Woods & Water Program Leader
POSITION: WOODS AND WATER PROGRAM LEADER
REPORTING TO: WOODS AND WATER PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
JOB TYPE: FIXED TERM CONTRACT, NON – BARGAINING (SEASONAL)
POSTED DATE: FEBRUARY 10, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: UNTIL FILLED
EXPECTED START DATE: JUNE 20TH, 2022
CONTRACT END DATE: AUGUST 22ND, 2022
Camp Towhee/Towhee Summer Therapeutic Program treats youth with Mental Health issues complicated by
Learning Disabilities. Located in Haliburton, Ontario, Towhee positively changes the trajectory of kids and staffs
lives. This will be one of the most rewarding, magical and hardest places you will ever work. We provide 10 days
of training covering behaviour management, counselling skills, CPI, mental health and learning disabilities. If
you are interested in a career in the social services, psychology or teaching and/or want to play a pivotal role in
supporting children and youth in feeling safe enough to be their genuine amazing selves – Towhee is the place
for you to get real experience, skill building, and be part of that change. Towhee is operated by the LDMH
(Learning Disabilities and Mental Health) Stream of CDI, a year-round children’s Mental Health Centre in Toronto.
ABOUT WOODS AND WATER PROGRAM
The Woods and Water Program is designed to provide campers with an outdoors experience, ranging from
waterfront based activities, to outdoor living skills, to going on a 3-5 day overnight canoe trip. This array of
programming opportunities allows campers to gain a broad set of experiences, and allows staff to intentionally
select the programming that will best serve the group and individuals they are with. Programmers create and
implement programming that teaches technical outdoor skills (orienteering, fire building, tent set up, etc.) and
provides opportunities for fun and recreation (beach games and waterfront programs) in an accessible and
CDI is seeking a Woods and Water Program Leader, to join our dynamic Camp Towhee team. The successful
candidate should be a relationship builder and team player, with a passion for supporting children/youth, a
willingness to learn about the impacts of mental health and learning disabilities on social/emotional/physical
behaviour, and a passion for helping campers to define and experience success in the outdoors. Under the
direction of the Woods and Water Supervisor, the Woods and Water Program Leader will be responsible for
facilitating intentional and exciting programs that deliver a fun and therapeutic experience.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Plan, coordinate and facilitate canoe trips, outdoor skills programs, and waterfront activities as part of
the Woods & Water program team
2. Deliver safe, effective, and intentional high quality programs that are designed to meet specific
learning needs, objectives and skill development themes.
3. Responsible for packing and repairing gear, route planning, menu planning, food packing, and
developing tools to support campers during programs.
4. Assist in other areas of the camp by providing direct support and supervision of campers during meal
times, evening programs, bedtime routines and night supervision
5. Work as part of the overall staff team by participating in the planning and implementation of special,
camp-wide theme programs and activities
6. Adhere to and interpret to other staff and campers the policies, practices and procedures of Camp Towhee.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
▪ Two (2) or more years in a post-secondary degree or equivalent experience
▪ Previous professional experience working within a camp environment, strongly preferred
▪ Experience working with children and/or youth, preferably our population
▪ Personal, professional, or educational experiences in a related field
▪ Ability to assume responsibility and exercise good judgment in making decisions within the scope of authority of the position
▪ Must have a current and valid police records check with vulnerable sector screening
▪ Standard First Aid with CPR C
▪ Experience facilitating outdoor skills programming (swimming, canoeing/kayaking), including leading multi-night canoe trips
▪ Current NLS qualification (or commitment to obtain it)
▪ Demonstrated ability to work in a respectful and aware manner with groups from diverse background and experiences.
▪ Fast-paced work environment.
▪ Interacts with campers, other staff, supervisors/directors, family members, and visitors as required.
▪ Responsible for the safely and efficiently running the Camp Towhee Challenge Course, including set up
and take down of elements, the inspection of equipment, and the facilitation of elements and programs.
▪ As needed requirement to lift children (up to 45 lbs.), in addition to bending, stooping, stretching,
squatting, pushing, pulling, sitting, walking, and climbing stairs
▪ Leading in a 3-5 day canoe trip (possibility of a 10 day trip), involving paddling, portaging, hiking, swimming, carrying equipment, and sleeping in tents.
▪ Noise level can be moderate to loud.
▪ Frequent physical activity including sitting, standing, walking, running, lifting and generally supporting campers and staff in camp activities and games.
COMPENSATION: Towhee offers competitive camp salaries, which include room/board, and are subject to
applicant qualifications and previous experience
Please complete the Online Application located at (https://www.childdevelop.ca/towhee/staff/staff-application/)
AND submit your chronological resume via e-mail to:
Child Development Institute
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your interest. However, due to the volume of resumes received, only those candidates selected for
interviews will be contacted.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:
Child Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value inclusivity & diversity in the workplace. We
actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not
▪ First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
▪ members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
▪ persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; and
▪ persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We
value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our
Child Development Institute is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. In accordance with the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Child
Development Institute will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with
disabilities. During any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources of the nature of any
accommodation(s) you may require. Any information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed
All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector
Note: All CDI employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with CDI Mandatory