Outdoor Education Instructor & Bilingual Outdoor Education Instructor
Location: YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre/Camp Thunderbird (Sooke, BC)
Vacancies: 14 (Some positions are dependent on the Summer Work Experience Program funding)
Position: Casual (seasonal)
Placement: May to June and/or September to mid-October, 2019
Salary: $101.24 – $120 per day (commensurate with certifications and experience)
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 can take on a counsellor role in our summer program (see our counsellor job posting for details). Instructors will also perform maintenance/janitorial duties 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. 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.
This casual/seasonal position is entitled to an individual YMCA-YWCA membership and 4% vacation pay.
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, teach skills such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, SUP, archery, orienteering, teambuilding and low ropes, and lead songs and skit at 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 will include the maintenance of site and equipment, kitchen duties, cleaning and janitorial work. All instructors will share this work as equally as possible.
Current Standard First Aid and CPR C required
Current Bronze Cross preferred; current National Lifeguard strongly preferred and those with National Lifeguard will earn a $4.60/day more than those without.
1-2 seasons/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 clean Police/RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required
Current 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
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume, identifying the specific position(s) you are applying for, to:
YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island
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.