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Northern Ontario Course Director (Full Time and Seasonal)

Outward Bound Canada

Position: Northern Ontario Course Director (Full Time and Seasonal)

Immediate Supervisor:  Northern Ontario Program Manager

Location: Huntsville area
Number of Positions:  1 Full Time, 2 seasonal
Type: Full Time Fixed-Term Contract OR Seasonal Contracts
Date ranges: Full Time 6 month contract, May 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021

Seasonal and Casual, May 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021

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.  The impact of our work on young people in Canada is found in our recent case for support.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Outward Bound Canada has prioritized the health and wellbeing of our employees, participants and the wider community.   As of August 2020, we resumed some of our programs and implemented new COVID-19 Field Procedures to prioritize the health and safety of staff and participants.  We are looking forward to a renewed connection with youth in nature in 2021.


The Northern Ontario Course Director will oversee and manage Outward Bound courses, from course planning and preparation, through implementation and wrap-up, serving as the primary link between program management and Instructors.  This is a great position for those who have spent considerable time leading expeditions and looking for an introduction to a supervisory role working with seasoned instructors.   Our expedition areas range from Algonquin Park to Western Quebec and Northern Ontario.


Serve as the primary link between program management and Instructors.

Oversight of Health and Safety.

Assist in the adherence to the National Safety Policies and Standards and in the development of Local Operating Procedures and New Program Plans.

Run and oversee staff training according to individual, technical and educational skills.

Schedule staff team with Manager.

Handle emergency phone calls from the field, troubleshoot with field and staff, and coordinate field evacuations.

Manage program sites, serving as a trainer and mentor.

Mentor in-field risk management decisions including the mitigation of infectious disease.

Maintain professional presence and relations at sites, with outside agencies, and area agencies.

Thorough completion of all course planning tasks and general readiness prior to student arrival.

Oversee and manage the entire course from course planning, implementation, and wrap-up, ensuring completion of all course end paperwork.

Perform student medical screening and follow-up.

Step into the Instructor role as program needs dictate.

Issue and maintain program equipment

Coordinates the transfer of course information from key sources to instructors.

Coordinate logistics as needed during busy times such as supporting sites, driving and packing food.

Ensure completion of all course end paperwork.

Reconnaissance of new course areas.

Supervise and provide additional training for interns, student teachers and support staff working with assigned courses.


3-5 years as a field instructor with Outward Bound or similar program.

Knowledge of OB programs and philosophy.

Detail-oriented with good organizational skills.

Strong technical skills and working knowledge specific to canoeing, backpacking, and wilderness expeditions.

Demonstrated successful working relationships with peers and other management staff.

Effective trainer, able to accurately assess staff and teach a variety of learners.

Able to smoothly and diplomatically manage diverse staff, creatively and effectively facilitating conflict if necessary.

Ability to manage more than one course at a time.

Ability to problem-solve, prioritize and manage multi-tasks successfully within tight timelines and high stress.

Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral.

Demonstration of inclusive language.

Knowledge and experience with diverse populations and social justice is preferred.

Familiarity with Ontario wilderness expedition areas.


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR-C

Bronze Cross / NLS

F-Class (or equivalent) Driver’s License

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) (an asset)

Moving Water Paddling Certification (an asset)

Post-secondary education in one of the following fields: education, recreation, therapy (an asset).


Full Time, 6 month contract term, pay range $47,000 – 52,000/yr (prorated to duration of contract) + benefits

Seasonal, $175-250/day


Cover letters, resumes and trip logs can be submitted via our application database:

Please identify the position as “Northern Ontario Course Director” when you apply.

Application deadline: Open Until Filled

Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer, we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience beyond technical requirements of a job, if your experience is close to what you see listed, please consider applying. Diversity of experience and skill combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Outward Bound Canada strives to have a broad representation that is reflective of the diversity of Canada and values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to inclusion in our organization. We encourage applications from all individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, racialized people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all other equity-seeking groups.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.




February 10, 2021

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