POSITIONS FOR HIRE
Part-time & Full-Time Summer Camp Quest Leaders:
Summer positions are open for part-time employment 30 hours/week (approximately 9:30am-3:30pm), Fridays require working an additional 30-60 minutes at the end of the day (paperwork). We are looking for a couple of new staff to join our merry band of returning staff. Our camps run from mid-June through late August.
Part-time School-Year Quest Leaders:
School year positions (fall/winter/spring) are open for part-time employment 10-15 hours/week (or less if you need less) Quest Leading in after-school programs. Time would be ~2-5 pm most weekdays, ~12:15-3:45 on Thursdays for Early Release. Each after-school program is on a particular day and time for a series of weeks, so you could commit to, for instance, Mondays & Wednesdays from 2-5pm for 8 weeks in a row. Each program will average 3 hours per week, so by working 5 days a week there is the opportunity for roughly 15 hours/week Quest Leading after-school programs. We also run holiday camps on school days off, which offer an opportunity for ~6 hours/day of work on select days through the school year.
Part-time Weekend Birthday / Festival Leaders:
Quest Leading with a focus on one-time events such as at birthday parties, festivals, and other specialty programs. If you have what it takes to Quest Lead, with an extra dash of charisma, and you’re free on the weekends, this is for you!
Extra Jobs (stand-alone or add on in addition to Quest Leading to increase hours)
Do you like leading big group games involving lots of kids and foam swords? Do you have a voice that’s able to be loud enough to get a bunch of kids to stop battling and pay attention to you, without sounding angry? Do you have experience with boffer battles or sports? This is for you! Can be done in addition to one of the other positions listed to, or on its own.
Manage the character sheet database, data entry into the database, admin work, equipment prep and repair, product sales, and supporting staff by watching for safety at sign-in/sign-out and leading active games with children. Ideally (but not required) – occasionally sub for sick Quest Leaders for an hour or more. Car required for driving between sites and office.
Boffer Construction & Maintenance:
Do you working with your hands and tools? Do you want to create foam swords and other weaponry? We have been refining the designs and production methods of our Swasher™ boffer construction for over 20 years, to produce the best quality lightweight boffers on the market. We are looking for more skilled craftspeople to help increase production. Can be done in addition to one of the other positions listed to, or on its own.
Costume Creation & Maintenance:
Help maintain and expand our collection of renaissance/fantasy-themed costumes. Requires experience in sewing, garment design and repair, and access to your own sewing equipment.
Starting wages are $13.50/hour for most of our programs, $15/hour for after-school programs, and $20/hour for birthdays on weekends. Occasionally, higher wages are offered to exceptionally experienced new staff. Raises are given each year.
Thorough training is provided, and new Quest Leaders will be paid a stipend to complete the training process and learn the ins and outs of being a Quest Leader.
See Quest Leader position
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
Required: Experience working with children and/or teens
Required: Improvisational acting and storytelling skills
Required: High energy and physical fitness for hiking and swashbuckling
Required: Friendly with a sense of humor (the kids who come to our camp are coming to have fun!)
Required: A love for the fantasy genre (we play a fantasy-themed live-action roleplaying game with the kids)
Required: Great communication skills
Required: 18 years of age and older by the time the job begins
Required: A willingness to learn and practice non-coercive leadership
Required: Great communication skills
Required: Apply by March 20th (if we need more leaders we may extend this date).
Required: Be able to be in Bellingham for a group improvisational acting audition during late February, March, or April. Several auditions will be held.
Optional: experience playing and/or leading roleplaying games (live action or tabletop)
Optional: conflict resolution skills, team-building and leadership skills, training in therapy or childhood education
Optional: martial arts, swordsmanship, arts and crafts.
Heads-up: Being a Quest Leader is physically demanding (hiking and swashbuckling with a group of 5-7 children or teens for 5-8 hours/day), and requires maturity, professionalism, patience, conflict resolution skills, and great playfulness and compassion.
APPLY BY MARCH 20th: If you are interested in becoming a Quest Leader for the upcoming summer, submit an application by March 20th. If you can apply earlier, please do so. We accept applications all year round, but do not begin our hiring process until February. If we need more applicants, we may extend the deadline, but applying sooner is always better. Apply with the link below. If you have any questions about the application, please contact us.
AUDITIONS – Late February, March & April: Applicants who show the most potential in their Job Application, are invited to participate in a group improvisational acting, storytelling, and roleplaying audition. Up to five applicants and the Director, Harper, meet and play acting games together. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. This is a requirement for being hired. Auditions are held during February, March, and April.
FINAL INTERVIEW: The applicants who showed the most potential in their applications and audition are invited to a final interview.
STAFF TRAINING: We will thoroughly train you to be able to lead a group of kids of your own. There will be an opportunity to observe a questing group during the first week of April, and materials will be provided to begin learning the game. Training takes place during early June (or during March and early April for those starting in springtime), and you will be given an opportunity to “shadow” an experienced quest leader as well as try out Quest Leading with an experienced leader with you to give feedback. New quest leaders will receive a training stipend after successfully completing the training process.
HIRED: All staff must have a social security number for being an employee, and all will have a background check done on them. We require all staff to be mandatory reporters of child abuse (if you suspect abuse in the home environment or elsewhere, you are required to report on it).