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  • Job Posted on Board: 3 months ago
  • Mar 30, 2019
Company:
YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island
Industry:
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Job Post Date:
2018-12-24

Camp Thunderbird Counsellor:
Counsellor (11 positions)
Counsellor with National Lifeguard (6 positions)
One-on-One Support Counsellor (4 positions)
Outpost Counsellor (4 positions)
Leadership Development Counsellor (3 positions)
(Some positions are dependent on the Summer Work Experience Program funding)

 

Location: YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre/Camp Thunderbird (Sooke, BC)
Position: Casual (seasonal)
Placement: June to August 2019
Salary: $110.80 to $120 per day (Commensurate with certifications and experience. Staff with current National Lifeguard (NL) certification earn a higher wage)

Nature and Scope:
Our Camp Counsellors love working with children and are committed to providing quality camping experiences for children and youth, while demonstrating the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Camp Thunderbird staff build healthy communities by leading and sharing outdoor and wilderness experiences with children ages 5 through 17. Our 1200 acres of wilderness and commitment to camping excellence ensure that children leave with increased confidence and self-esteem, new skills, and a deeper appreciation of the importance of the natural environment. Camp Thunderbird offers canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, archery, orienteering, ropes courses, swimming, mass games, camp fires and drama games.

The Counsellor role involves providing leadership to a specific section, as well as camp-wide groups of children and youth. The ideal candidate will have skills and experience working with children, ideally in comparable programs. These staff also support the food services, maintenance, and janitorial functions and are willing to help out as needed to ensure that the Camp Thunderbird site is ready and able to accommodate all users.

Successful applicants will be energetic, motivated, organized, and capable of creating a positive sense of belonging for all participants. Counsellors will live on-site during our program season in rustic accommodation. To ensure quality care, counsellors share accommodation and eat all meals with campers who sleep at camp.

This casual/seasonal position is entitled to an individual YMCA-YWCA membership and 4% vacation pay.

 

Responsibilities:
Enthusiastically lead campers in all activities and provide for the individual and group needs of children in their care, 24 hours a day
Adhere to YMCA Camping and BCCA accreditation standards in program and service delivery
Promote, incorporate and role model the YMCA-YWCA core values in all program activities
Deliver outdoor education programs which provide participants with challenges, develop new skills, and increase environmental awareness and appreciation
Organize and instruct group activities and games, create lesson plans, participate in program delivery and campfires; adjust programs and make changes as required
Ensure the safety of all participants
Demonstrate, promote and role model exceptional interpersonal skills, and a love of working with children and youth
Assist with other camp related duties, which could include the maintenance of site and equipment, kitchen duties, cleaning and janitorial work

Qualifications:

Qualifications for Counsellors and One-on-One Support Counsellors:

Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C required
Current Bronze Cross required; current National Lifeguard preferred but not required
Experience working with children in a day camp, childcare, educational or recreational setting preferred
Completed High School with post-secondary education/courses an asset
A clean Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required
Current Wilderness First Aid an asset
Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing certifications an asset
Will work one ¼ of their summer with one-on-one support campers

 

Qualifications for Counsellors with National Lifeguard:
Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C required
Current National Lifeguard required
Experience working with children in a day camp, childcare, educational or recreational setting preferred
Completed High School with post-secondary education/courses an asset
A clean Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required
Current Wilderness First Aid an asset
Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing certifications an asset

 

Qualifications for Outpost Counsellors:
Experience working with children in an overnight camp, day camp, childcare, educational or recreational setting preferred
Completed High School with post-secondary education/courses an asset
A clean Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required
Current SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Certification required
Current 40 hour Wilderness First Aid (with CPR C) required
High Ropes certification an asset

Qualifications for Leadership Development Counsellors:

Extensive experience working with children in wilderness environment required
Completed High School with post-secondary education/courses an asset
A clean Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required
Current SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Certification required
Current 40 hour Wilderness First Aid (with CPR C) required
High Ropes certification an asset

 

Competencies:
Commitment to Organization Vision and Values
Commitment to Health and Safety
Communication
Creativity and Innovation
Team Work

 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume, identifying the specific position(s) you are applying for, to:

Human Resources
YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island
Email: hr@vancouverislandy.ca

Please Note:
Application Deadline: This posting will close when suitable candidates have been found.
Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position.
We thank all applicants, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply By Email:
hr@vancouverislandy.ca