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Positions: Outdoor Education Guides
School: West Point Grey Academy
Location: Vancouver, Lower Mainland and other BC regions, British Columbia

REPORTS TO: Head of Outdoor Education
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
  • Bring specific personal teaching/sharing expertise to group (storytelling, skills building, ecological knowledge, local/FN history, etc.)
  • 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, careers@wpga.caby January 26, 2018.

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GoodWork ID: 43622       Date posted to Jan 12 2018