Outdoor Education Team Leaders (April to June; September to mid-October)
- Wilderness Tripping Program Team leader (1 position)
- Waterfront Team Leader (1 position)
- Outdoor Education Team Leader (1 positions)
- Bilingual (French/English) Outdoor Education Team Leader (1 position)
Summer Camp Team Leader, Resource, and LD Trainer Positions (Late June to end of August)
- Day Camp Team Leader (1 position)
- 5 Day Overnight Program Team Leaders (2 positions)
- 12 and 9 Day Program Team Leader (1 position)
- Wellness Resource (1 position)
- Waterfront Team Leader (1 position)
- Wilderness Out-tripping Centre Resource (1 position)
- Leadership Development (LD) 1 and 2 Counsellor (3 positions)
- Leadership Development Floater (1 position)
- Leadership Development Team Leader (1 position)
Location: YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre, Camp Thunderbird (Sooke, BC)
Position: Casual (seasonal)
Placement: April or June 2018 until end of August or mid-October (position dependant).
Wage Range: $95 – $105 per day
Basic Qualifications Required for All Positions:
- Clear Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
- Current Standard First Aid with CPR C or higher (CPR-C recertified within the past year)
- Bronze Cross required; National Lifeguard (NL) certification is valued (those a NL certification will earn a higher wage than those without)
- Specific additional certifications based on the positional requirements are listed in the specific position sections, below.
Nature and Scope:
Our Camp Thunderbird leadership positions work to contribute in a way that supports our front line program staff in the delivery of quality outdoor education and summer camp programs. They provide a range of support from direct program instruction to guidance and mentorship of younger staff members. Each staff member must be willing to take on unexpected assignments in order to contribute to our camp program wherever is needed. These casual positions are entitled to an individual YMCA-YWCA membership and a uniform.
Outdoor Education Team Leaders
In addition to acting as instructors, Outdoor Education Team Leaders supervise other staff, act as a liaison between Camp Thunderbird and school groups, and assist with administrative tasks. Additional beneficial (but not required) qualifications include: several years of Outdoor Education experience, Class 4 Driver’s License, specialized experience in a core area of camp programming (such as outdoor skills, team building, environmental/nature programming).
- Wilderness Tripping Program Team Leader: Plans and organizes out-trips for the Outdoor Education Season. Acts as head instructor on some out trips. Assistant Overnight Guide or Level 2 Kayaking Guide certificate an asset for this position.
- Waterfront Team Leader: Responsible for organizing training and safety for the Camp Thunderbird Waterfront. Ensures that swimming sessions have adequate NL certified lifeguards and acts as head lifeguard. National Lifeguard certification required for this position.
- Bilingual (French/English) Outdoor Education Team Leader: Responsible for training and supporting staff, as well as direct delivery of French Outdoor Education programs.
Summer Camp Team Leader, Resource, and LD Trainer Positions Team Leaders (TLs) and Resource Staff are leaders and role models in the camp community. TLs may supervise between 5 and 12 staff members and are responsible for a section with 60-80 campers. TLs act as a professional liaison between the Y and the campers and their families by communicating with parents as required. TLs perform administrative and organizational tasks related to their section. Successful applicants will have several years of camping experience. Resource staff supervise specific program support areas. They do not have individual staff supervision responsibilities. All team leaders and resource staff contribute to day-to-day camp operations such as support of dining hall logistics, group leadership, and other duties as required.
- Day Camp Team Leader: Supervise counselling staff, maintain and develop systems for organizing day camp programs and logistics, develop new programming. Additional Required Qualifications: Restricted Class 4 Driver’s License.
- 5 Day Overnight Program Team Leaders: Supervise counselling staff, support health, safety and enjoyment of campers. Additional Required Qualifications: Restricted Class 4 Driver’s License.
- 12 and 9 Day Program Team Leader: Oversee and support the in-camp and out-trip components of Outpost and Leadership Development Programs. Additional Required Qualifications: Restricted Class 4 Driver’s License.
- Wellness Resource: Oversee camper wellness, ensure operations and cleanliness of health centre. Take a lead role in the camps health and safety operations. Provide support to section team leaders, as necessary.
- Waterfront Team Leader: Supervise and support the Waterfront swimming program. Coordinate, plan and organize camp-wide resources and events such as arts and crafts, all-camp days, special events and campfires. Provide support to section team leaders, as necessary.
- Wilderness Out-tripping Centre Resource: Support all sections of camp with out-tripping programs. Oversee and participate in food ordering and packing, gear care and maintenance, and mentor staff with trip safety equipment and paperwork. Additional Required Qualifications: Restricted Class 4 Driver’s License.
- Leadership Development (LD) Counsellors: Provide care, supervision and leadership training to Leadership Program campers who are in their group. LD Counsellors plan and lead wilderness backpacking or sea kayaking out-trips, with a focus on teaching skills to participants. LD counsellors support campers in learning counselling, group management and professional skills that they will apply as future camp counsellors or in other career/job choices. Additional Required Qualifications: 40-hour Wilderness First Aid, Assistant Overnight Guide (SKGABC), Radio Operator’s Certificate – Marine (Industry Canada).
- Leadership Development Floater: Provide care, supervision and leadership training to Leadership Program campers part time while also providing leadership and logistical support to the Leadership Development Counsellors. LD floaters are expected to help with nighttime supervision and daily program delivery during the campers stay. They provide support where needed for the LD counsellors. Additional Required Qualifications: 40-hour Wilderness First Aid. SKGABC lead guide or AOG certification an asset.
- Leadership Development Team Leader: Provide care, supervision and leadership training to Leadership Program campers part time while also providing leadership and logistical support to the Leadership Development Counsellors. LD Team Leaders are expected to help with nighttime supervision and daily program delivery during the campers stay. They will provide direction and support to the LD staff. Additional Required Qualifications: 40-hour Wilderness First Aid, SKGABC Level 2 or 3 guide certification.
- Commitment to the Organization’s Vision and Values
- Planning and Organization
- Quality Focus
- Commitment to Health and Safety
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume, identifying the specific position(s) you are applying for, to:
YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island
1. Application Deadline: This posting will close when suitable candidates have been found.
2. Applicants are encouraged to apply for an Outdoor Education position as well as a Summer position, with preference given to applicants who commit to more than one season. There is also a Fall Outdoor Education season from September-mid October.
3. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position.
4. We thank all applicants, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island is an equal opportunity employer.