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10 Jan 2018

Seasonal Norquay River Trainer

YMCA John Island Camp Spanish, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

YMCA John Island Camp is on of YMCA of Northeastern Ontario’s summer camp and residential outdoor/environmental education centre. We are located near the town of Spanish, Ontario Canada. YMCA John Island Camp is proud of its reputation of providing high quality camp experiences in a fun, caring, and safe environment, all while being on a unique, inspiring setting in the North Channel of Lake Huron!

We are currently looking for a Norquay River Trainer to join our team of committed and professional staff. Under the direction of the Camp Director, the Norquay River Trainer is responsible for the planning, preparation, implementation and debrief/cleanup of the expedition based version of the second year leadership program at John Island Camp. This person will be responsible for working with a co-instructor to deliver a program focused on developing participant’s leadership, wilderness travel, whitewater canoeing and camper care skills. The goal for this position is to provide opportunity for leadership development that relates directly to the camp environment but is also transferable to other environments.


  • Education in outdoor leadership, recreation or adventure based programming
  • Experience managing risk associated with wilderness travel on remote rivers
  • Skills in instructing whitewater progression
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and deal with incidents
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening


  • Responsible for planning, preparing, implementing and debriefing/cleaning up from the expedition based version of the second year leadership development program, Norquay
  • Responsible for facilitating a safe, participant oriented and skill focused remote whitewater wilderness expedition with a co-instructor
  • Responsible for all logistical planning of the trip and equipment inventory, repair and replacement in coordination with the Leadership Manager and Outtripping Manager

How to Apply

If you would like to work in a family friendly environment, visit our website at in the Staff/Employment section for the application form and submission process. If you have any questions about this posting you can send us your question at: Please ensure that your cover letter and resume both specify the job title of the position that you are applying for. All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted and you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, you must advise the Human Resources Department. Please note that successful candidates will be required to submit a current and satisfactory Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check for review prior to starting employment. Please note that candidates invited for an interview will be required to submit three professional references. YMCA of Northeastern Ontario is an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to maintaining a fair and equitable work environment. All of our employees and job applicants will be promoted or employed solely on the basis of their abilities and qualifications.

Job Categories: Instructors and Trainers. Job Types: Seasonal.

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