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Canoe Trip Leader

Rate of Pay: $800 weekly (equivalent to $20/hour for 40 hours a week), plus room and board.

Location: 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, ON

Contract Duration: June 18th, 2024 – August 24th, 2024

If interested, please reach out to Emma Robert, Summer Camp Director, at

This position is funded through the Nature Canada Work to Grow Program,This position is funded through the Nature Canada Work to Grow Program, which focuses on breaking down barriers for employment in the outdoors for racialized (BIPOC) youth. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.

Are you passionate about working with children and exploring the great outdoors? Camp Kawartha is looking for safety conscious, enthusiastic individuals with a love of the outdoors, and a willingness to learn and grow as a leader in the outdoors this summer.

Job Overview:
Canoe trip leaders have the responsibility of leading our canoe trip excursions to the Kawartha Highlands and Algonquin Park. In this role, Canoe Trippers will have the opportunity to share their love of the outdoors through taking campers on excursions that prioritize safety, fun, and learning about the natural world! While on trip, Canoe Trippers are responsible for the safety and well-being of everyone in their care while also providing a fun and engaging experience. While at camp, Canoe Trippers are tasked with preparing for future trips and engaging in camp activities and supervision duties.

Some responsibilities of the role include:
• Leading canoe trips in Algonquin park and the Kawartha highlands
• Creating a safe, comfortable, respectful, and fun trip experience for campers
• Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of campers and fellow staff
• Participate in the planning, packing, and sending out of canoe trips
• Communicate with the healthcare staff about trip participants’ healthcare needs ahead of canoe trips
• Monitor campers’ health and manage camper hygiene
• Prepare for coming trips and communicate needs to Tripping Directors

• National Lifeguard Certification is required
• Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder is required (opportunity to gain this certification will be provided for staff members through Camp Kawartha ahead of the summer)
• Experience in canoe tripping is required (formal or informal)
• Recent Criminal Reference Check
• Experience working with children is an asset
• Additional wilderness or environmental certification/experience is an asset

• Familiarity with canoe tripping, safety, and camping skills
• Enthusiasm, patience and understanding
• Strong communication and leadership skills
• Ability to problem solve in the moment
• A love of the outdoors and a willingness to share and learn more about the natural world

Camp Kawartha is committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. The camp will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.

Camp Kawartha is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the diversity of our camp community including differences in race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We welcome candidates representing such diversity.

Located on 185 acres of land, nested in the heart of the Kawarthas, with straw bale buildings, lakefront and 6.3 kilometers of beautiful hiking trials, Camp Kawartha is a magical place to work. As a not-for-profit charity, Camp Kawartha creates a warm and nurturing community that helps children discover the best in themselves, while they learn to appreciate and value the natural world around them. All our summer positions are live-on-site positions.

Thank you to all those who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to apply:

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