Extension Program Worker

Job description

Job no: 693739
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 00
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: $10.00 per hour
Location: In State, Oakland
Categories: Temporary
Position Summary(Basic Job Function)


In alignment with the mission, programs and initiatives of MSU Extension, delivers research-based information to program participants through various methods and/or provides support and coordination of MSU Extension programs.

Unit Position Summary

During the summer, MSU Tollgate Farm offers summer enrichment programming that includes educational day camps for ages 5 - 19. The specialty camp/stewards educational leader will assist with leading learning experiences for groups of youth, ages 12-19, during 8 weeks of science-themed camp promoting MSU Tollgate’s mission. This is an 11-week position, June 14th to August 27st. Stewards training includes the week of June 14-19 followed by one week of general camp staff training June 21-25 prior to the start of camp on July 5th.

We are seeking staff with a background in one or more of the following areas: sustainability, environmental education, education, natural sciences, cooperative games, music, outdoor adventure, outdoor recreation.

For more information about summer camp at MSU Tollgate Farm, visit our blog, http://experiencetollgate.com/ and our webpage https://www.canr.msu.edu/tollgate/camps/


  • Implement experiential environmental education and science curriculum and programs for students of various ages (5-19 years) at appropriate levels using research-based methods
  • Observe behavior in daily camp life, respond verbally to health and safety concerns, and respond appropriately to hazards and camper concerns
  • Responsible for the safety of campers, stewards, fellow staff, and self
  • Attend in-service trainings
  • Communicate with parents, the public, and MSUE staff
  • Be comfortable with and/or interested in outdoor and environmental education, wilderness skills, educating for sustainability, agriculture, gardening, plant science, fisheries and wildlife, animal science
  • Work in close proximity with wildlife and farm animals as part of camp
  • Work with camp staff to plan activities
  • Organize, assemble, and be responsible for equipment needed for field instruction
  • Assume any task or responsibility necessary for successful camp operation as assigned by coordinators.
Desired Qualifications
  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Have past experience working with youth in formal or informal settings (school, nature center, summer camp, scouts, etc.)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the natural world
  • Demonstrate commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior
  • Possess current CPR/First Aid certification OR commitment to participate in a training before start of camp
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter and Resume.

Work Hours

Work hours are Mon – Fri from 8:30 –4:30 with occasional overnight campout dates required

Summary of Physical Demands
  • Work in all weather (including summer heat and/or rain)
  • Be willing and available to camp overnight and be outdoors 24 hours/day in wilderness setting
  • Be physically active for an 8-hour day and able to lift 50 pounds

Advertised: Feb 15, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: May 16, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 5/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time