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  • Camp Habitat (Day Camp) Director

    Melanie Graeff
    • Employer: Friends of Creamer's Field
      Location: Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks, Alaska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position: 2024 Camp Habitat Director

    Location: Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks, AK

    Status: Seasonal position, mid-March start date. Please see “Employment Details” for specifics.

    Closing Date: Open until filled.

    Date Available: April 22, 2024  – flexible start date

    Job Description: Camp Habitat is a nature education and ecology day camp for youth ages 4-11. Five (5) day camp sessions run in June and July. The Camp Director’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day camp operations and supervise camp staff. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of Friends of Creamer’s Field (FOCF).

    Where you will be working: Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is the product of grassroots conservation in the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Refuge boasts 2500 acres of boreal forest, grassland, and wetlands that are home to many species throughout the year. The Refuge is located roughly 3 miles from downtown Fairbanks and is close to amenities. Interior Alaska is perfect for the outdoor adventurer - with nearly 24 hours of sunlight in June and July, there will be plenty of time for after-work and weekend activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, and sightseeing. 


    Oversight & Management of the Camp Habitat summer day camps:

    • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate camp instructors, counselors, guest speakers, and volunteers
    • Oversee the development of daily lesson plans and learning experiences for camp
    • Update curriculum with new and/or improved learning experiences and activities
    • In coordination with the FOCF staff, manage the registration process
    • Respond to all registration inquiries promptly (phone and email)
    • Update camp staff training manual and training schedule
    • Communicate with all partner agencies (Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)
    • Organize and manage Camp Habitat equipment and supplies

    On-site preparation and presence

    • Assure a safe environment for all children and staff
    • Oversee camp set up and take down
    • Logistical support for camp staff

    Financial Responsibility

    • Assist with raising funds for Summer Camps, including tabling at local events (in March and April)
    • Process applications and disperse scholarship funds
    • Prepare an end-of-the-year report

    Professional Qualifications:

    • A minimum of 60 credit hours in education, natural sciences, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
    • Must be able to pass a background check
    • Must hold a valid driver’s license
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Experience managing a team
    • Experience developing curriculum and/or planning long-term events
    • Strong organizational skills, flexible, able to multitask
    • Experience with children, ages 4-11
    • Certification in CPR/First Aid (preferred)

    Employment Details

    • $20 - $23/hour depending on experience.
    • Approximate Employment dates (mid-April through mid-August) – The initial period will be part-time. Full-time hours start June 1st and run through mid-August.
    • No health insurance and no paid sick or vacation leave.
    • Limited overtime may be available and must be pre-approved by FOCF Executive Director.
    • Position may have the opportunity to turn into a year-round role.
    • This position does not include housing or transportation, but we would be happy to assist you in finding accommodations. 



    To be considered, please submit ALL the following documents 

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three professional references with complete contact information (name, phone number, email)

    In your cover letter, please address the knowledge, skills, and abilities that would make you a strong candidate for the Camp Habitat Director position. The resume and cover letter should be no more than two pages each. Application materials should be sent to director@friendsofcreamersfield.org with the subject line: Camp Habitat Director_Last Name_First Name.

    All attachments must be sent in a pdf format.

    For a full job description and more information visit https://friendsofcreamersfield.org/job-opportunities/


    For specific information about the position please contact:

    Grace Nelson, Executive Director

    Friends of Creamer’s Field

    Phone: 907-978-8457



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