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Job Number:  40114
Assistant Outdoor Education Director
Job Posted: Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 26 January 2018
(23 days ago)
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Region: Vancouver Island & Coastal areas Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Gibsons, BC Salary: $110-$120/day

Date Posted:                        November 17, 2017     


Position Title:                       Assistant Outdoor Education Director

Location:                               Gibsons, BC – YMCA Camp Elphinstone


Terms:                                   Full-Time – Seasonal Contract

Salary:                                    $110-$120/day

Term:                                     February 19 to November 16, 2018

Reports To:                           Outdoor Education Director/Camp Manager




YMCA Camp Elphinstone is located on the Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It offers wonderful one-week, two-week and three-week camping adventures for campers 5-17 years old. Camp Elphinstone is committed to the personal development of individual campers through the cabin group process and individual choice activities, waterfront and land based activities and out trips. Camp Elphinstone is home to campers from around the world as well as the Lower Mainland.


Successful Camp Elphinstone staff are self-motivated individuals whose ambition is to serve and develop children and youth in a camp setting. They demonstrate positive values, are highly skilled, flexible and can commit to the full camp season. Ability to functionally communicate in a second language such as Spanish, Korean, Japanese or Chinese is desirable for some positions.


Nature & Scope:


Assistant Outdoor Education Directors work with our spring/fall programs to provide positive customer service and run YMCA programs with students from elementary and high schools, as well as adult retreat groups. During the summer months, the Assistant Outdoor Education Director will coordinate summer youth-based lodge rental groups with partner organizations including Diabetes Canada and Camp Eureka.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with onsite supervision of Outdoor Education programs during operating seasons
  • Assist with recruitment, hiring, coaching and leading a team of staff and volunteers committed to building a strong, inclusive, and camper-focused culture and community
  • Develop & deliver innovative training that supports professional development of staff & volunteers
  • Develop & deliver experiential, camper-focused outdoor programming
  • Develop & implement strategies that achieve & sustain program growth for Outdoor Education programs
  • Maintain YMCA program & care standards; positively role-model YMCA mission, vision, and values
  • Ongoing risk management and crisis response following YMCA procedures
  • Ensure the safety of all members, participants, staff, and property by following YMCA standards/policies/procedures and ensuring they are maintained amongst all participants and staff
  • Facilitate experience of groups and individuals
  • Assist with general maintenance, cleaning and site support duties as required for daily operation
  • Build and foster positive relationship with clients and external relationships
  • Maintain a neat, orderly, and clean environment, including all office, program & common areas
  • Remain flexible – willing to learn new skills and accept growth feedback
  • Maintain and role model regular attendance, punctuality and be appropriately dressed and well groomed
  • Perform other duties as required




  • Housing on site at Camp Elphinstone is a requirement of this position.
  • Ability to multitask and remain results focused in a high demand environment
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule according to operational needs
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • National Lifeguard Service Certification
  • Pleasure Craft Operators License
  • Class 4 Driver’s License
  • Previous experience in experiential education and camping
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date



  • Education degree/teacher certification an asset
  • Level 2 Challenge Course certification an asset
  • Occupational First Aid Level 3 an asset
  • Experience with CLASS Operating System an asset



Child-Centered: Demonstrates an ability to provide child-centered, developmental and age appropriate environments and programs

Lives the Values of the YMCA: Exhibits authenticity by building trust and being approachable, exhibits conviction for the values of the Association and is personally credible, promotes the YMCA's fundraising

Leadership: Motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes

Service Orientation: Deliberately identifies and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person's YMCA experience, ensures service standards are followed and implemented

Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner

Concern for Health: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction

Application Process:

Internal applicants should inform their supervisor prior to application. Complete online application using the following link:



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Contact Details:
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
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