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Position: Assistant Manager of Camping & Outdoor Education
Organization: YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
Location: Ramara / Orillia, Ontario

Reporting to the Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education, the Assistant Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education provides leadership to two program areas; the summer (July–August) Leadership Experience and Adventure Progression Program (LEAP) and the Adventure/Leadership Program (September–June). This position will also support the summer Family Camp program as needed. This includes, but is not limited to the development of safe, values-based programs that build assets in children, youth and families, the hiring and development of program staff and delivery of all aspects of the program.


  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to the mission and core values of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and the YMCA in Canada.
  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the membership, facility users and all program participants of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.
  • During the summer months this position supports the Leadership Coordinator in the delivery of the Leadership Experience and Adventure Progression Program (LEAP).
  • This position will provide support to the Family Program as needed.
  • Actively promote the summer LEAP Program registration during the non-summer months.
  • Provide direct leadership and support to the adventure/leadership/family programs (September – June).
  • Hire program staff for the Fall, Winter and Spring seasonal program contracts.
  • Develop and facilitate staff training for all adventure, leadership and non-summer family programs.
  • Schedule staff for the all adventure, leadership and non-summer family programs.
  • Perform HR duties such as staff on-boarding and payroll approvals.
  • Working with the Conference Services and Sales team, develop program schedules based on each group’s goals and needs.
  • Develop and share user group pre-arrival information/confirmation packages (pre visit emails, packing lists, schedules, guidelines, etc)
  • Support user groups onsite to ensure their needs and expectations are met. Communicate daily with group leaders/teachers fostering a positive relationship and rapport.
  • Designate a group lead should there be multiple groups onsite or when the Assistant Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education is not present.
  • When needed, support programs in a front line program staff capacity.
  • Assist with the recruitment of new user groups to Geneva Park and the development of new program opportunities.
  • Provide leadership to the program contribution to Geneva Park’s social media strategy.
  • Adherence to all provincial and federal legislation relevant to job description.
  • Ensure that staff are working in a safe and fair workplace environment according to all provincial workplace legislations.
  • Ensure that Ontario Camps Association standards and YMCA Ontario Camping Quality Recommended Practices are met in the LEAP and adventure/leadership programs.
  • Support the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Camping Department programs and initiatives as required.
  • Support’s the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Annual Fundraising Campaign.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • Post-secondary education Bachelor of Education, Outdoor Recreation, Recreation Therapy or Adventure Based Leadership
  • Strong public relations, marketing and communications skills.
  • Quality service training and experience.
  • Experience delivering ABL (Adventure Based Learning), experiential activities and initiatives
  • Knowledge of the outdoors, leadership theory and team building concepts
  • Understanding of all relevant standards and legislation regarding the safe and appropriate operation of an outdoor/leadership center and summer camp program.
  • Strong work ethic with administrative skills.
  • Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner (Spotted Only)
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C/AED certification.
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
  • Canoe Tripping Certifications
  • Have access to a car and have a valid G or higher level of driver’s license
  • Experience in wilderness trip risk management, trip management and evacuation protocol
  • At least two seasons of camping, outdoor education and/or recreational experience as a supervisor
  • Excellent team player able to work closely and share leadership with other staff
  • Experience in supervision, information sharing, staff scheduling and payroll
  • YMCA Child Protection Orientation
  • AODA training
  • NLS
  • PCOC
  • Health & Safety Awareness training
  • Violence & Harassment in the Workplace training
  • PCI Compliance
  • Mandated training is required before or shortly after commencement of work
  • Clear Police Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Must be able to work flexible hours based on client needs. Be on-call for programs, work flexible hours and days including weekends as well as availability during some traditional holiday breaks in the school calendar.


  • Canoe tripping course instructor
  • Instructor or Coaching Certifications in Adventure Activities or Recreational Sports
  • ACCT accreditation (Level 2, and/or Course Manager) required or logbook hours sufficient to obtain
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Instructor Trainer
  • Non-violent Crisis Prevention certification
  • Train the Trainer experience in Adventure Programming

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
subject: Assistant Manager of Camping & Outdoor Education 


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GoodWork ID: 44151       Date posted to Feb 14 2018