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Opportunities for Spring/Summer 2021

Want to be a part of educating our future?! Trailside is seeking energetic, hardworking, and enthusiastic individuals to join our team for Summer 2021! Typical working hours are 8:00 AM-4:15 PM with overtime options available.

We have limited positions available for 16 & 17 year-olds, these do fill up fast so apply soon. We ask that we speak to the applicant and not their parents. A work permit is required if hired. If staff training dates occur during finals, we will have alternative options for staff training prior to camp starting.

Staff hiring Portal is open!

Link to Apply:

New Applicants:
New applicants will need to create a login account.

Returning Applicants:
Returning Applicants may use your previous years login information.

First Round of interviews begin the week of December 6. Interviews will be held Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursdays via Google hangouts. Instructions for scheduling will follow in the confirmation email after application is submitted. If those two days do not work for you, you will have the option to message to request an alternate time.

If you have any questions or issues with the application process please contact us at [email protected]

Position Summary:

As a Trailside instructor, you will be responsible for organizing games, leading crafts, outdoor activities, and being homework support. Due to COVID-19 health mandates, all staff and campers are required to wear masks during outdoor activities and complete a health screening each day. As a TDC Instructor, you act as a positive role model for campers who are unable to receive the social interaction and physical activity that comes with school in-person classes, sports, and activities. It is up to you to create a fun, safe, and supportive outdoor experience inclusive to all. Commitment is at least 6 hours a week, with lots of opportunity for more - September 1 to October 18. Programming will take place in the afternoons at different locations around Anchorage. We are flexible with online classes/other jobs/family requirements. All TDC staff must be CPR certified (course offerings can be available).

Pay is $12.00-$15 DOE.

Trailside Instructor

I. Requirements

The Instructor must:
A. Have prior experience in environmental education, teaching, child care or other related field.
B. Have a valid certification in Adult and Child CPR and First Aid or be willing to attain it prior to the start of Fall Camp. Wilderness first aid preferred.
C. Reliable transportation to and from work.
D. Be 16 years or over. Drivers must be over 21 with Valid drivers license and clean driving record.
E. Be willing to and follow all protocols outlined in TDC COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.

II. Program

Duties Include:
A. Maintaining the standards of the American Camping Association.
B. Working toward accomplishing the mission and goals of Trailside Discovery Camp and The Alaska Center.
C. Working with the Lead Environmental Education Instructor, EE Team Leader, Program Manager, and Camp Director to provide high quality education experiences to all Trailside Discovery Camp participants.
D. Preparing lesson plans and implementing environmental education programs and activities as needed.
E. Supervising participants and ensuring the safety of all staff and campers.

III. Child Care

Duties Include:
A. Recognizing and appropriately responding to hazards and emergencies.
B. Maintaining ACA standards for instructor to camper ratios.
C. Encouraging the personal and social development of children.
D. Observing children and reporting all accidents, significant illnesses, and/or signs of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to the Camp Director.
E. Running activities and lesson curriculum
F. Communicating with parents through group chat
G. Communicating with management about concerns
H. Youth behaviour management
I. Ensuring all supplies, toys, and classrooms are clean and sanitized
J. Ensuring appropriate and realistic physical distancing
K. Overseeing appropriate youth hygiene practices

IV. Records

Maintain accurate records:
A. Protect the confidentiality of the participant’s records.
B. Filling out timesheets and Health screenings and other paperwork accurately and efficiently.

V. Supervision and Support

The Instructor will report directly to the Fall Program Director.

VI. Attendance

The Instructor must:
A. Complete health screening prior to the start of shift.
B. Wear a face mask at all times, unless eating or drinking.
C. Attend all training sessions
D. Attend all staff meetings

VII. Miscellaneous

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