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Position: Northern Ontario Instructors
Immediate Supervisor: Wilderness Program Manager
Organization: Outward Bound Canada
Location: Aspdin, near Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario

Start date: July 2019 – October 2019, or a contract within this time

Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has made it our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. A not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, Outward Bound Canada has challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step out of their comfort zone with our unique outdoor adventures. We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys that encourage participants to push beyond their limits and discover their true potential.


Outward Bound Canada is looking for enthusiastic, hardworking individuals who have the credentials and capacity to work in the Ontario Wilderness (with occasional work in our Toronto Centre) providing exception educative programming to students, teachers, and schools.


  • 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
  • The majority of work with begin in Katrine, ON. Instructors may also be asked to work in Toronto, ON. Instructors are responsible for arriving at either work location


  • Minimum one full season of work experience leading wilderness canoe trips
  • 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, backpacking, wilderness travel, campcraft skills, ground initiatives, low ropes, rock climbing, and high ropes elements and assess associated risks
  • Comfort in working with youth from various backgrounds


  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Bronze Cross or NLS
  • 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


Per diem rate range $150 - $175


  1. Finalize your cover letter and resume, ideally in one pdf file. MS Word is also ok. 
  2. Fill out this webform:
  3. Attach your cover letter and resume to the webform. Note: you cannot complete the webform without this step. 

Application deadline: Open until filled

Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 1 2019    ID: 51130