FALL CONFERENCE – REGISTER TODAY!!!
Registration is open for “Inspired by Nature, Innovative by Practice”, COEO’s Annual Fall Conference at Camp Couchiching, September 22-24th, 2017. Click here for registration details.
Click here to view all of the amazing workshop descriptions!
***Special Pre-Conference Workshops***
Small Business/Not-for-Profit Start-up Pre-Conference Seminar
Are you interested starting your own small business or not for profit organization? Well, this is the preconference workshop for you! This year’s COEO Conference Committee has put together an expert line-up of presenters who will share information and insights for aspiring OE entrepreneurs. Participants in this preconference workshop will hear from small business experts, receive up-to-date legal advice regarding small business ownership and starting small scale not-for-profits, and learn about the small business success stories from members of the COEO community.
Participants will spend the afternoon with David Hyde, a Small Business Consultant from the Small Business Centre for Barrie, Simcoe County, and Orillia. He will bring us up to speed by laying out all the essential tools and resources that aspiring entrepreneurs require in order to shape their small business ideas into reality. David will also discuss business plan development, taxes, insurance, and marketing. Sanitha Miranda, a Lawyer from the Day & Borg law firm, will discuss the differences between starting a small business and not-for-profit, and highlight the pros and cons to help you decide which model is most appropriate for your goals. Sanitha will also review recent changes in the law, as well as share common missteps that new business owners and social entrepreneurs often make. Finally, we have also assembled and panel of successful business operators—who are also COEO members—and they will share stories of their successes and setbacks. There will be plenty of time for Q & A and opportunity to go into specific detail with these experts regarding your business ideas and goals. And the best part—this three-hour afternoon preconference is being offered at an exceptionally low price ($20!!!)
Date and Location: Friday September 23, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Camp Couchiching
Registration: Please note that this special pre-conference workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to participate in this workshop. Registration closes September 8th (or as soon as 20 participants are reached). Payment will be arranged by cheque, Paypal or e-transfer.
Canoe Paddle Making Workshop
Learn how to make your own hand carved Black Cherry canoe paddle under Bruce’s guidance in a special one-day pre-conference workshop. Bruce’s years of teaching and canoeing experience, combined with a simple step-by-step process, will make this a relaxed, rewarding endeavour for everyone. Bruce has worked with a variety of participants: teens and seniors, families and friends, experienced and inexperienced. Everyone always enjoys this workshop!
Participants choose the size and style of paddle a couple of weeks prior to the course. Bruce will then prepare the blanks by planning down the blades, reducing the major bulk of the wood. The workshop consists of layout, rough carving, fine carving and sanding. All hand tools are provided. Some final sanding may have to be done at home. Instructions will be provided for applying finish over 10-14 days following the workshop.
Date and Location: Friday September 23, 9 am – 4 pm, Camp Couchiching
Cost: $135 + HST (includes all tools/materials, does not include lunch)
Registration: Please note that this special pre-conference workshop will be limited to 8 participants. Contact email@example.com, if you would like to participate in this workshop. Registration closes September 8th (or as soon as 8 participants are reached), as Bruce needs time to cut the blanks for the workshop. Payment can be made by cheque, Paypal or e-transfer.
Call for Silent Auction Items!
Now an annual conference tradition, we are again having both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction and we will need your help. We are looking for a variety of items to be donated by you or your affiliated organization. We hope to have about 30 items in the silent auction and about 5 big-ticket items in the live auction. We are open to welcoming whatever you have to offer. Past auctions have included donations of: gift certificates, books, organization-related clothing, camping gear, gift baskets, artwork, handmade crafts, etc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any potential items you wish to donate. All proceeds from the auctions will go towards future COEO initiatives. The auctions will take place just after dinner on Saturday evening.
Each year the COEO Board of Directors sets aside funds for individuals who require financial assistance in order to attend our annual conference. This year, COEO Alumni have also stepped forward and contributed funds specifically for students and young professionals who require financial assistance to attend the conference. Those wishing to apply for conference bursary must submit a letter to COEO Past, Past President, Kyle Clarke – email@example.com with the requested amount and a rationale by September 1, 2017. You will be informed by September 3, 2017 to whether or not you have received funding.
Getting to the Conference
As always, the COEO Conference Committee encourages carpooling when possible and will help facilitate this by organizing a list of drivers with available space in September – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a ride or are willing to offer a ride to someone else. Please email with your name, email, where you’re coming from (area/town) and how many spaces you have or will need in a car.
Do you know anyone who has been positively impacting children, youth and adults by connecting them to each other and to nature or who has been contributing to the larger community of outdoor education through their participation on the COEO Board of Directors or sub-committees? A great way to recognize their passion and dedication is to nominate them for one of COEO’s annual awards.
The Honourary Life Membership Award recognizes the substantial and lasting contributions of long-time and esteemed members of COEO who are a vital part of its traditions and successes.
The Dorothy Walter Award for Leadership was created in 1986 to give recognition to an individual who, like Dorothy Walter herself, has shown an outstanding commitment to the development of leadership qualities in Ontario youth and through outdoor education.
The Robin Dennis Award was created in tribute to Robin Dennis, one of the founders of Ontario outdoor education in the 1950s and 1960s. It is presented to an individual, outdoor education program or facility that has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of outdoor education in the province. This award is open to non-members of COEO and the person making the nomination can also be a non-member of COEO.
The Amethyst Award, in memory of Brent Dysart is presented to an emerging professional new to the field of outdoor education. This award recognizes individual potential in those beginning a career. The recipient of the Amethyst Award receives a complimentary one-year membership to COEO and free admittance to the annual fall conference.
You can find out more about these awards and how to nominate a deserving colleague or organization at https://www.coeo.org/recogn
COEO STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Applications are now being accepted!
As part of COEO’s continuing efforts to support future and emerging professionals in the field of Outdoor Education, the volunteer position of Student Representative has been established at a number of colleges and universities throughout Ontario. The Student Representative will act as a liaison between COEO and the students in their program, department and/or school. This individual is responsible for sharing COEO related news and information, along with promoting COEO’s line-up of annual events. Students selected to represent the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario at each respective institution will receive a complimentary Student Membership to COEO, including a subscription to the journal Pathways and special discounted rates on COEO conferences and workshops. Through this initiative, the COEO Board of Directors aims to further meet its organizational goals by connecting with the next generation of OE professionals in Ontario. A sub-committee of the COEO Board of Directors will consider each application submitted and then select from those, the candidate(s) to represent each institution. COEO’s Volunteer Coordinator will act as the primary contact person for each Student Representative.
Individuals interested in being considered for the one-year term of Student Representative are asked to complete the following application, including a justification of why they feel they are particularly well suited for this role.
Click here to download a student representative application.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS SEPTEMBER 8, 2017.
COEO FUNDRAISER EVENTS (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 October 15th, 2017 ***
You can reserve your tickets now by emailing email@example.com. Please state the number of tickets you require, and the names of attendees. Payment details will be emailed to you, and posted to our Facebook page very soon!
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 October 15th, 2017 ***
You can reserve your tickets now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
2017 PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!
Are you passionate about sharing the value of outdoor and experiential education with more people? Want recognition for your photography skills? Then, enter COEO’s 2017 photo contest!! Submissions are due by Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. Click here for submission details. There will be prizes!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS
At the conference each year, COEO hosts its Annual General Meeting (Sunday September 24th at Camp Couchiching) to elect its Board of Directors. Most of our current board members are hoping to continue on with their term, but there will likely be one Director at Large position available. Here is a brief description of what the position entails:
- The Directors at Large will chair, act on or coordinate standing, or ad hoc committees, and report on the activities of these committees to the Board or assume other duties as agreed upon by the Board.
Questions and nominations for any position can be made at the GM, or directed by email to email@example.com ahead of the conference.
During the Annual General Meeting in 2015 at Camp Kandalore considerable discussion was held around the continued inclusion of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) communities in COEO activities. Resolution was to ensure the COEO Board of Directors consider this in the coming year’s activities.
After two years of ongoing discussion and consultation by members of the COEO Board of Directors, several changes to the current Constitution have been proposed. The proposed changes are highlighted in a document, attached here.
Comments and feedback from the COEO membership regarding these proposed changes are welcomed in advance of this year’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at Camp Couchiching, Orillia. Members may submit comments electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, opportunity for discussion will be provided during the Annual Meeting in advance of voting to approve these amendments to the COEO Constitution.
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 W936 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 09/30/2017.
Physical Literacy on the Move is a practical resource to help you guide students toward physical literacy. The book’s 120 games and activities are suitable for a variety of settings, are broken into four progressive levels, and are adaptable to optimize both the instruction and the fun. For more details click here
New 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
Ropes Course Instructor – Level 2
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
October 11-15, 2017
Challenge Course Practitioner Level 2 – Refresh & Re-certification
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
October 14-15, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
February 26-27, 2018
Click here for more details.
Garden Tours, Ecosource
This Fall Ecosource is offering FREE garden workshops and field trips that include fun activities, healthy snacks, hands-on garden learning and take-home activities for all. For more info, click here. To register, contact getgrowing@
Autumn Open House, Bark Lake Leadership Centre
September 24th 2017, 11-4 PM
Come and explore Bark Lake for an exciting afternoon of family fun and adventure! Discover what’s new and experience some of our favorite activities: Climb the Phoenix (climbing tower), try Archery, High Ropes, Voyager Canoeing and much more. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to meet Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue’s animal ambassadors (Fox, Porcupine, Opossum and more).
Over the past year, we have gone through so many changes! Some recent developments include; renovating historic Bark Lodge, installing a brand new climbing tower, building a large washroom and shower facility, designing and launching a fresh new logo, website and roadside sign, upgrading the Tamarack Section and increasing our summer capacity by adding platform tents. There is never a dull moment!
We are so excited to be in our 69th year and offering a space for outdoor education, retreats, special events, weddings, conferences and so much more. These new renovations, innovations and additions will be showcased during this event. Visitors can join our staff for the day and will have the opportunity to explore the grounds, paddle the waters, grab a bite to eat and participate in a number of activities.
Preregister and you’ll be entered to win some sweet swag. Think hoodies, hats, water bottles etc. Click here for more details.
Learning & Play in the Outdoors
Summer & Fall, Toronto, Ontario
Are you an educator who wants to learn how (and why!) to incorporate nature-based learning into your everyday practice through professional learning workshops? Stay tuned for updates on 2017-2018 professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators and early childhood educators at Evergreen Brick Works. You will have the opportunity to engage in creative activities and inquiry-based approaches in our imaginative outdoor play and learning environment.
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:
Natural Playscape Design Workshop with Rusty Keeler
Internationally renowned playscape designer, Rusty Keeler, presents a workshop on natural playscape design.
Cost is $175* + hst (light refreshments included)
*A $25 discount will apply when you register for Rusty Keeler’s keynote and gourmet dinner on September 27th.
More info here:
Earthplay’s Website: http://earthplay.net/
Wild Education Adventures
September 21 – 24, Algonquin Provincial Park, ON
Wild Education Adventures is CWF’s professional learning program for educators. This one of a kind experiential learning program blends graduate level studies in education from top professors with travel on the landscape.
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.
Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars
Best Practices in School Gardens
Presenter: Mary Dudley
Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST
Eco-System Monitoring Programs
Presenter: Daniel Shaw
Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST
Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
October 14-15th, 2017, Bark Lake Leadership Centre
Join Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre & Lure of the North for this exciting and hands-on two day workshop. You will be able to create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional deerskin and canvas winter moccasins.
Kielyn and Dave Marrone, a husband and wife team and owners of the Sudbury-based company Lure of the North will lead you in your creation. Together, they have built a life and a career that is driven by their passion for traditional winter travel, crafts and northern culture. Kielyn and Dave have field tested these winter moccasins on countless expeditions, including a 40-day, self-supported snowshoe journey in northern Ontario. They know first hand that moccasins are the warmest, lightest and coziest style of winter footwear you may ever own!
This workshop is limited to 12 participants and it always sells out quickly. Do not miss out this workshop is going to be amazing.
To see more information and register for this workshop please click here.
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
NAAEE 2017 Annual Conference
October 17 – 21, Puerto Rico
NAAEE annual conference for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators to nature center staff to climate science researchers and everyone in between. The event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.
Association for Experiential Education 2017 International Conference
November 9-11, 2017, Montreal, Quebec
6th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium
November 12, 2017, Montreal, Quebec
LEAP Conference 2018
February 28th, 2018, Ancaster, Ontario
Community Gardens Program Coordinator, Ecosource
Ecosource is seeking a Community Gardens Program Coordinator to support Ecosource’s Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture programs. The Community Gardens Program Coordinator will engage residents, students and community groups in gardening activities and education as well as support the development of new community gardens and local food programs in the Region of Peel. A key focus of this position is the coordination of Ecosource’s 7 community garden sites, including overseeing garden membership, maintenance and seasonal staff.
This is a full-time position at 35hrs per week for a 12-month term starting September 2017, with the possibility of extension/becoming permanent. Salary is in the mid $40,000s (dependent upon experience) and a comprehensive benefits package is offered.
Deadline for applications is Tuesday September 12th, midnight.
Interviews are planned for mid-September with a start date in late-September 2017. A Vulnerable Sector Police Record Search will be required upon hiring. Ecosource offers a great team-oriented work environment with excellent opportunities for skills expansion. Ecosource provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.
Qualified applicants please submit a cover letter and resume detailing how your experience matches with each of the qualifications listed for this position via e-mail to: Garden Programs & Education Manager email@example.com
Please note that resumes without a cover letter, or generic cover letters and resumes, will not be reviewed. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Please click here for the full job description.
Fall Program Facilitator, Bark Lake Leadership & Conference Centre
- Interested in a job that allows you to make an immediate and meaningful difference?
- Interested in providing youth, international clients, and other guests with a comfortable living experience?
- Interested in joining a team of passionate and dedicated people?
Program Facilitators work as a team to plan and facilitate exciting leadership, experiential and recreational-based programming for guests. Versatile by nature, each Program Facilitator serves as a frontline customer service ambassador prepared to take on a variety of tasks to ensure a positive and unforgettable experience is had by all guests.
Primary duties include:
- Leading up to three 2-hour program periods plus an evening program per day
- Preparing all program activities and areas for use and ensuring areas are tidy after program conclusion
- Assisting with Dining Hall routine and Tuck Shop operations
- Assisting with overnight client support
To learn more about this position please click here.
Part-time Instructor, St. Francis Xavier University, EDUC 405I – Teaching Navigation and Orienteering in Public Schools in the Certificate in Outdoor Education, Fall term
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, Fall 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 September 5, 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
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. StFX respects diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of a sexual minority group.
Environmental Educator Pollinator Program Enhancements (Contract Position), Kortright Centre
Advance bee and pollinator conservation initiatives through raising public awareness about the decline of bees and the ecological, agricultural and economic impacts of their decline. Design, promote and deliver bee and pollinator education programs and initiatives through adult workshops, school education programs and public events over the duration of the contract.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills;
- Excellent organization and time management skills;
- Knowledge of bees and pollinator natural history;
- Two year experience working with children in a group setting;
- Ability to work independently and co-operatively as part of an interpretive team;
- Bilingual or multilingual is an asset;
- Must have own reliable transportation.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR TASKS:
Perform the following tasks under general supervision.
- Oversee the project management, budget management and implementation of a 2 year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant focused on bee education, research and program enhancement.
- Develop new bee education programs for schools, public and adult workshop audiences.
- Source, purchase, inventory and maintain associated program resources.
- Develop marketing materials to support new program offerings and bee education initiatives including; signs, displays, maps and social media campaigns.
- Plan, coordinate and implement adult beekeeping workshops, honey harvest festival activities and school programming.
- Develop new and maintain existing partnerships that support bee and pollinator education.
- Assist with the creation of pollinator gardens at Kortright.
- Research, create and administer a pre and post program/event survey to participants evaluating effectiveness of bee education programs.
- Increase overall capacity, impact and participation rates of bee and pollinator programs.
- Ensure a safe work environment at all times.
- Monitor project success through various metrics and compile reports at times specified in the contribution agreement.
- Design and conduct research to support the theory bees are an experiential key species and prepare reports on research findings.
- Other tasks as assigned.
Click here for more details and application process.
Bilingual Nature Interpreter, Humber Arboretum
Reporting to the Director, Humber Arboretum, the incumbent is responsible for supporting nature education at the Humber Arboretum. The incumbent will work independently as well as in close collaboration with the Coordinator of Education, Camps and Outreach and other Arboretum staff. Key activities include assisting with program set up, development, and clean up for school programs, camps, and workshops at the Humber Arboretum.
Hours of Work: 24 hours per week
Skill Testing Required: YES
Duration of Need: 3 months with possibility of extension
The successful candidate will possess a certificate, diploma or degree in Outdoor Education, Ecology, or Environmental Education, be bilingual in French and English, and hold a current certificate in First Aid and CPR Level C. A minimum of 2 years of experience in planning and delivering workshops related to nature education; working as a member of a team and independently; and effectively explaining subject matters related to Southern Ontario ecosystems, flora and fauna – especially to children and youth is required. Desired skills and qualifications include a positive attitude, great customer service skills and computer competency including a working skill set for Microsoft applications.
*We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
OPEN DATE: August 23, 2017
CLOSE DATE: September 8, 2017
All candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to HR Services by applying online at:
Field Instructor, Lakehead School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Field Instructor Positions Available for:
- Canoe Tripping
- Outdoor living systems
- Lead and facilitate a 1-3 day intense field course
- Teaching and model excellent technical knowledge, skill acquisition, risk management, safety, and judgment
- Organize logistics and equipment
- Supervise and evaluate student involvement
- Certification and/or related experience in above activities
- Excellent teaching and communication skills
- Excellent safety awareness and risk management skills
- It would be an asset to have: Wilderness First Responder or equivalent first aid training
- F- class drivers license may be an asset
Hours/position: Max of 100 hrs for the semester with work on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Applicants may apply until positions are filled.
Dates: Sept 8 – December 1, 2017
Tom Potter – SN2005H firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexa Haberer – SN2005C email@example.com
We appreciate your interest; however, only successful candidates will be notified.
Contract Lecturer (FALL/WINTER 2017/18), Lakehead School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Qualifications: Minimum Masters degree in outdoor recreation or related field; PhD preferred.
Please send in a single PDF, an electronic copy of your resume, an example of a course outline you have developed, and recent teaching evaluations. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
The course descriptions can be found in the Lakehead University calendar:
- OUTD 2210 FA: Theory and Practice of Leadership
- OUTD 4371 FA: Advanced Group Dynamics
- OUTD 1010 WA and Labs W1 & W2: Group Dynamics
- OUTD 2270 WA/WB and Lab W1: Programming
- OUTD 2350 WA and Lab W1: Outdoor Skills and Theory II
- OUTD 4732 WA: Sustainable Tourism
- OUTD 4734 WA: Tourism and Recreation Economics
Date of posting: July 6th, 2017
Date of closing: until positions are filled
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1
Phone: (807) 343-8759
Fax: (807) 346-7836
Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities. We appreciate your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.
Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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