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Canoe Trip Leader


Canoe Trip Leaders are responsible for planning, packing, and leading wilderness canoe trips in Algonquin Park with Project Canoe’s youth. Each canoe trip is composed of 2-3 Canoe Trip Leaders and 4-6 youth participants. Canoe Trip Leaders co-lead the trip and are responsible for reviewing all relevant information regarding the youth prior to the trip, engaging and supporting the youth while on the trip, and making appropriate safety and leadership decisions. At all points of the trip, the Canoe Trip Leaders must maintain a youth-focused approach and keep the emotional and physical safety of the youth as their primary concern.


  • Pay: $729/week
  • ~14 weeks, from late May to the end of August
  • All in-person work
  • Optional accommodation provided in Toronto for the entire contract duration
  • 4-weeks of collaborative and relevant training, including a staff training trip


  • Co-lead multi-day wilderness backcountry canoe trips for youth aged 13-18
  • Effectively manage risk, challenges, situations, and emergencies that may arise on trip
  • Assist with urban programs for youth and partnership service providers
  • Complete documentation before, during, and after trip
  • Engage youth in meaningful and individualised ways
  • Contribute to a collaborative and community oriented staff training program
  • Contribute to a committee (e.g.: food, equipment, first aid, etc). This involves setting up and maintaining the systems that help programs run smoothly by preparing food, repairing and organizing equipment, packing first aid kits, etc.


  • Working with young people, particularly youth facing barriers
  • Organizing and leading canoe trips and/or other wilderness backcountry trips
  • Outdoor education, experiential learning facilitation, and personal outdoor recreation interest
  • Knowledge and experience working with marginalized, underrepresented, and diverse communities (e.g. 2SLGBTQA+, newcomers, BIPOC, individuals/families facing economic barriers).
  • Required: Must be age 19 or over
  • Required: Must be able to provide a satisfactory police vulnerable sector check**
  • Required: Advanced Wilderness First Aid with CPR-C (~40 hours) or equivalent or higher*
  • Required: RLSS Bronze Cross or equivalent or higher*

*We recognize that the costs of these certifications can be barriers to accessing employment in the outdoor industry. We offer partial and full  subsidies to cover costs of certifications for employees.

**Because you will be interacting with youth in an unsupervised setting, we require a satisfactory police vulnerable sector check, or regional equivalent. If you are selected we will provide further instructions on how to complete this and we will reimburse the required costs (approximately $70). We recognise that the criminal justice system is not always applied equally and does not always treat people equitably. Having a criminal record will not necessarily exclude you from working with us; it will depend on the circumstances and what the record is for. If you are unsure about this or want to discuss it further we can talk about it during your interview.  If you have any questions or concerns please email us at . Toronto Police Services provide some information and answers to common questions about police checks here:



To apply, first go to:

Then create an account, log in, and follow the instructions to complete the application form using the “Click to Apply” button. When that is complete, please upload your resume using the “View/Upload Paperwork” button.

Please do not attach a cover letter. Instead, let us know more about you through the questions we have included in the application form.

Applications are due by the end of the day on February 5th, 2024.

Project Canoe is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, and diversity in our workplace and in our community. As such, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. People from marginalized, underrepresented and diverse communities, including women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as 2SLGBTQA+, and people facing economic barriers, are especially encouraged to apply. Please advise us if there are any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received will be addressed in confidence.




  • Plan and implement programming for 5, 8, and 14 day canoe trips
  • Model positive and prosocial interpersonal behaviour for youth
  • Accompany and supervise youth on the bus to and from Algonquin Park before and after their trips
  • Review relevant information regarding youth to plan safe and appropriate programming
  • Complete documentation such as, but not limited to, youth and guardian follow-up letters, incident/evacuation reports and youth evaluations
  • Follow Project Canoe’s philosophy for working with youth, Emergency Procedures, and Risk Management Plan


  • Actively engage in a comprehensive, 4 week training program including both psychosocial and canoe-tripping sessions
  • Participate in and contribute to the staff canoe trip by getting involved in scenarios, as well as teaching a key canoe tripping skill to the group.
  • Be in charge of maintaining/organizing a committee: Food, Equipment, or First Aid Kits (responsibilities may include repairs, packing out, preparation, assembly maintenance, and inventory).


  • Communicate professionally and offer feedback to colleagues, as well as reflecting on own performance
  • Stay aware of and manage your emotions to stay balanced, healthy and effective with youth
  • Contribute to daily living tasks such as cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc. and upkeep of the staff house/basecamp.
  • Participate as part of a decision-making team and engage in restorative justice practices

Still have questions? Email our Program Director, John ( we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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