Summer Camp Director

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 a Summer Camp Director to join our team to offer unique Summer Day Camps and programs for kids in the beautiful forests and beaches of Vancouver. This is an opportunity to spend your days outdoors making a difference in kids’ lives by supporting nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning. This position is for day camp, no overnights.

Soaring Eagle Nature School is looking for a Summer Camp Director for Summer 2021, in Vancouver. Due to funding requirements, applicants must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are not eligible. This is a full-time summer position from June 21 to August 27, with one week off.

Our mission at Soaring Eagle Nature School 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.

You should be passionate about guiding instructors, parents, and working with children in a supportive way while incorporating the natural world into fun-filled days. Soaring Eagle Nature School is known for a playful approach, and a ratio of 7 kids for every 1 adult means the opportunity to mentor kids closely. We are looking for committed and resourceful individuals to become a part of our team of Summer Camp staff.

This is a chance to be a part of a school that comes from the lineage of nature schools across the globe that use the 8-Shields Model. You will be immersed in a mentoring model that can be applied to any school or organization and will gain skills and experience from paid training sessions and experience within a dedicated team working with amazing kids in beautiful parks.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • On-site coordinating of summer day-camps in Vancouver
  • Available and on-site for all camps
  • Upholding mission of Soaring Eagle Nature School at all programs and camps
  • Sign in kids at the beginning of the day, and sign out at the end of the day
  • Lead the daily meeting with all Instructors each day before and after camp to facilitate sharing of intentions, gratitude, plan for the day, and feedback.
  • Supporting Instructors with program ideas and implementation
  • Giving Instructors scheduled breaks by instructing their group for a period each day
  • Confidently handling student and family affairs, setting boundaries and communicating openly
  • Answering inquiries from parents & liaising between parents and staff
  • Bringing gear on site (Camp T-shirts, tarps, first aid, maps, radios etc.)
  • Carrying medical information for campers Understanding all of the Emergency Procedures, and having a clear risk management plan for each day
  • Holding space for all forms of safety: Emotional/physical, covid-19 protocols etc.
  • Working in ALL kinds of weather – camps run rain or shine!
  • Exercising a healthy sense of humour


  • Minimum 2-year experience mentoring children and adults
  • Minimum 1-year experience interfacing with parents and families
  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (will be required by date of hire)
  • A vehicle for transporting gear

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Graduate of the Anake Program, Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness (RDNA) Program, Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist 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

The ideal candidate demonstrates:

  • Desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
  • Comfort in handling staff, student, and family affairs in a competent, open and professional way
  • Experience working with children and youth aged 4-12
  • Excellent group facilitation skills for kids and adults
  • Understanding and practice of effective, clear and compassionate communication skills
  • Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials
  • Naturalist skills, earth-based living skills/ancestral skills and a desire to keep learning these

Start Date:

  • Mandatory Summer Camp staff training is June 21-25, 2021.
  • Hours are full time, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.
  • 1 week off August 9-13, 2021.
  • Last day of work is August 27, 2021.


  • $23 – $25 / hr
  • 4% Vacation Pay
  • Paid bi-weekly
  • Weekly mileage reimbursement

To Apply:

Please send your resume, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest to julia@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

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.