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We Are Looking For Dedicated Individuals
The culture of an organization is often difficult to articulate in words. It needs to be felt.
We invite you to join the experience. We are highly dedicated to ensuring each member of our team feels valued and supported to be themselves. We believe that it’s the people that have united over the lifespan of ALIVE that have shaped this organization and helped thousands of young people learn to thrive. We are clear about what we stand for, what we are working to improve and what impact we can have. The world is changing and will continue to do so, but identifying core values, personal strengths and timeless principles, will forever be required to lead a purposeful, content and engaged life.
ALIVE offers various positions designed to help each instructor’s professional growth.
Start with what you are qualified for, then push yourself to expand your skill set. We are always learning from one another.
In this position you will be working in a camp/outdoor education centre environment. Responsibilities include facilitating activities in which you are qualified and connecting them through debriefs to the theme of the program. This position may also include a one night overnight camping experience and helping facilitate workshops.
Sample Fall activities: canoeing, nature connection/small hike, high ropes and climbing wall, team building activities, kayaking, backcountry skills, cooking, artistry, stand up paddle boarding, waterfront activities.
Sample Winter activities: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter ecology, building and sleeping out in Quinzee snow structures, tobogganing.
Reflections From Past Instructor Experiences
Technical skills are important for many positions at ALIVE, however, we value soft skills over hard skills and believe that your ability to reach, read and inspire a diverse group of clients comes with life experience and maturity.
Now Accepting 2022 Winter, Spring and Fall Applications
We are looking to unite a team to work at various locations in Ontario.
Due to COVID-19 our 2021 Fall season will function differently. We are looking for instructors to facilitate virtual programs as well as programs based in Toronto neighbourhoods, greenspaces and school campuses. Some programs may just be virtual while others will have a hybrid design. For example, 2 days on school campus, one day virtually, 2 days in community greenspace or ravine. Be in touch to learn more about how to become involved.
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Bring your skills to a virtual platform. It works!
I just finished working my first Connectival program and I have really good news. It was fantastic. If you were like me, and feeling a little skeptical about “Online Outdoor Ed” work. Don’t be. Today all my skepticism was pushed aside. All of the instructors were able to created fun and strong connections with our groups! It’s more than possible to make this meaningful! ~ ALIVE 2020 Virtual Program Instructor
We strongly believe that the outdoors is for everyone
At ALIVE Outdoors we believe that all backgrounds, strengths and talents have a place in the outdoor classroom. We value experienced and qualified instructors to teach technical outdoor skills, as well as people with strong interpersonal abilities. We also value people whose primary strengths are not technical, but have skills, interests, and values that can be weaved throughout our programs, such as artists, musicians, cooks, and naturalists (as examples). The foundation of our unique programming and strength as a team is a result of our approach to hiring and working with instructors who bring more than outdoor skills to the work they do.
We are encouraged and continue to learn from organizations doing critical equity and inclusion work to reclaim and increase representation and accessibility to outdoor spaces for all people.
ALIVE Instructors have open minds and are inspired to collaborate and learn from people who have come to the ALIVE team from various paths.
Working Through COVID-19
At this time, we feel that no programming can be set in stone. As the landscape of COVID-19 continuously changes, so does our programming. We are committed to upholding thorough and current COVID – 19 Practices and Policies.
Health, Safety & Risk Management
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Progressive Risk Management Is The Foundation of Our Decision Making, Program Design, & Business Ethics.
Frequently Asked Questions
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ALIVE does not own a permanent site from which we facilitate our programs. When you work with ALIVE you have the chance to work at one, or possibly many of our thirteen host Outdoor Education Centers for in-camp and/or canoe trip programs. At some sites, ALIVE instructors unite with seasonal Outdoor Centre staff in order to facilitate the program. With other sites, it will strictly be an ALIVE team of instructors. During ALIVE Outdoors’ programs, all of these host sites are in line with or exceed our protocols and procedures.
ALIVE currently uses the following sites to host programs at their properties. While at the site we use their facilities, equipment and often unite with a select group of instructors.
- Camp Arowhon, Algonquin Park
- Camp Timberlane, Haliburton Highlands
- Camp Mini-Yo-We, Port Sydney
- Camp Northland, Haliburton
- Camp Temagami, Temagami
- Cedar Ridge Camp, MacArthur’s Mills
- Onondaga Camp, Minden
- YMCA Camp Wanakita, Haliburton
- YMCA Camp Pine Crest, Torrance
- Medeba Adventure Learning Centre, Guilford
- Madawaska Kanu Centre, Barry’s Bay
- Strathcona Park Lodge, Vancouver Island, B.C
- Canadian Ecology Centre, Mattawa
ALIVE runs programs throughout the school calendar year meaning, we contract instructors for all seasons except summer. Fall is our busiest season, with a team of over 100 instructors facilitating over 80 canoe trips, and in-camp programs. Winter typically sees us running 7-8 weeks of programs, and 5 – 6 weeks.
For virtual and local day program positions please see the pay grade in the job descriptions. When we are able to return to our in-camp or trip based programs, all instructors (both trip and in-camp) start at the same base pay range in accordance with the Ontario Wilderness Guide pay grade. Experience, specific certifications, years worked with ALIVE and position will increase this base rate.
Other than personal bedding and belongings, Instructors are not required to bring any gear to the program. Some instructors prefer to use their own equipment such as a PFD, paddle, tent, or the like. Instructors are encouraged to bring any props or materials they feel brings magic to programs or helps with their unique facilitation style.
At a minimum, all instructors must have a current Stand First Aid and a clean Criminal Reference Check or Vulnerable Sector Screening.
Beyond these, we value:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Wilderness First Responder
- National Lifeguarding (Pool or Waterfront)
- White Water Rescue Technician
- Ropes, Climbing Wall and Challenge Course certifications
We understand it can be difficult to gain experience when you are first starting out in the industry or transferring from another line of work. At ALIVE, we reserve a handful of positions for applicants looking to gain more experience in the field. These positions are reserved for applicants who exemplify maturity, professionalism and a keen interest in growing in the industry while sharing their strengths.
We value experienced and qualified instructors to teach technical outdoor skills, as well as people with strong interpersonal abilities. We also value people whose primary strengths are not technical, but have skills, interests, and values that can be woven throughout our programs, such as artists, musicians, cooks, and naturalists (as examples). The foundation of our unique programming and strength as a team is a result of our approach to hiring and working with instructors who bring more than outdoor skills to the work they do.
A Day In The Life Of An ALIVE Instructor
We have included two sample “Day In The Life” for our Canoe Trip Programs and In-Camp Programs to help you better understand what working with ALIVE Outdoor will entail.
We believe that small moments have big impacts.
There is great power in the “small things.” We believe smiles, learning names, and quiet one-on-one conversations to be important parts of all our adventures.