fully dive into camp, as support to the camp staff.  All interns are an integral part of the camp spirit and all activities.  Compensation is basic lodging in a beautiful setting, yummy food, weekly stipend, and extensive experience and training in nature mentoring.

All interns and volunteers are required to attend our intensive 8-9 day staff training in early June.


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, 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!

Are you an adult wanting to dip your feet in the world of Nature Connection Mentoring? Do you have a teen who loves working with kids, or who wants to fill service hours in a fulfilling, fun way?
Please join us as a Mentor-in-Training (MIT) for one of our spring or fall youth programs! We have programs during the week as well as on Saturdays, in locations in Charlottesville, Goochland, Warrenton, and Harrisonburg. We have had great success with our MIT’s in the past: teen MIT’s turn into strong instructors at our summer camps, and adult MIT’s gain a renewed connection with the earth.
MIT’s are thanked for their volunteer service with one or more free LES adult classes, and LES t-shirt, and participation in staff development and celebration days.
Email Program Coordinator Soupy at if you are interested!