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Position: Indigenous Education Intern
Type: room, board, honorarium (see below)
Organization: Cheakamus Centre 
Squamish BC


Located near Squamish, BC, Cheakamus Centre is a unique outdoor and environmental education centre designed to provide exceptional learning and hospitality experiences inspired by nature. This Centre is owned by the North Vancouver School District and offers programs for children, youth and adults from the Sea to Sky corridor, lower mainland, and beyond. Our renowned overnight field school and cultural programs include nature-based and outdoor activities tied to the new BC curriculum. Program offerings also include youth leadership, recreation, and other hands-on experiences intended to instill in young learners a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world. Cheakamus Centre also hosts visitors for special events, retreats, camps, conferences, seminars, and workshops.


We are seeking a highly motivated individual interested in learning about and supporting the delivery of the Skw'une-was program. This overnight cultural immersion designed for Grade 3 and 4 students has been central to Cheakamus Centre's activities for more than 30 years.

This volunteer internship position plays a supporting role in the Cultural programming at Cheakamus Centre. Duties to be undertaken will support the delivery of the Skw'une-was cultural immersion program, as well as other Cultural programs, and will include providing logistical support for the programs, shadowing and learning traditional knowledge from cultural program staff and helping teach traditional skills to students. This volunteer position is a great opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in outdoor and cultural education, as well as to develop meaningful relations with our local First Nations staff. The Cultural Program Intern reports to the Cultural Program Coordinator.


  • Assist cultural staff in supporting cultural education during the Skw'une-was program (2 days, 1 night for grade 3 students), and other cultural program bookings
  • Assist students and teachers in the discovery of new cultural experiences
  • Provide support to deliver the activities and learn to lead the cultural activities
  • Assist program staff and coordinator to maintain, update and develop program materials
  • Provide support with administrative tasks and classification of information
  • Provide other program support as required


  • Demonstrated strong interest in developing leadership skills
  • Strong interest in cultural education and transmission of traditional knowledge
  • Previous experience working with First Nations not required, but is an asset
  • Works effectively independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work varied hours including evenings and occasional weekends
  • Friendly, positive and enthusiastic approach


  • First Aid Certificate – OFA Level 1 or equivalent, or willing to obtain
  • Experience working with children and/or youth in an outdoor educational setting
  • Willing to obtain current Criminal Record Check, with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Comfortable living and working in a shared residential setting


  • Gain valuable experience assisting with cultural education programs
  • Develop strong leadership skills through direct supervision and mentorship
  • Gain demonstrated experience supervising children and youth
  • Participate in and learn about traditional transmission of knowledge
  • Gain experience developing educational program materials
  • Build knowledge of local First Nation's culture and build meaningful relationship
  • Gain confidence in group management and public speaking skills


Shifts will include a combination of day, evenings and occasional weekend work, based on program bookings.

  • Spring Term 1: April 1 - May 10, 2019
  • Spring Term 2: May 13 – June 25, 2019
  • Fall Term: TBD (Late Sept to Early November 2019)


Room & partial board for the duration of the term, outdoor and cultural education leadership training and an honorarium are provided. Note: meals provided during programming periods only.


  • Spring Term: February 28th, 2019 or until position has been filled
  • Fall Term: June 20th, 2019, or until position has been filled


Please email a cover letter to:

Please include 'Cultural Intern' in the subject line of your email, and indicate the term you are interested in applying for.

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

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 1 2019    ID: 52799