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Full-time Maintenance Worker

Full-time Maintenance Worker Job Description 
Job Summary:

The full-time maintenance worker will perform general maintenance tasks and landscaping for assigned areas as requested by the Maintenance Supervisor. Must believe in the mission statement and doctrinal statement of The Firs.  

Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Performs minor and major repairs on buildings.
  • Performs various landscaping duties.
  • Assists with upkeep of the facilities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Reports to the Head of Maintenance.
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Ability to follow instructions from supervisors and take direction.
  • Ability to work as a team or independently.
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
Education and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Related experience preferred.
  • On-the-job training offered.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be physically able to climb ladders, bend, or crawl into awkward spaces.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.
Compensation:
  • $40,000-$50,000 depending on experience.
  • Benefits, including health insurance and retirement fund.

Send resume and completed application to Robb Ellis, Operations Director at robb@thefirs.org.

 

 

Part-time Maintenance Worker

Job Summary:

The part-time maintenance worker will perform general maintenance tasks and landscaping for assigned areas as requested by the Maintenance Supervisor.

Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Performs minor repairs on buildings.
  • Performs various landscaping duties.
  • Cleans and assists with upkeep of the facilities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Ability to follow instructions from supervisors and take direction.
  • Ability to work as a team or independently.
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
Education and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Related experience preferred.
  • On-the-job training offered.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be physically able to climb ladders, bend, or crawl into awkward spaces.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.
Compensation:
  • $15.74 per hour and up to 29 hours per week.
  • Sick leave accrued at 1hr for every 40 hours worked, per state law.
To Apply:

Complete The Firs online application found on our website and return, along with a resume, to Robb Ellis, Operations Director, at robb@thefirs.org.

Preschool Program Coordinator

Job Title: Forest Preschool Program Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Children & Family Ministries
Classification: Full-Time
Updated: October 2022

 

Program & Position Overview:

At Firs and Fiddleheads Forest School, we believe ALL things have been purposely created by God and that through His creation, from the towering fir trees to the young fern gardens, He is whispering, “you are loved.”

We aim to give children the opportunity to explore and discover the wonders of God’s creation, to foster curiosity, and to provide room for possibility and adventure. As teachers offer guidance and instruction, they will not constrict a child’s learning to fit a specific curriculum, but harness the child’s natural interests to spark creativity and problem solving. We hope to convey that life has boundaries, but not always walls, and to cultivate a sense of wonder in play and learning that will lead students to be successful in school and life.

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Firs & Fiddleheads Forest Preschool; assisting in the development and implementation of lessons, policies and procedures, with the goal of successfully creating a community of learning and wonder.

Forest Preschool Coordinator Duties:

  • Create and maintain staff schedules. Work with all staff to ensure positions are filled and covered throughout the day, and occasionally to fill the gap themselves.
  • Act as a liaison between classes, offering help and guidance to provide excellent educational outcomes.
  • Provide assistance with supplies and materials for class curriculum.
  • Help create continuity and equity within all preschool classes.
  • Assist in a feasibility study to determine if State Licensing is viable for this program.
  • Create and execute a Volunteer Program.
  • Schedule extracurricular activities with families; field trips, events, etc.
  • Help with writing and organizing the Staff Manual and Program Handbook.
  • Ensure implementation of policies and best practices (conduct training).
  • Help with the creation of a yearly budget and track expenditures.

Desired Qualifications & Skills:

  • Able to lead and manage teachers and support staff.
  • Skilled with the ability to communicate – both verbally and in writing.
  • Willingness to obtain certifications to meet State licensing requirements (when/if that process begins).
  • Be comfortable and familiar with technology, such as social media platforms, online posting, Office 365.
  • Must possess strong conflict management skills and the ability to work in high stress situations involving a fluctuating workload and deadlines.
  • The nature of this position can include prolonged standing, and inclement weather conditions.
  • Maintains a professional attitude in a casual setting.
  • Must have the desire to grow with the program.

Ministry Statement:

Must be able to sign The Firs Staff Covenant and Doctrinal statements annually.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred in related fields; Early Childhood, Outdoor Education, Recreation or an Associate’s Degree with field experience.
  • Leadership experience

Benefits:

  • Full-Time: 35-40 hours per week
  • Pay: $20-$22 per hour with Signing Bonus
  • Medical Benefits, flexible spending plan
  • PTO (sick pay)
  • Paid Vacation

To Apply:

Send Cover Letter and Resume to stacy@thefirs.org

Rolling Application, desired start date December 1, 2022.

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ASA Program Coordinator

Job Title: After School Adventure Program Director
Reports to: Director of Children & Family Ministries
Classification: Full-Time
Updated: October 2022

 

PROGRAM & POSITION OVERVIEW

The Firs After School Adventure program (ASA) is a dynamic program serving children and families in the Bellingham School District (K-fifth grades) during most non-school hours. ASA offers year-round programs, assisting working families and offering a safe, Christ-filled environment, where children can learn, play and grow. At ASA we believe each child is important and uniquely created by God in His image, giving them the opportunity to be who they are, as they develop relationships with others.

The ASA Coordinator will provide overall supervision of children, staff schedules and program implementation, during the hours after school, on early release days, and on some school closure days (All Day Adventures), working closely with and under the supervision of the The Firs Children and Family Director. This is a growing position, giving opportunities to develop and execute other areas of responsibility.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for program implementation and future development, identifying areas to increase proficiency and effectiveness.
  • Implement JAM, which is the biblical direction for the day.
  • Act as the Site Coordinator, in compliance with DCYF Licensing and The WAC.
  • Design and model for ASA staff developmentally and age appropriate activities, by providing side-by-side training (playing, laughing, talking, doing).
  • Ensure a safe and engaging play environment with appropriate school age equipment.
  • Facilitate daily check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Facilitate daily maintenance and cleaning of ASA facilities.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and rapport with parents.
  • Notify Director of any health problems and/or other emergencies if not on site.
  • Act as program director for All Day Adventures and other ASA events.
  • To obtain and maintain all personal certifications required by DCYF for Licensed School Age Programs.

Desired Qualifications and Skills to perform this job successfully:

  • Able to work well with and lead program staffing team.
  • Knowledgeable in: behavior management skills, specific to school-age children; program management skills; and, school age activity planning and coordination.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older, with a valid driver’s license.
  • Education – completed 30 or more college quarter credits in Early Childhood Ed/Child Development, Elementary Ed, or possess an equivalent educational background. This may be waived depending on experience.
  • Is comfortable and familiar with technology, such as social media platforms, online posting, and Office 365.
  • Maintains a professional attitude in a casual setting.
  • Must possess strong conflict management skills and the ability to work in high stress situations, involving a fluctuating workload and deadlines.

Salary Package & Benefits:

  • Salary is based on a 40-hour work week. Starting pay is $20-$22/hour, with signing bonus.
  • Medical benefits, flexible spending plan.
  • Paid vacation.
  • Retirement package.

To Apply:

Send Cover Letter and Resume to stacy@thefirs.org

Rolling Application, desired start date December 1, 2022.

 

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The Firs Update: October

The Firs Update: October

Hello Friends,

It has been an incredible October here at The Firs. It’s been sunny and warm – which is great for a Southern Californian like me, but I have had enough conversations with locals to know that they are ready for the cool fall and rain. Five months of hardly any rain has been pretty amazing, but it’s in the forecast and we are ready. We’ve had a few smoky days, and I pray that you are all safe. Christa and I have enjoyed a few hikes and the beautiful mountains that we have here.

We have spent the last few weeks evaluating programs and starting to think through next year’s programming. I heard from quite a few of you, so thank you for your input. It really does help to have feedback on programs from you all. Be on the lookout for information where you can get involved. We would love to have you.

If you didn’t get the information on Trick or Trees – we are going to be dressing up a few of the cabins and inviting the community to come out to The Firs to get treats here. We will have it all set up behind Douglas Lodge. If you want to decorate one of the cabins and hand out candy, please let me know and we can get you set up.

Recently, I set up my Amazon account to connect to the AmazonSmile program. Amazon has set up a way for you to shop as you would normally shop and they will give a portion of your purchase to a charitable organization – like The Firs. We also benefit from the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program, which does essentially the same thing with your Fred Meyer Rewards. Both programs still allow you to enjoy the rewards and savings you currently receive, but you will additionally help support us, with a small contribution from your purchases coming to The Firs as a donation.

Don’t get me wrong. Donations directly to The Firs will be tax deductible and we will send you a tax receipt for your donation – just in case you did not know.

We have a few staff changes that I wanted to let you know about. Robb Ellis started this month as our new Operations Director, and Kelly Ellis, his wife, will be my new Executive Assistant. Jen Ryan moved into an HR Manager role here at The Firs. We are excited to have Jen on in that role, as we’ve never had a specific HR position here. We are still looking to fill positions for a Housekeeping Supervisor and housekeeping staff, as well as a new Registrar. We will also be needing to hire a new Maintenance and Projects Director, as Bruce and Barb VanderMeulen will be retiring in December. If you’d like to send an encouraging word or show your appreciation for Bruce and Barb, you have till mid-December to do so. No Parties!!! I told them that I’d honor their request for No Parties – but – we can still show our appreciation. I did not bring that up.

It’s been amazing to meet so many of you out at different churches or places where I have gotten invited to speak and to give an update of The Firs. If you have any other opportunities or would love an update, please let me know.

Thank you,

Lemuel Usita Ed.D.
Executive Director
LemUsita@thefirs.org

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