IN MEMORIAM: DOUG JACQUES
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Doug Jacques. Doug was a long time COEO member, friend to many of us, and a remarkable leader in our field. This fall, we were able to honour Doug with the President’s Award, and he had previously been honoured with the Dorothy Walter Award for Leadership, and indirectly along with his colleagues at the Bronte Creek Project, the Robin Dennis Award.
Early in Doug’s career, he worked with Aboriginal students, which left an indelible impression on him. Through his varied experiences, two common threads shaped his teaching philosophy: his passion for incorporating the natural world and First Nations philosophies into student experiences. As one of his colleagues has written, “he was taking action for reconciliation long before the government mandated a call to action”.
Doug began teaching at the Bronte Creek project early on in his career, and he initiated the grade 10 program called Trailhead, in about 2003. In the latter part of his career, Doug engaged with Elders to incorporate their knowledge into the integrated learning model at the Bronte Creek Project. Included in this was a project to build a birch bark canoe, for which connections between local Elders, his students, and the land created what one of his colleagues called a, “beautiful dynamic at the school, leaving deep impressions on many of the students.”
In his retirement, Doug carried on with projects that exemplifed his love of nature, and his desire to incorporate the wisdom and sharing of First Nations into learning for the wider community. He was instrumental in bringing key people together to develop a very recently opened Indigenous Trail at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which incorporates native and medicinal plants.
In 2015, Doug spoke eloquently and gently, but with conviction at COEO’s AGM about why he believed COEO needed to take the relationships initiated with Elders like Peter and Nancy who were present that weekend, further, and incorporate Aboriginal wisdom into COEO’s practice in a more formal way. He held firmly to his assertion that the values of COEO members were closely aligned with the values and nature connections of our Aboriginal counterparts, and that we could gain from the wisdom of the elders if we were to commit to a deeper and more meaningful process of learning and relationship building.
Since Doug first came forward with this suggestion, he has supported COEO as we have navigated discussions about what such a relationship could look like, in concrete terms, in a province as big as Ontario, where so many COEO members live and/or work amongst a varied tapestry of First Nations, Metis, and possibly Inuit communities. At this year’s General Meeting, Doug’s work came to fruition when the motion he proposed to make amendments to COEO’s Constitution passed unanimously.
Doug will be missed by many of our colleagues and friends. He is survived by his adored wife, Valerie, and his much loved son, Calum.
VACANT DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE NOMINATIONS
COEO FUNDRAISERS (TORONTO & OWEN SOUND)
Northern Explorer Adam Shoalts Returns In Support of COEO’s Bursary Fund (two events in Owen Sound and Toronto)
We invite you to attend “Bridges”, a COEO fundraiser to remember!
We met Adam Shoalts this year at Make Peace With Winter, and he was so well-received that we’ve decided to bring him back! Currently, Adam is trekking across northern Canada on a solo trip, exploring and documenting places most of us will never see. On November 4th and 18th, shortly after his return, Adam will share his journey with us at our first ever Bursary Fundraisers called Bridges.
Join us at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto on November 18th for a gala dinner and guest speaker event! Bring your friends and any COEO supporters to enjoy Adam’s story-telling, and a meal of traditional Indigenous cuisine, prepared by the in-house caterers at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto – a gorgeous space, which just also happens to be close to venues for dancing afterwards!
What: A Formal Gala Dinner and Speaker Event with Adam Shoalts
When: November 18, 2017, 6 pm
Where: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road, Toronto (minutes walk from Spadina Subway Station)
Why: The goal of Bridges is to push our Bursary Fund closer to our goal of raising $20 000. To date, we have raised over $5 000! This Bursary Fund will help COEO fund bursaries for conference attendees, COEO’s Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium (OWLS), diversity initiatives such as our efforts to be more inclusive of FNMI members and other under-served groups, and an annual contribution to the Horwood conference.
How: Tickets are $100/head, seated in tables of 8 (bring your friends!)
*** Firm deadline for purchasing tickets is November 1st, 2017 ***
You can reserve your tickets now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state the number of tickets you require, and the names of attendees.
Menu (may be subject to minor changes):
- Kale, Cranberry & Apple Salad
- Broccoli & Cucumber Salad
- Hominy Corn Soup
- Baked Bannock with Maple Butter
- Wild Rice Casserole
- Maple Glazed Bison Meat Balls
- Triple Berry Crumble/Fresh Baked Pie
- Strawberry Drink/Water
Please be advised that the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) is a ‘dry’ venue, meaning that there will be no alcohol available for purchase and absolutely no alcohol allowed on the premises. We are in active relationship-building with NCCT and want to respect their values and needs. There are many establishments in the surrounding area to enjoy beverages at before and/or after the event.
We hope to see you, and your family and friends there! It’s going to be a wonderful evening!
Owen Sound Event Details
If you are disappointed you can’t make Bridges in Toronto, consider a trek to Owen Sound for another unique event involving Adam Shoalts. In partnership with the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, who are helping to support this event on behalf of COEO’s fundraising efforts, Adam makes a return visit to Owen Sound!
What: Presentation by Adam Shoalts, followed by hors d’oeuvres by Ned Vereecke, live music by John Dickson, and a trading blanket (COEO members who have attended Make Peace With Winter will be familiar, details to be provided to participants upon registration – suffice it to say this is a wonderful community building tradition and lots of fun, and you can start thinking of two creative items you can offer for trade!)
When: November 4th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Where: Harrison Park, Owen Sound, Ontario, Little Stone Cottage (follow the signs for COEO)
Why: The goal of Bridges is to push our Bursary Fund closer to our goal of raising $20 000. To date, we have raised over $5 000! This Bursary Fund will help COEO fund bursaries for conference attendees, COEO’s Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Symposium (OWLS), diversity initiatives such as our efforts to be more inclusive of FNMI members and other under-served groups, and an annual contribution to the Horwood conference.
How: Tickets are $60/ea, (bring your friends!)
*** Firm deadline for purchasing tickets is November 1st, 2017 ***
You can reserve your tickets now by emailing email@example.com, please state the number of tickets you require. Payment details will be emailed to you (COEO still finalizing details), and posted to COEO’s Facebook page very soon!
Menu (may be subject to minor changes):
- Farm to Table Hors D’oeuvres
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Grilled Vegetable Vol Aux Vent (like a phyllo pastry) with a Balsamic Fig Reduction On Top (rice paper gluten free option)
- Whitefish hors d’oeuvres
- Grilled Apple in Bannock glazed with Maple Syrup and topped with locally made Ice Cream
A couple of other details are in the works for this event! Stay tuned, and watch COEO’s Facebook page for details! We hope to see you, and your family and friends there! It’s going to be a wonderful evening!
MAKE PEACE WITH WINTER 2018 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PRESENTERS
Your 2018 COEO Make Peace with Winter Organizing Committee is already hard at work planning for another amazing weekend packed full of professional development, experiential learning and winter fun. Make Peace with Winter is a retreat-style conference for educators interested in learning how to share the outdoors with their students in the coolest of seasons! Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter camping skills; games, crafts, learning activities; snow science, winter ecology and much, much more.
Plan to join us as we learn, share and laugh with kindred spirits from across the province and beyond. We’ll savour delicious food all weekend and enjoy an evening social program filled with fun, dancing and live music. You will leave this professional development experience feeling rejuvenated and with many new ideas and resources in hand. The final ingredient for a perfect winter weekend is you! Our host site will be the Bark Lake Leadership Centre—a place of significant meaning and long standing connection to the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.
Call for Presenters!
The conference organizing committee is now seeking presentation proposals from individuals and groups wanting to facilitate workshops at this year’s Make Peace with Winter Conference. Contributions are welcomed from all backgrounds that have an interest in, and/or a direct connection with one or more of the 4 realms of Outdoor and Experiential Education which underpin the objectives of COEO: i) Education For Environment, ii) Education For Character, iii) Education For Curriculum, and iv) Education For Well-Being.
Download a presentation/workshop proposal form here. Please email completed proposal forms to the Make Peace with Winter Conference Organizing Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for MPWW Volunteers
CANADIAN STUDENT OUTDOOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PRESENTERS
The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference (aka The Horwood Conference) is an event organized by and for Canadian students studying outdoor and environmental education, health and physical education, outdoor recreation, adventure leadership, experience-based learning and/or related fields. It is hosted at Queen’s University each year and held over a weekend in February. Graduate, Undergraduate, B.Ed and College students from across Canada will meet at the Horwood Conference to present oral or poster contributions on various research topics related to outdoor education, as well as share games and learning activities, lead workshops, attend special invited lectures, and also meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer Bachelor of Education and graduate degrees with a focus on outdoor education. Students can choose to simply register as a conference participant or complete the presentation proposal form and attend as a conference presenter.
The Conference Organizing Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the February 2018 conference. Proposals for paper presentations, posters, workshops, or creative projects will be accepted up until the submission deadline of December 15, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is Focus & Flow—an open theme chosen specifically to encourage a wide range of submissions, diverse in both format and topics related to outdoor education.
DATE: February 2-3, 2018
LOCATION: SKHS Building, 28 Division Street, Queen’s University
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Simon Beames, University of Edinburgh & Dr. Lisa Nisbet, Trent University
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
Human Kinetics Canada: Monthly Book Discount Offer
Order now and get your Members-only special through HKCanada. Another great membership benefit brought to you by The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.
Use code W938 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 11/30/2017.
Featured Book of the Month:
The Get-Outside Guide to Winter Activities offers a wealth of ideas, activities, games, and tips for leaders of wintertime outdoors groups. The activities are safe, enjoyable, tried-and-true, age appropriate, easily modifiable for varying skill levels, and designed for a wide range of locales.
For more details click here.
Brock University Job Fair
Considering new job opportunities for working in the outdoors? BROCK UNIVERSITY is hosting an Outdoor Recreation Job Fair on Friday, November 17th from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Where? The job fair will be held on campus at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, approximately 1.5 hours from central Toronto.
When? Friday, November 17th, 2017, from 10:30am to 3:30pm
With the support of the department of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education at Brock University, this is the first event of this nature to be hosted by Brock University. This event is geared specifically for outdoor-focused career opportunities and features over 20 different Ontario-based employers looking to fill positions available for summer 2018 or sooner!
For more information this event, please contact Liz Kirk (email@example.com)
Living Planet @ School
Interested in seeing what classrooms and school groups across the country are doing to support the planet? Check out all the projects here. There are school yard cleanups, polar bear walks and NatureSketch activities to get inspired by. Join the World Wildlife Foundation movement with your classroom today!
Water Docs @ School Action Projects
Water Docs @ School (WD@S) is a free, curriculum-connected community action program that actively engages Ontario Grade 8 students in addressing water issues through authentic inquiry, project-based learning, and video production. This program builds students’ understanding of water and instills in them a commitment to water stewardship.
Program elements to engage your students:
- Lesson Plans:
- Multi-disciplinary activities to help identify a water inquiry topic
- Live Q&A Webinar with TVO’s The Water Brothers
- Action Project:
- Engaging with community and fostering networks
- Telling their story
- Attending WD@S Action Projects Student Recognition Day
To see how this program aligns with the new Community-Connected Experiential Learning Policy Document released in Fall 2017 by the Ministry of Education, click on our flyer for more details.
2018 Ocean Awareness Contest
Bow Seat’s annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest is now accepting submissions! Students ages 11-18 are invited to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music (new!) that explore this year’s theme: Our Oceans in a Changing Climate.
- Students can earn awards of up to $1,500!
- Open to: students from around the world ages 11-18 with an adult sponsor
- Students can work as individuals or a group
- Free to enter
- Deadline: June 18, 2018
How to apply/register:
- Contest is free to enter
- This is an international contest open to students ages 11-18
- Students must create an account and submit their work online by the Contest deadline June 18, 2018. Bow Seat cannot accept submissions via email or physical mail.
- To learn more and submit, visit: http://www.bowseat.org/contest.php(link is external)
Contact: Alyssa Irizarry – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, inspiration, and classroom resources, visit: http://www.bowseat.org/contest.php(link is external)
Nourish Curriculum Guide, Learning for a Sustainable Future
What’s the story of your food? The goal of this curriculum is to actively engage students in a meaningful conversation about food and food systems. The seven activities included in the Guide give students opportunities to reflect on current food practices, to explore more sustainable ones, and to link their learning to relevant action.
Click here for more details.
Climate Change Lesson Plans (Grades 7-10)
Let’s Talk Energy in partnership with Canadian Geographic & Natural Resources Canada has created two free climate change units for middle years to high school. Canada in a Changing Climate: The Living World (Gr. 7-8) & Society and Economy(Gr. 9-10) touch on themes of climate change and biodiversity, the environment, the economy, and health and urban life.
Download the free lesson plans and accompanying infographics on our website.
EcoSource Resource: ReRooted in Play
Want to know more about inclusivity in the garden?
Ecosource’s latest resource works to support educators to provide hands-on, garden-themed activities for children, youth and adults of all abilities. This resource aims to reduce barriers and encourage
educators to facilitate physically active and fun outdoor learning that is inclusive for all.
Download the Access Companion Guide here.
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
Building Unity, Community and Connection with Jim Cain
December 13, 2017
Norval Outdoor School
The Best of Teamwork and Teamplay
December 14, 2017
Norval Outdoor School
2018 LEAP Conference with Laurie Frank
Conference – February 26, 2018
Post Conference – February 27, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Ropes Course and Climbing Wall Management & Certification
February 27 – March 2, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Assistant Ropes Course Instructor – Level One
April 2-6, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Ropes Course Instructor – Level Two
April 2-6, 201
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Full Schedule www.adventureworks.org
School Waste Reduction Workshops
The Region of Peel’s Waste Reduction Workshops, delivered by Ecosource, engage students in contemporary waste issues and foster critical thinking through hands-on learning. These curriculum-linked workshops are offered to individual classes (Kindergarten to Grade 12) within Mississauga. The program, led by qualified and knowledgeable Ecosource educators, aims to inspire change in waste reduction practices and study in each classroom by creating awareness amongst students, teachers, and administrators.
- Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 workshops per day for elementary schools
- Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 workshops per day for secondary schools
- Maximum of 30 students per workshop
- Student and classroom takeaways are provided to reinforce the concepts covered in each workshop
- Workshops are only available to Mississauga elementary and secondary schools
- Programs are inclusive of different learning styles and can be further accommodated based on student needs
Click below to view available workshops:
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds provides schools with resources and grants to help you make your school grounds green. Green school grounds help support outdoor education, sensory play and emotional well-being.
Click here for more information.
Green Teacher’s Fall 2017 Webinars
We have four exciting webinars scheduled for this Fall. All of the webinars are FREE, but you must register in advance. Please share this email with friends and colleagues who might be interested in the sessions below.
Depaving: A New Way to Change Cities from Grey to Green
presented by Alix Taylor
Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST Register Here
To find detailed descriptions of each of the above sessions, visit www.greenteacher.com.
All webinars are free to attend live, and for 30 days following the live session. (To see the list of 75 past webinars, which can be freely viewed by Green Teacher subscribers, visit www.greenteacher.com/webinars.)
Association for Experiential Education 2017 International Conference
November 9-11, 2017, Montreal, Quebec
6th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium
November 12, 2017, Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference 2018
February 2-3, 2018, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
LEAP Conference 2018
February 28th, 2018, Ancaster, Ontario
2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
April 23-28th, 2018, Burlington, Vermont, USA
Canada International Conference on Education
June 25-28th, 2018, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
EECOM 2018, Classrooms to Communities
October 18-21st, 2018, St. Eugene Mission Resort, Ktunaxa First Nation
8th International Outdoor Education Research Conference
November 19-23rd, 2018, USC, Sippy Downs Campus, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Camp Director, YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth
YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) is a seasonal summer camp and outdoor centre located in Georgian Bay Islands National Park on Beausoleil Island just outside of Honey Harbour, Ontario. Since 1953, CQE has offered a variety of programs for children and youth ages 6-17, including traditional one and two week overnight camps, extended canoe out trips, leadership programs, and outdoor education programs for school groups. The programs offered have a strong emphasis on waterfront activities, canoe tripping, and environmental education. YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth operates during the spring and fall seasons as an Outdoor Centre, offering a variety of programs for schools and groups as well as a selection of training events and retreats for camp staff, adults and private groups. Annually, CQE hosts approximately 2000 participants throughout the outdoor education and summer camp programs. The CQE Camp Director position is a full time position responsible for managing all aspects of the programs and facilities.
They are responsible for ensuring safe, high quality programs and providing support and training to the staff teams. During the winter season, their main responsibilities include planning and preparing for the next season, registration, and hiring the staff team.
Start Date: November/December 2017
Salary: $40,000-$50,000 per year, depending on experience
Please apply by November 6th, 2017. Click here for the full job posting.
Communications Coordinator (One year full-time contract), Ontario EcoSchools
Start date: As soon as possible
End date: One-year full-time contract, with strong possibility of extension
Compensation: $40,000 – $43,000 commensurate on experience, in addition to an excellent benefits package.
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the overall communications strategy to further the organization’s mission and strategic plan, including the development and creation of content (visual, written, digital), maintenance of communication channels, online engagement of stakeholders, and promotion of Ontario EcoSchools’ brand.
Please send your resume and cover letter in one PDF to email@example.com by Friday November 10. In your resume, please indicate your skill levels with the programs, platforms, and French language abilities noted above, and include up to three examples of written and design work accomplished (in a professional or educational setting).
Click here for the full job posting.
Camp Director, Camp Wabanaki, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo
Function: To work as a member of the Outdoor Services Leadership team that helps ensure the innovating and relevant direction of all Outdoor Services camping programs. To manage all aspects of operation of Camp Wabanaki.
- Completion of Community College degree/diploma in Outdoor Recreation/Education or equivalent.
- 3 – 4 years of progressive director level experience.
- Purchasing knowledge and experience.
- Proven computer knowledge of Microsoft Windows programs and proficient in Microsoft Office.
- Administration skills and knowledge of basic office systems.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- NLS certification ideal.
- First Aid and CPR certification.
- On-going camp related training activities, i.e. Ontario Camping Association, YMCA Ontario Advisory Committee
- Acceptable Police Check
Click here for the job posting. Applications due by November 10th, 12 noon, 2017.
Winter Guide (Contract-Part time), Appleby College
Appleby’s Outdoor Education program has been providing outdoor fun and adventure for our students for over 40 years. The program is designed to safely introduce our students to the idea of “living” outdoors in the Canadian wilderness. Our focus is placed on experiences that lead to personal growth and character development. Our understanding staff help to guide our students through enriching experiences that allow each individual to develop long-lasting attributes. These qualities include responsibility, confidence, integrity, resilience, and the ability to work with others; all of which, we feel, contribute to the growth of one’s person.
Appleby students are divided into groups and are required to participate in a six-day trip to Rabbitnose Island, Temagami. The trip provides the students with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge about themselves, others in their group and the wilderness surrounding them. Throughout the trip, students will receive instruction in a variety of winter wilderness skills. Snowshoeing, wilderness navigation with map and compass, outdoor cooking and camping skills are focuses of the instruction. Emphasis is placed on the responsibility that each individual has to self-care as well as the importance of a team. Rabbitnose is home to our Main Lodge; constructed over 8o years ago, it provides our students with a true taste of the area’s rich history. Cabins for students and staff, the “trip-shed” (equipment storage), activity centres, boathouse, and sauna complete the list of buildings on the property.
The Winter Guide is responsible for safely introducing students to the idea of “living” outdoors in the Canadian wilderness at Appleby’s McLaughlin Northern Campus on Lake Temagami. Reporting to the Director, Outdoor Education, this position is designed to encourage growth and development by enhancing healthy lifestyles through participation opportunities and educational experiences.
Programs to occur from January 24th to February 28th, 2017
Workplace Requirements and Conditions:
- Location: Appleby’s McLaughlin Northern Campus on Lake Temagami
- Lodging is included with dietary restrictions accommodated.
- Transportation is available to coincide with student trips.
Appleby College Outdoor Education provides the highest quality of instruction to students in safe, risk-managed environments. Compensation is dependent on experience and qualifications. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.
If interested, please apply by November 11, 2017. Click here for the full job posting
Winter Program Instructor, YMCA Wanakita
The Winter 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 (cross-country skiing,snowshoeing, ice sports, winter survival, camping, and winter ecology/nature programs) and program/site support; but will also have opportunities to act as a facilitator and liaison to visiting groups. The Program Instructor will report directly to the Program Coordinator under the supervision of the Outdoor Centre Director.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your letter of application and resume by November 12th 2017
- Facilitate programs for school, adult, family and other special interest groups during week days and weekends;
- Act as the liaison with teachers, group leaders and other small staff teams;
- Provide site support including set up of all program areas and maintenance of rinks, trails and program equipment as well as assisting the site service staff in general site maintenance in and around the YMCA Wanakita Outdoor Centre;
- Maintain continuity and quality in programs by working co-operatively with all groups and other non-program Wanakita staff members
- Minimum certifications in Standard First Aid, CPR C (WFA/WFR is considered an asset);
- CANSI Nordic Ski Instructor certification is considered an asset;
- Challenge Course Practitioner Certificate from an A.C.C.T. accredited trainer is considered an asset;
- Previous experience in Winter Camping/Outdoor Education/Recreation Field;;
- Current (within 6 months of contract start date) vulnerable sector screening is a condition of employment
Click here for more details and the official job posting.
Environmental Education Associates (Casual), Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), located near Barrie, Ontario, is a public agency dedicated to innovative watershed management supporting a healthy environment, communities and lifestyles. Our jurisdiction includes 18 municipalities in the County of Simcoe, County of Dufferin, Grey County, and the western part of the City of Barrie and spans approximately 3700 sq. km. Our watershed includes significant landform features, such as the Minesing Wetlands, the Niagara Escarpment, and the Oak Ridges Moraine.
We are seeking energetic and dynamic individuals to join our Environmental Education Program on a casual on-call (< 700 hrs/yr) basis to assist in providing environmental education and recreational activities to school and community groups at the Tiffin Conservation Centre. This position is year round. It is ideal for someone looking to do part-time work during school hours.
You must have a diploma in Outdoor Recreation/Education or educational background in another related program along with experience with children or, have 5 years related experience. Must have or attain Standard First Aid & CPR Level C prior to starting and the ability to obtain a Vulnerable Sectors Police Records check due to the work involving children.
Working hours will be between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday as required based on the needs of the program. Opportunities to work weekends and after hours may also be available. Hourly rate is $13.00 to $15.00 an hour (dependent on education & experience) plus 4% in lieu of vacation.
Please e-mail your resume. Your application must be received by 2:00 p.m. on November 13, 2017. Click here for more job posting details.
Instructor/Residential Care Worker (Full time, Permanent), Wendigo Lake Expeditions
Instructors/Residential Care Workers for Project DARE & REACH Residential Adventure Therapy Programs provide direct service programming including delivery of the intensive therapeutic and behaviour management program; facilitating adventure activities ranging from games/initiatives, low and high ropes courses and other challenge activities; leading wilderness expeditions; supporting the school program; and facilitating life skills programming including cooking and daily chores routines.
Instructors typically possess a relevant college diploma or university degree and some work experience relevant to working with youth in a residential/treatment or adventure setting. Instructors are required to have, or quickly obtain certifications for:
- Bronze Cross
- First Aid/CPR
- F-class driver’s license, and pleasure craft operator’s card.
Instructors are paid a variable per diem based on work experience, services provided, and level of responsibility. A typical annual income ranges from $32,000-$42,000 plus benefits including an extended health care plan. Work schedules vary per program, but average 15-18 days per month. If you are well-qualified, enjoy the challenge of working with youth who have very challenging behaviours, and would like to work as a member of a motivated team of exceptional people within a culture of support and feedback, send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Algonquin Winter Guide, Voyageur Quest
Voyageur Quest is looking for winter guides to work 3 and 5-day adventures at the North West corner of Algonquin Park at our Algonquin Log Cabin. Applicants should have strong leadership skills and be comfortable speaking about Algonquin Park, night sky and local culture in front of an adult commercial and family market. Good interpretative and program skills are essential as is the ability to snowshoe and backcountry ski.
As a member of the Voyageur Quest guiding team, you will be exposed to a fast-paced, dynamic, and challenging environment whereby your organizational and planning skills will enhance the outdoor wilderness experience for first timers as well as seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. At VQ, you will be working with a small team of skilled outdoor professionals delivering internationally acclaimed and nationally awarded programs and services to clientele from around the world. VQ’s comprehensive training program will familiarize you with the local environment as well as provide you with opportunities to further develop your outdoor wilderness skills.
Salary: $135-$170/day (commensurate with experience and certification) plus tips
Dates: Training early December 2017 to March 2018
Opportunity to extend to spring/summer/fall contracts
Interested candidates should e-mail a résumé & cover letter ASAP to Eva at email@example.com
For more details on this job posting, please click here.
Workshop Facilitator (contract position), TREC Education
Working primarily with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in schools from grades 4-8. The Workshop Facilitator will lead educational workshops that use hands-on renewable energy models, such as wind turbines and solar panels, to educate students about science curriculum-linked topics, such as electricity, energy resources & conservation, and career building. We use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based learning in all our programs. The successful candidate will deliver TREC Education’s renewable energy education programs; market workshops to schools; maintain workshop equipment.
The Workshop Facilitator will also complete after-school clubs with Indigenous youth in two 2 different First Nation communities in Southwestern Ontario.
The Facilitator may also occasionally deliver programs at community events, such as fairs and festivals.
Please provide an updated resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for the best candidate to join our team, so we’ll be conducting interviews on a rolling basis. However, the sooner we receive your application the better.
Please click here for more details on this job posting.
Teachers, Educators, Counsellors (Winter & Spring), The Boundless School
Our mission is to go to the ends of the earth to help teens achieve academic and social outcomes beyond their wildest dreams. We are quite relentless in insisting people be good to each other. The result is an exquisite learning environment where kids don’t want to leave. In the Fall and Winter, we deliver an adventure-based boarding school for struggling teens.
The Outdoor Focus
About 75% of our program is in the outdoors. In the spring and summer, we do mostly whitewater – we feel the river in our bones. The rest of the year in our boarding school we do A LOT of outdoor stuff, a list too prolific to describe here.
Those that specialize in the outdoor focus are often certified teachers, but just as often have solid experience in recreation, especially camps and canoe tripping programs. Having experience working with teens is also a huge asset.
The Teaching Focus:
We hire certified teachers who can teach compulsory curriculum like English or History, but with a flair for an experiential approach.
Yet the capacity to teach high school curriculum isn’t sufficient. There must be some acumen in the outdoors, physical fitness and adeptness with teens.
The Counselling Focus:
BSWs, MSWs, CYWs and other people with a history of working in adolescent mental health are suitable candidates. We have deliberately left this section rather vague – we encourage an initial email or phone call to explore in greater detail. Full-time positions may be available from time to time.
For more information or to apply, please click here.
Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Program Director, Halton Environmental Network
Greening Sacred Spaces is a program of the Halton Environmental Network, and a chapter of Faith & the Common Good. GSS works with interfaith communities to help bring more awareness to their environmental impact, and support them in various initiatives to be more sustainable. Services we offer include Green Audits, supporting new and existing gardens, and facilitating eco-mindfulness workshops for all ages.
This position is 35 hours and supports HEN, GSS Halton-Peel Chapter and Faith and the Common Good, in their efforts to work with Halton and Peel Regions Faith Based Organizations (FBO’s). This position is funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and may also be supported by the Canada Green Corps. program.
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the prerequisite of the Canada Green Corps program: please see this link for details: http://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps/
Education and Experience:
- Post-secondary education, preferably in a related field such as environmental sustainability, engineering, social and policy change.
- Some experience in working in the non-profit sector is an asset
Please submit your resume and cover letter outlying your interest in this position by 11:59 p.m. November 17, 2017 to email@example.com
The successful candidate shall be subject to a Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Screening. Please note that only those candidate receiving an interview will be contacted.
- This job will require transportation across the regions of Halton and Peel. Having access to a car would be beneficial, if you do not have a vehicle, you will be expected to arrange alternative transportation at your own cost.
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Casual Outdoor Education Instructors, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Outdoor Education Centres (MacSkimming & Bill Mason Centre) provide outdoor curriculum-based hands-on programming to a wide range of classes and students within the OCDSB and from across the Ottawa area.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is currently seeking Outdoor Education Instructors to work on a casual basis at our two Centre locations – Bill Mason Centre and MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre.
The OCDSB Outdoor Education Instructors are required to have a strong knowledge of the natural world, be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and be adaptable to instruct to a wide range of students (From JK to Grade 12) in an outdoor setting.
- Community College Diploma relating to Outdoor Education, Environmental Studies, Natural Science, and/or Recreation.
- Two (2) years’ experience in outdoor education or natural heritage interpretation
- Experience in instructing students of various grades and adults in an outdoor setting.
- Standard First Aid & CPR certification
- A police records check to work with the vulnerable sector (completed within the last 6 months) will be required.
- You must have a valid driver’s license and access to your own vehicle in order to travel to MacSkimming (in the east end) or Bill Mason Centre (in the west end of town).
If you would like more information about becoming a casual Outdoor Education Instructor, please contact Kevin Wallace, Coordinator of OCDSB Outdoor Education Centres, at (613) 833-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Development Review Planner (full-time, permanent), Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
We are looking an individual to join us in the role of Development Review Planner. This position is responsible for reviewing and commenting on applications related to planning and development within the NVCA’s land use planning program.
Key responsibilities include providing technical review and response to land use proposals, official plan amendments and site plan applications under Planning Act including consent and minor variance applications and zoning by-law amendments, as well as under the Ontario Water Resources Actspecific to permits to take water applications, combined with other technical review responsibilities.
Ideally, the incumbent has a degree in environmental studies, geography, planning, resource management, natural science or other related field and full membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, combined with a required minimum of 10 years’ experience. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and computer skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team, and a valid Ontario driver’s license.
NVCA offers a competitive benefit package including OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System). Annual salary rate is $65,592 to $79,679 based on a 35 hour work week (commensurate with qualifications).
Click here for the full job posting. Applications due by November 17th, 2017.
Occasional Outdoor Educator, Maison Tucker House
Tucker House Renewal Centre has immediate openings for occasional, bilingual outdoor educators at our retreat centre in Rockland. Tucker House Renewal Centre is a charitable retreat and environmental learning centre with a mission to promote sustainable living. It carries out this mission by providing interactive ecological programs in both official languages for children, youth and adults in Prescott-Russell and Ottawa and by operating and maintaining an eco-friendly retreat facility in a natural and historic setting. This facility is located on a 30 acre property in Rockland, Ontario, a predominantly French-speaking community 30 minutes east of Ottawa. The organization also has a head office in the heart of the Glebe (Ottawa, Ontario). Programs include an on-site seed-saving garden, summer nature camp, eco-education training for teachers, new interactive history mystery program, and regular rentals at our retreat centre. We also have a capital renovation program and renewable energy on-site.
Tucker House seeks certified or emerging educators with demonstrative experience. This is an occasional position for by-appointment teaching sessions. The educator will be responsible for leading Outdoor Education sessions to primary, junior and intermediate youth groups of 20-30 students at a time. The educator will focus on delivering sessions on agriculture, forest ecosystems and healthy and sustainable food. All program materials and resources will be provided. Successful applicants must be available to attend onsite training as needed.
- Bachelor of Education degree or emerging educators with demonstrated experience
- Police records check is required to work with vulnerable groups (rushed at applicant’s expense)
- CPR C /Standard First Aid is an asset
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Fluently bilingual in French and English
- Access to personal transportation as there is no public transit to Rockland
- Proven experience utilizing classroom/behavioral management practices
- Excellent working knowledge of environmental, ecological and outdoor education principles
- Demonstrable experience and/or education in leading programs for children in P/J/I age levels
- Ability to manage time effectively
- Excellent oral communication and presentation skills
- Confident in leading groups of 20-30 students
- Ability to use a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate various learning needs
- Committed to furthering environmental education in youth
To apply, send cover letter and resume as one PDF to Diana Brushey email@example.com with Occasional Outdoor Educator in the subject line. Resume should be in English. Include a one page description in French of experience and interest on topics of permaculture, forest ecosystems, and sustainable food.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide three references that can attest to your work with children.
Winter 2018 (January 7-12) 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.
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.
The following jobs are still open for applications:
- Rocky Mountain Program Manager – Application deadline is November 24th
- Indigenous Program Manager – Application deadline is November 26th
- Wilderness Instructor – Application is open until positions are filled
Click here to find links to multiple job opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 519-925-9220.
Board Positions (volunteer), Outdoor Council of Canada
This year, positions up for re-election include the Vice-President, Director of Membership, Indigenous Director, Director for Canada North, Director for the Prairies and the Director for Québec.
Our current Vice-President has confirmed his intentions to step down once this year’s cycle is completed. Consequently, we are now looking for a qualified candidate. As you know, we have made a lot of progress in the past few years. This is mostly due to the good work done by our volunteers and Board members are a central part of our volunteer team. The Vice-President’s main areas of focus are to ensure the OCC remains on target, develop new fundraising opportunities and support the President’s role. If you are interested in this role, please contact the President at: email@example.com
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.
ABOUT THIS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
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