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Hiring: Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator
Organization: Cheakamus Centre
Location: near Brackendale & Squamish BC (Onsite during program bookings. Site is in Brackendale, just north of Squamish and does not have public transit available. Reliable transport to and from site is required.)


The Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator (CPC) is responsible for the overall delivery of Coast Salish-based indigenous cultural education programs at Cheakamus Centre. Programs include day and overnight experiences with students of all ages as well as educator workshops with adult groups. The CPC role includes a range of duties such as coordinating operations and logistics, administrative tasks, staff supervision and support and program facilitation. As a liaison between the Program Administrative Team and the Indigenous Cultural Program staff, the CPC is responsible for fostering a positive and supportive working environment where teamwork, inclusion and collaboration are highly valued.


Located on 420 acres of ecological reserve lands in the Cheakamus River Valley near Squamish, BC, Cheakamus Centre is a world-class outdoor learning centre that brings together the values of environmental stewardship and sustainability through place-based learning. We would like to thank the Skwxwú7mesh Nation, upon whose unceded traditional territory Cheakamus Centre resides. We value the opportunity to welcome others to learn, gather and share in nature on this traditional territory. The land Cheakamus Centre is situated on has always been a place of learning for the

Ch?iyá?mesh people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.

Cheakamus Centre is proud to facilitate a range of engaging indigenous educational experiences rooted in Skwxwú7mesh

(Squamish) culture. A variety of indigenous cultural programs for students and adults are available to enhance the experience in Skwxwú7mesh territory. Guided by First Nations interpreters, learners will be immersed in traditional

Coast Salish practices, including activities within an authentic longhouse and surrounding rainforest ecological reserve.

Offerings range from the provincially recognized Skw'une-was Program for Grade 3 to 4 students, to our day and overnight Indigenous Cultural Programs for Grade 5 to 12 students, to educator workshops for adult groups. All programs are centered around sharing the beauty, depth and vibrancy of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation culture in fun, interactive and engaging ways.

For more information on Cheakamus Centre, visit our website at


The Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator is employed by Listel Canada and reports to the Program Manager.


  • Provide leadership and work collaboratively with the program team on the planning, facilitation, support, and evaluation of all Indigenous Cultural and related programs
  • Provide coordination of, and instructional assistance to, indigenous cultural program staff and volunteers
  • Recruit and hire indigenous cultural program staff and support their training, development and delivery of instructional practices and program content, with assistance from the Program Administrative Team
  • Create and coordinate schedules, process payroll hours, and provide ongoing supervision/feedback for staff
  • Communicate effectively with teachers and adult volunteers regarding program logistics and details
  • Assess and monitor safety and risk management policies and procedures throughout the duration of each program
  • Manage program area cleanliness and presentation, equipment storage and condition, as well as inventories/ordering
  • With support from the Program Administrative Team, continue to enhance staff recruitment and community engagement planning
  • Occasionally assist and provide support for other Cheakamus Centre program areas
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Experience in facilitating Indigenous cultural education programs or other outdoor experiential education programs
  • Experience with working with children and youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Demonstrated strong interest in Indigenous cultural learning and teachings
  • Knowledge of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Coast Salish cultural practices and local history
  • Strong communication, public speaking and inter-personal skills
  • Demonstrated success in problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Effective time-management and organizational skills
  • Possess an understanding of risk management principles and protocols in a residential learning environment
  • Experience with out-tripping and/or camping style food preparation an asset
  • Ability to work varied shift hours including occasional weekends and overnights
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Office and the ability to perform administrative duties that includes maintaining and preparing records and reports electronically
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks including working outside for extended periods, in a range of weather conditions; role involves some lifting and walking for distances greater than 2 kilometers


  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification - Preferred Occupational First Aid Level 2, or Wilderness First Aid equivalent
  • Education in a related field or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in a cultural interpretation/outdoor educational or overnight learning environment
  • Experience with staff/volunteer supervision and support
  • Current Criminal Record Check, including vulnerable sector
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle access preferred


Cheakamus Centre is committed to supporting and building a diverse and inclusive workplace community. We welcome and respect the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our staff and believe this contributes to programs that are welcoming, relevant and accessible for learners of all ages.

For the Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator, preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First

Nations, Inuit, Metis). However, this is not a requirement for this position and so those with relevant experience and a passion for education and meaningful work are encouraged to apply.


  • Average 40 hours/week with a range between 30-50 hours during different seasonal periods
  • During peak program season, longer shifts and occasionally acting as the overnight on-call supervisor will occur; when no programs are on-site, a more flexible schedule can be planned.


  • Preferred start date: Feb 13, 2023.
  • This is a salaried position, with shifts based on program bookings, which requires flexibility and involves morning, day, evening and occasional weekend hours. The majority of shifts are 8:00am-4:00pm.
  • 4 unpaid weeks off during July/August (If the successful candidate would prefer to have the duration of the summer off, this can be discussed).


Salary range of $42,000 - $46,000 (48 weeks annually), paid out bi-weekly as per Listel payroll schedule + MSP coverage and extended benefits provided following standard probationary periods.


February 3, 2023 or until filled.


Please email a cover letter stating why you are a great fit for this opportunity, along with your résume.

Please include ‘Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator’ in the subject line of your email.

We thank you for your interest in employment with Cheakamus Centre. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $21.00-$24.00 per hour


  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off


  • Monday to Friday
  • On call

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Brackendale, BC: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: One location

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to with the subject line "Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator - [your name]"

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 25 2023    ID: 66712