Volunteers - Alberta North

Before You Apply

Are you ready? The team promotes camper growth, learning, and capacity-building - previous volunteers described their camp experience as both joyful and exhausting! An ideal candidate is a motivated and experienced leader who has the ability to multitask and pitch in, while also remaining aware and able to prioritize their own needs and stay healthy during Camp! 

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

Expectations

Training: We provide comprehensive pre-camp training for skill development, getting to know each other, and camp operation. Training will be a blend virtual and in-person sessions scheduled for a weekend in July (TBD).

Community Guidelines: All volunteers commit to following and upholding Camp fYrefly Community Guidelines. Any updates or site-specific additions will be included in the registration information.

Selection

Diversity: We are committed to diversity and representation at Camp. Because these identities are often underrepresented, we especially welcome applications from queer people of colour, Two-Spirit and/or Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and trans-feminine people.

Registration: Applicants who are selected will be emailed a detailed registration package with 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 vary by position. We don’t want to miss you, so please double check!
Thank You

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

Optional Honourarium: Volunteers are eligible to receive an optional honouraria (payable at the end of the month after Camp) - more information will be included in the registration package.

Exact dates TBD

Health Team LEAD Applications OPEN: Late February 2024
Health Team LEAD Applications CLOSED: Open until filled (filled)
Health Team LEAD Selection Complete: April 2024

Health Team Applications OPEN: Mid March 2024
Health Team Applications CLOSE: Late April 2024
Health Team Selection Complete: Early May 2024

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 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 - Approximately 15 hours prep time (includes planning meetings and training) as well as joining on location for the full duration of Camp (July 24-28, 2024; first day without campers), and debrief
  • 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

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 - Joining on location for the full duration of Camp (July 24-28, 2024; first day without campers), 8-12 hours of training, and additional volunteer hours for planning and debrief
  • 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)

Optional Honourarium HT volunteers are eligible to receive a $300 honouraria and the HT Lead may receive a $1000 honoraria (payable at the end of the month after Camp). More information will be included in the registration package. Applications are reviewed by Camp staff; all applicants will be either invited to an interview or notified they have not been selected.

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)

  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

Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence Conversations Open: February 2024
Knowledge Keeper-in-Residence Selections: Open until confirmed

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. In the case that one person is not able to attend all of Camp or would like to offer a specific teaching or contribution, we're open to working with more than one person to achieve the outcomes above. Other requirements include: 

  • Attending pre-camp planning sessions;
  • Participating virtually and/or in-person at training;
  • Attending in-person Camp July 25-28, 2024;
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines;
  • Documenting and reporting incidents as necessary (training provided); Health Team referrals.

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: We would be honoured to offer protocol and thanks appropriate to the teachings and gifts of knowledge. Let's be in conversation!

How Do Tell You I'm Interested? Email us at campfyre@ualberta.ca or you can leave us a voicemail at 780-492-0772 and we'll call you back!

 

Artist-in-Residence Applications OPEN: February 2024
Artist-in-Residence Applications CLOSE: Late March 2024
Artist-in-Residence Selection Complete: Early April 2024

Artist-in-Residence Application   

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

Role Description

We’re looking for either emerging or established artists who have experience working with youth, are interested in and open to using alternative media (both in art and in program delivery), and demonstrated leadership experience. 

The Artist in Residence (AIR) will work with our fYrefly team to deliver a range of art-based content for Camp fYrefly participants. The AIR will have demonstrated a commitment to innovation, exploration, community outreach, and the public understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experiences and identities. 

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

  • In Person - Approximately 15 hours prep time (includes planning meetings and training) as well as joining on location for the full duration of Camp (five days / four nights for volunteers; first day without campers), and debrief
  • Online - Approximately 30 hours of volunteer time, including training, planning, camp, and debrief
  • Coordinating a youth showcase at Camp (in the case of both in-person or online delivery)
  • Following and ensuring compliance with Community Guidelines 
  • Documenting and reporting incidents (training provided); Health Team referrals

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 campfyre@ualberta.ca with the subject line: "Artist In Residence 2024” 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).

Exact Dates TBD

Youth Leader Applications OPEN: Mid March 2024
Youth Leader Applications CLOSE: Mid April 2024
Youth Leader Selection Complete: Late April / Early May 2024

Youth Leader Application

Role Description

Youth Leaders (YLs) are group (pod) leaders and the primary point of contact for campers. 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 on July 25, 2023
  • Attend mandatory virtual and in-person training (Dates TBD, weekend in July)
  • Attend Camp (July 24 - 28, 2024; first night will be volunteers only)
  • Follow and ensure compliance with Community Guidelines 
  • Document and reporting incidents (training provided); Health Team referrals
  • Generally helping out when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Optional Honourarium: Youth Leaders are eligible to receive an optional 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.

Exact Dates TBD

Youth Leader Applications OPEN: Mid March 2024
Youth Leader Applications CLOSE: Mid April 2024
Youth Leader Selection Complete: Late April / Early May 2024

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
  • Attend mandatory virtual and in-person training (Dates TBD, weekend in July)
  • Attend Camp (July 24 - 28, 2024; first night will be volunteers only)
  • Follow and ensure compliance with Community Guidelines
  • Document and report incidents (training provided); Health Team referrals
  • Generally helping out when in-person (e.g., set-up, cleaning and maintenance of camp space)

Optional Honourarium: Adult Volunteers are eligible to 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.

Workshop Presenter Applications OPEN: Late March 2024
Workshop Presenter Applications CLOSE: Mid April 2024
Workshop Presenter Selection Complete: Early May 2024

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 Gift Card: Groups or presenters are eligible to receive an optional gift card of up to $100.00 (payable the week after Camp) per presentation as a thank you for volunteering.

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