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Outdoor Education Facilitator (Fall Season)

  • 20 Jul 2018 11:33 AM
    Message # 6390617

    Position Title:                       Outdoor Education Facilitator (Fall Season)

    Location:                               YMCA Camp Elphinstone

    Terms:                                   Seasonal Contract, Full time, 5-6 days per week

    Salary:                                    $101.20 - $104 per day, dependent on position, experience, and qualifications

    Term:                                     Fall: September 1 to November 3, 2018

    Reports To:                           Outdoor Education Coordinator / Outdoor Education Director

    About the Organization:

    The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.

    For over 125 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 95,000 participants annually.

    YMCA Camp Elphinstone is located on the Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It offers wonderful one-week, two-week and four week camping adventures for campers 5-17 years old. Camp Elphinstone is committed to the development of individual campers through the cabin group process and individual choice activities, waterfront and land based activities and out trips. Camp Elphinstone is home to campers from around the world as well as the Lower Mainland.

    Camp Elphinstone employs approximately 100 staff and volunteers during July and August with a smaller core team of 20-50 staff/volunteers in the spring/fall. Successful Camp Elphinstone staff are self-motivated individuals whose ambition is to serve and develop children and youth in a camp setting. They demonstrate positive values, are highly skilled, flexible and can commit to the full camp season. Ability to functionally communicate in a second language such as Spanish, Korean, Japanese or Chinese is desirable for some positions.

    Nature & Scope:

    Outdoor Education Facilitators will deliver program instruction, interact directly with children, and provide positive customer service to schools and retreats. With the support of the Outdoor Education Coordinators, Facilitators will delivery experiential, participant-focused programming with students from elementary and high schools, as well as adult retreat groups. Staff will provide support in kitchen duties, facility maintenance and upkeep as required.

    General Functions:

    ·         Facilitate experience of groups and individuals.

    ·         Provide direct program delivery in a variety of camp activities and programs.

    ·         Act under the supervision of the Outdoor Education Coordinators and Outdoor Education Director.

    ·         Execute Outdoor Education programming following all risk management, policies and procedures, and within the scope of training.

    ·         Assist in the cleaning and maintenance of camp facilities as directed.

    ·         Maintain a positive, professional, and constructive relationship with all staff members and clients.

    ·         Help to create and maintain a healthy, positive camp culture.

    ·         Create and maintain a positive atmosphere and build positive self-esteem and confidence in children.

    ·         Understand and follow all program risk management standards.

    ·         Abide by all policies, procedures, and risk management; seek further training from supervisor if required.

    ·         Deliver safe, fun, and participant-focused experiences.

    ·         Model appropriate behaviour in line with the Mission, Vision, and Values of the YMCA.

    ·         Maintain an atmosphere of achievement that inspires self and others to succeed at the highest levels.

    ·         Remain flexible – willing to learn new skills.


    • Attend all staff training and ongoing staff training throughout the season; ensure all required programming skills and knowledge are up to date.
    • Interact directly with children and encourage interaction between children.
    • Provide the required skills and expertise learned in training to facilitate safe and effective programming.
    • Review and follow all program schedules, staff schedules, float schedules, and crew lists, as directed.
    • Assist with general maintenance, cleaning, and site support duties as required for daily operation.
    • Attend camp sessions on time and participate actively in camp life.
    • Maintain all necessary area equipment as reviewed in training.
    • Ensure all participants and staff follow camp rules, respecting each other and the facility.
    • Attend daily morning meetings.
    • Maintain a neat, orderly, and clean environment, including all program areas and common spaces.
    • Maintain regular attendance, punctuality and be appropriately dressed and well groomed.
    • Report problems, situations, and difficulties to an Outdoor Education Coordinator or Director in a timely manner.
    • Report all accidents and incidents immediately to an Outdoor Education Coordinator or Director and execute the required follow up (i.e. completing Accident/Incident Reports).
    • Perform additional duties and tasks as assigned by the Outdoor Education Coordinators, Director, or Assistant Director.


    • Standard first Aid with CPR-C and AED
    • Bronze Cross
    • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
    • Participation in 100% of YMCA Camps staff training


    • Class 4 license
    • NLS an strong asset
    • Pleasure Craft Operators
    • ACCT Level One or Two


    Child-Centered: Demonstrates an ability to provide child-centered, developmental and age appropriate environments and programs

    Values: Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the Association’s mission and core values

    Leadership: Motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes

    Service Orientation: Deliberately identifies and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person’s YMCA experience

    Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner

    Concern for Health: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction

    Application Process:

    Click HERE to apply

    Application deadlineAugust 18th, 2018


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