Summer Camp Instructor/ Nature Mentor
Full-time (40 hours per week)
Location: Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Delta)
Start date: June 21, 2021
Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking an Instructor/Nature Mentor to join our team to offer unique Summer Camps and programs in the beautiful forests of the Lower Mainland. We offer a benefits package, unique paid professional development, and the opportunity to spend your days outdoors.
This position can extend past Summer 2021 to ongoing for the 2021-22 school year (September to June) and beyond. Please indicate if you are interested in Summer Camp only or Summer Camp AND ongoing instructing after Summer Camp.
This is an opportunity to share your gifts with youth through nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning, be immersed in a mentoring model that can be applied to any school or organization, and gain skills and experience from experienced and well-trained mentors in curriculum topics including ecology, edible and medicinal plants, basic outdoor/survival skills, wildlife tracking, bird identification and behavior, and sensory development games and activities.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Full-time instructor for Summer Camps working with kids aged 4 to 12 Position may extend from September 2021 to June 2022 and beyond to instruct for year-long programs, weekend programs, as well as contract programs and school group programs.
- Development and implementation of age-specific programming for youth aged 4-12.
- Passion and knowledge about some of the following: survival skills, wildlife tracking, edible and medicinal plants, navigation, forest ecology, knife safety skills, bird language, and identification. Being an expert on these topics already is great, but you can also study while you work and grow your knowledge.
- Maintain clear and consistent communication with students, parents, and other staff.
- Maintain all relevant paperwork and administrative support for programs.
- Running programs rain or shine – comfortable outside no matter the weather
- Minimum 2-year experience in nature-based mentoring with children
- Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)
- Clear Criminal Record Check (will be required by date of hire)
Preferred, but not required to apply:
- Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, RDNA program, or similar program
- Familiarity and experience with Coyote Mentoring/ 8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)
- Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
- Child Development Expertise
- Wilderness First Aid
- Access to a vehicle
The ideal candidate demonstrates:
- A desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
- Naturalist skills as well as earth-based living skills/primitive skills
- Experience working with children and youth aged 7-12
- Excellent group facilitation skills
- Understanding and practice of effective, clear, and compassionate communication skills
- Comfort in handling student and family affairs in a competent, open, and professional way;
- Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials
- A healthy sense of humour
Our programs run entirely outdoors in the beautiful forests of Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Most programs are in Vancouver or North Vancouver and are accessible by transit, car, or bike. Programs in Coquitlam and Delta are less frequent, and accessible by car only. Carpooling is available amongst staff for these locations.
Summer Camp staff training is June 21-25. Hours are full time in the summer, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. One week off from August 9-13, and additional time off can be discussed.
If applying to continue in fall, this position is a range of 21 to 30 hours per week. Hours will fluctuate based on availability and experience.
Starting wage $20-$23 based on experience and availability
1 week paid training. Mandatory attendance June 21-25.
Paid training and professional development sessions throughout the year
4% Vacation Pay
Health and dental benefits through Pacific Blue Cross (50% of Monthly premium covered) for staff working in year-long programs who work a minimum of 20 hours/week
Discount for educational workshops and outdoor gear for long term staff
Please send your resume, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest to email@example.com
Please indicate if you are interested in Summer Camp only or Summer Camp AND ongoing instructing after Summer Camp (September onward)
Applications are due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
No phone calls, please.
We recognize the importance of employment equity and workplace diversity and encourage Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, and LGBT2Q+ folks to apply.