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Kinark Outdoor Centre
in Minden, ON
invites applications for the position of
Outdoor Educator and Lifeguard

Friday, April 28, 2023

Job Description

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Outdoor Educator/Lifeguard is responsible for interacting with children, family members and group leaders while facilitating safe and fun recreational programming. The successful incumbent will be trained in all program areas at the KOC and will assist in the development and delivery of small and large group programs.   The Outdoor Educator/Lifeguard also have responsibility of supervising the safety of staff and clients during aquatic programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Interact with children and youth and foster interaction among them.
  • Maintain a fun, positive, and safe environment for all clients visiting the KOC.
  • Facilitate outdoor recreation activities including but not limited to rock climbing, high ropes, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding in the Spring and Summer, while leading snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tubing and broomball in the winter season.
  • Facilitate group development through games, leadership activities and initiatives.
  • Adapt programs as necessary to suit the wants and needs of all participants.
  • Engage in the ongoing assessment process of both clients and programs.
  • Perform the role of primary care provider for some campers (Including but not limited to personal hygiene, dietary needs, and behaviour management).
  • Assist in physical preparation of the facility prior to group arrival.
  • Keep track of, and perform, required maintenance of program equipment.
  • Understand and be confident with ALL emergency procedures at the KOC.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with all KOC programs.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all Infection Prevention and Control guidelines.
  • Ensure all agency record keeping requirements are fully maintained
  • Specifically monitor the safety of all participants at the waterfront when it is open


Required Qualifications

  • Experience working in a childcare setting (such as camps, live-in treatment homes, school system) with children ages 8 to 18 years old.
  • Being open to feedback and constructive criticism, showing respect and recognizing others' roles and contributions.
  • Work experience in wilderness tripping, crafts, drama, environmental programming, and group games.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR C are required (Wilderness First Aid will be accepted).
  • Current National Lifeguard certification.  The Kinark Outdoor Centre will reimburse staff for the cost of obtaining or recertifying.
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) or willingness to obtain before start date.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, time-management and communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in outdoor recreation activities including, but not limited to, rock climbing, high ropes, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding in the Spring and Summer, while leading snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tubing, and broomball in the Winter season.
  • Must have the ability to restrain and physically support children when needed for safety in general KOC activities. Training will be provided.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical.
  • Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.

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