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Position: Counsellor Supervisor
Organization: Cheakamus Centre

Location: near Brackendale & Squamish BC
Accom.: optional room & partial board (see below)
Also hiring: Outdoor School Program LeaderField School Program Leaders


The Counsellor Supervisor (CS) supports the Outdoor School program at Cheakamus Centre, as well as other educational programs as needed. The primary duties of the CS are to support, mentor and supervise volunteer high school counsellors during the residential Outdoor School program. During each week of Outdoor School, 12-16 secondary school students volunteer to be counsellors with grade 4 or grade 6 students. The counsellor supervisor should be a highly motivated individual, who has an adaptable leadership style and an ability to help engage and energize counsellors throughout each program week. The CS plays an essential role in creating meaningful experiential learning opportunities for all involved in the ODS program.


  • Take a lead role within the program team to train, mentor and supervise high school student counsellors
  • Assist the program team to prepare, supervise and facilitate recreation programming (afternoon & evening programs which may include campfires, games, canoeing, etc.)
  • Liaise with visiting teachers and the program team regarding student’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • Assist in providing mentorship and support for the Head Counsellor Intern or Environmental Education and Leadership Intern
  • Support the production of the photo slideshow at the end of each program week
  • Liaise with North Vancouver Outdoor School Alumni Society
  • Live on site during Outdoor School programming periods
  • Assist with counsellor feedback, evaluation summaries, and performance reviews
  • Occasionally assist with other educational programs at the Cheakamus Centre in a facilitation role
  • Other duties as required


  • First Aid Certificate – OFA Level 1 or equivalent
  • Willing to submit a current Criminal Record Check, with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Experience working with children and/or youth in outdoor educational setting
  • Experience with training and mentoring youth
  • Strong interest in developing leadership skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work varied hours including evenings and occasional weekends
  • Friendly, positive and enthusiastic approach
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, and slideshow creation)


  • Experience with overnight educational programming or camp leadership programs
  • Knowledge or familiarity of the Outdoor School program, and its mission, vision, values and goals
  • Valid driver’s license preferred


September 2022 - June 2023 (excluding holidays and non-programming times)

Term Structure:

  • September: Field School – program facilitation
  • October – May: Outdoor School – counsellor program support
  • May-June: Field School - program facilitation


Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale, BC (near Squamish)


  • Pay starting at $17.00/hr. (35-40 hours per program week)
  • Room & Partial Board (optional) – please note: meals are only provided during programming periods
  • Staff discount at Listel Hotels and Listel owned restaurants


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 what 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 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 more information on Cheakamus Centre, visit our website at


Email a cover letter stating which position you are applying for, why you are the best person for this opportunity and how you will be a great role model and mentor for high school leaders, along with your résumé to:

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


July 4, 2022 or until filled

Please include ‘Counsellor Supervisor’ in the subject line of your email. If you are interested in multiple positions, please provide all the positions you are interested in and rank them in order of preference.

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: Jun 30 2022    ID: 64993