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Outdoor Education Program Facilitator

  • 05 Jul 2021 1:07 PM
    Message # 10729952

    Position Title:                       Outdoor Education Program Facilitator 

    Location:                               YMCA Camp Elphinstone: Gibsons, BC

    Terms:                                    Seasonal Contract, Full-time

    Salary:                                    $121.65-$125.00 per day

    Start Date:                            August 29, 2021

    End Date:                              October 20, 2021

    Reports To:                           Outdoor Education Director



    YMCA Camp Elphinstone is located near Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It is situated on 144 acres of temperate rainforest along the shores of Howe Sound. Camp Elphinstone operates as a residential summer camp during July and August offering programs like one and two week camp, Sailing Camp, Leadership Development, and out-trips to Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast Trail.

    From September to June, Camp Elphinstone operates as an Outdoor Education, Recreation and Retreat Centre for schools, businesses, clubs, and other special interest groups. Camp Elphinstone currently serves over 12,000 participants annually.

    YMCA Camp Elphinstone has accommodation and dining for up to 400 people and has programs and equipment for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, stand up paddleboarding, low/high ropes, rock climbing, wilderness and environmental programs, archery, crafts and more. Camp Elphinstone employs approximately 140 staff/volunteers during July and August, with a team between 20-50 for the spring and fall Outdoor Education seasons, and a smaller core team of 10 staff during the winter season. Successful Camp Elphinstone staff are self-motivated individuals whose ambition is to help children and youth develop in an outdoor camp setting. 

    Nature and Scope:

    Outdoor Education Facilitators will deliver program instruction, interact directly with children, and provide positive customer service to school and retreats. Facilitators will deliver experiential, participant-focused programming with students from elementary and high schools, as well as adult retreat groups and special events. 

    Facilitators will be trained in all program areas at camp and will execute programming following all risk management, policies and procedures, and within the scope of their training. Facilitators will regularly provide support in kitchen duties, cleaning and facility maintenance, and upkeep as required.

    This position is contingent on programs being operational based on public health guidelines and any other relevant factors.

    Major Responsibilities:        

    • Provide the required skills and expertise learned in training to facilitate safe and effective programming.
    • Interact directly with children and encourage interaction between children.
    • Assist with general maintenance, cleaning, and site support duties as required for daily operation.
    • Ensure all participants and staff follow camp rules, respecting each other and the facility.


    • Standard First Aid & CPR-C
    • Bronze Cross
    • 3 Successful Reference checks
    • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date

    Additional Qualifications (Assets):

    • NLS - National Lifeguard
    • Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder
    • ACCT Level 1 or 2
    • Paddle Canada Instructor
    • Pleasure Craft Operator Card

    Apply here. 


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