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Rural Alaska Program Travel Camp Staff

Job Details

  • Date Posted: December 11, 2021
  • Location: Alaska
  • Company: Camp Fire Alaska
  • Job Type: Full Time

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Pay: $5500.00 – $7000.00 + Room & Board for the season.

Program Overview

Program: The Rural Alaska Program travels to primarily Alaska Native communities throughout the state to deliver summer day camp programs to youth, teens, families, and elders. Camp Fire sends staff, supplies, food and fun to 28 different communities creating a fun summer camp experience while teaching about healthy life choices, reducing high-risk behaviors, and encouraging youth and community engagement.

Location: Anchorage & Bethel, AK for training and 2 to 3 various Rural communities within Alaska.  Teams of staff travel to 2 to 3 communities in June and July, providing a program that lasts 2-4 weeks in each community.

Dates: May 23- August 3.  Travel begins in early June and ends in late July.  Staff starts in mid-May to complete a 2-week training.   Staff departs on August 4th.

Shifts: Rural Travel Camp Lead staff reside in assigned rural communities.  Workdays typically run from 11 am-9 pm with programming from 12 pm-5 pm and 7 pm-9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday each week. Staff generally have two days off each week to explore the local community.

Activities: Travel Camp Lead Staff develop and run summer day camp programs such as team building, sports and games, cold water safety and swimming, outdoor recreation, and community events.  Evenings are reserved for teen-based programs.

Travel Stipend:  A travel stipend will be paid on the final paycheck to staff that successfully complete the entire season commitment.

Job Description:


The Travel Staff will have the opportunity to guide campers (youth, teens) and families in daily activities within the rural program schedule, with a focus on implementing youth and community-based programs, maintaining strong community relations and cultural relevancy. You’ll have the opportunity to support Camp Fire’s Promise to provide youth with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. In this position, you’ll actively participate in leading, teaching, and assisting in all program areas, such as; swimming, cooking, health and nutrition, creative arts, hiking, etc. You’ll also gain valuable experience planning and implementing community events and outreach with community members in order to build relationships among campers, families, elders, and community members. Along with planning and implementing community events, you’ll collaborate with the Rural Program leadership to identify staff and program needs, develop successful programming, and take part in evaluations to collect data about the program. You’ll gain all this valuable professional and personal growth experience while in Rural Alaskan communities and have a lifetime experience you’ll carry with you moving after the season comes to an end. Join our team and make a lasting difference in the lives of our youth!


  • Prior experience working with youth in a residential camp or cultural exchange setting is strongly preferred.
  • Current Adult, Child and Infant CPR, AED & First Aid Certification from a nationally recognized provider.  (Camp Fire can assist in finding a class if needed). *This certification required to have prior to starting work, unless you have a Current Lifeguard Certification.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, outdoor recreation, sociology, social work, nursing or other related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 18 years of age required, 21 preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License and eligibility to drive agency vehicles.
  • Experience working with diverse populations including multi-cultural, age gender etc.
  • Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19.

***If you’d like to request a full copy of the job description please email [email protected] and we will be happy to provide it to you.***