Summer Instructors Wanted



PlayBuild’s mission is to transform under-utilized urban spaces into safe, fun environments for kids to learn about design.

For more background, please visit PlayBuild’s website at


PlayBuild is seeking energetic, experienced and highly capable program instructors to deliver our unique design curriculum in a fun summer camp environment to kids ages 4-12.  The majority of summer camp will take place outdoors at 2828 Thalia Street, our flagship play space located in Central City.  Instructors will lead 15-20 PlayBuilders in interactive design, architectural, engineering, and construction play activities.  The right candidate will create a fun, safe, hands-on learning experience for PlayBuild campers, encouraging them to explore, play and build using the many different toys and materials available at our Thalia Street site.


PlayBuild is looking for instructors to support our summer activities throughout the months of June and July.   Instructors will participate in a short training module prior to any on-site instruction.  Activities will be scheduled between 8 am and 5:30 pm Mondays through Fridays.  


This is a PAID position; hourly rate subject to negotiation based on relevant experience and qualifications


The Program Instructor’s role is to lead lessons and activities using PlayBuild’s curriculum, to manage the safety and supervision of campers, and to assist with general classroom operations at our Thalia Street location.

Lessons and Curriculum

Why are shotgun houses built the way they are? How can we make the straw and stick houses stronger for the Little Pigs? How do we make our neighborhoods more kid-friendly? These are just some of the questions that PlayBuilders will be answering this summer.

PlayBuilders learn about the world around them and how they can become engaged in community change, preservation and design through fun and interactive enrichment activities.

Each PlayBuild lesson is delivered in 3 parts: 

Traditional Classroom- a time for reading, critical thinking and group discussion

Guided Play- a time for guided enrichment activities in the form of an art or building project that reinforces the traditional lesson 

Free Play- the finale that lets PlayBuilders tinker, create, innovate, explore and problem-solve with limited adult interference

Safety and Supervision

PlayBuild operates an open air classroom in an urban environment.  We are located in a residential neighborhood just off the Claiborne corridor.  Our setting is unique, and we need to ensure that all adults on-site have the preparation and training necessary to confront a variety of situations as they arise.  We thoroughly orient all adult supervisors both to our space and our surroundings to ensure  suitability and readiness for monitoring and supervising our campers.

Classroom Set-Up, Lesson Prep

In preparation for hosting students on-site, the Program Instructor will assist with set-up and break-down of the playground equipment much of which is large-scale and modular and does require time and some physical activity.  Tasks involve moving of bins and carts of equipment, books, blocks and cubes.


Qualified candidates will have evidenced strong interest in PlayBuild’s mission through past experience working in community development, youth development, arts education, or other relevant fields. 

The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience working with and supervising students under the age of 10 in a classroom, recreational, or camp setting.  Note that PlayBuild’s activities take place outside during the summer.  Instructors should be prepared for summer temperatures and to the variability of New Orleans summer weather.  In the case of extreme inclement weather (thunderstorms and flooding) activities will be moved to an alternate location.

PlayBuild is committed to providing a safe space for kids and families.  Qualified candidates will agree to submit to a criminal background check and to participate in a one-hour online Play Associate training session for specific instruction in the use of PlayBuild’s Imagination Playground equipment.   PlayBuild will require ALL new Instructors to attend on-site training prior to beginning work.

If you are interested in working with PlayBuild, please contact: subject line:  SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR.  Please share your availability for full and part-time work during the months of June and July.  If you are available part-time please let us know your days and hours of availability.

GiveNOLA Wrap-Up + Summer @ PlayBuild

We’re excited to announce that we closed out this year’s GiveNOLA just above our goal with combined donations and pledge amounts totaling $25,356. Thanks for everyone for bearing with us through the process.

To all who donated, you have made a massive and immediate contribution, and we’re now moving forward full-steam ahead with our plans for the summer.

We’ve got a mix of activities from Free Play Sessions for younger PlayBuilders in June to our enrollment-based 2-Week Design Discovery Program in July. We’re also thrilled to be teaming up with FirstLine Schools and YEP, two ongoing partners of PlayBuild as a program partner to enable us to reach a wider audience of kids.

Here’s the scoop!

First Up: WE’RE HIRING Funding and support that you provided through your GiveNOLA contributions has enabled us to recruit instructors for our summer activities.

Our Camp Instructor job description will be posted shortly. You can also email to request a copy of the description.

June @ Thalia Street

Breakfast Building Series- FREE: Join us at Thalia Street for morning drop-in camp sessions from 8:30 – noon. Parents are invited to bring PlayBuilders aged 4-8 for morning building sessions at Thalia Street.

Dates: June 7th – July 1st

July @ Thalia Street

Design Discovery NOLA- $$; Limited enrollment of 15 students; with some scholarship slots available: Design Discovery NOLA is PlayBuild’s stand-alone camp. Hosted at our space on 2828 Thalia the two-week program will immerse PlayBuilders Multiple cultural influences contribute to the unique design history of New Orleans. Beyond architecture we will look at the City’s evolution and the multiple colorful strands that contribute to New Orleans rich tapestry.

Dates: July 18th– 29th
Morning sessions: 8 am – noon
Afternoon sessions: 1 pm – 5 pm

We are currently inviting pre-registrations from interested families and parents from our mailing list. Registration for Design Discovery NOLA will officially open on June 1st.

camp photoSummer Camp Program Partnerships

Summer Camp X: Designing the Future | New Orleans 2030 We’re thrilled to partner with FirstLine to bring Designing The Future: New Orleans 2030. Timed to coincide with the process of the City of New Orleans’ Master Plan revision, Summer Camp X students will get a window into the live process of City Planning. With a one-week crash course in City Planning followed by a three-week Design Sprint students will learn planning basics and then develop a set of recommendations to be integrated into the public participation process and presented to the CPC.

Dates: June 7th – June 29th

Youth Empowerment Project: We are excited to partner with Youth Empowerment Project to provide open play sessions and activities to their summer campers. Sessions will take place on OC Haley and at PlayBuild’s 2828 Thalia Street location and will feature PlayBuild activities and lessons built around the Imagination Playground and the Rig-a-ma-Jig.

Dates: June 7th – July 8th