Instructor Opportunities

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Current Openings:

  • Winter 2019 Instructors and Educators 

Over the past 18 years, we have drawn together educators from a variety of diverse backgrounds who are inspired to expand the world views of young people through outdoor education. We are excited to continue to build an inspiring instructor community focused on gratitude and creative freedom. We thank you in advance for your interest in working with ALIVE Outdoors.


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Do you align with the values of ALIVE?  

The philosophy of ALIVE Outdoors is grounded in the belief that students should have the opportunity to realize their potential.  This realization begins with students understanding their personal strengths and how these strengths can contribute to being an active and engaged person living with intention. In a society that encourages competition, one of our objectives is to create experiences where students learn the value of collaboration. At ALIVE, we believe this starts with developing and continuously deepening respectful and authentic relationships with self, others and nature.

Is working with ALIVE right for me?

Working with ALIVE can be an incredibly rewarding experience and is designed in a way that aids instructors’ own professional development. This benefit does not preclude hard work and the necessity of navigating the challenges inherent in this position.  In the fall you should expect to have a transient and demanding lifestyle.  You will be working long hours facilitating programs and will most likely be changing locations, and working with a new instructor team on a weekly basis.  This is tiring and you will need to keep your energy level high and manage your physical and emotional health through these transitions. 

The challenges of ALIVE are inherent components of its benefits.  During our fall season ALIVE contracts approximately 90 experienced outdoor educators and as a result your networking opportunities are great.  In addition, changing locations lets you acquire an understanding of how different systems of operations are utilized by various outdoor centres. We want you to have fun and we work hard at ensuring that you feel as though you are a highly valued team member.

Please note that when you work with ALIVE you are a professional educator. Hard/technical skills are important and necessary for this position, however it is important to understand that these are not the most important ingredients in an ALIVE instructor.  We value soft skills over hard skills and believe that your ability to reach a diversity of clientele comes with life experience and maturity.

Finally, although mentoring is a large part of the ALIVE community, it is important to note that only instructors who have a strong base level knowledge from previous experiences will be successful at securing a contract with ALIVE Outdoors. This is not an entry level position.

5 Key Characteristics of an ALIVE Instructor:

There is no room for ego or an attitude of doing it “one way” at ALIVE.  One of the greatest benefits of being a part of the ALIVE community is sharing your knowledge while being open to learning from others.

Highly Motivated to Create Experiences that are Impactful
ALIVE instructors believe that both short and long programs can have a long lasting impact on students.  Instructors are highly motivated to create and highlight teachable moments whenever appropriate.  Further, to maximize learning, instructors strive for effective transfer of lessons learned during our programs to student's everyday lives.

A great deal of time goes into planning our programs prior to their start date. Having said that, upon meeting the group, should we feel the program needs shifting we will slightly alter schedules to maximize learning.  Instructors must be comfortable with change and be flexible. As well, being an adaptable instructor means that you are eager for and are comfortable with professional feedback.

ALIVE instructors understand the balance between being playful and professional. They understand that ALIVE is dedicated to providing the highest quality in service and are highly competent and emotionally intelligent.

The ALIVE instructor team consists of approximately 90 educators.  It is imperative that instructors respect deadlines for paperwork, reply to emails in a timely manner, be punctual and are detail oriented.

Brief Overview of Responsibilities:

Fall/Winter Residential Programs (2 – 5 days in length)

As a residential instructor you will be responsible for planning and implementing lessons related to activities that suit your qualifications/skill level, and that are congruent with the theme of the program.  You will be responsible for leading a group of students through activities from approximately 8:30am – 9:00pm.  During this time, you will be responsible for all aspects of the well-being of the group. Residential instructors may also be involved in experiential workshops that are designed to deepen the intention of our programs.  Residential instructors will be briefed on risk management policies and procedures prior to each program.

Fall Canoe Trip Programs  (Flat water canoe trips 1 – 8 days in length)

As a canoe trip guide you must have the ability and be comfortable with many aspects of trip planning and implementation.  Logistically you will be responsible for planning and packing the food and gear, as well as confidently implementing the evacuation points for a pre-established route.  While on trip you are responsible for your group's well-being 24hrs a day. You must work collaboratively with co-instructors to implement the cycle of experiential education to facilitate lessons and debriefs related to the theme of the program.  Canoe trip guides will be briefed on risk management policies and procedures prior to each trip.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 21 Years of Age
  • Clean and Current Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
  • Two professional references that are able to comment on your character as well as your capabilities as an educator.

Precedence given to people who hold the following current qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
  • National Lifeguarding Society (NLS)
  • White Water Rescue Technician (WRT/SRT) or other water rescue certification
  • Challenge Course/Ropes Instructor (ACCT 1 or 2)
  • Undergraduate or Masters Degree in Related Field(s)
  • Bachelor of Education


Should you have further questions regarding instructor opportunities:
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