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7 Jun 2017

Contract Outdoor Trip Guide

Appleby College –  Temagami, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Appleby’s Outdoor Education program has been providing outdoor fun and adventure for our students for over 40 years. The program is designed to safely introduce our students to the idea of “living” outdoors in the Canadian wilderness. Our focus is placed on experiences that lead to personal growth and character development. Our understanding staff help to guide our students through enriching experiences that allow each individual to develop long-lasting attributes. These qualities include responsibility, confidence, integrity, resilience, and the ability to work with others; all of which, we feel, contribute to the growth of one’s person.

The program begins at our Oakville Campus, where campers spend valuable time with our instructors getting acquainted and prepared for their trip to Rabbitnose Island, the location of our Outdoor Education centre. The group will then travel north via coach to Lake Temagami, approximately 500km north of Toronto. Once at the Lake, students and staff will take a barge to Rabbitnose, which is situated on the North Arm of the extremely picturesque Lake Temagami.  Time is spent at the island developing skills necessary for a three-day two-night canoe trip.  The region provides our students with some of Ontario’s most pristine wilderness – ideal for exploring and canoe tripping.  Rabbitnose is home to our Main Lodge; constructed over 8o years ago, it provides our students with a true taste of the area’s rich history. Cabins for students and staff, the “trip-shed” (equipment storage), activity centres, boathouse, and sauna complete the list of buildings on the property.

The Outdoor Trip Guide is responsible for safely introducing students to the idea of “living” outdoors in the Canadian wilderness at Appleby’s McLaughlin Northern Campus on Lake Temagami. Reporting to the Director, Outdoor Education, this position is designed to encourage growth and development by enhancing healthy lifestyles through participation opportunities and educational experiences.

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Co-lead a group of campers ages 11 to 16 through a canoe trips focused on outdoor experiences and learning
  • Develop and deliver essential outdoor skills including canoeing and camping while emphasizing teamwork and trust
  • Instruct and lead specialized activities with campers
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with the Outdoor Education procedures and policies as well as Appleby’s Mutual Respect Policy
  • Continuously build rapport with students, staff and volunteers
  • Effectively utilize group and risk management skills, maturity and role modeling to create a safe and supportive environment for student-centered learning
  • Manage and problem solve issues with campers and other staff
  • Safely lead groups on both day and extended backcountry excursions
  • Prepare meals, serve, properly store and thoroughly clean up after mealtime
  • Properly maintain and store all equipment, instructional supplies etc.

Knowledge, Skills & Technical Ability:

  • Applicants for this position should have completed minimum 2nd year in a post-secondary education
  • Experienced outdoor guide, trained in all aspects of out-tripping
  • Proven excellence in instructional abilities
  • Demonstrates effective problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, time management and organizational skills
  • Team-oriented, motivational and creative
  • Energetic, enthusiastic
  • Wilderness travel experience (map/compass, GPS)

 Trip Schedule

Programs to occur from September 12th to October 6th, 2017

Workplace Requirements and Conditions:

  • Location: Appleby’s McLaughlin Northern Campus on Lake Temagami
  • Lodging is included with dietary restrictions accommodated
  • Transportation is available to coincide with student trips
  • Current holder of Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is required
  • As a condition of employment, a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector screening is required


Appleby College Outdoor Education provides the highest quality of instruction to students in safe, risk-managed environments. Compensation is dependent on experience and qualifications. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Please apply online by Friday, June 30, 2017 through our website: via ‘Join the Team’ & the ‘Current Opportunities’ portal.

Appleby is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment where everyone feels valued respected and supported.  Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.


How to Apply

Please apply online by Friday, June 30, 2017 through our website: via 'Join the Team' & the 'Current Opportunities' portal.

Job Categories: Featured and Guide. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: canoe, guide, outdoor education, students, Temagami, and trip.

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