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Calypso Camp Director at Calypso Farm & Ecology Center - 3557

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Calypso Camp Director
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center
4780 Old Nenana Highway
Fairbanks, AK 99709
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HOURS: Seasonal—part and full-time (20—40 hrs/week)
DATES: May 15th — August 3rd, 2018
COMPENSATION: $15.00 per hour, Farm lunches provided while on site at Calypso Farm, CSA Vegetable Share for the season (June through September)

ABOUT CALYPSO: Founded in 2000, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s mission is to promote local agriculture and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems. We do this through a variety of educational programs – for young and old – both on the farm and in the community. In all of our programs, we strive to increase access to and awareness of the benefits of purchasing and eating local foods. Learn more about us at!

Calypso’s Camp Director is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of Farm Camp at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center and the LEAF Camps held at three different school garden locations in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Camp Director will have the support and assistance of Calypso’s Farm Educator who is responsible for Calypso field trips and also works as a lead counselor for Farm and LEAF Camps. Beginning mid-May, the Calypso Camp Director will have an orientation to the camps, reviewing the season’s schedule and materials. In June and July, five different sessions of camps will take place—two sessions of Farm Camp and three sessions of LEAF Camp. In addition to Camp responsibilities, the Camp Director will assist with Farm field trips when time allows.

What is Farm Camp?
Farm Camps are week long day camps held at Calypso Farm. There are sessions for children 5-7 years old and sessions for children 8-12 years old. Teens aged 13-17 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.

What is the LEAF Camp?
The LEAF program—Learning Ecology and Alaskan Farming is a day camp with sessions held at three different school garden locations. LEAF Camp is designed to give students ages 5-12 a chance to experience Alaskan gardens first hand. In addition to learning how to grow vegetables, they learn how to prepare fresh produce in the garden.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Develop an age appropriate program plan and lessons for Farm Camps and LEAF Camps with the assistance of Calypso’s Farm Educator
- Train and supervise Farm and LEAF Camp Counselors and Junior Counselors
- Communicate with all parents or guardians of campers
- Post about camps a minimum of twice weekly on Calypso’s social media outlets
- Assist as needed with Farm field trips when time allows
- Review and implement the Camp Safety Policies
- Carry out evaluation activities for all camps
- Write up end of season evaluation for all camps

Education & Experience: 

- Outdoor and/or environmental educational experience
- Experience in developing and writing outdoor education and/or school garden-based lessons
- Supervisory experience
- High-energy, enthusiastic, positive, “can-do” attitude
- Highly independent and self-motivated
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Belief in Calypso’s mission (see at the top of first page)
- Flexible and friendly
- Reliable vehicle
- Great documentation skills
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
- Punctual
- Pass a Background Check
- Gardening or Farming Experience is a bonus (not required)
- First Aid & CPR certified (training provided)

Application Instructions: 

Please send a copy of your resume, 3 work related references and answers to the following questions to Christie Shell, Calypso’s Assistant Director at You will be contacted shortly about interviews.

1. Describe why you are interested in being the Calypso Camp Director:
2. Describe any outdoor/environmental education experience that you have:
3. Describe any supervisory experience that you have or experience that will aid you as a supervisor:
4. Describe any farm or garden experience that you have (preferred but not required):
5. Give a brief overview of a garden-based lesson appropriate for 7-10 year olds:
6. If you were a vegetable, what would you be and why?
7. How did you hear about the position?

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