Outward Bound Canada is committed to helping Canadian youth change the trajectory of their lives. With young people desiring to thrive in an unpredictable and changing world, OBC, a registered charity, offers social-emotional education through experiential adventures in the outdoors. Since 1969, OBC has inspired over 150,000 participants to discover their potential, with a particular emphasis on providing greater access to those facing socioeconomic barriers. These experiences develop resilience, social and emotional intelligence, and environmental leadership to contribute to a better, more compassionate, and resilient society. The impact of our work on young people in Canada is found in our recent case for support.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Outward Bound Canada has prioritized the health and well-being of our employees, participants and the wider community. In Sept 2021, OBC ON North moved from the Huntsville area to their new base, which is located in Minden, ON, at the Kinark Outdoor Centre. This has allowed our services to expand to both expedition and facility-based programs.
We are looking forward to continuing connections with youth in nature in 2023.
The Ontario Wilderness Seasonal Course Director will help oversee and manage Outward Bound courses, from course planning and preparation, through implementation and wrap-up, serving as the primary link between program management and Instructors. This is an excellent position for those who have spent considerable time leading expeditions and looking for an introduction to a supervisory role working with seasoned instructors. You will also work closely with our Full-time year around Course Director as a mentor and support. Our expedition areas range from Algonquin Park to Western Quebec and Northern Ontario.
Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR-C
Post-secondary education in one of the following fields: education, recreation, therapy (an asset).
Moving Water Paddling Certification (an asset)
Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) (an asset)
Current Bronze Cross / NLS
Familiarity with Ontario wilderness expedition areas.
2-4 years as a field instructor with Outward Bound or a similar program.
Knowledge of OB programs and philosophy.
Detail-oriented with good organizational skills.
Strong technical skills and working knowledge specific to canoeing, backpacking, and wilderness expeditions.
Demonstrated successful working relationships with peers and other management staff.
Effective trainer, able to accurately assess staff and teach a variety of learners.
Ability to problem, prioritize and multi-task successfully
About Outward Bound Canada
Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer; we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience beyond the technical requirements of a job; if your experience is close to what you see listed, please consider applying. Diversity of experience and skill combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Outward Bound Canada strives to have a broad representation that reflects Canada’s diversity, values the diversity of people and communities, and is committed to inclusion in our organization. We encourage applications from all individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, racialized people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all other equity-seeking groups.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage during the hiring process; please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodations.