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Youth Programs Coordinator

Full-time, long-term salaried position
Location: Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Delta)
Start date: Immediately

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator to coordinate our unique outdoor day-camps and year-long nature programs for youth. We are looking for a committed and passionate individual to become a part of the school community and work alongside awesome staff members, kids, and families. 

We offer a health and dental benefits package, unique paid professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to spend lots of time outdoors. The Youth Programs Coordinator is a full-time salaried position $45,000-$50,000 annually.

This role is a balance of indoor and outdoor work managing administration from the office and working outside in the forests of Vancouver, North Vancouver, and on occasion in Delta or Coquitlam. This job is for you if you can create and organize a spreadsheet and just as quickly lead a hilarious, high-energy game about squirrels! The office is located in East Vancouver with flexibility for some work to be done from your home office.

Soaring Eagle Nature School’s mission is to empower people to discover and share their gifts through meaningful connections with the natural world. We honour the natural cycles within people and use their own excitement and curiosity to guide their learning and their connections to themselves, the earth, and other people.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating summer camps (June-August), spring break camps (March), and year-long programs (September-June) 
  • Coordinating staff, including scheduling subs, supporting volunteers, collecting day-end reports, and supporting the programs
  • Organizing and printing paperwork (i.e. sign-in sheets, medical forms) for the program
  • Registration administration such as organizing groups and ensuring mandatory forms are submitted
  • Answering inquiries from parents and liaising between parents and staff
  • Bringing gear on-site (t-shirts, tarps, program materials, etc.)
  • Being on call during programs and camp and reachable in case of emergency or need from staff and on-site director
  • Being on-site during year-long programs as on-site director approximately two times per week or as needed
  • Assisting instructors to develop and implement age-specific programming for youth aged 4 to 12 based on the 8 Shields Model (nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning)
  • Subbing for staff as needed and Instructing program

Must-haves:

  • Minimum 2-years experience in nature-based mentoring with children (4 to 12) and adults
  • Standard First Aid and CRP C (will be required by date of hire)
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (will be required by date of hire)
  • Own vehicle or access to a vehicle for regular program visits in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Delta
  • If some work is done from your home office, you must have your own computer, webcam, internet, and work area. Alternatively, all work can be done from the Soaring Eagle Nature School office and no home office is needed.

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Strong familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/ 8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)
  • Graduate of the Anake Program, Kumana Naturalist Program, RDNA program, or similar program
  • Familiar with the Neufeld approach to attachment
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise

The ideal candidate demonstrates:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Confidence in handling student and family affairs, setting boundaries, and communicating openly
  • A non-coercive, gentle, and feelings-based approach to communication
  • Passion for nature connection with naturalist skills
  • Excellent group facilitation to a range of audiences
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and staff
  • Resourcefulness and creativity
  • A desire to create a nature-based community of youth, adults, and elders
  • Comfort facilitating in all kids of weather
  • A healthy sense of humour

Hours:

This is a full-time, long-term salaried position. Most work happens Monday to Friday with events on weekends on rare occasions.
This position starts with shadowing and training.
Hours in the summer are full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Must be on-call during summer camp programs: Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
From September onwards, the role continues full-time, but with some flexibility based on workload.

Compensation:

Salary $47,000 to $57,000
Paid training
Paid professional development sessions throughout the year
4% vacation pay
Health and dental benefits through Pacific Blue Cross (50% of monthly premium covered)
Discount for educational workshops and outdoor gear
If choosing to work partially at home, there is a stipend for internet
Paid bi-weekly

To Apply:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, and three professional references to jenna@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

Applications are due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will come and visit our program before being hired.

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.