Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

Concrete Safaris is hiring summer interns. The deadline for your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples is Friday, May 23rd at 11:59 p.m. No exceptions and no phone calls. You will be contacted if we think you may be a good fit for our team. Thank you for your interest, and GOOD LUCK!

Garden Program Intern

Concrete Safaris empowers children to become healthy leaders through outdoor exercise and education programs that enrich the mind, body, community & environment. The organization is currently seeking high-energy interns

General Responsibilities: Responsible for the daily supervision and safety of a group of campers.

Specific Duties: Work with garden program coordinator to plan and supervise the daily activities of the group in the children's garden program. Take daily attendance of the group and report absences. Report any illness or injury. Assist with escorting the group to and from all activity areas and trips. Assist program coordinator with teaching and supervising organized games, team sports, free-play.

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age and have at least 2 semesters of garden or science related education in a college or university. Must have experience in camping and supervision of children or have completed a training course. Must have the ability to conduct organized games, to teach and supervise campers, and to schedule activities. Must have the energy, motivation and skills needed to work with children out-of-doors, willingness to accept guidance and supervision, and a sense of patience and self-control.

Intern at the largest children's gardens on public housing property in NYC!

Learn to develop and deliver garden-based curriculum that gets kids stoked about healthy living and eating their vegetables, herbs, and fruits!

Teach kids how to transform the built environment outside their windows into beautiful, edible gardens!

Assisting the Garden Program Coordinator during summer camp hours, Interns will lead gardening curriculum and maintain gardens. They will also build gardening skills, positive attitudes, and enforcing teamwork. This position may involve some special events. Interns will learn how to co-manage classrooms of up to 10 children in grades 2 - 5.

This position requires the ability to work sensitively with parents and children.

Must possess strong interpersonal and problem solving skills.

High attention to detail required.

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.

Must co-lead cooking workshops using food grown in gardens.

Actively engage a diverse range of students in respectful and inclusive, healthy gardening experiences.

Must be enrolled in a local university or college working towards a degree in environmental science or a related major, OR demonstrate proof of graduation from similar.

Must be available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., June 30 to August 29. 

Academic credit is available.

Hourly wage: $10-12/hour, depending on experience

Physical Aspects of the Position

Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.

Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Ability to lift and carry. It may be important to give consideration to amount of gear that would be carried and to what distance.

Ability to perform job responsibilities during daylight hours.

Physical ability to prepare for, participate in, and lead campers in garden program activities specific to this camp and position.

Some physical requirements of a garden program position could be endurance including walking, standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/program. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and exposure to various animals, plants, and environmental conditions.

How to apply

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Indicate in your cover letter that you can commit to the entire summer as indicated above.

Field Trip & Outdoor Recreation Intern

Position Purpose:

To further the mission of Concrete Safaris through the development and delivery of field trip and outdoor recreation activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers' age and abilities. Assist in the management to the physical operation of the outdoor play program and related equipment. This may include working with 7-12-year-olds to create obstacle courses for our annual race, teaching children how to ride bicycles, fish, hike in local parks, and co-leading cycling adventures up to 12 miles per day and other outdoor activities.

Essential Job Functions:

Work with Concrete Safaris' Outdoor Play Coordinator to deliver a field trip and outdoor recreation program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers.

Evaluate abilities of campers and staff related to the proposed trip.

Evaluate the success of the tripping program.

Teach the skills necessary for a fun and safe trip before leaving the camp site, including personal and group health and safety, outdoor cooking and camping, comfortable travel methods, maintenance and care of equipment, emergency procedures, etc.

Meet with the health director before and after trips to monitor camper health during and following trips.

Lead and teach campers in various outdoor program areas.

Co-plan itineraries with the Outdoor Play Coordinator before leaving for each trip.

With the assistance of campers and staff, pack and load into vehicles all necessary camping and safety equipment, food, and water for the trip.

Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their tripping group, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.

Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.

Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.

Ensure that camp staff and campers follow established safety guidelines.

Participate in staff training and orientation.

Ensure campers follow safety procedures.

Be prepared to enact written emergency procedures in the event of accident or illness.

Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the outdoor play area.

Maintain the tripping equipment: bicycles, bike tools, backpacks, waterproof shells and pants, boots, etc.

Ensure the security of the tripping equipment when not in use.

Conduct a check of equipment before and after each use, for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

Other Internship Duties:

Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.

Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver special events and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

Assist in the planning of any special events.

Equipment Used:

Bicycles, outdoor play equipment (balls, ropes, cones, etc.), backpacks

Qualifications (Minimum qualifications and experience)

Must be at least 18 years old.

Current certification in tripping instruction or documented training and experience.

Current certification in first aid and CPR.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must have at least two semesters of academic coursework in physical education or experience.

Training and experience in teaching outdoor play skills to children.

Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions.

Skills in outdoor program design particular to the type of tripping and camping activities assigned to the unit.

Previous experience leading wilderness trips and/or student experience with NOLS, Outward Bound, or similar programs.

Physical Aspects of the Position

Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.

Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Ability to lift and carry. It may be important to give consideration to amount of gear that would be carried and to what distance.

Ability to perform job responsibilities during daylight hours.

Physical ability to prepare for, participate in, and lead campers in cycling, game play, wilderness activities involving tripping activities specific to this camp and position.

Some physical requirements of a field trip and outdoor recreation position could be endurance including walking, hiking, standing, cycling, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/program. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and exposure to various animals, plants, and environmental conditions.

Hourly wage: $10-12/hour, depending on experience

How to apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples. Please confirm in your cover letter that you are available full-time seasonal, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from June 30th - August 29th.

Academic credit is available.

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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.

 

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.