Outdoor Educator

Seasonal Contract - Spring

Posted date: January 12, 2018

Position vacancy Closing date: January 26, 2018
Employment TypeSeasonal
Job ID860
EffectiveApril 23 – June 22, 2018
HoursFlexibility regarding assigned working hours, including days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays required
Reports toAssistant Outdoor Centre Director
Location / RegionYMCA Camp Pine Crest, Torrance, ON
Application DeadlineJanuary 26, 2018

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Camping and Outdoor Education programs offer the highest quality programs for children, youth, and adults through a variety of educational and fun activities supervised by qualified and energetic staff. All our camping and outdoor education programs promote personal growth and development with a focus on the YMCA core values of respect, responsibility, inclusiveness, caring, honesty, and health.


YMCA Camp Pine Crest is located in Muskoka, Ontario. It is a year round operating facility with a large traditional summer camp program, growing winter programs and busy Spring and Fall Outdoor Centre seasons.


Outdoor Educators provide direct program delivery in all areas of the outdoor centre, including leadership and team building activities, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, canoe trips, high ropes, initiatives, drumming, and environmental programs for groups of all ages. In addition, Outdoor Educators assist the Assistant Director Outdoor Centre with the development of new programs, as well as the revision and updating of existing programs.

Accommodation and Meals are provided on site at no additional cost.


  • Provides direct program delivery to all ages, groups and families, while building positive relationships.

  • Assists full time staff in the research of outdoor education/leadership programs, making recommendations and providing input into development and implementation of new and revised programs.

  • Continuously builds relationships with members, staff, volunteers and community partners.

  • Monitors the safety of all activities and programs throughout the duty period and responds immediately to rectify any safety concerns.

  • Acts as host and facilitator for individuals and groups, providing excellent customer service and ensuring overall satisfaction with camp and facilities, programs and staff.

  • Assists with general maintenance and cleanliness of site and provides support with other duties as required.

  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.  Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.

  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Working towards and/or completion of post-secondary courses in outdoor education or related field is an asset

  • Three or more seasons of experience working at an outdoor centre in program facilitator role is preferred

  • Experience in spring specific programs and activities

  • Challenge Course/High Ropes training and experience is an asset

  • Canoe trip and hiking trip leading experience and asset

  • Bilingualism (French/English) is an asset

  • Ability to work effectively with others and independently to achieve optimal collective results

  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” required

  • National Lifeguard Service award strongly preferred

  • Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, including days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays required

  • The position requires the following Association Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; being Member Focused fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity & Social Inclusion

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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