Narnia Assistant

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed by people in this category. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required of people in these positions.

Work Team:
Reports To:
Program Lead, Youth Program Coordinator, Narnia Head
Position Classification:
Length of Service:
2+ Weeks


This position is open mid June-September. The Narnia Assistant supports the Narnia Head in implementing summer programs for guests aged 4- and 11-years old. The assistant supports age-appropriate programming that inspires fun and creativity while supporting children’s physical, mental, and social development. The assistant should be flexible, creative, responsible, patient, and collaborative.


(principal duties and responsibilities; such as categories supported, staff size, volume managed, etc)

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supports the Narnia Head in implementing the Narnia program by assisting in set-up & clean-up, providing supervision, and leading activities.
  • Fosters a safe and welcoming environment for all children to explore and express themselves.
  • Stewards Narnia classrooms and materials by maintaining safety and organization.
  • Supports weekly Narnia open house to meet kids and parents.
  • Responds appropriately and constructively to behavioral issues; reports escalating or severe behavioral issues to Narnia Head.
  • Attends weekly Program team meetings. • Assists in other aspects of the Program team’s work and other departments at the discretion of the Program Lead.
  • Other duties as assigned.


(position specifications; such as knowledge/education, skills, problem solving/decision making, risk/bottom line results, management responsibility – people and functions)

Specific knowledge and skills include but are not limited to the following:

  • Previous experience working with pre-school and elementary-aged children preferred.
  • Ability to build relationships with children in a short period of time.
  • Leadership and organizational skills.
  • Child Safety Training (or willingness to obtain before the start of position’s term).
  • First Aid/CPR certification (preferred).
  • Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor certification (preferred).
  • Patience and ability to address behavioral problems. Ability to productively discuss issues surrounding race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and ability in age-appropriate language.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative setting.
  • Creativity, problem solving, flexibility, and sound judgement.
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and be proactive.


(particular knowledge/skills related to client and/or agency needs)

  • Has enthusiasm for, and ability to work in, a remote wilderness setting.
  • Commits to work in ways that support and fulfill Holden Village’s Mission, Vision, and Values and commits to the terms of the Community of Practice Agreement.
  • Extends genuine hospitality to all Villagers and guests; Helps new staff and volunteers integrate into the community.
  • Upholds and works to further Holden Village values of diversity, equality, respect, sustainability, and spirituality as articulated in the Strategic Plan.
  • Undertakes Work of the Village including dish team, garbology, and wood chaining.
  • Abides by Holden Village’s Community Health Protocols and Practices.
  • Commits to staying up-do date on all required vaccinations.


As a Short-Term Volunteer, you are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Food (three meals/day)
  • Housing & utilities
  • Free parking at Fields Point
  • Access to amazing hiking opportunities, community events, teaching sessions, art studios and other educational opportunities!


Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.