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Position: Outdoor and Sustainability Educator
Type: seasonal contract, April–August
Organization: Study Buddy Educational Tours
Location: Vancouver, Lower Mainland, British Columbia

Are you passionate educator who loves to travel and protect the environment?
Do you believe place-based and experential learning is the most impactful way to learn?
Are you a confident, engaging and inclusive speaker?

Job Type: Seasonal contractor with potential into a permanent postion.


Each tour currently runs for 14-days. As demand increases there will be more programs year-round to accommodate needs of groups from all over the world.

10 days of the tour you facilitate lesson plans in selected locations around lower mainland. 4 days is at an Outdoor School with their own educators – collaborate with other educators and infuse SBT programming. The groups are completely reliant on our local knowledge and expertise which makes the timing of end of each day unpredictable. Start times are fixed with varying end times.

Time Commitment: A 2-day training will commence end of March.  The dates required to be physically present in Vancouver, Canada are:
May 10-23rd, 2019
June 22 – July 5, 2019
August 11-24, 2019
Shifts range from 4-12 hours per day.

Compensation Overview:

  • $250 flat daily rate (7-10hrs)
  • $125 flat half day rate (3-6hrs)
  • Esitmation of approximately $2000 payment per set of dates
  • flat case by case project-based rate (contract work)

Position description: Imagine leading school groups on their first experiences of Canadian society, the spectacular natural beauty of Vancouver British Columbia’s – forests, mountains and sea, its schools and how we collectively tackle a more sustainable world. Explore Vancouver’s diverse culture with them while navigating these waters while touring a range of natural and human spaces that show the challenges and opportunities for sustainability. Using leading educational resources, your diverse skillset and your warm, direct manner – coordinate and deliver fun, engaging hands-on lessons on leading sustainability practices and thinking, and challenges students to take action for the future – today. Foster leadership skills and build student confidence and capacity through team building, individual reflection and support and a good dose of humor. Support students develop action plans for school and community on their return helping them move unsustainable practices to a zero-waste and zero-emissions society. Tour destinations include the Sunshine Coast, North shore mountains, City of Vancouver sites, local schools and universities. Working closely with a small core team (a tour and logistics manager and the SBT co-founder) to bring vision to reality, this position offers an opportunity to build upon your experiences, help shape a program and deliver a set of powerful learning opportunities on the sea, in the forest and in the city. Be a change-maker and join a fast-paced team inspired to make a positive change.

Organization Overview: Study Buddy Tours (SBT) is a small Vancouver, Canada based tour operator with over 20 years of experience delivering educational tours for international students. SBT strives to contribute to more sustainable and resilient communities through travel programs that educate and empower youth to take action locally with a global effect. SBT prides itself on ethical practice and provides full service tour programs for students which include high-quality programming along with accommodation, food, educational activities, transportation from pick up to drop off at the Vancouver International Airport. SBT strives to create experiences for youth to become internationally employable sustainability leaders. SBT programs supports international students ages 11-17, to experience Western society and sustainability goals in the context of higher education opportunities in Vancouver, BC during their summer holidays (April-August). We believe that applying a sustainability lens to students’ daily tasks, pushing their comfort zones, and helping them reevaluate what’s important and creating opportunities for them to feel empowered helps them grow their own sustainable practices and vision. Tackling larger sustainability questions as we tour both natural and institutional settings help acknowledge limitations and opportunities of our everyday choices, and the need to practice leadership skills to raises our individual and collective resilience. An attitude of doing what it takes to serve the greater good – while having fun - is a key characteristic and value set of SBT.

SBT’s core team consists of Kim Carvajal, co-founder and business manager of Study Buddy Tours and a Program Manager who handles detailed logistics, tour transportation and facility coordination. Our business is growing, incorporating and developing volunteer and work experience opportunities on zero-waste and climate action.

Candidate Description: You are a passionate educator who loves of travel, the outdoors and working closely with people and feel naturally part of the nucleus of a community. As a great role model to youth with diverse experience promoting outdoors skills and sustainability education you are driven, confident and comfortable working with diverse groups. You have years of international travel experience, knowledgeable, well-organized and love to engage with share your inspiration with and others. You have a special talent implementing program objectives while navigating unexpected changes smoothly and effectively. You are able to deliver and manage planned place-based activities on set timelines with a range of age groups while keeping youth engaged, well supported and staying responsive to group and individual needs. The ideal candidate embodies an empathetic connection and creates safe and transformative experiences at various outdoor and indoor locations through smooth delivery and an eye for the “teachable moment”. Being reliable, punctual, and having strong critical problem-solving skills are key attributes for this position. The ideal candidate is driven, enthusiastic, curious and open-minded. Having fun and sharing silly moments with students is easy for you and you exhibit a warm hearted inclusive way of engaging many personality types from various cultural backgrounds. Your friends and colleagues describe you as caring, patient, and kind.

SBT’s next tours are April-August of 2019. The dates required for the selected candidate are April 1st to August 30, 2019. Shifts range from 4-12 hours per day. Longer days are made up with paid time in lieu after tour. There is one tour in each month based on minimum registration number of 10 students per tour.

The chosen candidate for this position will be SBT’s main educator supporting program delivery in April, May, June, July and August of 2019. We see this position growing into a permanent position with contribution towards developing new programs and communications to support marketing to build revenue/team/power/culture in 2020.


  • Current Criminal Record Check
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Completion of a Teacher Education Program
  • Minimum 1 year of teaching or working with youth 

Assets / Nice to Haves (Not Required)

  • BC Teaching Certificate 
  • 2 or more years working with youth in educational supportive settings
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching outdoor education with youth
  • Standard Wilderness First Aid
  • IB and AP graduate and IB teaching experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The ideal candidate

  • Ability to communicate, speak/instruct clearly and effectively with students.
  • Has demonstrated experience in youth development, relationship building, and group management.
  • Has Strong group facilitation skills
  • Values autonomy with the ability to exceed timeline and deliverable expectations
  • Has recent experience working with Youth 11-17 in age
  • Has Knowledge of the Greater Vancouver transit system, routing and schedules
  • Is Bi or multilingual.
  • Interest in Photography/storytelling to capture moments and facilitate social media campaigns


  • Implement programs based on age and learning outcomes drawing from a set of comprehensive resources
  • Encourage forest play, hiking while ensuring safety near bodies of water, streams and other terrain of concern
  • Ensure the daily preparation of learning areas and materials
  • Assume overall responsibility for program tools and equipment, to include safety, use, and maintenance
  • Plan, prepare, and co-create activities to support community projects abroad
  • Implement mentorship strategies that are individually focused and age appropriate, with an emphasis on compassion and respect
  • Meet at location or partner with tour manager (logistics & meal coordination) to educate group while in transit
  • Create certificates of completion for each participant
  • Complete a summary report of each participant for their parent
  • Possible remote contracts include: education focused communications via blogs/print media/digital media, develop report cards & surveys, measuring effectiveness tools, planning activities, creating camp-learning days, create strategic partnerships, build strategies to recruit students, ambassadors, speakers.

Email cover letter and resume to:
by March 25, 2019.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 1 2019    ID: 49945