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Positions: Ontario Instructors, Wilderness Program
Organization: Outward Bound Canada
Location: based out of Carnarvon / Haliburton ON

Immediate Supervisor: Ontario Wilderness Program Manager
Start date: Jan. 17, 2022 – Oct. 31, 2022 (10-month full-time contract or a short-term contract within this time)

Outward Bound Canada is committed to helping Canadian youth change the trajectory of their lives. With young people desiring to thrive in an unpredictable and changing world, OBC, a registered charity, offers social-emotional education through experiential adventures in the outdoors. Since 1969, OBC has inspired over 150,000 participants, with a particular emphasis on providing greater access to those facing socioeconomic barriers, to discover their potential. These experiences develop resilience, social and emotional intelligence, and environmental leadership to contribute to a better, more compassionate, and resilient society. The impact of our work on young people in Canada is found in our recent case for support.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Outward Bound Canada has prioritized the health and wellbeing of our employees, participants and the wider community. As of August 2020, we resumed some of our programs and implemented new COVID-19 Field Procedures to prioritize the health and safety of staff and participants. We have continued our connection with youth in 2021 with our program offerings and look forward to serving even more youth in 2022.


Outward Bound Canada is looking for enthusiastic, hardworking individuals who have the credentials and capacity to work providing exceptional educational programming to students. Our students include both school and community groups as well as individuals looking for challenging journeys of self-discovery. Our programs are based out of Carnarvon, ON (45 minutes east of Bracebridge, a shared site with Kinark Outdoor Centre) where our students meet and then travel to their expedition area (eg: Missinabi river, Temagami, winter in Algonquin, and more).

Our team is made up of full time instructors as well as casual part time instructors. In 2022, we are offering the following positions:

  • 2 full-time, 10 month contracts (January - October)
  • 3 full time, 6 month contracts (May to October)
  • multiple, casual part time contracts on a per program basis

Instructors are hired as Assistant Instructors, Instructors, or Lead instructors depending on their experience and certifications. New field staff will start in the OBC system at a position that both honors their previous work / life experience as well as respects the learning curve required of entering into a new organization.

In this position you will be working with youth from across Canada who range from 14-29 in age, they may have no experience outdoors or may have a lot. Our team is made up of dedicated Instructors who are incredibly invested in helping our students become the best they can be individually and as a team.


  • Responsible for the health and well-being of students while on program.
  • Effectively utilize group and risk management skills, maturity and role modeling in line with the values of OBC to create a safe and supportive environment for student-centered learning.
  • Facilitate positive peer interactions among students.
  • Manage in-field risk management decisions.
  • Present clear and effective lessons to engage students in learning.
  • Utilize different methods and styles of teaching.
  • Monitor, assess and evaluate students.
  • Work effectively with different populations.
  • Achieve the objectives of the Outward Bound Canada National Safety Policy.
  • Complete various program related administrative documents and tasks.
  • Support operations when not scheduled in the field (eg: inventory, equipment repair, maintenance, resupply, special projects, etc).


  • Minimum two full seasons of work experience leading wilderness canoe trips.
  • Experience leading winter programs (winter expeditionary programs are an asset).
  • Commitment to the growth and development of others on an individual, group, and societal level.
  • Compassion for people and for the health of the environment.
  • Understanding and application of Outward Bound Canada methods and philosophy.
  • Proficient in behaviour management, crisis intervention, and problem-solving.
  • Experience in maintaining a positive staff team and environment.
  • Well practiced in communicating effectively with a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to establish effective rapport with staff and students.
  • Ability to instruct canoe tripping, winter programming, backpacking, wilderness travel, campcraft skills, ground initiatives, and assess associated risks.
  • Comfort in working with youth from various backgrounds.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.


  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR-C
  • F-Class (or equivalent) Driver’s License (an asset)
  • Whitewater Rescue Technician (an asset)
  • Post Secondary education in outdoor education, adventure therapy, or relevant field.
  • Position requires police background check including Vulnerable Sector Check


  • Full time (Fixed-Term Contract), pay range: $45,000 - $50,000/yr (prorated to contract duration) & benefits
  • Seasonal Instructor, pay range: $150-225/day


Application deadline: November 30, 2021 for winter positions, open until filled all other seasons

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Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer, we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience beyond the technical requirements of a job, if your experience is close to what you see listed, please consider applying. Outward Bound Canada strives to have a broad representation that is reflective of the diversity of Canada and values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to inclusion in our organization. We encourage applications from all individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, racialized people, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and all other equity-deserving groups.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage during the hiring process.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 23 2021    ID: 61684