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Position: Canoe and Kayak-Instructor-In-Training (IIT)-Summer Camps
Organization: Harbourfront Centre
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.

Currently, exciting seasonal employment opportunities exist in Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps, one of Toronto's largest, most diverse and creative day camps.


Position: Canoe and Kayak-Instructor-In-Training (IIT)
Department: Recreational Learning
Number of Vacancies: 12

Duration: June 22-September 4, 2020 (Training: June 22-26 / Summer Camps: June 29-September 4)

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM / 40hrs per week

PLEASE NOTE: This is a volunteer position and hours may be eligible for high school volunteer requirement. At the end of the camp season, IITs will receive a letter indicating the total hours/weeks they volunteered.


The IIT Program is open to applicants who will be at least 15 years of age within the calendar year and have an interest in improving their paddling skills and being a mentor to younger Campers. Our 2020 Camps begin Monday, June 29th and run for 10 weeks to Friday, September 4th. Camps do not run on Canada Day (Wednesday, July 1st) or the Civic Holiday (Monday, August 3rd). Participants are expected to volunteer in our camps a minimum of 4 weeks during July and August, but you are welcome to volunteer for more weeks if you chose to. IIT participants are also encouraged to attend Pre-Camp Training Week, which runs from June 22-26, 2020.

While at camp, IITs will learn from the Senior and Junior Instructors how to run our Canoe & Kayak camp programs and improve their own skills. IITs will rotate through each of the Canoe & Kayak camps and will have the opportunity to improve their interpersonal, leadership and outdoor skills, as well as make new friends and create some great memories.


  • Attend pre-camp training week
  • Learn leadership from Senior and Junior Instructors
  • Gain further paddling skills
  • Preparation of boats prior to start of camp day
  • Assist in cleaning, maintenance, and putting away after camp day
  • Other duties as required


Essential Criteria

  • At least 15 years of age within the calendar year;
  • Must volunteer a minimum of 4 weeks July and/or August;
  • Some paddling experience;

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous Harbourfront Centre Canoe & Kayak camper;
  • Camp and/or babysitting experience an asset;
  • Volunteer experience an asset;
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR or Standard First Aid and CPR an asset;

Interviews: Will be held starting in May

Interested candidates should apply through our online recruitment portal at the link below. You will be asked to create a profile and will be taken to the application selection page:

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 2 2019    ID: 55305