COEO NEWS – April
Register for OWLS 2017, April 28th-30th!
The third annual Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium (OWLS) is being hosted at Norval Outdoor School on the weekend of April 28th-30th. For more information or to register please click here. If you’d like to get in touch with the organizers directly, please email email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE – 2017 ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
We are excited to once again announce that COEO’s 2017 Fall Conference will be hosted near Orillia at Camp Couchiching, the weekend of September 22 – 24th. Save the date! The conference committee has had their first meeting and are well on their way to organizing the best fall conference yet! If you are looking for a way to get involved in COEO, to build your resume, or if you have expertise to offer, please be in touch as the committee can always use more help.
Volunteers must be able to attend the weekend of the conference, and should have time and talents to contribute to the planning of the weekend.
Newcomers are always welcome!
Please contact Karen O’Krafka, our Volunteer Coordinator, to put your name forward. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
COEO IS LOOKING FOR OEE PHOTOS
COEO is looking to create a database of diverse, high-quality photographs depicting OEE activities. These photos will be used to create the new version of our website and support the updating of the 2007 Research Document. Click here to see the full requirements of this photo contest. The deadline is June 16, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged!
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
Human Kinetics Canada: Monthly Book Discount Offer
Order now and get your Members-only special discount through HK Canada. Another great membership benefit brought to you by The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. Use code W889 to receive Free Shipping on orders of $25 or more + get 40% off if you sign up for HKRewards. Click here to sign up! Good for 1x use only. Offer expires 04/30/2017.
Geocaching for Schools and Communities includes 41 learning experiences for all ages. Take either a high-tech approach (using triangulation to locate latitudes and longitudes) or a low-tech approach (involving maps) to find a cache. Learn how to use GPS units, develop events and programs, and use the games as interdisciplinary learning experiences. For more details click here.
Invitation from Canada C3 project
As part of the Canada C3 project, we are creating, together with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Teachers from across the country, the Canada C3 Digital Classroom. The members of your Ontario Teaching Subject Association have been identified as Teachers and Educators we hope to engage in this initiative. Specifically, we are inviting your members to contribute to the Canada C3 Digital Classroom which will launch in early 2017 and be promoted through an extensive network of national and regional education partners already well established in Canadian schools. This content will be further enhanced by educational resources that are being provided by dozens of national educational NGO partners who specialize in one of the central themes highlighted above. Teachers who design and contribute an exemplary learning module for the Canada C3 Digital Classroom will be invited to apply to become a Canada C3 Participant on one of the 15 legs of the expedition.
COEO’s facebook page has all of the required documents needed for pursuing this opportunity.
Celebrating Outdoor Education Experiences in a Flowing and Frozen Canada
What will you be doing July 1, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday? Want to join in an event that celebrates Canada’s Outdoor Education? COEO, Queen’s OEE, and Forest School Canada have teamed up to celebrate Outdoor Education in Canada as Canada turns 150. Click here for more details.
Save the Date! Trailhead Canada
Canada’s 2017 – 150 Anniversary National Trails Celebration
For full details: https://trailheadcanada.com/home/
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
Leaders of the Day
Paddle Canada Certification Programs with Leaders of the Day
Nationally recognized certifications delivered by expert wilderness Instructors
Paddle Canada Advanced Level Canoe Tripping + Introduction to Lake Skills Combo.
*This is the current certification required by O.P.H.E.A. to take students on canoe expeditions
May 23rd to 28th 2017 in Killarney
August 20th to 25th 2017 in the Algonquin Interior
Guide Star Training Program: 4 Great Certifications in just 8 days!
May 23rd to 30th 2017 in Killarney
August 20th to 27th in the Algonquin Interior
– Paddle Canada Advanced Canoe Tripping
– Paddle Canada Introduction to Lake Skills
– Wilderness and Survival Skills Program
– Back-country Navigation Level 1
Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 Course for Instructors and Trip Leaders
For use at camps, canoe clubs, schools and special groups Ideal for group instruction up to 14 persons at a time. Add to your ORCKA certifications.
You will be able to certify ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Level 1 for new paddlers or experienced paddlers.
Level 3 Skills certification in any discipline OR any ORCKA Canoe Instructor
A log of shared leadership for 10 day-trips and a total of 200 kms
ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 course runs May 19 (evening) 20, 21, 22 at Port Perry, (north east of Toronto) $300. Accommodations possible in campgrounds available at your cost or shared.
or ORCKA office 416 426 7016
or Gordon Haggert: email@example.com, 519 253 4055
Rocky Mountain Instructor Development Program
The Outward Bound Canada Instructor Development Program is designed to give you a high-quality immersion into the Outward Bound process. This is the most rugged of any course: you will be challenged mentally, physically and emotionally so that you may advance your own skills in order to come away as a more confident outdoor educator. Furthermore, this immersion into the Outward Bound teaching model will educate you on how to coach students, meet them where they are at, manage risks, and challenge them where needed – so that your students will emerge from their courses as more resilient, self-reliant and compassionate people. Those who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for a summer internship with the Outward Bound Canada Rocky Mountain School.
Internships are designed to allow you to continue your learning from your program and get practical experience leading alongside our seasoned instructors. If chosen for an Internship, you would be assigned to one of our summer wilderness programs which take place July and August and are generally between 20 and 24 days in length.
For more information on this opportunity please click here.
Assistant Ropes Course Instructor (Level 1)
April 3-7, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON
Ropes Course Instructor (Level 2)
April 3-7, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON
For more details on any of the above courses, click here.
Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars
Time to Depave Paradise?
Presenter: Alix Taylor
Wednesday, April 12th 2017 7:30-8:30pm EST
Best Practices in School Gardens
Presenter: Mary Dudley
Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST
OSEE PD Day 2017
May 27th, 2017, Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
Lakehead Faculty of Education AQ Course
This course provides K-12 classroom teachers with the theoretical and practical foundations needed to take their students outdoors regularly and within their home communities. Successful completion of the course includes an undergraduate university credit as well as the AQ.
July 3rd – 28th, 2017
Click here for more information.
Child & Nature Network International Conference
April 18-21, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 5, 2017, Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation, Jordon, Ontario
The Canadian Network for Environmental Education (EECOM) Annual Conference
May 18-21, 2017, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Title/theme will be See Change: Tides of Environmental Learning
Nature-based Preschool National Conference
August 3-5, 2017, Seattle, Washington
International Play Association World Conference
September 13-17, 2017, Calgary, Alberta
9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)
September 9-15, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia
Title/theme will be Culturenvironment: Weaving new connections
Voyageur Canoe Expedition Leader, CHALLENGES Canada
In collaboration with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), CHALLENGES Canada is looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking voyageur canoe expedition leader who has the capacity to facilitate the delivery of exceptional programming and develop a high-functioning expedition team. The position requires constant travel throughout Ontario by canoe. Leaders will be participating in this program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with scheduled days off.
This is a 4 month contract from May-August. For the full job description, please click here. The closing date for applying is 11:59 PM April 19th, 2017.
Instructor, NOLS Yukon
NOLS Yukon is hiring 4 instructors for the summer season. Instructors will lead groups and individuals in recreational or leisure programs; Demonstrate and instruct athletic, fitness or sports activities and techniques; Understand principles of group dynamics; Provide lifestyle awareness information; Plan and carry out recreational, fitness and sports activities; Schedule activities, keep logs, maintain records and prepare reports. Train and supervise staff; Patrolling/supervising activities; Leading/instructing groups; Ensure safety of rescuers and victims at accident scenes; Maintain and repair sports equipment; Leading/instructing individuals. More information about this posting can be found here.
Fall 2017 Instructor Positions, ALIVE Outdoors
The philosophy of ALIVE Outdoors is grounded in the belief that students should have the opportunity to realize their potential. This realization begins with students understanding their personal strengths and how these strengths can contribute to being an active and engaged person living with intention. In a society that encourages competition, one of our objectives is to create experiences where students learn the value of collaboration. At ALIVE, we believe this starts with developing and continuously deepening respectful and authentic relationships with self, others and nature.
- 21 Years of Age
- Clean and Current Vulnerable Sector Check
- Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
- Two professional references that are able to comment on your character as well as your capabilities as an educator.
For more information on working for ALIVE or to apply, please click here.
Full-time Teaching Contract, Columbia International College
Columbia International College (CIC) is the largest private boarding school in Canada. CIC has an enrolment of 1800 students from over 73 countries. As a boarding school, students live, sleep, eat, study, play and learn while staying in one of our 5 residences.
We are currently looking for a History (CHC2P) and Physical Education (PAD20) teacher to provide hands-on learning experiences at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre from May 24, 2017 to June 21, 2017.
This position is responsible for teaching subject matter to international students attending Columbia International College’s Summer Class Program at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre. This program has been designed to offer a truly unique learning experience which blends history curriculum with outdoor education to engage students and promote success.
Click here for more information.
Part-time Instructor Teaching Navigation and Orienteering in Public Schools, St. Francis Xavier University
The Faculty of Education and Department of Continuing and Distance Education, St. Francis Xavier University, seek a Part-time Instructor to teach EDUC 405I – Teaching Navigation and Orienteering in Public Schools in the Certificate in Outdoor Education, Summer term. The course will be held in the Annapolis Valley area. Subject to final budget approval.
Candidates should have a PhD or MEd with significant experience in the course area. The committee will begin consideration of applicants on April 20, 2017. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.
Applicants are requested to identify the courses for which they wish to be considered and to submit this along with a current Curriculum Vitae, via e-mail to:
Dean, Faculty of Education St. Francis Xavier University firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Teaching Assistant, Albion Hills Field Centre – 1 year contract
As the on-site, live-in-member of the field centre staff team, provide assistance and support to the weekday education program through teaching, client service and administrative duties. Tasks include overseeing the health and welfare needs of groups visiting the field centre, supervising students’ routines, some light building maintenance, and leading or assisting with education lessons and activities. Provide excellent customer and client service. Working safely is a condition of employment. NOTE: Hiring at TRCA is contingent to the clearance of the Vulnerable Sector Screening. Candidates will be asked for a check only where they have been selected as the leading candidate.
Closing date for this application is April 10th, 2017. Please click here for more details.
Instructor(s) & Summer Camp Assistant, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Working with LSRCA’s team of educators, the primary role of the Instructor is the delivery of education programs to camp groups at either Scanlon Creek or Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Areas. These positions report directly to the Manager, Education. The primary role of the Summer Camp Assistant is to lead and deliver program activities.
Outdoor Field Instructors (Rock Climbing), School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Lakehead University
Position Duties: To facilitate in-town and out of town rock climbing instruction and camping. Duties may also include driving. Position Qualifications: Successful candidates must have certification and/or experience in one of more of the aforementioned skills. She or he will possess excellent teaching and leadership skills, be equally proficient in both technical and people skills and have first aid training (wilderness first responder preferred). Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability in organizing and managing instructional classes and wilderness overnight trips. Substantial experience with rock climbing is mandatory. Hours: T.B.D. (Trip Dates: April 24 – May 1, 2017) Send your application to Instructor: Dr. Ryan Howard email@example.com
Teacher, Summer Credits, The Canadian Ecology Centre
We are currently accepting applications for qualified teachers in a team teaching environment for the following programs:
- 2-week intensive and residential high school credit course(s) offered during the month of July
- 1-week program offered on-site during the month of August with additional online learning modules throughout the fall (NEW)
Teaching positions are available from the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC) as well as from the Near North District School Board (NNDSB). Room and Board is included in all CEC paid positions. NNDSB contract teachers are required to pay a $500 CEC meal fee as part of their employment contract (accommodations are provided free of charge)
All candidates who are interested in being considered for a NNDSB Position, MUST apply directly to the Summer School Job Posting with the Near North District School Board. This posting is usually posted closer to the closing date and for a short time period. Only those applicants who have applied to the NNDSB can qualify for a Board paid position.
For more information, please click here.
Environmental Education Supply Instructor, Long Point Region Conservation Authority
Minimum of 15 hours training: additional hours will be scheduled based on operational needs
(Maximum 35 hrs/week Wage: $17 per hour) April to June, September to December 2017
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority invites applications for a Environmental Education Supply Instructor located at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. This job placement will be on an as-needed scheduled basis and will support program delivery.
- Successfully complete program orientation and instructor training
- Within an as-scheduled/on-call basis deliver outdoor education programming to students from K-Grade12
- Support the preparation, maintenance and repair of programming materials and equipment.
- Assist with program development and review
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume along with a covering letter by April 5th, 2017 to:
Dana McLachlan, Long Point Region Conservation Authority
4 Elm Street,Tillsonburg ON N4G 0C4
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line should read: Environmental Education Supply Instructor)
For full details please click here.
Community Education Specialist, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is currently accepting resumes for the long fixed-term contract position of Community Education Specialist. This position will be 15 months in length.
Responsibilities: To develop, implement and evaluate age appropriate, curriculum-based environmental education programs as well as community involvement opportunities designed to create environmental awareness, appreciation and inspire action to improve the health of the Thames watershed. To assist with the liaison between the school boards, the broader community and the Authority, by linking board-wide initiatives, school-based initiatives and community needs and interests and by educating the community as to the Authority’s role and the need for a healthy watershed in conjunction with internal mission centres.
Qualifications: A degree from a recognized university in geography, biology, environmental science or resources management; A minimum of one year of experience in a related resource management, communications or teaching role; A valid Ontario Teaching Certificate; Demonstrated understanding of the educational system and familiarity with the stakeholders of the UTRCA; A strong natural history knowledge base; Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills required; Ability to work well as a member of a team; Excellent organizational skills and ability to work with limited supervision an asset; Current Ontario Driver’s Licence; A satisfactory police records and vulnerable sector screening check is required.
Location: This position will be based out of the Watershed Conservation Centre in Fanshawe Conservation Area, London, ON.
Click here for the full job description and application details. Closing date is April 11, 2017.
Plus, two other Community Education Technician Positions posted with the UTRCA.
Spring and Fall Program Instructor Part-time Contracts, YMCA Wanakita
The Spring Outdoor Centre Program Instructor is a contract position responsible for delivering and facilitating recreational and educational programs throughout the season. The instructor is primarily responsible for programming (canoeing, kayaking, swimming, high ropes, initiatives, archery, environmental programs, out trips etc.) and site support. The Spring Outdoor Program Instructor will report directly to the Program Coordinator under the supervision of the Outdoor Centre Director.
Contract dates are May 1st – June 22nd, 2017.
The Fall Outdoor Centre Program Instructor is a contract position responsible for delivering and facilitating recreational and educational programs throughout the season. The instructor is primarily responsible for programming (canoeing, kayaking, swimming, high ropes, initiatives, archery, environmental programs, out trips etc.) and site support. The Fall Outdoor Program Instructor will report directly to the Program Coordinator under the supervision of the Outdoor Centre Director.
Contract dates are August 28th – October 25th, 2017.
Head to Wanakita’s website for access to full job descriptions.
Various Outdoor Education positions (including Canoe/Voyageur Guides, and Camp Counsellors), Great Moose Adventures
Great Moose Adventures prides itself as a highly respected, quality Outdoor Education Centre. To achieve this status, we rely on an amazing staff of hard working, passionate, skilled outdoor educators, teachers, ECE’s and young professionals. As such we are always on the look out for new candidates and fresh faces. Please visit our website to see a list of current job openings, including details and requirements – as of January 17th 2017.
Click here for the full job descriptions and application details.
Group Facilitators – Expedition Program, Adventureworks Associates
Group Facilitators assume a leadership role in the delivery, debriefing, reporting and evaluation of a multi-day, multi-activity Expedition Program experience for Grade 8 students. Group Facilitators work in small teams with Adventureworks staff, client staff, and outside program providers to deliver programming for students that includes: outdoor living skills, overnight camping, rappelling, initiative challenges, low ropes, high ropes, canoeing, service learning, and more. Click here for the official job description.
Find out more or apply online at http://adventureworks.org/jobs.html
Multiple Opportunities at Outward Bound Canada
Outward Bound Canada’s greatest asset is our instructional staff. Accomplished outdoor educators with extensive technical and facilitation skills, and the passion and compassion to inspire students to learn, our instructors come from all walks of life with a vast array of talents and experiences. Some have worked extensively in outdoor education, while others come from university programs or other career paths. We value group facilitation skills, life experience, passion, dedication, resiliency, and teaching ability as highly as technical proficiency.
Click here to find links to multiple job opportunities.
Summer Nature Camp Program Staff, p.i.n.e. project
The Primitive Integrated Naturalist Education (p.i.n.e.) project is a registered non-profit organization created to bring the wonders of the natural world back to the urban jungle. p.i.n.e.’s mission is to inspire healthy, lifelong connections between people and nature through outdoor-based learning and play.
This is a paid position working under the supervision of the p.i.n.e. camp directors. All program staff will be expected to work five day camp weeks, with weekends and statutory holidays off. Special notes: Each week of camp has a Thursday evening campfire that staff are expected to attend and participate in, from 6:30pm-8:15pm, along with the camp take-down weekend from Aug. 26-27, 2017.
For more info on these camps, check out their pages on our website: https://www.pineproject.org
Interested applicants are asked to forward their cover letter and resume by email to Eileen, Camps Coordinator. Please use the subject line “Summer Camps Staff Application 2017: [Your Name]”. Applications will continue to be reviewed until all positions are filled.
Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE) Field Instructor (Full-time), Pine River Institute
Pine River Institute is an innovative co-ed residential treatment program for teens struggling with addictive behaviours. We are a family-centered program comprised of 4 phases: Wilderness (Outdoor Leadership Experience), Residential, Transition, and Aftercare. Every student, upon entering the program, spends 8 or more weeks in Algonquin Park before moving to the residence. Day-to-day activities in wilderness include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, group initiatives, group and individual therapy, and journaling. Youths live and work in nature in groups of up to eight, with three staff.
Our campus is situated on 200 acres of spectacular Niagara Escarpment land near Shelburne, Ontario. The program here includes outdoor education, individual, group, and family therapy, expressive arts, athletics, and life skills, as well as the more traditional academic offerings.
We are currently seeking experienced Wilderness Field Instructors to help us deliver this unique program, primarily in Algonquin Park and also at the Shelburne campus. We are looking for individuals with the qualifications and related experience in Wilderness field work, demonstrated sound judgment, integrity, patience, commitment, an ability to maintain clear boundaries, and a sense of humour. The primary responsibility of the Field Instructor is to deliver the Outdoor Leadership Experience program; ensure group safety, teach basic wilderness skills, solidify course logistics, and maintain focus on the therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience.
The schedule is run on a rotation of 8 days in the field (in South River area), 2 days off, 4 days working at the campus near Shelburne, and 7 days off shift. The role is challenging and rewarding for the right candidate. If you want to make a difference and believe you have the right stuff, we want to hear from you! Click here for more details.
We offer competitive compensation, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative program. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Gayle Dennison, Human Resources Manager email@example.com or fax to 519-925-9220.
ONTARIO CAMPS ASSOCIATION – JOB BOARD
The OCA Job Board is always an excellent place to find job postings in the field of outdoor education. Check out their website, as many full-time positions at outdoor centres and camps are now being advertised.
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