Inspiring Girls Student Assistant

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  • Job Number:518743
  • Classification:Student Assistant C
  • Grade:Student C
  • Work type:Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Office/Clerical, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Inspiring Girls Expeditions empowers young women to lead and succeed through science, art, and wilderness exploration. We are a collaborative, multi-institutional partnership headquartered at Oregon State University with branches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as international branches in Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Central Asia, and New Zealand. During each 12-day expedition, nine participants explore the intersection of scientific and artistic inquiry and backcountry travel, supported by an instructor team of professional scientists, artists, and guides. In small groups, the participant's design and conduct scientific projects which they present to the public at the end of their expedition. We are seeking an undergraduate student for a full-time student coordinator position in summer 2022. The student coordinator will assist our Program Coordinator, Sarah Clement, and Program Director, Joanna Young, with logistics and coordination for our three summer expeditions: Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls on Water, and Girls in the Forest. Other responsibilities include communicating with the public about Inspiring Girls Expeditions through email and social media and assisting with miscellaneous projects depending on the successful candidate’s interests and skillsets.


25%Communications -Answer general questions from the main UAF program email account -Assist with Inspiring Girls Expeditions Alaska social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)Essential
25%Miscellaneous Projects, as needed -Data entry and organization -Photo organization -Other projects may be available depending on the candidate’s interests and skill setEssential
50%Assist with logistics for three expeditions in summer 2022: Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls on Water, and Girls in the Forest -Assist with participant enrollment by answering emails from participants and families -Collect and organize enrollment paperwork -Assist instructor teams during expedition preparation and clean-up, including in-town camp set up, gear organization, food and gear packing, and photographyEssential

Position Information:

This position is based in Fairbanks, Alaska. While some remote work may be possible, the position requires a significant amount of in-person work.

Dates: May 9, 2022, to August 13, 2022 (ideal, but might be negotiable)

Hours: up to 40 hours/week (full-time preferred)

Salary: Commensurate with experience, contact Joanna Young at for additional information.

More information about Inspiring Girls and our expedition philosophy can be found here:

Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Tasks will include:

  • Assist with logistics for three expeditions this summer: Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls on Water, and Girls in the Forest

    • Assist with participant enrollment by answering emails from participants and families; collecting and organizing enrollment paperwork 

    • Assist instructor teams during expedition preparation and clean-up, including in-town camp set up, gear organization, food and gear packing, and photography

  • Assist with gear inventorying

    • Assist with arranging repairs for damaged gear, as necessary 

    • Assist with thorough gear inventories pre- and post-expedition

  • Assist with communication with the public 

    • Maintain email account

    • Assist with Inspiring Girls Expeditions social media communication (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), including working with the International Arctic Research Center communications team

  • Assist with expeditions as needed while teams are in town/on campus

    • Camp set up during the first night of expedition (in town)

    • Gear organization

    • Preparing on-campus spaces (i.e. Murie classroom/auditorium for equipment organizing/presentation prep, etc) 

  • Help with other projects depending on time/need/interest

    • Organizing photos from past UAF expeditions in UAF Google Drive

    • Formatting/organizing curriculum (i.e. lesson plans) in Google Drive

    • Paperwork archive from past UAF expeditions

      • Assist with digitizing old paperwork and entering old information into our newly created database 


-Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills
-Excellent oral and verbal communication skills
-Excellent interpersonal skills
-Ability to prioritize and use good judgment
-Ability to work with minors
-Student status in good standing
-Organizational and multitasking skills
-Knowledge of social media
-Basic office skills
-Interest and some experience with activities such as hiking, sea kayaking, and climbing
-Ability to meet deadlines
-Ability to effectively work with colleagues and participants of different identities and backgrounds, celebrate diversity, and demonstrate cultural humility.
-Ability to lift and carry 25lbs
-Excellent conflict resolution skills
-Must be 18 years or older

Required Education and Experience:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Alaska with a minimum enrollment of 6 credits in science, fine art, or a similar field and a minimum GPA of 2.0 or newly enrolled. Preference is given to Junior and Senior level students.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

The initial review of applications will begin on February 16, 2022.  To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM Alaska time on February 15, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.

Please submit your CV and a two-page (maximum) statement of interest detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying. 

Please contact Joanna at with questions.  

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-457-7357.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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