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Position: After School Instructor (Full Year, Permanent)
School: Tamarack West Outdoor School
Location: Toronto High Park/Bloor West, Ontario

Start date: Tuesday July 2, 2019, with 2 paid training days prior
Duration: Indefinitely, all year including summer and school year


  • Monday - Friday, 3:15pm - 5:30pm (July - August),
  • Monday - Friday, 3:00pm - 6pm (September - June)
  • Excluding statutory holidays

Number of positions available: 1

Tamarack West Outdoor School is looking for a permanent year-round After School Instructor to supervise between 3 - 10 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 after our summer day camps through July and August, and after school throughout the school year from September through June.

About Tamarack West:

Tamarack West Outdoor School is a full-time elementary school running from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6, and is an accredited member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS). Tamarack West’s mandate is to provide a compassionate, challenging, and inspiring environment where kids feel safe to take risks and explore their potential.

At Tamarack West, we believe that After School should be a time when kids play, laugh, make noise, and most importantly, RELAX. The After School Instructor provides a dynamic array of activities and options in a stress-free, pressure-free environment, that can be modified, adapted, or discontinued based on the energy and interests of the students. Whether visiting the nearby park, partaking in science experiments, reading on our sunny back deck, or lazing in a beanbag chair, our students are encouraged to follow their inspiration on any given day, and choose how they wish to occupy their time. Please visit our website for more information at

Job description:

During the summer months, the After Care Instructor will be supervising and engaging campers outside at a local park until all participants are safely picked up. During the school year, the After Care Instructor will be picking up students from various local schools and safely walking with them back to our school located in Bloor West Village. At the school, the After Care Instructor delivers daily recreational programming.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and deliver positive learning and recreational After School programming year-round

  • Pick-up and safely travel with participants from their local schools to Tamarack West during the school year

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of participants at all times

  • Prepare appropriate environments by ensuring safe, clean, sanitary areas

  • Practice clean and sanitary food handling procedures

  • Manage group dynamics to ensure an emotionally and physically safe environment for all participants

  • Support and encourage participants in curiosity, growth, and learning at their own pace

  • Handle confidential material and situations with discretion, sensitivity, and professionalism

  • Ensure thorough sign-in and sign-out procedures daily

  • Ensure that school materials and furniture are returned to their original locations, ready for school the next morning

  • Attend and participate in Staff Training

  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions during summer months

  • Be prepared to travel outdoors from local schools to Tamarack West in all weather conditions during the school year


  • Up to date Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C or higher

  • Graduate of, or currently enrolled in a post-secondary child and youth care, early childhood education, recreation and leisure services, social work, education or related program (an asset)

  • Have previous experience in an after school caregiver/planning role (an asset)

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Have recent experience working with groups of children

  • Proven ability to work and plan independently

  • Be enthusiastic and keen to learn

  • Demonstrated maturity, reliability, and ability to exercise good judgement

  • Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills

  • Be open to giving and receiving regular feedback

  • A clear understanding that the provided work hours are definitive (additional work hours will not be provided outside of the hours listed in this job description)

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following in a single PDF document via email to

  • Your resume

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your suitability for the position based on your education, experience, skills, and/or qualifications

PDF Filename: “[Your Full Name] - After School Instructor“

Email Subject Line: “After School Instructor: [Your Full Name]”.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
We thank all candidates for their interest and kindly request no phone calls.
Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Tamarack West Outdoor School provides equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from people from diverse professional, cultural and educational backgrounds. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Information received will be addressed in confidence.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 10 2019    ID: 53064