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6 Dec 2018

Contract Lead Facilitator

Educo Adventure School Buffalo Creek, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

Position:                                    Lead Facilitator – Educo Adventure School

Location:                                     100 Mile House, Canada

Program Season:                   May 1st – September 15th, 2019

Application Close Date:       December 28th, 2018

Report to:                                    Program Director – Educo Adventure School



Educo Adventure School is looking for dynamic, passionate, and hardworking leaders in delivering transformational, fun, and safe courses for youth in our Adventure School and Community programs this summer.



Educo Adventure School aims to be more than just an outdoor classroom: we seek to create meaningful experiences that draw forth our students’ emotional, social, and spiritual development. We believe this is fostered through deepening connections with the natural world, embracing challenge, and learning the intricacies of intimate teamwork. We learn experientially – hands-on! Educo offers opportunities for young people to disconnect from the digital and online arenas and to cultivate a sense of belonging in the world as they journey through our local mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. Educo Adventure School staff facilitate opportunities for youth to become self-aware and engaged with the people, communities, and natural world surrounding them.



Educo Adventure School has a rich history in youth work and community living. In a loving and supportive environment, we encourage each other to step beyond our preconceived limitations and to express ourselves fully and creatively. As a staff team, we work hard (and play harder). We work collaboratively and we value one another’s contributions. We ask of our staff what we ask of our students: a willingness to step beyond our comfort zone and to practice vulnerability and appreciation. If you prefer efficiency to collaboration, dislike ambiguity, and adhere to a very strict schedule, then leading at Educo Adventure School probably isn’t right for you. If you’re looking for a fun, multifaceted, and rewarding work environment that will push you every single day, then we want to hear from you!



The duties of the Lead Facilitator include, but are not limited to, the following:


  1. Program Delivery


  • Work collaboratively with the Educo Adventure School team and assigned co-leaders to plan and facilitate a safe, unique, and dynamic experiential education adventure that upholds the Educo Mission Statement and meets the standards set out in the Educo Employee Handbook.


  • Oversee for assigned program(s):
  • The safety of all alpine, rock-climbing, paddling, camping, and low ropes activities;
  • all first aid assessments, procedures, and plans;
  • all expedition planning, (including submitting a written trip-plan);
  • all expedition communication for individual groups;
  • tailoring activities and the group experience to match program learning objectives, as communicated by Program Director.


  1. Off-Program Duties


All Educo Adventure School staff are expected to:


  • Support the organization of, and participate in, the collaborative efforts of general site maintenance and clean-up duties during “off” days.


  1. Safety Tasks:


Lead Facilitators are expected to:


  • In the case of a medical situation on program, assume the role of First Responder. This may include overseeing all emergency first aid, rescue and communication protocols, and appropriate delegation;
  • Bring all safety concerns of any kind to the Program Director in a timely fashion;
  • Report all “near misses” or “incidents,” to the Program Director, using the appropriate written forms and documentation.


  1. Communication


All Educo Adventure School staff are expected to


  • Regularly create opportunities for co-program staff to check-in regarding their perspectives, personal well-being, and desired learning activities;
  • Participate in all staff meetings and feedback sessions.


  1. Qualifications:


Required Qualifications: 

  • 250+ hours working with youth and young adults in wilderness settings
  • 250+ hours of facilitation experience with youth and young adult groups
  • Extensive experience backpacking in remote wilderness areas (30+ days)
  • Extensive experience backpacking in remote wilderness areas in a leadership role (25+ days)
  • Significant experience climbing peaks in high alpine environments (above 3000m)
  • Significant experience flatwater canoeing in wilderness settings (25+ days)
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid or equivalent training
  • Bronze Cross


Desired Qualifications:


  • Wilderness First Responder certified
  • Association of Canadian Mountain Guide Certification
  • Class 4 Canadian Driver’s License
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician Certification- Level 1
  • Significant personal experience climbing in outdoor settings
  • Significant personal experience guiding climbing in indoor and/or outdoor settings
  • Significant experience guiding youth on low rope courses/elements
  • Experience facilitating ceremony and impactful transitional events for youth and young adults
  • Experience as a leader facilitating introspective and vulnerable group discussions



  • Integrity: Educo Adventure School programs offer students opportunities to be the best versions of themselves, to reflect on and accept who they are, and to contribute as positive community members. Your approach to life reflects these aims.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the program. Convey a welcoming and inclusive demeanor to the public and your staff team through openness and attentiveness to every individual.
  • Foster Community: Work cooperatively and effectively with others. Engage community members in our work and in sharing who we are as an organization. Offer mentorship and supportive feedback to your colleagues.
  • Organization and Planning: Set priorities with your supervisor, maintain your work schedule, take initiative on your goals and monitor progress.
  • Openness: Be open to feedback and share honest feedback with colleagues in a respectful, caring, and direct way.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problems to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Creativity: Tailor activities and exercises to the needs of each group/student. Try new activities or twists on old activities. Be flexible with your plan when necessary.



  • Program staff live and work on site at our beautiful remote base camp, 30km west of 100 Mile House in the Cariboo region.
  • Accommodation and food provided when onsite.
  • Opportunity to work internationally in future programming with the JUMP! Foundation.



The JUMP! Foundation is an international non-profit that utilizes experiential education to inspire and empower young people to engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Educo and JUMP! have entered into a strategic partnership to innovate and expand the impact of Educo Adventure School. For more information on JUMP!, please visit



Wage: Exact pay wage to be determined based on experience, availability, and certifications. Expected range of 125-150 CAD daily.

Working Terms: May 1st – September 15th, 2019


How to Apply

Please click to submit your application. Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit a current resume and letter or motivation/cover letter.   Application closing date: December 28, 2018  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of Jan 7, 2019.    JUMP! is committed to employment equity. We encourage qualified applicants from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and all those with the knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively with diverse communities.

Job Categories: Outdoor Education. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: camp, experiential education, facilitation, outdoor education, and youth.

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