Job Posting 91115

Assistant Day Camp Director
Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver and Coquitlam, BC
closed 5 days ago (Tue, 31 Jan)
canada summer jobs / summer students  •  $18.50-$19.50/hr, DOE.

Key Details

  • Position Location: South Vancouver (July and August) and Coquitlam (August)
  • Application Deadline: Review of applications begins Jan 15
  • Position Dates: May 15-Sept 1. 4-day weekend August 5-8
  • Pay Rate: $18.50-$19.50/hr, DOE. All seasonal staff receive paid sick leave.
  • Hours of work: Monday-Friday, 8:15-5:00. May-June will be approximately 30 hours per week with most hours 9:00-3:00, July will be approximately 45 hours per week, August approximately 40 hours per week. Total hours will average to no more than 40 hours per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Position dependent on funding and may change in response public health directives on group activities related to COVID-19. This may affect employment contracts.

The Position

Do you love to bring camp magic to life?  Are you organized and a great communicator with kids, peers, and parents alike? Can you support and inspire newer staff members to become camp superstars? Do you have a passion for growing, cooking, and sharing food, making connections to the natural world, or building caring communities? You may be the perfect Camp Fresh Roots Assistant Director!


The Assistant Camp Director will work with the Camp Director to plan camp activities, train staff, plan field trips and workshops, oversee health and safety, and generally ensure camp is magical for campers and staff.  The Assistant Camp Director reports to the Camp Director, works closely with the Food Program Specialist, and mentors the Program Staff. In May and June, they will also assist with spring field trips, working closely with the Director of Experiential Learning Programs.


Job Duties

  • In May and June, facilitate elementary field trips on the Vancouver and/or Coquitlam farm sites using existing curriculum
  • With the Camp Director, develop and implement policies, procedures, and programming to ensure camp is educational, fun, risk-aware, and aligned with the camp and organizational philosophy
  • Communications
    • Manage check-in and check-out
    • Send regular emails to camp families about general pre-camp information, reminders, lost and found, program evaluations, and other ongoing communications.
  • Programming
    • With the Camp Director, create weekly program templates and review staff-created program schedules. 
    • Plan and organize weekly field trips and workshops 
    • Support the facilitation of older camp programming and Coquitlam programming.
  • Staff Mentoring & Support
    • With the Camp Director, plan and facilitate staff training
    • During August, be the Site Lead for one of the program sites
    • Step in to lead camp groups when staff are absent, or on a break
    • Act as a role model for campers and staff
  • Health and safety
    • Be lead First Aider on site
    • Ensure health protocols are followed by staff and campers
    • Encourage and model preventative health and wellness measures such as drinking water, wearing sunscreen, taking breaks, etc.
  • Supplies
    • Managing camp supply inventory
    • Purchase supplies as needed within the budget
    • Coordinate with Food Program Specialist to purchase food and cooking supplies


  • 2+ years experience in day or resident camps.
    • Experience working with neurodivergent kids and kids with learning differences preferred
    • Supervisory and/or program management experience strongly preferred
  • Education and/or experience in teaching, gardening, cooking/food service, ecology, outdoor/environmental education, or related fields
  • Excellent English communication skills, verbal and written
    • Ability to speak multiple languages a plus. Languages frequently spoken in our communities include Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi, Farsi, French, and Ukrainian.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and in a small team
  • Comfortable using and learning technology. We regularly use Google Suite, Slack, Canva, AirTable (database), and Amilia (camp registration)
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions for up to 9 hours a day
  • Able to lift up to 30lbs
  • Able to follow and enforce policies and procedures to ensure camper and staff health and safety
  • Current FoodSafe and First Aid, including Child and Infant CPR, will be required before position starts; funding for this training may be available
  • Must pass a criminal record check to be able to work with children and vulnerable populations
  • Must meet Canada Summer Jobs Requirements; minimum age 19
  • Driver's license and access to a vehicle preferred
  • COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for the health of staff and campers.


Compensation Package

  • Pay: $18.50-$19.50 per hour, plus 4% in lieu of vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • On the job training and professional development workshops
  • Discount on produce and access to culls
  • Cell phone reimbursement during camp


About Camp Fresh Roots

Camp Fresh Roots offers joyful, risk-aware day camp programming led by well-trained, caring staff on Fresh Roots schoolyard farms and food lands in South Vancouver and Coquitlam. We welcome approximately 300 campers each summer from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, and we offer sliding scale registration to make our camps as accessible as possible. Staff receive 40 hours of training, including in depth training on health and safety, camp programming, and diversity and inclusion. Learn more about the camp at


About Fresh Roots

Our Vision is Good Food For All, which is realized when youth have the skills, capacity, and will to act as food citizens and land stewards, to grow and share healthy food for themselves, their families, and the planet! To make this vision a reality, we cultivate educational farms and programs where students dig into meaningful connections with the land, food, and each other, inspiring communities to build just food systems.

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