Job Posting

Outdoor Education Program Facilitator

Camp Elphinstone

Date Posted:                        June 29, 2021

Position Title:                       Outdoor Education Program Facilitator 

Location:                               YMCA Camp Elphinstone: Gibsons, BC

Terms:                                    Seasonal Contract, Full-time

Hiring Range:                        $121.65-$125.00 per day


Start Date:                            August 29, 2021

End Date:                              October 20, 2021


Reports To:                           Outdoor Education Director



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. Camp Elphinstone operates as a residential summer camp during July and August offering programs like one and two week camp, Sailing Camp, Leadership Development, and out-trips to Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast Trail.


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


YMCA Camp Elphinstone has accommodation and dining for up to 400 people and has programs and equipment for 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 and Scope:

Outdoor Education Facilitators will deliver program instruction, interact directly with children, and provide positive customer service to school and retreats. Facilitators will deliver experiential, participant-focused programming with students from elementary and high schools, as well as adult retreat groups and special events.


Facilitators will be trained in all program areas at camp and will execute programming following all risk management, policies and procedures, and within the scope of their training. Facilitators will regularly provide support in kitchen duties, cleaning and facility maintenance, and upkeep as required.


This position is contingent on programs being operational based on public health guidelines and any other relevant factors.


Major Responsibilities:        

  • Provide the required skills and expertise learned in training to facilitate safe and effective programming.
  • Interact directly with children and encourage interaction between children.
  • Assist with general maintenance, cleaning, and site support duties as required for daily operation.
  • Ensure all participants and staff follow camp rules, respecting each other and the facility.



  • Standard First Aid & CPR-C
  • Bronze Cross
  • NLS – National Lifeguard an asset
  • ACCT Level 1 or 2 an asset
  • 3 Successful Reference checks
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date 


In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

Commitment to Organization Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA

Diversity: Appreciates that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring a richness to the YMCA

Philanthropy: Demonstrates a personal responsibility for the YMCA as a charity

Leadership: Guides, motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes

Outcome Thinking: Visualizes, understands and articulates YMCA outcomes and formulates strategies, plans and

actions for achievement

Quality Focus: Ensures YMCA programs and services are superior

Teamwork: Actively builds teams and encourages open relationships for maximum organizational effectiveness


Application deadline: Ongoing

Thank you for your interest and application.

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


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