Job Posting

Youth Coordinator


The Youth Coordinator (YC) is responsible for the outreach, screening, and enrollment processes for youth interested in attending our summer canoe tripping program.  As part of youth outreach, the YC  is responsible for delivering presentations about our programs, meeting with community agencies, and providing resources and support to youth who will be attending our summer wilderness program.

The YC will follow Project Canoe’s philosophy for working with our youth, which is to empower youth who face barriers in their lives, highlight their unique and individual strengths, and build their capacities to chart positive futures for themselves and their communities.

It is important that the YC have  direct practical experience working with our youth population.  It is vital to have an understanding of the variety of issues that our youth face, the possible resulting behaviours, and strategies for working with them. The YC will also have the chance to co-lead at least one trip alongside Canoe Trip Leaders during the summer.


  • Pay: $700/week
  • ~18 weeks, from the beginning of May to the end of August
  • Combination of remote and in-person work
  • Optional accommodation provided in Toronto for June, July, & August
  • Opportunities for professional development and training


  • Outreach to community organisations, schools and youth services
  • Support youth during the enrollment process before attending our summer program
  • Communicate effectively to youth and families the magic and challenges of wilderness trips
  • Facilitate pre-trip youth meeting with each youth interested in attending
  • Maintain the youth database, accurate files, statistics, and reports as required
  • Assist with urban programs for youth and partnership service providers
  • Support youth after trip, connecting them with other programs and our urban programs
  • Assist with transportation logistics, correspondence, mailings and general office work when needed
  • Assist the Program Director in canoe trip logistics support (pre and post trip paperwork, basecamp tasks, evacuation support)


  • 2+ years practical experience working with youth, their families and social service agencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong computer and administrative skills
  • Comfortable talking one-on-one and to groups about our youth programs
  • Knowledge and experience working with marginalized, underrepresented, and diverse communities (e.g. 2SLGBTQA+, newcomers, BIPOC, individuals/families facing economic barriers), especially in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Required: Must be age 19 or over
  • Required: Must be able to provide a satisfactory police vulnerable sector check**
  • G class driver’s licence, or equivalent, is an asset, but not required
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid & Bronze Cross certifications an asset, but not required

**Because you will be interacting with youth in an unsupervised setting, we require a satisfactory police vulnerable sector check, or regional equivalent. If you are selected we will provide further instructions on how to complete this and we will reimburse the required costs (approximately $70). We recognise that the criminal justice system is not always applied equally and does not always treat people equitably. Having a criminal record will not necessarily exclude you from working with us; it will depend on the circumstances and what the record is for. If you are unsure about this or want to discuss it further we can talk about it during your interview.  If you have any questions or concerns please email us at . Toronto Police Services provide some information and answers to common questions about police checks here:


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Applications are due by the end of the day on February 5th, 2024.

Project Canoe is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, and diversity in our workplace and in our community. As such, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. People from marginalized, underrepresented and diverse communities, including women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as 2SLGBTQA+, and people facing economic barriers, are especially encouraged to apply. Please advise us if there are any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received will be addressed in confidence.




The YC is responsible for delivering presentations to communities in the GTA and surrounding areas as well as meeting with potential referrers. The outreach program has 3 key objectives, 1) to educate the community about Project Canoe’s programs and philosophy for working with youth, 2) to advocate for our youth population and 3) to recruit referrals of youth to our programs. 

The YC advises, develops and screens all new Partnerships Trips, along with the PD.  These trips are formed with various youth agencies and programs when it is deemed beneficial for both parties. This involves managing partnership requests, and informing potential partners of Project Canoe’s policies and philosophy.  You will work collaboratively with the PD to establish new partners and maintain current partners if they are deemed still appropriate. 


The YC manages all aspects of the enrollment process for youth interested in attending our summer wilderness programs, while redirecting youth who are deemed not appropriate to other programs/services.  It is, therefore, necessary to be knowledgeable about other youth programs and services, and how to access them. 

The YC meets with each prospective youth for a welcome call in order to get to know them better, and understand how PC can best support them. Once you decide a youth is appropriate for a canoe trip, you will place each youth into appropriate trip groups and may assist the PD in matching the youth with the most appropriate staff for their canoe trip.

The YC may also assist in supervising youth events to facilitate on-going contact with youth who have previously attended the regular summer tripping program. 


The YC will be involved in advising on youth and youth issues, as well as assisting in training staff and volunteers on working with youth and youth issues.  Depending on the staff training schedule, you could train the canoe trip leaders on the enrollment process, and how to deal with youth behaviours that staff can expect to encounter this summer.  Additional staff training may be required by you depending on your training. 


The YC will pre-brief trip leaders on youth participants before trips are sent out and be available for advising them in supporting particular youth or behaviours.  The YC will also be responsible for necessary paperwork to accompany the youth participants.

While trips are out, the YC is expected to be on-call at scheduled times in case any incidents or evacuations occur on a trip.  You will rotate being on-call with the Leadership Team.  Whenever necessary, you will be expected to help coordinate and implement evacuations for group trips or individuals with the PD.  Afterwards, your responsibilities may include informing parents/guardians of any incidents/disclosures that their youth might have been involved in.  Additionally, the YC may help to debrief staff, youth and parents/guardians if a trip is evacuated.

Still have questions? Email our Program Director, John ( we will get back to you as soon as we can.




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