GeoFORCE Alaska Academy-Counselors, Educational Coach and Trail Driver positions

GeoFORCE Alaska Academy-Counselors, Educational Coach and Trail Driver positions

  • 527738
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Hybrid
  • On Campus
  • Adjunct Faculty Non Credit
  • UAF College of Nat Science & Math

GeoFORCE Alaska is hiring for four distinct positions: Day Counselors, Night Counselors, an Educational Coach and a Trail Driver. Mandatory training and orientation is from May 29th - 31st and the Academy is from June 3rd-15th. Each position, its duties, requirements  and pay are detailed below.

Application review date: Review of applications will begin March 6th and continue until all positions have been filled. To be considered, include your cover letter detailing your interest, summary of qualifications an which position(s) you are interested in, a resume and 3 professional references with contact information. 

POSITIONS:

Day Counselors:  Day Counselors work with teams of ~6 GeoFORCE students to ensure safety and facilitate teamwork in the classroom and the field. They will coordinate group work during projects, answer students' questions, promote positive peer interactions, and assist the Instructor, Coordinator and Educational Coach during classroom activities, field stops, review sessions, and exams. Counselors are also expected to attend nightly staff meetings, participate in pre-trip orientation and training sessions, and help organize meeting areas and common spaces. They may also be asked to supervise student activities during free time, help to load or unload luggage, or make morning wake-up calls. Requirements: 1. Completion of a two-semester introductory sequence in Geosciences (physical and historical geology) with a minimum grade of B- in each course. 2. Attendance at staff training and orientation sessions May 29 - 31. 3. Completion of additional online training prior to the start of the Academy on June 3. 4. Possession of a valid driver's license. 5. Must be willing to share a room with other staff at hotels and dormitories. 6. Must pass a criminal background check prior to an offer of employment. 7. Must not consume alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, CBD oil, or other drugs on campus or at any time during the Academy (June 3-14); UAF is a drug-free workplace. 8. Must be fully vaccinated and boosted; staff salaries are paid by a federal grant. Salary is $1650 total 

 

Night Counselors: Night Counselors serve as the primary point of contact for students during evening free time and after lights out. Their duty is to ensure participant safety after the conclusion of instruction. To this end, Night Counselors supervise free-time activities, distribute snacks and reminders, and respond to requests for supplies or assistance after hours. Additional duties include organizing students during travel, assisting the Trail Driver with logistical tasks, loading or unloading luggage, and maintaining meeting areas and common spaces. Requirements: 1.Attendance at staff training and orientation sessions May 29-31. 2. Completion of additional online training prior to the start of the Academy on June 3. 3. Possession of a valid driver's license. 4. Must be willing to share a room with other staff at hotels and dormitories. 5. Must pass a criminal background check prior to an offer of employment. 6. Must not consume alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, CBD oil, or other drugs on campus or at any time during the Academy (June 3-14); UAF is a drug-free workplace. 7. Must be fully vaccinated and boosted; staff salaries are paid by a federal grant. Salary $1650 total 

 

Educational Coach: The Educational Coach (EC) for GeoFORCE Alaska is responsible for designing and leading daily review sessions based on pre-Academy planning and discussion with the GeoFORCE Director. Throughout the Academy, the EC works closely with the GeoFORCE Instructor, Counselors, and students on the bus and in the field to ensure that information is delivered at the appropriate level. The EC will work directly with students on the bus, in the field, and in the classroom in order to help them develop good study habits, work as a team, master vocabulary, connect concepts and features, and complete field projects. The EC also serves as an advisor to the staff on issues of instructional design and student engagement. In this capacity, the EC will proofread and edit pre/post tests and daily quizzes, participate in face-to-face or online counselor training, and advise counselors with educational and/or developmental questions. The EC will grade daily quizzes and participate in nightly staff meetings to prepare for the following day's activities. Requirements: 1. At least two years of experience teaching middle or high school students, preferably in rural Alaskan communities. 2. A Bachelor's degree in a related field (i.e. geoscience, geology, earth science, or education). 3. Attendance at staff training and orientation sessions May 29 - 31 or online planning sessions with the Director prior to June 3. 4. Completion of additional online training prior to the start of the Academy on June 3. 5. Possession of a valid driver's license. 6. Must pass a criminal background check prior to an offer of employment. 7. Must not consume alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, CBD oil, or other drugs on campus or at any time during the Academy (June 3-14); UAF is a drug-free workplace. 8. Must be fully vaccinated and boosted; staff salaries are paid by a federal grant. Salary $3300 total 

 

Trail Driver: The Trail Driver (TD) will serve as the primary driver of the program trail vehicle (a minivan or SUV) for the duration of the trip, provide logistical support to staff and student participants, and purchase takeout meals, snacks, and instructional supplies as needed. Additional duties include organizing students during travel, providing instructional support in classroom or field settings, loading or unloading luggage, and maintaining meeting areas and vehicle interiors. Requirements: 1. Attendance at staff training and orientation sessions May 29–31. 2. Completion of additional online training prior to the start of the Academy on June 5. 3. Possession of a valid driver's license. 4. Must pass a criminal background check prior to an offer of employment. 5. Must not consume alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, CBD oil, or other drugs on campus or at any time during the Academy (June 3-14); UAF is a drug-free workplace. 6. Must be fully vaccinated and boosted; staff salaries are paid by a federal grant. Salary $2100 total

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


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


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


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Justine Schmidt, GeoFORCE Program Coordinator at (907) 712-7540 or jaschmidt4@alaska.edu.  If you have questions about the application process, please contact Sheri Hall, CNSM HR Manager at (907) 474-6714 or sahall5@alaska.edu

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