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Fall Outdoor Educators

Department Kinark Outdoor Centre Date Posted 7/11/2019

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2019-2852

LocationGTA, Ontario, Canada

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families.  Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.


Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!

Kinark:  Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

We currently have the following opportunities in our Kinark Outdoor Centre:

Fall Outdoor Educators

Kinark Outdoor Centre – Minden

Temporary, Full Time Contracts

Fall Season: August 26, 2019 to October 27, 2019



Job Summary:

The Kinark Outdoor Center (KOC) facilitates a range of outdoor education, therapeutic recreation and experiential adventure programs designed to meet the specific needs of its diverse client population. Visiting groups include: children’s mental health centers, community living agencies, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and various organizations serving youth, adults and individuals with special needs.   KOC also offers a diverse range of programming for children with an Autism Spectrum disorder including Family Camps, Family Respites and a 5-day summer camp programs throughout July & August.


The Outdoor Educator is responsible for interacting with children, family members and group leaders while facilitating recreational programming and managing risk.  The successful incumbent will be trained in all program areas at the KOC and will assist in the development, delivery and evaluation of small and large group programs at the KOC.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with youth, adults, and individuals with special needs, experience facilitating programs with small and large groups, as well as the ability to work in an outdoor camp environment in all weather conditions. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with KOC program.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with KOC program.  This includes but is not limited to being responsible for all clients’ safety.
  • Create and ensure a safe and positive environment for program participation.
  • Facilitate outdoor recreation activities, including but not limited to: canoeing, kayaking, wall climbing, high ropes, hikes, campfire, crafts, group games and initiatives.
  • Engage in the ongoing assessment process of both clients and programs, and make program adaptations as necessary.
  • Perform role of direct care provider for clients on the autism spectrum.
  • Foster growth and development in clients through the provision of primary care, including but not limited to: personal hygiene, dietary needs and behaviour management.
  • Assist in facility preparation and equipment maintenance.
  • Ensure all agency record keeping requirements are fully maintained.



  • Post-Secondary Education in Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Child and Youth Worker or a related field.  Applicants who are in the process of completing their post-secondary education will be considered.  Equivalent experience will be considered in the absence of post-secondary education.
  • Experience working in a child care setting (such as: residential care, camp, school system) with children ages 8 to 18 years old.
  • Work experience in wilderness tripping, crafts, drama, environmental programming and group games.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR C are required (Wilderness First Aid will be accepted).
  • Current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) is an asset.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, time-management and communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Certification in canoeing, kayaking, wilderness tripping and environmental programming are an asset.
  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, swimming, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities.
  • Must have the ability to restrain and physically support children when needed for safety in general KOC activities.  Training will be provided.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical.
  • Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration


Here are the reasons why you should join our team at the KOC as an Outdoor Educator:

  • Competitive salary: $14.00 per hour + 4% vacation pay in lieu of vacation.
  • Room and Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) provided at no additional cost.
  • Wireless connection in several locations for use during non-work time.
  • Staff will receive monthly schedules that indicate days and groups to be worked. On average, staff work 35-40 hours per week (4-12 hours per day depending on group needs).
  • Staff are occasionally scheduled to sleep in a private room within camper cabins for supervision.
  • Extensive in-house training specific to the program which includes: Challenge Course facilitation, Safe Management Crisis Intervention, program delivery and instruction and Autism Training.
  • Facilities in staff accommodations include shared cabins, kitchen, parking and gazebo. Laundry available on-site.


To find out more about our Kinark Outdoor Centre please look at our



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Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).   If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at  or (905) 474-9595.

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We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kinark Child and Family Services is an equal opportunity employer.