Volunteers - Alberta North

Before You Apply

Are you ready? Volunteers allow campers to grow and learn, to build community and have their physical, social, and emotional needs met. In the past, volunteers have shared with us that they experience both joy and exhaustion during camp. An ideal candidate will be able to multitask, prioritize their own needs as well as the needs of others and have support and skills available to process their own feelings as they arise. 

Applications: Be as accurate and thorough as you can with your application. It’s our first chance to get to know you!

Expectations

Participation & Self Care: Outside of your role requirements, we ask everyone to pitch in where you can, whether that is helping with set up, taking over supervision, or running an errand. We also know there can be a lot going on, so make sure you’re nourishing yourself with water, food, support, and breaks as needed. 

Training: We provide comprehensive pre-camp training to help build your leadership, facilitation experience, and mentoring skills. Training and Orientation will be a total of up to 12 hours held either online or in-person, and may vary by role as needed. Training for this year will likely be a blend virtual and in-person sessions and is scheduled for the following dates:

TBD (July 2023)

Community Guidelines: All volunteers will be required to commit to following and upholding Camp fYrefly Community Guidelines. An updated or site-specific version will be included in the registration information.

Selection

Diversity: We are committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer groups. Because these identities are often underrepresented, we especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and trans-feminine people.

Registration: Applicants who are selected will receive a detailed registration package containing information on travel, meals, accommodation, and a list of health, dietary, legal, media consent, and Police Information Check (including Vulnerable Sector) requirements.

Dates / Timelines: Application due dates may vary by volunteer position. We don’t want to miss you, so please double check!
Thank You

Optional Honourarium: Volunteers will receive an honouraria (payable at the end of the month after Camp) as a thank you for volunteering and to help offset any time they took off work. More information will be included in the registration package.

Join Us Next Time: If you are not selected or are unavailable for the Camp dates, we encourage you to apply again next year. We love reading the applications, and are often overwhelmed by the commitment, diversity, and experience and skill level of our applicants.

Youth Leader Applications OPEN: TBD
Youth Leader Applications CLOSE: TBD
Youth Leader Selection Complete: TBD

Youth Leader Application 

Role Description

Youth Leaders (YLs) are group (pod) leaders and the primary point of contact for campers. In teams of two, YLs guide the pod through activities, workshops, free-time and transition times, and help make decisions for their group. They build skills in mentorship, communication, and working with youth. Other requirements include: 

  • Between the ages of 18-24 before the start of Camp
  • Access to a reliable internet connect, when online
  • Attend mandatory training (see dates above)
  • Follow and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines 
  • Document and reporting incidents; Health Team referrals
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Optional Honourarium: Youth Leaders will receive an honouraria of up to $500.00 (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. 

Interviews: After applications are reviewed by Camp staff, all applicants will be either invited to an interview or notified they have not been selected. 

Adult Volunteer Applications OPEN: TBD
Adult Volunteer Applications CLOSE: TBD
Adult Volunteer Selection Complete: TBD

Adult Volunteer Application 

Role Description

Adult Volunteers (AVs) serve as intergenerational role models and resources for both Youth Leaders and Campers. AVs provide guidance at group (pod) meetings, meals, special events, workshops, and free time. Many AVs also run programming and workshops of their own, or lead activities during free-time. They build skills in mentorship, communication, and working with youth. Other requirements include: 

  • 25 years or older by the start of Camp
  • Access to a reliable internet connect, when online
  • Attend mandatory training (see dates above)
  • Follow and ensure compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Document and report incidents; Mental Health Team referrals
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Optional Honourarium: Adult Volunteers will receive an honouraria of up to $300.00 (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. 

Interviews: After applications are reviewed by Camp staff, all applicants will be either invited to an interview or notified they have not been selected.

Community Volunteer Applications OPEN: TBD
Community Volunteer Applications CLOSE: TBD
Community Volunteer Selection Complete: end of May

Community Volunteer Application  CLOSED

Role Description

Community Volunteers (CVs) serve as role models, provide resources and support, and contribute with general tasks, such as daily room set up and helping people navigate the schedule, to help Camp run smoothly. CVs may also run programming and workshops of their own, or lead activities during free-time. They build skills in communication, working with youth, and event organization. CVs may also be invited to specialize in an additional area of interest. For example: art support, food / snacks, virtual Camp host, registration & welcome, showcase assistant, workshop presenter guide, Identity Space facilitation, etc. 

Other requirements include: 

  • 18 years or older by the start of Camp
  • Attend mandatory training (see dates above)
  • Follow and ensure compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Document and report incidents; Health Team referrals
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)
  • Access to a reliable internet connect, when online

Optional Honouraria: Community Volunteers will receive an honouraria of up to $250.00 (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. 

Interviews: After applications are reviewed by Camp staff, all applicants will be either invited to an interview or notified they have not been selected.

Artist-in-Residence Applications OPEN: TBD
Artist-in-Residence Applications CLOSE: TBD
Artist-in-Residence Selection Complete: TBD

Artist-in-Residence Application   CLOSED

Learn More Check out the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program page for more information

Role Description

We host emerging and established artists from all disciplines who have demonstrated a commitment to innovation, exploration, community outreach, and the public understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experiences and identities.

Working with our team of mentors, artists introduce new techniques, materials, and ideas designed to help youth to grow individually and transform communities. Presentations provide a range of content (e.g., identities, social justice, navigating systems, understanding oppression, or community) delivered through different media (e.g.,arts-based, presentations, storytelling, groups, panels, etc.).

Working with the Camp Coordinator, the AIR will coordinate the development and execution of arts-based programming. Other requirements include: 

  • In Person - Attending  three pre-camp planning sessions, training, and the full four days of camp
  • Online - Approximately 30 hours, including training, planning, camp and debrief
  • Coordinating a youth showcase (in the case of both in-person or online delivery)
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Documenting and reporting incidents; Mental Health Team referrals
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Optional Honouraria: The AIR will receive an honouraria of $1000.00 (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package.

How Do I Apply? Send an email to fyrefly@ualberta.ca with the subject line: "Artist In Residence 2023” and include the following: 

  1. Name, Pronouns, Address, Telephone, Email
  2. Statement of Intent explaining what you would like to accomplish (500 word max)
  3. Curriculum Vitae, including public presentations of work (maximum 2 pages) 
  4. Names and contact information of two references
  5. A biography (50 word maximum)
  6. Tell us how you learned about the AIR Program
  7. Provide 1-10 portfolio items - Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), and PDFs (up to 10MB each).

Health Team Applications OPEN: TBD
Health Team Applications CLOSE: TBD
Health Team Selection Complete: TBD

Health Team Application  OPEN

Health Team LEAD Applications OPEN: TBD
Health Team LEAD Applications CLOSED: TBD
Health Team LEAD Selection Complete: TBD

Health Team LEAD Application   CLOSED

 

Role Description 

The Health Team (HT) supports the health and wellbeing of participants at Camp fYrefly. Volunteers are available to help campers navigate challenges and to direct them to relevant resources in their local community.  

We’re looking for people who have experience providing mental or physical healthcare, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, youth support workers, nurses, physicians, and other health professionals. In addition, it’s important our team members have experience with the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and ideally also supporting young people.

Health Team Volunteer

Working with the Camp Coordinator and the HT Lead, HT volunteers will respond and provide support for campers. Other requirements include: 

  • In Person - Attending training and the full four days of camp 
  • In-Person (medical health) - provide First Aid, assist with med delivery (if needed), consult
  • Online - Approximately 15 hours, including training, planning, camp and debrief
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Documenting and reporting incidents; referrals to outside services
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Health Team LEAD

Working with the Camp Coordinator, the HT Lead will work to develop a Camp Health Plan. Other requirements include: 

  • Assist in selecting Health Team members
  • In Person - Attending three pre-camp planning sessions, training, and the full four days of camp 
  • Online - Approximately 30 hours, including training, planning, camp and debrief
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Documenting and reporting incidents; external referrals
  • General labour when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space

Optional Honouraria: HT volunteers will receive a $300 honouraria and the HT Lead will receive a $1000.00 honoraria (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. 

How Do I Apply? To apply for the HT Volunteer, submit your responses in the form above. To apply for the HT LEAD position, send the following to campfyre@ualberta.ca no later than (TBD for 2023)

  1. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Statement of Interest (maximum 500 words) explaining why you’d like to volunteer
  3. Names and contact information of two references

Workshop Presenter Applications OPEN: TBD
Workshop Presenter Applications CLOSE: TBD
Workshop Presenter Selection Complete: TBD

Workshop Presenter Application   

 

Role Description

Presenters bring personal and/or professional experiences to Camp that help equip youth with tools for empowerment and change-making in their own communities and also address tools for coping and finding supports.Workshops are presented by individuals, groups or organizations that have experience with and value 2SLGBTQ+ youth, and are excited to share their content with the Camp community.

Content: Presentations provide a range of content, whether it is queer identities, social justice, navigating systems, understanding oppression, or building community. Content is delivered through different media including (but not limited to) arts-based, presentation, storytelling, break-out groups, panels, etc. 

Optional Honouraria: Groups or presenters will receive an honouraria of up to $100.00 (payable at the end of the month after Camp) per presentation as a thank you for volunteering. More information will be included in the registration package. 

Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence Applications Open: TBD
Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence Applications Close: TBD
Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence Selection Complete: TBD

Role Description

The Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence (KKIR) plays a critical role at Camp fYrefly supporting the overall wellness of campers and volunteers. Working with the Camp Coordinator, the KKIR assists in the creation of a program that promotes Indigenous history and culture as it relates to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous campers and volunteers. Other requirements include: 

  • Attending three virtual pre-camp planning sessions;
  • Participating virtually and/or in-person at training;
  • Attending in-person Camp from (TBD 2023);
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines;
  • Documenting and reporting incidents as necessary.

Camp fYrefly acknowledges the rich diversity of language, history, and culture within each of the Treaty areas, traditional territories, and communities. We respect the lived experiences of all Knowledge Keepers and/or all Elders who apply. We will prioritize persons who have experience providing mental health support, working with the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and working with young people. Preference will be given to Two-Spirit applicants and those within the Greater Edmonton Area.

Optional Honouraria: The KKIR will receive a $700 honouraria (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. 

How Do I Apply? To apply, send the following to campfyre@ualberta.ca no later than (TBD for 2023): 

  1. Letter of interest (maximum two pages; tell us about your experience working with youth and why you’d like to volunteer) 
  2. Names and contact information of two references

All applicants will be either invited to an interview or notified they have not been selected. If possible, we’d love the opportunity to meet with those selected for interviews in person (Greater Edmonton Area).

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