Job Posting

Canoe and Kayak Instructors

Canoe and Kayak Instructors
Muskoka & Rainbow Lake


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE (formerly Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium) has offered healing through happiness for thousands of kids and families affected by childhood cancer since 1983. It’s where kids can be kids, and families can be families—engaging in camp-inspired community, in-hospital, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to them. As a privately funded organization, CAMPFIRE CIRCLE donors make thousands of life-changing experiences possible for Campers throughout the year, all across Ontario.

At CAMPFIRE CIRCLE we are committed to ensuring employment is accessible within our organization. In summer 2022 we are piloting a project to help reduce financial barriers for summer staff members. This may include assistance with costs related to the job such as: camping equipment/gear, outdoor clothing, training/certifications, and transportation, mileage, or parking. If you require financial assistance related to the program, you are invited to make this known during the recruitment process.


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE will be running in-person overnight camp programs at both of our overnight camp locations, Rainbow Lake (Waterford, ON) and Muskoka (Rosseau, ON) this summer.

Do you have experience as a staff or volunteer working with children in a recreational setting? We are searching for Canoe and Kayak Instructors to join our Summer Staff Team in 2022.

Reporting to the Head of Waterfront & the Manager, Overnight Programs, and working closely with the rest of the summer staff team and in support of our volunteers, this role will work with co-instructors and sessional volunteers to provide our parents/guardians and campers ages 0 to 18 at family or camper overnight camps with a valuable paddle sport (canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard) experience. This role will focus primarily on instructing the canoeing and kayaking program, but will also oversee and support facilitation of the out trip and paddle-boarding programs.

Start Date:    June 24, 2022

End Date:     September 4, 2022

Rate: $4,500 (for the full contract)

*Paid training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date*

Please visit our website at to view the full details of all our available positions. 


In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for ill children and their families, we require attestation of childhood vaccinations, updated Police Record with Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all of our staff. We also require that all staff be currently eligible to work in Canada.

Experience and Qualifications:

Required Criteria

  • Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting.
  • Experience working with children with disabilities and/or additional physical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial needs as well as experience facilitating adaptive programming.
  • Experience instructing canoe/kayak skills and programming.
  • ORCKA Flat water Instructor Certification or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by CAMPFIRE CIRCLE).
  • Valid NL certification for the duration of the contract or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by CAMPFIRE CIRCLE).
  • Current police reference check and vulnerable sector screening.

Advantageous Criteria

  • Overnight summer camp experience.
  • Pool or waterfront lifeguarding experience.
  • Experience in outdoor education or adventure education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family.
  • Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector.
  • A current G Class driver’s license, and eligible to be insured under CAMPFIRE CIRCLE’s Insurance Policy.

Particular Working Conditions

  • This position requires living at the Muskoka or Rainbow Lake campsite for the duration of the contract – room and board is provided. Routine evenings and weekend commitments are required.
  • In consideration of the population CAMPFIRE CIRCLE serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.

Physical Requirements

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions and supporting camp life require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is largely performed in an outdoor environment, working at heights. The minimum physical requirements for this position include:

  • Able to lift canoes/kayaks with assistance
  • Able to physically assist camper participants in the water and from the water
  • Able to work outdoors in a waterfront environment for extended periods of time in a variety of weather conditions
  • Able to lift 20kg.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by email at

Please indicate in the subject line the title of the role you are applying for. 


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those with authorization to work in Canada.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. You can contact our HR Team for accommodation requests at, and more information about our accessibility commitments can be found at


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is grateful for Indigenous communities’ stewardship of the land that we occupy- the traditional territory of many nations such as the Mississauga’s of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We aspire to be deserving stewards of the land, in partnership with them.

We also acknowledge all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly forcibly dis-planted Africans, brought here as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.


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