Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
University of Alaska Fairbanks Outdoor Adventures
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
For other questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Term: September 2021 through May 2022
Employer: University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanook Recreation – Outdoor Adventures
Contact: Mark Oldmixon, Director
Title: Trips Coordinator and Field Safety Liaison
Organization Description: Nanook Recreation is a comprehensive facility and group of programs serving the UAF and greater Fairbanks community in order to assist in the development of healthy lifestyles and exploring the wilderness of Alaska.
The fall semester will be spent training under the guidance of Outdoor Adventure staff to learn how we organize and facilitate wilderness experiences for UAF students. The Fellow will assist with marketing trip offering, executing sales, training student leaders, preparing equipment and participants for field experiences and de-briefing students and employees. After a semester of training, the Fellow will be the lead for organizing and executing the spring semester trip schedule; selecting trips, assigning leaders, marketing programs and ensuring the trips happen with an eye for safety and quality.
The second part of the project year will involve the Field Safety Program. The Alaska Fellow will work with the Nanook Recreation Director to organize, market and execute a complete offering of field safety programs for UAF researchers. This program has about 4 years of tradition to provide a foundation, but the Fellow will be expected to expand the program to serve a broader audience.
This position offers an opportunity to dive into the heart of experiential education. The fellow will have ample opportunity to be in the field with UAF student leaders and professional staff as well as topic experts such as bear safety and avalanche awareness. This position will allow the fellow to be involved in every step of program implementation from the idea to execution to the debrief. They will see first hand what it means to expand a student’s comfort zone by showing them how they CAN summit a mountain or climb a waterfall. They will also have the satisfaction that they made field research a safer experience for all involved. All this while learning the business side of the operation with input on budgets and marketing.
The Alaska Fellow will need to convey confidence and enthusiasm for all the topics and programs in an effort to build excitement and energy around backcountry experiences and safety.
Regular communication and interaction with students and customers
Advertising, marketing and celebrating all programs
Developing schedules of programs and instructors, ensuring resources are available and allocated appropriately.
Detailed registration and communication with participants.
We are seeking someone who:
Wants to share their passion for wilderness and adventure with a college student population.
Wants to develop their programming and event planning skills.
Can develop a plan and implement it on tight timeline.
Values safety and responsibility in the backcountry while enjoying the activity or project.
Strong written and oral communication skills
Someone with attention to detail, plans ahead and prepares for a variety of scenarios
With a background in outdoor adventure programming or participation. Ideally has spent multiple nights in a tent and has experience in a winter environment. No need to be an expert in any specific activity, but rather actively participates in related activities such as hiking, backpacking, water sports, climbing and/or skiing.
Comfort establishing and maintaining relationships by phone and email.
Has experience with marketing and social media.
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, copies of any relevant certifications such as Wilderness First Aid and three references.
Submit materials to: Mark Oldmixon, email@example.com, Danielle Bessent, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Frank Olive, email@example.com.
When submitting your applications, please also copy firstname.lastname@example.org.