2024 Camp Counselor Application


Open to Ages: 16+
Dates: Required training on May 21-24. Then, camp sessions and other educational programs begin June 10 and go through mid-August.
Hours: Up to 40 hours per week for each camp session worked, with additional hours for planning and prep for those sessions.
Compensation: $15/hour

Do you have an interest in being outdoors and working with kids? Looking for a flexible summer job? Like what Calypso does and want to get more involved? Apply now to be a Camp Counselor at Calypso's youth summer camps!

Position Overview: Your primary responsibility will be to be a camp counselor, an education focused position, at Calypso's youth summer camps. This is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills, learn techniques for working with kids, and learn all about (and practice!) principles of hands-on, place-based education. You will receive training on working with youth, hands-on education, farming and boreal forest ecology, and more. Based on need and availability, there may also be the opportunity to work with Calypso's field trips and other farm-based education programs.

About Calypso Farm & Ecology Center: Founded in 2000, 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 the farm is surrounded by beautiful boreal forest. Our education programs are all hands-on and place-based.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Be a camp counselor and instructor at a minimum of 2 Farm Camp sessions
  • Assist with all aspects of running Farm Camps, including set-up and clean-up, program development, and teaching
  • Develop and lead your own activities for camps throughout the summer (training will be provided)
  • Assist with the implementation of all Safety Policies for Camps and other education programs
  • Provide end of season evaluation for Farm Camps
  • There may be opportunities to assist with Farm Field Trips and other summer youth education programs, as needed

Qualifications:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Interest in working with children and youth of all ages
  • Strong interest in learning teaching and mentoring skills
  • Prior experience working with kids is a plus, but not required
  • Comfortable working outside, rain or shine
  • Belief in Calypso’s mission (see About Calypso Farm & Ecology Center section)
  • Interest in learning more about farming and boreal forest ecology
  • Must be able to attend training May 21st – May 24th
  • First Aid & CPR certified (training provided)
  • Able to pass a Background Check to work with children
  • Applicants must have a reliable vehicle or other form of transportation for getting to and from work each day. Calypso Farm is located 5 miles up the Old Nenana Highway in Ester, outside of Fairbanks.

Applicants of Color and persons who identify as Black or Indigenous are encouraged to apply! Fairbanks locals also encouraged to apply! Preference will be given to local-hires from the Fairbanks area.

Calypso Farm is committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment for all its employees. Discrimination against ANY individual (staff, program participant, volunteer, general public, etc.) on the basis of sexual orientation, race, class, gender, disability, religion, political views or any aspect of a person that sets them apart is unacceptable.

Questions? Email info@calypsofarm.org or call 907-451-0691


To apply, please submit the following form and attach your resume below.

Alternatively, you can email your answers to the application questions along with your resume and references to: info@calypsofarm.org


  • If you don't have experience in this area, please describe your interest in working with children and your interest in learning more about place-based learning!
  • References can be work related or former teachers, mentors, etc. No family members, please.
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