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Summer Camp Director

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

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 a Summer Camp Director for Summer 2022, in Vancouver.

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 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 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

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, earth-based living skills/ancestral 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)
  • A vehicle for transporting gear

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

  • Familiarity and experience with Coyote Mentoring
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development Expertise
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Course graduate of the Wilderness Awareness School, Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program, Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or similar program

Start Date:

  • Mandatory Summer Camp staff training is June 20-24, 2022.
  • Hours are full-time, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.
  • 1 week off August 1-5, 2022
  • The last day of work is August 26, 2022.

Compensation:

  • $23 – $25 / hr
  • 4% Vacation Pay
  • Weekly mileage reimbursement
  • Paid bi-weekly
  • 1 week of 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 of 20 hours/week
  • Discount for educational workshops and outdoor gear for long term staff

To Apply:

Please send your resume, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest. All applicants are welcome, if under 30 and legally entitled to work in Canada please mention it in your cover letter. (This is for grant eligibility but not a requirement.)

Email to: julia@soaringeaglenatureschool.org

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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.