Apply now to be a Farm Educator at Calypso Farm, and the Assistant Director for our summer Farm Camps! Spend your summer working outdoors on a farm in Fairbanks, Alaska, inspiring children to explore the wonders of nature, cook their own food from the garden, learn about farm animals, and more! Prior experience working with children is required – preferably in an outdoor or other hands-on setting. In order to deliver high-quality, place-based programs, Farm Educators will receive training throughout the season on aspects of farming and gardening as well as boreal forest ecology.
There are three primary responsibilities of this position: 1) Being an instructor for Calypso’s youth summer camps. 2) Assisting with all aspects of running camp, including developing lessons and mentoring camp interns and youth volunteers. 3) Assisting with Farm-based Field Trips and other youth and family education programs throughout the summer. In all these duties this position works closely with Calypso’s Lead Educator/Camp Director.
Roles and Responsibilities
• Be a primary educator and instructor at all Farm Camp sessions
• Assist the Lead Educator/Camp Director with all aspects of running Farm Camps, including set-up and
clean-up, program development, planning lessons, and teaching
• Assist with the training and supervision of Farm Camp Education Interns and Junior Counselors and any
other education program volunteers
• Assist with Farm Field Trips and other summer youth education programs, as needed—including
scheduling and teaching
• Assist with the implementation of all Safety Policies for Camps and other education programs
• Assist with end of season evaluation for Farm Camps
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center is a non-profit, educational farm in Fairbanks, Alaska. We offer hands-on education programs for all ages and grow fresh food for the community. We encourage environmental awareness in both farming and natural ecosystems, and our farm is surrounded by beautiful boreal forest. Our education programs are all hands-on and based in principles of environmental and outdoor education and place-based learning.
What is Farm Camp?
Farm Camps are week long day camps held at Calypso Farm for youth ages 5-15. Teens aged 12-15 assist with the camps as Junior Counselors. Farm Camps offer children a farm immersion experience, exposing them to all aspects of farm life and boreal forest ecology through hands-on learning and exploration.
What are Calypso’s Field Trips and other farm-based education programs?
Calypso offers field trips to youth aged pre-K through 12th grade as well as families and community groups. Field trips are a fun, hands-on way for kids to explore the farm, guided by Calypso educators. Calypso also offers other educational programs like family workshops on topics like gardening, ecology, and farm-based crafts, and a Fall Farm School program for homeschool students running mid August-September.
This position runs May 2nd-August 19th, 2022. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible, and there may be the opportunity to extend the position through September 30, 2022.
• Outdoor and/or environmental education experience, or
other relevant experience working with children
• Experience in creating outdoor education activities or other
• Comfortable working with youth and children of all ages
• Able to adhere to CDC guidelines and Calypso’s protocols for
COVID-19 safety throughout the season
• Good communication and organizational skills
• Belief in Calypso’s mission (see below)
• Knowledgeable about the ecology of the boreal forest or
excited to learn
• Gardening or farming experience is a bonus (not required)
• First Aid & CPR certified (training provided)
• Able to pass a Background Check to work with children
TO APPLY: Please send a copy of your resume, the contact information for 3 work related references, and a cover letter that addresses the following questions to Leila Pyle, Calypso’s Lead Educator, at [email protected] (link sends e-mail). We will then contact you about an interview!
1. Describe why you are interested in being the Farm Educator/Assistant Camp Director.
2. Describe any outdoor/environmental education experience that you have, or other experience working
3. Describe any farm, garden, or ecology related experience that you have (preferred but not required).
4. Give a brief overview of a garden-based lesson appropriate for 7-10 year olds that you’d be excited to
5. If you were a vegetable, what would you be and why?
6. How did you hear about the position?
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 - Note that applications will be reviewed as they are received so it is better to apply early! This position will be filled no later than mid-February.
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