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Summer Camp Instructor/ Nature Mentor

Full-time (40 hours per week)
Location: Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Delta)
Start date: June 20, 2022

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking an Instructor/Nature Mentor to join our team to offer unique summer day camps and programs for kids in the beautiful forests and beaches of the Lower Mainland. This is an opportunity to share your gifts with youth through nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning. We offer a benefits package, unique paid professional development opportunities and the opportunity to spend your days outdoors.

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking an Instructor/Nature Mentor for Summer 2022. This position can extend to ongoing for the 2022-23 school year (Sept – June) and beyond. Please indicate if you are interested in Summer Camp only or Summer Camp AND ongoing instructing after Summer Camp (September onward)

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 working with children in a caring and supportive way, and 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 instructors/nature mentors. There is also the possibility of continuing as an Instructor for year-long programs starting in the fall.

You 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:

  • Full-time Instructor for summer day-camps working with kids aged 4-12. Position may extend Sept 2023 – June 2023 and beyond to instruct for weekly and monthly programs, with the possibility of weekend programs, contract programs and school group programs.
  • Development and implementation of age-specific nature-connected programming for youth (aged 4-12). Kids are grouped in 4-6 yr old groups and 7-12 yr old groups. Please specify your expertise with either of those age groups.
  • Passion and knowledge about some of the following: survival skills, wildlife tracking and animal ID, edible and medicinal plants, navigation, forest ecology, knife safety skills, etc. 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

The ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the following:

  • Desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world
  • Naturalist skills, earth-based living skills/ancestral skills and a desire to keep learning these
  • Experience working with children and youth aged 4-12
  • 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
  • Exercise a healthy sense of humour

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in nature-based mentoring with children
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C (will be required by date of hire)
  • Clear Criminal Record Check (will be required by date of hire)

Bonus points! The following are preferred but are not required. Please send in your application even if these don’t apply to you:

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Graduate of the Immersion Program at the Wilderness Awareness School, Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness (RDNA) Program, Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or similar program

Start Date

Summer Camp staff training is June 20 – 24. Hours are full time in the summer, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. (1 week off August 1 – 5.) Last day of Camp is August 26.

If applying to continue in the fall, this position is a range of 21-30 hours per week. Hours will fluctuate based on availability and experience.

Compensation:

  • Starting wage $21.50 – $24 /hr based on experience and availability.
  • + 4% Vacation Pay
  • 1 week paid training. (Mandatory attendance June 20-24)
  • Paid training & professional development sessions throughout the year
  • Health & Dental benefits through Pacific Blue Cross ( 50% of Monthly premium covered) for staff working in year-long programs who work a minimum 20 hours/week
  • Discount for educational workshops and outdoor gear for long term staff
  • Paid bi-weekly

To Apply:

Please send your resume, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest. Please indicate if you are interested in Summer Camp only or Summer Camp AND ongoing instructing after Summer Camp (September onward) Email to: julia@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Applications are due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the positions are filled.

Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of employment equity and workplace diversity and encourage Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, all genders, and 2SLGBT2Q+ folks to apply.