Outdoor Education Backcountry Instructor (Fall 2024)

Outdoor Education Backcountry Instructor (Fall 2024)

  • Support Staff
  • British Columbia
  • Daily rate: $200 - $555, dependent on experience and qualifications CAD / Day

Position: Outdoor Education Backcountry Instructor

Department: Outdoor Education

Reports to: Head of Outdoor Education

Starting date: Sept 22nd, 2024

Salary: Daily rate: $200 – $555, dependent on experience and qualifications

This is a contract position to support our overnight backcountry outdoor education program for students in Grade 9 (ages 14-15). The Grade 9 Explorer Program consists of a day of staff training and two 5-day outdoor education expeditions where students participate in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking. Successful candidates will also help the students engage in team-building activities, teach camp craft, and run debrief activities that align with the core values of our School. Instructors will work in pairs to deliver programming according to a progression of skills established by the Outdoor Education department.

Remuneration is provided at a daily rate, according to an established pay scale based on experience and certifications.

Staff Training: Sept 22, 2024

Grade 9 Explorer Trip 1: Sept 23 – Sept 27, 2024

Grade 9 Explorer Trip 2: Sept 30-Oct 4, 2024


Responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising, with a co-instructor, a group of up to 12 students in the outdoors;
  • Providing educational programming in accordance with the school’s outdoor skills curriculum;
  • Reporting on the progress and achievement of participants at the end of each program;
  • Attending and participating in staff training activities;
  • Doing basic maintenance on equipment and supplies to be used on trips.


Qualifications will include:

The following are requirements for this position:

  • Demonstrated interest in outdoor education programs and experience working with youth in a wilderness camp setting (hiking, canoeing or kayaking);
  • Experience leading outdoor programs in one or more of hiking, canoeing or kayaking;
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills;
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities;
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written forms;
  • 40+ hour first aid course.

Preference will be given to candidates who also have the following skills and qualifications:

  • 80+ hour wilderness first aid course;
  • Class 4 driver’s license or equivalent;
  • Experience leading outdoor programs with youth;
  • Industry qualifications in outdoor skill areas applicable to the trips being offered.


Interested applicants should email cover letter, resumes and copies of relevant qualifications to:

Patrick O’Sullivan, Head of Outdoor Education at: [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to posullivan@stgeorges.bc.ca.

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