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25 Oct 2018

Contract White Water Canoe Tripper

Camp Arowhon Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Live, Work and Play in Algonquin Park! 

Camp Arowhon is a traditional, co-ed, non-denominational summer camp located in the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario. In operation since 1934, Arowhon teaches confidence through experience, and stresses social and emotional safety among our community of 300 campers and 200 staff.

White Water Canoe Tripper


Contract Period: May 25th, 2019 to August 20th, 2019. Spring and Fall Contracts available as well.

Salary: Base Salary $3000 CAD, Bonuses available for Experience and Qualifications

Canoe Trippers are teachers, guides, counselors, chefs, lifeguards, first aiders, hype-people and naturalists all at the same time. As a canoe tripper for white water trips, you are responsible for the social, emotional and physical safety of 6 – 8 campers, aged 13-16, on white water canoe trips ranging in duration from 4 to 6 days. You will be co-leading you trips, with two other Camp Arowhon Canoe Trippers. Working as a team, you will inspire your participants, through providing enthusiastic, informative, hands-on learning opportunities, to become more self-confident, resilient, and skilled. You will facilitate the formation of lifelong relationships through shared experiences, and support the resolution of conflicts and hardships through intentional group facilitation.

White Water canoe trippers will lead canoe trips for beginner, novice, and intermediate paddlers; they are responsible for teaching basic safety for participants in and around white water, as well as techniques and skills for paddling and navigating white water up to and including CII+.

Your role will be to ensure that you trip is properly prepared, with the correct and sufficient equipment and food for yourself and your participants / co-leads. You will be responsible for ensuring that all Camp Arowhon safety standards are followed throughout the duration of your trip, and that all participants are actively engaged in, and learning, the essential canoe tripping skills you employ in following these standards. You will be responsible for supporting and facilitating group activities that promote in-depth learning, expand and unpack your participants experiences, and ensure a positive experience. You will be responsible for managing any and all medical and non-medical emergency situations that occur on your trip.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid (16 hrs)
  • National Lifesaving Societies Bronze Cross
  • White Water Rescue Technician Level II
  • Wilderness Water Safety (provided by Camp Arowhon)
  • FoodSafe Training (provided by Camp Arowhon)
  • Criminal Reference Check
  • Minimum 18 years of age

Recommended Qualifications (Bonuses Available):

  • Wilderness and Remote First Responder (WFR) ($400)
  • NLS ($300)
  • White Water Rescue Technician Level III / Swift-water Rescue Technician (SRT)($300)
  • ORCKA Moving Water Level III or Equivalent ($150)


  • ORCKA River Running Level III or Equivalent ($150)


  • 1+ years experience leading remote, multi-day, backcountry canoe trips
  • 1+ years experience white water canoeing (tandem or solo)
  • Previous experience as a participant in outdoor education program (University / College program, participation in Scouting / Guiding, participation in a NOLS or Outward Bound course, etc.)
  • Previous experience working with youth in an outdoor setting

Skills Competencies:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Canoeing (Tandem and Solo)
  • Proficiency in Backcountry Travel, including navigation, cooking, firebuilding and stove use, etc.
  • Proficiency in navigating white water, up to and including CIII
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Good communication and problem solving skills
  • Acts responsibly and professionally in all interactions with peers, participants and supervisors
  • A commitment to growth, both personal and professional

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

In Camp

  • Responsible for the organization of menus, route planning, equipment, and educational curriculum for your canoe trips, in conjunction with the Head Tripper, Equipment Manager and Tripping Director
  • Responsible for the promotion of your canoe trip, as well as the recruitment of participants
  • Responsible for the preparation (including organization and packing of equipment, food, and participant programming) and clean up (including debriefing, and reporting) of all canoe trips you participate in
  • Responsible for working as part of the larger tripping team to facilitate all aspects of the tripping program (including equipment maintenance and repair, food preparation and packing, in-camp ‘trip skills’ programming, facility maintenance and upkeep, staffing relief and other duties as assigned)
  • Responsible for working as part of the larger camp-staff team to facilitate all aspects of the Camp Arowhon Summer Program (including facility maintenance and upkeep, program facilitation and support, camp wide special days and full camp activities, relief staffing and other duties as assigned)
  • Responsible for attendance and participation in all required staff training, meetings, programs and events (including pre-camp training, morning meetings, trip briefings and debriefings, full staff meetings, etc.)
  • Responsible for support and demonstrating Camp Arowhon’s values of Caring, Learning, and Respects in all interactions with Staff and Camper alike

On Trip

  • Responsible for leading and facilitating canoe trips according to instructions delivered during trip briefings, tripper training, as delivered by the Head Tripper or Tripping Director, and as found in Camp Arowhons Tripping Standards, Protocols, Policies and Procedures (including route, curriculum, emergency risk-management plans, etc.)
  • Responsible for ensuring that all Camp Arowhon Tripping Policies, Protocols and Standards are followed while on Trip (including Low Impact Camping / LNT practices, protocols for animal encounters, lightening and severe weather protocols, life-guarding policies, sleeping and tenting policies for participants and staff, use of public facilities, etc.)
  • Responsible for managing, evaluating, and limiting participants and staffs exposure to all hazards and risks whilst on Canoe Trip
  • Responsible for the social, emotional and physical safety of all trip participants
  • Responsible for communicating promptly, effectively, and truthfully with participants, co-trippers, trip staff, the Head Tripper, Tripping Director, Equipment Manager and others, in the interests of providing the best experience possible for participants and staff alike whilst on Trip.
  • Responsible for completing and submitting required reports and paperwork (including incident reports, medication logs, trip logs, trip debriefs, Duke of Edinburgh assessors reports, equipment logs etc.)




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Job Categories: Recreation. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: algonquin park, camp, canoe, tripper, and white water.

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