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Position: Outdoor School Program Leader
Organization: Cheakamus Centre

Location: near Brackendale & Squamish BC
Accom.: optional room & partial board (see below)
Also hiring: Counsellor Supervisor | Field School Program Leaders


The Outdoor School Program Leader plays a key role in the Outdoor School Program (ODS) at Cheakamus Centre. ODS runs from October to May each school year and involves 4-day programs with grade 6 students and 3-day programs with grade 4 students. The primary duties of the ODS Program are to: assist with field studies and recreation programs; orient students and provide instruction during meal service; mentor, train and work alongside secondary school student counsellors. This is a highly dynamic role, with shifting duties throughout each program week.


  • Supervise recreation programs (i.e. garden games, archery, team building and more), which are facilitated by secondary school student counsellors
  • Facilitate outdoor and environmental learning Field Studies (i.e. farm, salmon, birds, forest and more)
  • Assist with training, mentoring and supervising secondary school counsellors
  • Facilitate meal service and supervise students at meals; assist with monitoring of special dietary requirements
  • Maintain safety and wellbeing of students as part of program staff team
  • Contribute to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive culture for all
  • Liaise with program staff, visiting teachers and administrators, parents, etc. on program logistics and student concerns, some of which may be confidential in nature
  • Assist with providing counsellor feedback
  • Other duties as assigned by Education Programs Administrative Team


  • First Aid Certificate – OFA Level 2 preferred, or equivalent
  • Experience working with youth and children in outdoor education setting
  • Experience mentoring youth in leadership development
  • Strong interest in developing personal leadership skills
  • Work effectively independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Work varied hours including early mornings and occasional weekends
  • Friendly, positive and enthusiastic approach
  • Strong communication skills including ability to provide constructive feedback to youth


  • Experience and/or interest in nature interpretation and outdoor and environmental education.
  • Interest in mentoring secondary school students
  • Experience with the Outdoor School Program, and its mission, vision, values and goals


The Outdoor School Program Leader role runs from October to May (excluding holidays and non-programming times). The ideal candidate would be available to start in September 2022 in the role of Field School Program Leader and then transition to the ODS program leader role in October. The Field School Program leader role involves direct program facilitation through the fall Field School season.

Term Structure:

  • September-October: Field School – program facilitation
  • October – May: Outdoor School – program support, counsellor mentorship and facilitation
  • May-June: Field School - program facilitation (optional contract extension)


Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale, BC (near Squamish)


  • Pay starting at $17.00/hr. (35-40 hours per program week, with an averaging agreement)
  • 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 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


July 8, 2022 or until filled


Email a cover letter stating why you are the best person for this opportunity, along with your résumé to:

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We thank you for your interest in employment with Cheakamus Centre. Please note that due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 30 2022    ID: 64994