Outdoor Education Guides, Senior School

POSITION: Outdoor Education Guides
REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education
START DATE: Ongoing                  
COMPENSATION: Flat day rate based on experience and qualifications          
Outdoor Education Guides are skilled and qualified outdoor professionals who work with Senior School (grade 8-12) students on a casual basis for 3-5 day excursions throughout the school year (September-June). Guides work with students in grade level groups and specialty OE programs on outdoor education 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 duration of trip, including travel time and overnights. Trip locations include both front-country and backcountry destinations.
  • Attend pre-trip and staff training meetings
  • Supervise groups of students (typically ratio not more than 1:10)
  • Attend to the planned programming schedule for specific outdoor education trip
  • Provide care (including emotional) to students while on out trip
  • Ensure students are engaging in activities that are safe (during programming time and free time)
  • Supervise and assist with student meal prep and clean up
  • Provide support to Lead/Co-guide
  • Evaluate the procedures of any third parties providing programming and ensuring 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 programming in one or more of hiking, kayaking, winter backcountry travel
  • A teaching degree and/or experience working with youth/adolescents
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team member
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
  • Standard First Aid
A 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 skill related to specific trip (such as: ACMG, SKGABC AOG or higher)
Please email a cover letter and résumé, citing “OE Guide” in the subject line, to WPGA Careers

Recruitment for this position is ongoing based on our current needs. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.