Job Posting

Outdoor Education Program Coordinator

YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Location: YMCA Camp Elphinstone, 1760 YMCA Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V6

Rate of Pay$126 per day

Position Status: Seasonal Contract, Full time

  • Spring Term: April 4th to June 19th, 2022
  • Fall Term: September 4th to November 5th, 2022

Reports To: Outdoor Education Director

Applicants interested in summer and/or fall term positions preferred


YMCA Camp Elphinstone:

YMCA Camp Elphinstone is located near Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It is situated on 144 acres of temperate rainforest along the shores of Howe Sound. During July and August, Camp Elphinstone offers programs for youth ages 5-17, including one and two week overnight camps, sailing camp, Leadership Development, out-trips to Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast Trail, and day camps.

From September to June, Camp Elphinstone operates as an Outdoor Education, Event and Retreat Centre for schools, conferences, weddings, and other special interest groups. Camp Elphinstone currently serves over 12,000 participants annually.

YMCA Camp Elphinstone has accommodation and dining for up to 472 people, offering programs like swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, stand up paddleboarding, low/high ropes, rock climbing, wilderness and environmental programs, archery, crafts and more. Camp Elphinstone employs approximately 140 staff/volunteers during July and August, with a team between 20-50 for the spring and fall Outdoor Education seasons, and a smaller core team of 10 staff during the winter season. Successful Camp Elphinstone staff are self-motivated individuals whose ambition is to help children and youth develop in an outdoor camp setting.

Nature & Scope:

The Outdoor Education Program Coordinator works with the Outdoor Education Director in our spring and fall seasons to oversee all major program areas, including the waterfront, challenge course, and archery, while maintaining all program equipment, ensuring all programs are meeting risk management standards, and delivering an experiential, participant-focused experience.

In conjunction with the Outdoor Education Group Coordinators, the Program Coordinators will be responsible for the general management of the YMCA Camp Elphinstone Outdoor Education Centre and the supervision, coaching, evaluation, and scheduling of program staff.

This position will mean role modelling child-centered behaviour, sometimes leading programs, and providing support in facility maintenance and upkeep.


  • · Provide the required skills and expertise to operate safe and effective program areas.
  • · Help to develop the protocols and expectations of each program area. Assist in staff training and ongoing staff skill review.
  • · Ensure staff are trained, informed, and abiding by all policies, procedures, and risk management. Ensure all programs deliver safe, fun, and participant-focused experiences.
  • · Interact directly with children, establish and maintain positive communication with staff, teachers, participants, and guests


  • · Standard First Aid & CPR-C
  • · NLS
  • · Pleasure Craft Operators Card
  • · Class 4 Driver’s License
  • · Ability to work a flexible schedule according to operation needs
  • · Previous supervisory experience in camping, youth recreation, and/or experiential education
  • · Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening issued no later than six (6) months preceding start date
  • The YMCA has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy requiring all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated, as per the timeline set out by the province

Additional Qualifications (assets)

  • · ACCT Level 2
  • · Wilderness First Responder
  • · Occupational First Aid Level 3
  • · Lifesaving Instructor
  • · Paddle Canada Instructor
  • · Post-secondary education in a related field or equivalent experience

Please submit your cover letter and resume here. 

Application Deadline: November 28, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will be considered for subsequent rounds of hiring if positions are still vacant.

Thank you for your interest and application.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible environment where all members of our community feel valued, respected, and supported. We encourage applications from the diverse communities in which we live and serve, including but not limited to people of colour, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. We have established policies, procedures, and practices to meet accessibility standards throughout the hiring process. Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please do not hesitate to contact our Human Resources department.   


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