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Toronto: Camp Counsellor

Application Deadline: March 13, 2020

Start date/term of position: Contract, Full-time mid-June to September 4, 2020


Evergreen is currently seeking to add to its team of Camp Counsellors. This group of individuals are the fabric that holds Evergreen’s Adventure Camp program together, ensuring a playful, engaging and safe experience for all participants. Their talents and interests are as diverse as their many contributions and each is relied upon for their unique skills, perspectives and experience.  

Our Camp Counsellors contribute to the overall success of Evergreen Adventure Camp by supporting a culture of experiential learning, healthy risk taking and connecting with nature in a hands on way   

About the Role:

Camp Counsellors are responsible for core functions that range from program planning to delivery of safe and engaging programs, in support of our OCA accredited Evergreen Adventure Camp program that serves approximately 160 campers per week.   

Camp Counsellors play a key role in on-the-ground program delivery, utilizing their unique skills to help our programs come alive. Camp Counsellors are responsible for the care and safety of a group of up to 10 campers per week. Each Camp Counsellor is relied upon for a number of important tasks over the course of the day, ensuring that the Camp Team can operate in an efficient and effective way.

Camp Counsellors thrive in a fast-moving environment and provide consistent, creative support to campers and the broader camp team; they are mature team-players and strong communicators who believe in the power and importance of outdoor play and nature connection in children’s lives


Key Responsibilities:

  • Creatively guide a group of 8-10 campers, ages 6-12, in nature-based programming such as hiking, biking, fire building, collaborative art, orienteering, songs, and storytelling
  • Help make improvements to spaces prior to camp start date in order to prepare for camper arrivals
  • Communicate safety and health regulations to program participants and ensure they understand them;
  • Help monitor and engage campers during lunch, snack and extended care programs
  • Provide mentorship, feedback and guidance to new staff and volunteers (Assistant Camp Counsellors)
  • Monitor and maintain program spaces and materials, identifying and documenting any concerns with supervisor;
  • Participate in end of day reflections and provide feedback and support to the rest of the camp team
  • Document any behavioural incidents, injuries or accidents, and report to Director/Manager in a timely way;
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians
  • Participate in pre-camp training in June, including reading the Staff Handbook;
  • Act as a positive role model and leader;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to good internal communications and positive workplace culture
  • Model Evergreen’s core values

About You:

You excel in the following areas:

  • Customer-focus. Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of others in the development and implementation of programs
  • Communication. Communicate in a confident, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques depending on the audience. 
  • Attention to detail. Will not let important details slip through the cracks
  • Flexibility/adaptability. Adjust quickly to changing circumstances, priorities and conditions, while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency

You have the following qualifications:

  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a camp setting
  • Background in Biology, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Arts or similar an asset
  • Knowledge of Stewardship and Ecological Restoration practices an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’, or willingness to obtain
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check or willingness to obtain
  • Experience with Nature Connection Core Routines or Outdoor Experiential Education an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting the growth of a culture of nature connection in children and young people
  • OCT certified teachers, teacher candidates strongly encouraged to apply
  • Wilderness First Aid or experience leading backcountry trips an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Additional Information:

Reporting Relationships:

  • Supervised by Camp Director

Working Conditions:

  • Position is based out of Evergreen’s head office at Evergreen Brick Works Campus in Toronto
  • Working outdoors in inclement weather
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift weight in excess of 20 pounds

Contract

  • Contract, Full-time mid-June to September 4, 2020

Hourly Wage

Grade A; Range $15.00 - $16.95

 

How to Apply:

Cover letters and resumes can be submitted by e-mail to humanresources@evergreen.ca.
Please Reference “Camp Counsellor” in the subject line

By Mail to Attention: Human Resources
Centre for Green Cities, Suite 300
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3X8

Evergreen welcomes applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  As an organization that works to impact how cities are built and lived in, we encourage applications from the diverse communities that we serve. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under Evergreen’s Accommodation policy. If you require accommodations, please let us know of your needs in advance. We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest.  However, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please.