POSITION: Outdoor Education (OE) Guide
REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education
CONTRACT: Contracts for this position will be casual/short term (3-7 days maximum) as required
START DATE: OE excursions occur 2-3 times during the school year (September-June) only. A start date will be determined based on the OE excursion we require guides for
COMPENSATION: Flat day rate based on experience and qualifications
TEACHING AT WPGA
At WPGA, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry, shaped by action and celebrated with joy. Teaching at WPGA is fulfilling, collaborative and dynamic. Our Leadership Teams support our educators to teach with confidence; create relevant, creative curriculum and programs; build meaningful relationships with students and families; and develop professionally.
Our outdoor education (OE) guides are skilled, qualified outdoor professionals who work with senior school (grades 8-12) students on a casual basis for 3-5 day excursions 2-3 times during the school year (September-June). Guides work with students in grade level groups and specialty OE programs on OE wilderness trips. Individuals will be required to supervise student groups on out-trips while camping in tents at designated campsites, backcountry sites or occasionally in cabins or lodges for the duration of the trip, including travel time and overnights. Trips include frontcountry and backcountry destinations.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
- Attend pre-trip and staff training meetings
- Supervise groups of students (ratio typically not more than 1:10)
- Attend to the planned programming schedule for specific outdoor education trip
- Provide care, including emotional wellbeing, to students while on out trip
- Ensure students are engaging in safe activities during programming and free time
- Supervise and assist with student meal prep and clean-up
- Provide support to Lead/Co-Guide
- Evaluate procedures of any third parties providing programming and ensure activities and equipment are safe (as a “prudent parent”)
- Communicate with trip leader/Head of Outdoor Education
- Complete written field guide and take notes on activities, specifically any injuries, accidents or incidents and observations of student participants
- Extensive outdoor skills and experience in leading programs in hiking, kayaking and/or winter backcountry travel
- A teaching degree and/or experience working with youth/adolescents
- Must be eligible to work in Canada
- Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
- Sound judgement and decision-making skills
- Standard First Aid
Preference will be given to candidates who have any of the following:
- BC Drivers License Class 4
- Wilderness First Aid
- Industry standard qualifications and training in outdoor skills related to the specific trip (e.g. ACMG, SKGABC AOG or higher)
Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “OE Guide
” in the subject line, to Jes Logher
, Head of Outdoor Education.
If you are a Canadian work permit holder, please also enclose a copy of your work permit with your application.
Recruitment for this position is based on current need for OE Guides. Only successful candidates will be contacted.