Summer Activity Leader
Youth Advocates of Sitka

Our office on the historic Sheldon Jackson campus

Make a Difference Working with Teens in Sitka, Alaska

Facing the open Pacific Ocean, with mile-high mountains and glaciers in our backyard, Sitka is an outdoors persons' dream, with kayaking, hiking, hunting, fishing and cultural activities galore!


Summer Activity Leader

Youth Advocates of Sitka
Sitka, Alaska
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in about 1 month (May 01, 2018)

The Summer Activity Leaders are responsible for planning, coordinating and facilitating meaningful daily activities for youth in Sitka through the Summer Activities Program. Youth who participate in the Summer Activities Program are a mix of teenagers in Youth Advocates of Sitka's residential home and drop-in teens from the community at large. Group sizes vary but are typically between 5-10 youth, occasionally more. A majority of youth we serve are Alaskan Native, and many of the youth have survived traumatic experiences, so the ability to manage both excitement and stress in a way that is trauma-informed and culturally appropriate is critical to the job. Activities are usually decided collaboratively between Summer Activity Leaders and the youth themselves, with an emphasis on physical activity, personal growth, and diversity of experience. Past activities have ranged from hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping to kickball, tie-dying, pottery, public events and community service projects. With abundant nature to experience and a very active small-town community, Sitka offers endless opportunities to explore, learn and grow. 

Summer Activity Leaders are a part of a broader team of skills trainers in a community mental health agency that provides wrap-around services to formal clients and to informal drop-ins. Summer Activity Leaders report to the Outpatient Program Coordinator, but will also work closely with other program coordinators, clinicians and the executive director, as well as alongside case managers and other direct-services staff. In addition to their responsibility to lead summer activities, Summer Activity Leaders must be able to provide interventions to client's inappropriate behaviors and support clients in working towards their treatment goals. Accurate and timely documentation of client interventions and interactions is critical to the success of the program.

Sitka is on an island, but can be reached by daily passenger jet flights or on the Alaska Marine Highway system. New Hires are responsible for transportation to Sitka. If you have time, we recommend the Marine Highway, it is a destination in itself! The Marine Highway is the only way to bring a personal vehicle to Sitka. YAS will assist you in finding housing. Once here, Sitka has all of the amenities of a typical small town (but expect to pay 10-20% more than you typically would "down south"), post-offices, daily mail, highspeed internet, cell service, as well as a buzzing cultural scene that offers more than you would expect from an island of 9,000 people. We are a tight-knit, welcoming team with a casual atmosphere, we'll make sure you fit right in!

A clean driving record, ability to pass a background check to work with children (no history of violence or sexual misconduct), excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to quickly earn the trust and respect of teenagers are required for the position. A bachelor's degree and or experience in a related field is preferred. Training, CPR certification, background check provided. Position is full time, hourly, with wages DOE. Position runs from May through August with potential for year-round employment. To inquire about the position, please contact

For a snapshot into the lives of the youth we work with, please check out Karla's Story, a short video we made this winter!

How to Apply

Contact Trinna at with a completed application (see below) and your resume to get the process started or to ask questions. Due to the nature of our work with children, we do require background checks and paid mandatory trainings prior to beginning work with youth, so it is best to get the process started early!

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