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  • Mar 6, 2018
YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island
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Outdoor Education Instructor & Bilingual Outdoor Education Instructor
YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre, Camp Thunderbird (Sooke, BC)

Vacancies: 16*
Position: Casual (seasonal)
Placement: May to June, August or October 2018
Wage Range: $90.50 – $95 per day *Please note – the number of position vacancies may be dependent on government funding through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Nature and Scope:
Outdoor Education Instructors work to provide quality outdoor education programs to school and other groups as well as hosting duties for rental groups. Bilingual Outdoor Education (OE) Instructors work to provide quality outdoor education programs to school and other groups in both French and English. In the summer, the incumbent will take on a counsellor role in our summer program (see counselling job posting for details). This staff member will also work on the maintenance/janitorial team ensuring the Camp Thunderbird site is able to accommodate all users. Successful applicants for these positions are generally experienced camping staff with Y camping or other related backgrounds.

This position requires the ability to solve problems, make decisions, and apply critical thinking. A flexible attitude combined with a willingness to adapt oneself to a fast-paced environment is also required. In addition, a dedication to the inclusion model of integration is required. This casual position is entitled to an individual YMCA-YWCA membership and a uniform. A willingness to work a flexible schedule is required as shifts may vary and typically include evenings and weekends. Please note that as Camp Thunderbird is a residential camp, staff are required to stay at the camp overnight (in rustic accommodations) to support participants in extended programs.

Positions Include:
- Outdoor Education Instructor

- Bilingual Outdoor Education Instructor

•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

•Create and present programming and lessons

•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


• Current Standard First Aid and CPR C required (CPR-C recertified in the last 12 months)

- Bronze Cross required; National Lifeguard (NL) preferred but not required (those a NL certification will earn a higher wage than those without)

•1-2 years’/summers working with children in a day camp, childcare, educational or recreational setting preferred

•Completed High School with post-secondary education/courses an asset

•A clear RCMP/Police Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required

•High Ropes certification an asset, but not required

•Wilderness First Aid an asset, but not required

•Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing certifications an asset, but not required


•Commitment to Organization Vision and Values

•Commitment to Health and Safety

•Coaching and Development


•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 Vancouver Island

Please Note:
1. Application Deadline: This posting will close when suitable candidates have been found.

2. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position.

3. We thank all applicants, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island is an equal opportunity employer.

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