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2024 Seasonal Positions

 

 

British Columbia – Lower Mainland

Lead Guides + Canoe Instructor - Click for position details

Contract Length:

  • Start date: TBD (tentatively March 2024)
  • End date: TBD – end of June, with the possibility of an extension until mid-end of September

 

Pay:

  • $25-$30 starting wage, based on position and experience.

 

Locations:

  • potential candidates must reside within the Lower Mainland, have personal transportation, and be willing to travel occasionally throughout their contract to Vancouver Island and the Interior. Travel pay included.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • LEAD GUIDE – 
    • Instruct Intro Tandem, Solo + Big Canoe Courses
    • Lead a team of guides during day and overnight trips
    • General paperwork for trips including Incident reports, Regular checks related to vehicles, trailers and canoes prior to your trips, Weather Logs relating to water levels, fire bans etc for the lakes/areas you will be paddling as well as collecting properly filled out waiver forms from the clients upon their arrival
    • Maintain quality, efficiency, and professionalism for your team of guides + the program itself
    • Stick to provided itineraries as best as possible, while still being able to problem solve and adapt where needed
    • Ensure the safety of both the staff and clients while on trip
    • Lead activities during day and overnight trips that include (but are not limited to): Historical, Geographical and Environmental Information for paddling locations, Basic First Aid, Map and compass reading, plant identification, Wilderness Code of conduct, Shelter building, tarp use and knots, camp cooking etc. (all programming provided by us and included in our training)
    • Communication with the office before, during and after your trips
    • Packing/Prepping and clean-up of trips/courses

 

Paid training included: 

    • Small and Big Canoe Training
    • Instructor training for Lead Guides coming in with experience, but no certificates
    • Wilderness First Aid Training
    • Duke of Edinburgh Program Training
    • Floating Classroom Training

 

Certificates included:

    • Paddle Canada Intro Tandem Canoe Certificate
    • Paddle Canada Big Canoe Certificate
    • Remote (and/or Wilderness) First Aid Certificate with CPR C + AED (The Canadian Red Cross)
    • Some candidates may also be offered to obtain their canoe instructorship by Paddle Canada for lake level intro tandem/intro solo canoeing, as well as lake level big canoe instructor

 

Perks:  

    • Paid training
    • if interested in teaching FA more training and work available for the right candidates
    • canoe instructorship available
    • Summer + Fall work available for DOE Trips, Bowron Trips and Canoe Courses.
    • access to our gear and equipment for personal use
    • Travel pay for any out of town work
    • Working with the best team, possibly, ever 🙂

 

Additional Requirements:

    • Must be able to provide a clean driving record and valid drivers license
    • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Record Check prior to receiving a contract
    • Must have a basic food safe certificate
    • Canoe Guiding experience is an asset, but not necessary. If you have love for being on the water and in the outdoors recreationally, we still want to hear from you! We are happy invest the time to train the right candidates and bring their skills up to par.
Secondary Guides - Click for position details

Contract Length:

  • Start date: TBD (tentatively March 2024)
  • End date: TBD – end of June, with the possibility of an extension until mid-end of September

 

Pay:

  • $20-$24/hour starting wage, based on position and experience.

 

Locations:

  • potential candidates must reside within the Lower Mainland, have personal transportation, and be willing to travel occasionally throughout their contract to Vancouver Island and the Interior. Travel pay included.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • SECONDARY GUIDES – 
    • Steer canoes of varies sizes during day and overnight trips
    • Assist your lead guide with unloading/loading of canoes and gear
    • Assist your lead guide with programming delegated to you before or during trips
    • Maintain quality, efficiency and professionalism while guiding a program
    • Ensure the safety of your fellow staff members and our clients
    • Packing/Prepping and Clean up of trips/courses

 

Paid training included: 

    • Small and Big Canoe Training
    • Wilderness First Aid Training
    • Duke of Edinburgh Program Training
    • Floating Classroom Training

 

Certificates included:

    • Paddle Canada Intro Tandem Canoe Certificate
    • Paddle Canada Big Canoe Certificate
    • Remote (and/or Wilderness) First Aid Certificate with CPR C + AED (The Red Cross)
    • Some candidates may also be offered to obtain their canoe instructorship by Paddle Canada for lake level intro tandem/intro solo canoeing, as well as lake level big canoe instructor

 

Perks:  

    • Paid training
    • if interested in teaching FA more training and work available for the right candidates
    • canoe instructorship available
    • Summer + Fall work available for DOE Trips, Bowron Trips and Canoe Courses.
    • access to our gear and equipment for personal use
    • Travel pay for any out of town work
    • Working with the best team, possibly, ever 🙂

 

Additional Requirements:

    • Must be able to provide a clean driving record and valid drivers license
    • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Record Check prior to receiving a contract
    • Must have a basic food safe certificate
    • Canoe Guiding experience is an asset, but not necessary. If you have love for being on the water and in the outdoors recreationally, we still want to hear from you! We are happy invest the time to train the right candidates and bring their skills up to par.
Summer Camp Manager

Contract Length:

  • Start date: Early June – date TBD
  • End date: First week of September

 

Pay:

  • $25/hour starting wage, based on position and experience.

 

Locations:

  • potential candidates must reside within the Lower Mainland, have personal transportation, and be willing to travel throughout their contract to camp locations. Travel pay included.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Operational Oversight:
    • Ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the summer day camp, implementing pre-established programs and schedules.
    • Oversee the execution of planned activities, ensuring they align with the predetermined camp objectives.
  • Staff Supervision:
    • Provide guidance and support to camp staff in executing their assigned responsibilities.
    • Monitor staff performance to ensure adherence to established protocols and standards.
  • Enforce Safety Protocols:
    • Implement and enforce existing safety and emergency procedures to ensure the well-being of campers and staff.
    • Conduct regular safety checks of facilities and equipment.
  • Communication with Parents:
    • Maintain open and effective communication with parents/guardians regarding camp activities and updates.
    • Address any concerns or inquiries from parents promptly and professionally.
  • Staff Training Oversight:
    • Ensure that camp staff are familiar with and adhere to pre-determined training guidelines.
    • Facilitate any necessary training refreshers based on existing materials.
  • Budget Adherence:
    • Monitor expenditures and manage the camp budget within pre-established parameters.
    • Seek approval for any deviations from the budget and implement cost-saving measures when necessary.
  • Facility Management:
    • Collaborate with facility management to ensure proper maintenance and functionality of camp facilities.
    • Address any immediate facility-related issues and coordinate solutions.
  • Record Keeping and Reporting:
    • Maintain accurate records of camper registrations, staff certifications, and other relevant documentation.
    • Generate reports as needed based on existing templates and requirements.
  • Compliance Assurance:
    • Ensure that the camp operates in compliance with established regulations, licensing requirements, and industry standards.
    • Keep up-to-date with any changes in compliance standards and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Crisis Response:
    • Implement pre-defined emergency response plans and conduct drills as necessary.
    • Manage and resolve any issues or incidents using established protocols.
  • Qualifications:
    • Previous experience in camp management or a related role.
    • Strong organizational and supervisory skills.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
    • Familiarity with safety and emergency procedures.
    • First Aid and CPR certification preferred, however, if not current we can assist you in obtaining you certification. 

 

Additional Requirements:

    • Must be able to provide a clean driving record and valid drivers license
    • Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Record Check prior to receiving a contract
    • Camp management experience is an asset. We are happy invest the time to train the right candidates and bring their skills up to par.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and references to Jamie at adventures@exploreridge.com by April 30th, 2024.

British Columbia – Bowron Lake Chain

Lead Guide - Click for position details

Contract Length:

  • Start date: June 3rd, 2024
  • End date: September 11th, 2024

 

Pay:

  • $2000-$2800 + tips per trip with an additional hourly rate of $22 for all prepping/packing/cleaning shifts.
  • Glamping Style Accommodations included on Bowron Lake for the Lead Guide.
  • Potential to earn tips after each trip!

 

Trip Information:

  • There will be approximately 6 Bowron Lake Circuit trips between June and September Touring your way through the Bowron Lake Circuit. Each trip will have anywhere from 6-12 participants. We include all gear, canoes and food during our trips. Each trip runs for 7 nights.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • LEAD GUIDE –
    • Lead a group of 6-12 participants through the Bowron Lake Circuit
    • Occasionally managing and delegating tasks to a secondary guide (for trips with more than 10 participants)
    • Maintain the equipment and canoes on site
    • Meeting with each group the night before their trip begins to run over the schedule of events and what to expect
    • Ensuring the safety of both yourself, your secondary guide and the clients
    • Maintaining the quality, efficiency and professionalism of the program and staff
    • Order, prepping and packaging gear, food and equipment for the trip (Separate hourly pay for prepping, packing and cleaning shifts)
    • Monitoring water levels, forest fires, weather changes etc. that may impact your trip
    • Sticking to an itinerary provided to you, while also having the confidence to problem solve on the spot and adapt where necessary
    • Daily check ins before, during and after with the office
    • Small amount of paperwork which would need to be submitted to the office at the end of the trip or end of the season, depending. (bi-weekly maintenance reports, questionnaires, client forms, incident reports etc.)
    • Lead Guide experience, working with groups, hospitality industry experience and amazing customer service required!
    • Canoeing and moving water experience preferred.

Training: 

  • First trip you will be accompanied by your trainer.

 

POTENTIAL GUIDING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LOWER MAINLAND PRIOR TO THE BOWRON SEASON.

Secondary Guide - Click for position details

Contract Length:

  • Start date: June 3rd, 2024
  • End date: September 11th, 2024

 

Pay:

  • $1800-$2500 + tips per trip with an additional hourly rate of $22 for all prepping/packing/cleaning shifts.
  • Glamping Style Accommodations included on Bowron Lake for the Lead Guide.
  • Potential to earn tips after each trip!

 

Trip Information:

  • There will be approximately 6 Bowron Lake Circuit trips between June and September Touring your way through the Bowron Lake Circuit. Each trip will have anywhere from 6-12 participants. We include all gear, canoes and food during our trips. Each trip runs for 7 nights.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • SECONDARY GUIDE –
    • Responsible for supporting the Lead Guide during trips
    • Adapt to different roles and programming changes as needed
    • Maintaining the quality, efficiency and professionalism of the program
    • Food preparation for clients

Training: 

  • First trip you will be accompanied by your trainer.

 

POTENTIAL GUIDING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LOWER MAINLAND PRIOR TO THE BOWRON SEASON.

Alberta – Elk Island National Park

Alberta Program Manager - Seasonal

Job Type: Hybrid Position (Combination of remote work and on-site responsibilities at Elk Island; candidates must reside close to Elk Island)

Contract: Part-Time to Full-Time hours from May to September

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Duties:
    • Manage email and phone communications with clients, ensuring prompt and professional responses.
    • Complete bookings and handle logistics related to program activities.
    • Handle invoicing, financial tracking, and procurement for necessary supplies.
  • Managerial Duties:
    • Schedule and manage program staff, coordinating their roles and responsibilities.
    • Report payroll information accurately and in a timely manner.
    • Coordinate logistics for trips and events associated with the summer programming.
  • On-site Presence:
    • Fulfill on-site responsibilities at Elk Island, actively participating in the day-to-day operations.
    • Collaborate with on-site staff to address immediate needs and ensure the smooth execution of activities.
  • Residential Requirement:
    • Candidates must reside close to Elk Island to facilitate on-site presence and timely response to program requirements.
  • Competitive Wages:
    • Enjoy competitive compensation for your role as the Alberta Program Manager.
  • Qualifications:
    • Previous experience in program management, with a focus on summer activities or outdoor programs.
    • Strong organizational and administrative skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
    • Excellent communication skills for effective client interactions and staff management.
    • Familiarity with logistical coordination.
    • Ability to work both remotely and on-site, requiring residence close to Elk Island.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and references to Kayla at info@exploreridge.com by April 15th, 2024. Please include information about your proximity to Elk Island and your availability for on-site responsibilities.

Why work for Ridge?

We aren’t just another outdoor company; we are a family! We take great pride in providing our team with the tools they need and industry leading training. Life is beautiful on this side of the Ridge! 

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