Job Posting

Red Wolf Program Coordinator

Position Title: Program Coordinator
Organization: The Pine Project
Location: Haliburton, Ontario
Position Type: Full-time, contract
Start Date: Sunday, July 15, 2024
End Date: Sunday, August 25, 2024
Hours: Overnight positions from Sunday to Saturday with scheduled days off
Compensation: $3100 plus additional compensation dependent on certification and experience

About Us

The Pine Project is Ontario’s leading nature connection organization. We offer year-round nature connection programs for people of all ages in Toronto and the surrounding area. Our programs foster confidence, competence, resilience and a deep relationship with nature in a way that is hard to achieve in more conventional learning environments. By helping children connect to nature and teaching adults to do the same, we inspire children to respect, cherish, and care for the Earth. We are empowering the next generation of environmental stewards, problem solvers and leaders. Check out our website – – for more information.

​​We are committed to promoting equity and diversity within our workplace and greater community. We are especially excited to see applications from members of equity-deserving groups, particularly people from racialized backgrounds.

About this Role

The Pine Project is seeking someone to join our leadership team as our Head of Program at our Red Wolf Summer Camp. Unlike many overnight camps, Red Wolf Summer Camp takes place in a backcountry setting, with campers and staff living in tents, cooking over open fires, and living in harmony with the land. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with outdoor education experience, particularly backcountry and adventure-programming experience.

Working under the supervision of the Cultural Coordinator, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for the management and supervision of the waterfront area. They will also get to see all the best parts of camp through creating and leading programs based on our core activities. Finally, the Head of Program will help individual groups during designated programs, campsite and overnight blocks to help relieve staff and work with groups that require additional support. 

This position is all about delivering high-quality programs creatively and effectively to advance our mission and vision of a world where healthy people care for themselves, others and the natural environment.

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Train staff on waterfront policies and expectations
  • Enforce all policies, procedures and routines for all waterfront activities including: Canoeing, Swimming, and special programs on the waterfront
  • Plan special activities andt with the guidance of the Cultural Coordinator
  • Support Lead and Assistant staff by leading a variety of program blocks including: archery, nature walks, bushcraft sessions, crafting and nature immersion activities
  • Facilitate positive learning and recreational experiences in nature with campers aged 7-14 
  • Support Lead and Assistant instructors in managing groups of up to 12 campers 
  • Help organize and facilitate  staff training week and camp take-down weekend
  • Be prepared to work and live outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to continuously learn relevant knowledge and skills related to program content and curriculum
  • Familiarize yourself with and abide by all policies and procedures including, but not limited to, the staff handbook and emergency plans.

Why you Should Apply

What you Bring

  • NLS Pool or NLS Waterfront
  • Working in a lifeguarding or waterfront staff capacity
  • Experience in water sport or swim instruction
  • A passion for learning and growth (in the outdoors)
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, and flexible approach
  • Strong communication, time management, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to The Pine Project’s mission statement and core values
  • Desire to further your own naturalist skills, mentoring techniques, and nature connection
  • Preparedness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Up to date Police Vulnerable Sectors Check (or willingness to obtain prior to employment)
  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C or higher (or willingness to obtain prior to employment)
  • Experience in a leadership role in a summer camp setting or equivalent
  • Up to date Wilderness First Aid certification (WFR/WAFA) (preferred)
  • Extensive experience working with children in a mentorship role
  • ORCKA Certifications and other outdoor certifications (preffered)
  • Experience working with children and youth with diverse learning needs 
  • Naturalist experience and knowledge
  • Survival skills, wilderness experience

The Pine Project understands that the cost of certifications can be a barrier to accessing employment in the outdoor industry. If you identify as a member of a disadvantaged or marginalized group, or have faced other systemic barriers to accessing employment, we may be able to subsidize one or all of the required certifications.

What we bring

  • A staff community of learners pushing each other to grow our knowledge and experience
  • Daily experiences in the outdoors and in-depth knowledge of backcountry camping
  • Training in topics related to Nature, Wilderness travel, Wilderness skill development, program planning and design
  • Training in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
  • Work with purpose: make a difference for nature and people 
  • Casual and welcoming work environment 

Application Procedure

There are two options to apply:

  1. Submit a resume and cover letter to Please refer to the “Waterfront Program Lead” or “Float Staff” position in the email subject line.

Your cover letter should be about one page in length and include:

  • Where you saw this job posting
  • Why you are interested in the Pine Project and the Waterfront Program Lead/Float Staff position
  • A brief description of your relevant skills, experience and aptitudes
    • Applicants who do not meet all of the stated qualifications but have transferable skills, experiences or aptitudes are encouraged to apply and explain their relevance to the role in the cover letter.
  1. Apply online here: The form will ask you about education and work experience (similar to a resume) and ask the above questions (similar to a cover letter)

Apply by January 22nd, 2024

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please. 

The Pine Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity within our workplace and greater community. We work proactively to develop a barrier-free selection process and inclusive work environment that is increasingly representative of the communities we live and work in, and where all team members are able to express ideas, opinions and experiences.

We welcome applications from all qualified individuals with an interest in advancing our mission, vision and values, and assisting us in deepening our commitment to Anti-racism/Anti-oppression. We especially encourage applications from members of historically disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, and/or LGBTQ2S+. If contacted for a job opportunity, please advise us of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received will be addressed in confidence.




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