Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are naturally motivated and possess clear and open communication skills. You should be humorous and playful with an ability to set clear goals and follow through. You are patient, flexible and enjoy working with elementary school age children. You are comfortable working in a leadership role, possess creative problem solving tools and are able to accept direction from our Staff. As a Concrete Safaris Volunteer, you will mirror our core values of respect, responsibility, unique-ness, leadership, listening, learning, energy, sharing, safety, and FUN!

Volunteer opportunities are available in East Harlem only. All volunteers must pass the NYC DOE screening requirements, background check and National Sex Offender Check.

 

FULL-TIME POSITIONS

Outdoor Education Director

Job Summary

Under direct supervision of the Executive Director, develop, plan, coordinate and administer youth recreation programs and manage operations. Develop, maintain and facilitate outside agency and community partnerships. Directly oversee staff, hire and train instructors and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. Concrete Safaris retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

Afterschool and Summer Camp Management

Develop, plan, organize, schedule, facilitate, and evaluate youth recreation and education programs, activities and events; Program areas include, (but not limited to): biking / fitness, gardening / garden design, nutrition / cooking, community organizing, nature art, and field trips.

  • Manage day-to-day operations.

  • Create seasonal, weekly schedule for after school and summer camp programming, infusing youth leadership.

  • Develop and assist staff in creating curriculum.

  • Evaluate after school and summer camp needs and interests.

  • Lead group games during after school and summer camp with upwards of 50 students.

  • Provide program support, staffing, and facilitation to ensure daily success.

  • Develop long range planning and goals for programs and events.

  • Provide support, program registration, and respond to public inquiries.

  • Manage two urban farms located on NYC Housing Authority property as well as related office and storage spaces.

  • Manage at least one multi-day and night wilderness retreat.

Green Exercise Day (GED) Management and Facilitation

Develop, plan, organize, schedule, and facilitate all GED’s and other events throughout the year; Events include, (but not limited to): biking / fitness, gardening / garden design, and nutrition / cooking. Lead and supervise various events and programs

  • Create schedule for over thirty 2 - 6 hour events serving 25 - 250 people (children and adults) each.

  • Develop, teach and facilitate activities for each area at all events.

  • Lead enrichment field trips for local partnering schools.

  • Provide program support, staffing, and facilitation to ensure daily success.

  • Develop long range planning and goals for events.

JungleGym Management & Facilitation

  • Assist in the development of our annual adventure race.

  • Oversee related classroom activities, including course obstacle, carnival game, and practice location design and testing.

Administration and Supervision

Assist the Executive Director in the hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and evaluating of assigned regular and seasonal staff and volunteers as well as all programs.

  • Oversee and supervise all year-round programs, events, and staff.

  • Work with staff to develop best practices.

  • Assign tasks, projects and monitor assigned personnel.

  • Assist in the resolution of personnel complaints and problems, and the implementation of discipline and termination guidelines.

  • Recruit, train, coordinate and supervise volunteer mentors and staff.  

  • Submit bi-monthly payroll reports for all staff.Monitor expenditures and payroll for assigned program budgets in accordance with established procedures.

  • Compile and submit detailed reports and evaluations on attendance, academic performance, health effects, and other factors in partnership with an external evaluation team.

  • Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment; distribute supplies and equipment.

  • Assist with preparing and administering individual program budgets as appropriate.

Other Duties:

  • Work with parents to develop initiatives that increase parent involvement.

  • Setup related equipment for classes, activities and programs as needed;

  • Assume routine duties of program assistants, recreation leaders, instructors, and/or other staff as needed.

  • Facilitate, attend, and participate in staff meetings and related activities.

  • Participate in outside groups and committees as assigned.

  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required or requested.

  • Manage social media.  

Education, Experience and Training

Minimum Education and Experience:

a) Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Physical Education, Early Childhood Development or related field.

AND  

b) Three years experience in the field of recreation and youth programming which includes administrative procedures;

 

OR  

c) Equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Special Certification, Training or Experience:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire date, a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.

  • CPR for the professional rescuer, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire date.

  • First Aid Certification, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire date.

Other Requirements:

Must pass pre-employment criminal and sexual offender background check, and have the ability to work unsupervised in the presence of children and adults.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Recreation programming including youth activities, special events, sports, exercise, fitness, leadership, community organizing, and nutrition.

  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance management.

  • Knowledge and ability to apply rules and monitor program compliance with related laws and regulations.

  • Knowledge of childhood development principles and practices.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and implement fun recreation programs and special events.

  • Work under stressful situations; stay calm; and have excellent problem solving skills.

  • Participate in active sports and recreation activities.

  • Use mathematical reasoning.

  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for program personnel.

  • Deal courteously and effectively with the public.

  • Prepare and administer budget, maintain records, and prepare reports.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals, subordinate employees, other organizations, volunteers, and the general public.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Skills to:

  • Operate modern office equipment and current technology and applications, such as Microsoft Office computer applications, Excel, Word, and Outlook.

  • Properly use power tools and/or teach basic technique and proper safety to adult volunteers.

Other Requirements

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to conduct activities involving walking 25% of the time, standing 25% of the time, cycling 25% of the time, and sitting 25% of the time.

  • Ability to lift and carry burdens weighing up to 50 lbs. and push / pull burdens weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to grasp and manipulate office equipment as well as tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance of recreational facilities.

  • Ability to conduct activities involving climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling/bending and reaching used on a limited to moderate basis.

  • Ability to use a computer for extended periods of time.

If you are qualiified and interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by February 8th. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

Questions they must answer with their resume and cover letter:

1. What steps would you take to assess and evaluate program areas in the first month?

2.  What past experiences demonstrate your commitment to the mission of Concrete Safaris?

3. Explain your experience managing people and programs. What is your management style?

NO CALLS, PLEASE.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

We have no paid positions available at this time. Please check back closer to the summer.

 

UNPAID INTERNSHIPS OR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Afternoon Specialist: City Surfers Program Support (After School)

Duties: 
Assisting Outdoor Education Director (OED) during after school hours, including leading curriculum that involves cycling, gardening, running, nature art, and playing games. Building athletic skills, positive attitudes, and enforcing teamwork. Helping with homework and serving snack. Classrooms of up to 20 children.

Details: This position requires the ability to work sensitively with parents and children. Must possess strong interpersonal and good problem solving skills. Must love to play outside, have the ability to participate in vigorous physical activity while leading activities with kids and have the ability to model positive behavior. Actively engage a diverse range of students in respectful and inclusive healthy play. 

Day/Hour: Varied M-F, 1:00pm-6:00pm Games, plus organization time during the week. Times may vary depending on site.

Commitment: We ask for a minimum of 5 hours per week over a session (Fall Session: September - December; Winter/Spring Session: January - June) plus an occasional weekend day.

 

The Full-Day Specialist: Green Exercise Day Program Support

Duties: Green Exercise Days are one-day special events. Volunteers can help CS Staff implement and ensure the success of these environmental health centered experiences in our gardens or on city streets for students by running activities, providing refreshments, and manning stations and booths. Encourage safe, healthy play and positive conflict resolution through role modeling and active participation.

Details: Must love to play games and lead activities with kids and have the ability to model positive behavior. Actively engage a diverse range of students in respectful and inclusive healthy play. Demonstrate ability to build rapport, trust and respect with students.

Day/Hour: Varies upon event date but typically M-F between the hours of 8:30am-2:00pm

Commitment: We ask for a minimum 5.5 hours per event and a commitment to at least 6 events per calendar year.

 

The Supporter 

Duties: Support Executive Director and Outdoor Education Director with backend office activities: light research, letter writing, budgeting.


Details: Must be proficient in Word. Spanish fluency A +. This position can be built around your skill set within the context of current organizational needs.Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills required; computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.  Prior event planning and community organizing experience desired but not required.

Day/Hour: M and W, 2:00pm-6:00pm.

Commitment: September - December; January - June; July - August (Summer: 9am - 1 pm)

Duties: Research, organize, write and edit applications for event sponsorships. Work with Executive Director to secure resources, manage volunteers, recruit community-based agencies and schools, and ensure event success!

Day/Hour: M - TH, 1pm - 5pm.  

Commitment: We ask for 10-20 hours per week for 6-9 months.

 

The People Person: Volunteer Coordinator

Duties: Recruit child and adult volunteers for school time, out-of-school time, and weekend activities. Mobilize people from diverse backgrounds.

Details: Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills required; computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.  Prior event planning and community organizing experience desired but not required.

Day/Hour: M - W, 1pm - 5pm, and 2 Saturdays per month OR 2 evenings (6pm-8pm) per month 

Commitment: We ask for 10-20 hours per week for 6-9 months.

 

The Events Maven

Duties: 
Assisting Executive Director (ED) with establishing our first, annual adventure race and community service event and our year-round events.

Details: Must be a people-person. Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills required; computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.  Prior event planning and community organizing experience desired but not required.

Day/Hour: Varied M,W, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Times may vary.

Commitment: We ask for a minimum of 5 hours per week over a session (Fall Session: September - December; Winter/Spring Session: January - June) plus an occasional weekend day.


Details for all volunteer positions....

Location:
New York, NY

Responsibilities:
See above mentioned descriptions.

Qualifications:
See above mentioned descriptions
All volunteers must pass the NYC DOE screening requirements, background check and National Sex Offender Check [when applicable].

Compensation and Benefits:
N/A. All positions may be adapted for an internship format. College credit may be obtained in connection with your university, so long as your university agrees.
How to Apply:

As an equal opportunity program, Concrete Safaris encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Interested? Please submit a one-page letter indicating why you are the best candidate for a volunteer opportunity or internship, a resume, and a writing sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No calls please.