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Position: Youth Programs Coordinator
Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School
Location: Lower Mainland home office, with regular program visits in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Delta, BC

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator to coordinate our unique outdoor Spring Break & Summer Camps and year-long Forest Programs for kids, this is a full-time long term salaried position and included benefits. We are looking for a committed and passionate individual to become a part of the school community and work alongside awesome staff members and incredible kids and families.

This role is a balance of indoor and outdoor work. The Youth Programs Coordinator manages administration from their home office, and also works outside in the forests of Vancouver, North Vancouver and on occasion in Delta or Coquitlam. If you are equally comfortable wielding an important spreadsheet as you are leading a high energy squirrel-themed treasure hunt, this job is for you!

Soaring Eagle Nature School’s mission is to empower people to discover and share their gifts through meaningful connections with the natural world. We honour the natural cycles within people and use their own excitement and curiosity to guide their learning and their connections to themselves, the earth and other people.

Responsibilities would include and are not limited to:

  • Coordinating Summer Camps (June-Aug) Spring Break Camps (March) and year-long Monthly Forest Programs (Sept - June) and weekly programs
  • Upholding mission of Soaring Eagle Nature School at all programs and camps
  • Development and implementation of age specific programming for youth aged 4-12 based on the 8-shields model - nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning
  • Coordinating staff: recruiting and interviewing applicants, scheduling subs, collecting day-end reports
  • Managing volunteer program: applications, training & coordination
  • Organizing and printing paperwork (i.e. sign in sheets, medical forms) for the program
  • Registration administration such as organizing groups and ensuring mandatory forms are submitted
  • Answering inquiries from parents & liaising between parents and staff
  • Bringing gear on site (Camp T-shirts, tarps, etc.)
  • Being on call during Summer Camp. On call hours: Monday - Friday 8AM-4PM in case of emergency or need from staff and on-site director
  • Being on site during year-long Monthly Forest Programs as on-site Director 2x/week

The Ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the following:

  • Strong familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/ 8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)
  • Solid naturalist skills as well as earth based living skills/primitive skills
  • Models a non-coercive, gentle, and feelings-based approach to communication and is familiar with the Neufeld approach to attachment
  • Super organized
  • Excels at group facilitation to a range of audiences
  • Confidently handles student and family affairs, setting boundaries and communicating openly
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Has a deep desire to create a nature-based community of youth, adults and elders and has a personal passion for nature connection
  • Not afraid to facilitate in ALL kinds of weather
  • Exercises a healthy sense of humour

Must have:

  • Minimum 2-year experience in nature-based mentoring with children (4-12) and adults
  • Wilderness First Aid, minimum 50 hour (will be required by date of hire)
  • Criminal record check (will be required by date of hire)
  • Own vehicle or access to vehicle for regular program visits in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Delta.

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, RDNA program or similar program
  • Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or equivalent
  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree
  • Child Development expertise
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and staff


  • This is a full time long term position.
  • This position starts  in spring 2020.
  • Hours in the summer are full time, 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Must be on-call during Summer Camp. On call hours: Monday - Friday 8AM-4PM.
  • Starting in September hours will continue as 30-40 hrs per week.


  • Salary $44,160 - $48,000 (to be discussed)
  • Benefits 

To Apply:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, and 3 professional references to:

Applications due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will come and visit our program before being hired.

Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 25 2020    ID: 55774