Summer Camp Director

Position: Summer Day Camp Director

Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School

Location: Lower Mainland, BC 

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Summer Camp Director to join our team to offer unique day camps and programs for kids in the beautiful forests and beaches of the Lower Mainland. This is an opportunity to spend your days outdoors making a difference in kids’ lives by supporting nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning. 

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking to fill two (2) positions for Summer Camp Directors for Summer 2024, one in North Vancouver, the other in Vancouver. Please indicate on your cover letter which location suits you.

This position can extend to ongoing for the 2024-25 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 guiding instructors, parents, and working with kids 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 6-8 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 day camp staff. 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 would include and are not limited to:

  • On-site coordinating of summer day-camps in North Vancouver or Vancouver (upon application select which location)
  • 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
  • Working in ALL kinds of weather – camps run rain or shine!
  • Exercising a healthy sense of humour

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
  • 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 and a desire to keep learning these

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience mentoring children and adults
  • Minimum 1 year experience interfacing with parents and families
  • 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:

  • A vehicle for transporting gear
  • Course graduate of the Wilderness Awareness School, Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program or similar program
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise
  • Wilderness First Aid

Dates:

Summer Camp staff training is June 24-28. Hours are full time in the summer, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. (1 week off Aug 5-9) Last day of Camp is August 30.

If applying to continue in the fall, this position is a range of 16-30 hours per week. Hours will fluctuate based on availability and experience.

Compensation:

  • Starting wage is $23-$26/hr based on experience and availability.
  • + 4% Vacation Pay
  • 1 week paid training
  • 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, Contact info for 3 professional references, and a letter of interest. 

Email to: mikaela@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

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.

No phone calls please.

We recognize the importance of employment equity and workplace diversity and encourage applicants who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, all genders, and LGBT2Q+ folks to apply.