Job Posting:                               Canada Summer Jobs 2021
Job No.:                                       AR002
Position Name:                         Day Camp Counsellor – Recreation
Position Type:                           Full-time (35 hours per week)
Wage:                                           $17.50 per hour plus 4% vacation pay
Duration:                                     8 weeks (280 hours)
Anticipated Start Date:           24 June, 2021
Anticipated End Date:            23 August, 2021

Deadline for applications:        Accepting now until the positions are filled.

Position Description:
The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is seeking four (4) Day Camp Counsellors for youth programming in Maple Ridge.

The Day Camp Counsellor will:

  • Support the ARMS Eco-Camps Supervisor to plan and prepare a variety of outdoor summer camps for children aged 5 to 12 years
  • Provide supervision and leadership for a variety of recreation, environmental and STEAM-based activities for campers
  • Design, develop summer camp storytelling and promote using social media
  • Liaise with parents, municipal staff, ARMS staff, and guest speakers when needed

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and deliver nature-themed day camps for children in an outdoor setting
  • Follow ARMS and COVID-19 protocol to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all campers, staff, volunteers and the public
  • Provide children with an engaging, fun and meaningful day camp experience
  • Work in collaboration with volunteers and junior counselors
  • Communicate effectively with parents and campers
  • Debrief daily with Eco-Camp supervisor and other summer staff
  • Clean up and tear-down each day camps are in session
  • Assist with some community outreach activities and assist Adopt-a-Block Coordinator when needed
  • Represent ARMS in a professional, caring, reliable, and enthusiastic manner
  • Complete other activities as required by the supervising staff
  • Remote work from home may be required when camps are not in session
  • Work outside, rain or shine

Requirements –This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and all candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30 of age at the start of the employment
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

In addition:

  • Some post-secondary education and/or a strong background in early childhood or K-12 education, ecology, biology, geological or earth sciences or a related field
  • Willing to acquire an up to date and clear police criminal records check (working with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • Access to or your own personal transportation is required as we are not fully on the public transit route
  • Valid basic first aid certificate preferred

The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:

  • Self-starter with compassion and drive to work with children
  • Experience leading groups of school-aged children in a camp setting
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Demonstrated team-player
  • Demonstrated professional and mature attitude
  • Dedication to environmental awareness and sustainable living
  • Keen to learn about the Alouette River Management Society, some local flora and fauna of the Alouette Watershed

Benefits:

  • Receive valuable employment experience in camp planning, eco-themed recreation and STEAM-based activities, development and delivery
  • Gain experience working with children of various ages
  • Enhance your communication, environmental interpretive and leadership skills
  • Receive training on the ecology and history of the Alouette Watershed
  • Contribute to the community by working for a grass-roots environmental group

About us:
ARMS is a not-for-profit registered charitable organization committed to the protection and enhancement of the Alouette River Watershed in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, BC. We are dedicated to public awareness and education concerning the Alouette Watershed and environmental issues. ARMS is an equal opportunity employer that respects the individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. We are a small but dedicated group of local people who are passionate about making a difference to our waterways, ecological health and the quality of life for all species that depend on the Alouette River. The Executive Director and/or the Environmental Projects & Communications Coordinator are always available for staff to discuss any issues or conflicts they are experiencing. We also value and strive to foster a healthy work/life balance for all staff.

How to apply – Please send the following to Greta Borick-Cunningham, Executive Director at arms(at)alouetteriver.org

  1. Cover letter that clearly demonstrates why you are interested in this position.
  2. Resume which clearly aligns with how you meet the requirements. You should include all relevant work experience (paid or unpaid).
  3. Two references.

Title your email as follows: “Day Camp Counsellor-Recreation_AR002” in the subject line.  When submitting your application, please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, for example, “John_Sample_Cover_Letter_AR002.doc” and “John_Sample_Resume_AR002.pdf”.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in the Alouette River Management Society and this position, due to limited capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.  No phone calls please.

These positions are funded by the Government of Canada Summer Jobs program.

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