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JUNIOR PLAYWORKER PROGRAM

We're looking for playful, responsible teens interested in assisting

our playworker/facilitators and getting outdoors with kids.

Brooklyn Wild is a small nature and adventure play program with outdoor classes for toddlers – 5th grade. We're looking to hire assistant facilitators who are reliable, resilient, playful, and patient. Each member of our team must be comfortable working outdoors every day, in all kinds of weather, and have a deep respect for children’s autonomy and individuality. 

For our junior playworkers, we offer training in nature education, playwork and more general job skills, such as collaborating with a team and communicating effectively to solve problems. 

Brooklyn Wild is a mission-driven, low-profit LLC in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We measure success through our positive impact above profits. Our mission is to provide the space, time and permission for outdoor, child-led play and hands-on nature connection to as many children as possible in a dense, diverse neighborhood underserved by open green spaces. We operate classes using the principles of forest schools and adventure playgrounds, and advocate for all children’s rights to free play and access to the outdoors. 

Responsibilities:

  • Help create and uphold a climate conducive to free play

  • Be willing to learn about the philosophy of playwork and demonstrate professionalism and best practices, including:

    • Responding to challenging behavior with compassion, respect and reasonable choices

    • Offering support if asked, but allowing play without interference

    • Not assisting children to go beyond their comfort zone or skill level

  • Assisting facilitators in ensuring the safety of all participants 

  • Take photos and notes during class and attend virtual monthly staff meetings

  • Help students with their gear and snack, following all COVID safety guidelines  

  • Be an advocate for our program with parents and neighbors

  • Be willing to accept and act upon feedback, work through challenges as a team, and keep the children’s best interests at heart


Necessary qualifications:

  • Some experience with children between the ages of 3 and 10

  • Clear communication skills 

  • Flexibility, adaptability and patience

  • Punctuality and reliability

  • Ability to be active with the kids, such as running and chasing

  • Must pass a background and reference check 


Benefits and schedule:

  • Pay is $15 - $18/hour, depending on experience

  • We follow the public school calendar and are closed for most holidays

  • Employment begins immediately. From April - June 2021, the hours are 2 pm - 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Employment may continue into the summer for two days per week, hours to be determined. 

  • Virtual team meeting once per month on a Thursday evening


Please send a letter of interest and three references to info@bkwild.com. Visit bkwild.com to find out more about our program, and check out our blog to see our work in action.