Bridge on Murray River
31 Jan 2018

Full-Time Wilderness Leadership Experience Field Instructor

Pine River Institute Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

OLE Wilderness Field Instructor – FULL TIME

Start date: ASAP

Location: Algonquin Park or Huntsville and campus near Shelburne, Ontario Reports to: Outdoor Leadership Therapist

Pine River Institute is an innovative co-ed residential treatment program for teens struggling with addictive behaviours. We are a family-centered program comprised of 4 phases: Wilderness (Outdoor Leadership Experience), Residential, Transition, and Aftercare. Every student, upon entering the program, spends 6-8 weeks minimum in Algonquin Park or Huntsville, before moving to the residence. Day-to-day activities in wilderness include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, group initiatives, group and individual therapy, and journaling. Youths live and work in nature in groups of up to eight, with three staff.

Our campus is situated on 200 acres of spectacular Niagara Escarpment land near Shelburne, Ontario. The program here includes outdoor education, individual, group, and family therapy, expressive arts, athletics, and life skills, as well as the more traditional academic offerings. We are currently seeking experienced Wilderness Field Instructors to help us deliver this unique program, primarily near Algonquin or Huntsville and also at the Shelburne campus.

Qualifications We are looking for individuals with the qualifications and related experience in Wilderness field work, demonstrated sound judgment, integrity, patience, commitment, an ability to maintain clear boundaries, and a sense of humour. Required qualifications are:

  • WFR or Adv WFA with experience managing backcountry medical issues
  • Minimum Bronze Cross Certification with NLS preferred
  • B.A., B.Sc., or college diploma in related field
  • Experience working with at-risk youth and young adults in a wilderness setting
  • Clear certification of Vulnerable Sector Criminal Check
  • Willingness to secure Canadian work permit, if required
  • Valid F Class Driver’s Licence (obtained within 6 months of hire date, at employee’s expense)

The primary responsibility of the Field Instructor is to deliver the Outdoor Leadership Experience program; ensure group safety, teach basic wilderness skills, solidify course logistics, and maintain focus on the therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience.

The schedule is run on a rotation of 9 days in the field (Algonquin or Huntsville), 3 days off, 3 days working at the campus near Shelburne, and 6 days off shift. The role is challenging and rewarding for the right candidate. If you want to make a difference and believe you have the right stuff, we want to hear from you!

We offer competitive compensation, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative program. Salaried positions start at $37,502 with guaranteed increases every 6 months for 2 years, car allowance,  3 weeks vacation + 2 days, health and dental & LTD benefits.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Gayle Dennison, Human Resources Manager or fax to 519-925-9220.

We thank all candidates who apply. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Pine River Institute strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require an accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.

Job Categories: Featured. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: camp, counsellor, instructor, school, wilderness, and youth.


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