Job Opportunities and Postings

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COLT’s reputation precedes you. Graduates are working for companies across B.C., Canada and the world. The program is well respected.

When you apply for a job, it’s not just your resume they’re seeing, but a little piece of all the COLT students who have gone before you.

In addition to employment opportunities at Strathcona Park Lodge you will be immediately employable as a sea kayak guide, outdoor education instructor, canoe instructor or guide and a hiking guide in Pacific Rim National Park, where you can lead trips on the world famous West Coast Trail.

But this is just a beginning. Graduates of COLT work all over the world doing all kinds of amazing things. They’re ski and mountain guides, adventure travel leaders, freelance writers, photographers, coast guards and owners of all kinds of companies. There isn’t a sea kayak company in British Columbia who hasn’t hired a COLT graduate at some point.

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COLT Alumni

Max Fisher – Graduated COLT Fall 2003

Max was a whitewater newbie when he came from New Brunswick to do the COLT program, but within a couple years he was running extremely technical whitewater from the cockpit of his kayak. He has paddled all over the world and has multiple first descents to his name. He’s also an accomplished multi-pitch climber with a first ascent in his log book. After five years of working at Strathcona Park Lodge, sea kayak guiding and exploring the world on his own, he’s now leading National Outdoor Leadership School multi-week wilderness courses instructing white water canoeing, hiking and mountaineering. “My COLT training provided me the skills to get out on my own and develop my skills to a point where I was able to get to some amazing places,” he says.

Max Fisher Testimonial:

For me COLT changed my life, it sparked new interests and helped me develop into a very well rounded person. There are no courses like COLT, it gives you everything from rock climbing to flat water canoeing with excellent instruction and the comfort to take youth in the wilderness or venture there yourself. COLT set me up for starting a career in Outdoor Education by giving me the skills to work with youth in the wilderness.

Ryan Stuart – Graduated COLT Fall 1998

Ryan worked at Strathcona Park Lodge for a season after COLT developing his outdoor education skills before meshing old skills with new found expertise. He taught avalanche awareness courses and telemark skiing and began pursueing a freelance writing career. “I wanted to combine writing with the skills I’d learned through the COLT program,” he says. He took a journalism program and began contributing stories to various outdoor and adventure travel publications. Today he’s a full time freelance writer working for magazines like Outside, Skiing and Backcountry. But his most enviable job is as the gear editor for explore Magazine, where he tests new products before they hit the market.

Ryan Stuart Testimonial

When I looked at taking an outdoor leadership program I wanted one that held the most promise for getting a job afterwards. COLT was the obvious choice then and it seems like the obvious choice still. Even though my job has very little to do with outdoor education I still use the skills I learned in COLT – leadership, confidence, how to work with others – almost everyday.

Tobin Leopkey - Graduated COLT Fall 1998

Immediately after COLT Tobin took his COLT experience with him to Whistler where he spent the next seven winters perfecting the art of teaching skiing. He’s a level four ski instructor, the highest level achievable. During the summers, when he wasn’t skiing in New Zealand, he worked at Strathcona Park Lodge and at other outdoor education type jobs in Canada and Japan. Melding his two skill sets he’s started his own ski training business Section 8 Snowsport Institute, based at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. The school teaches four and 12-week ski instructor and mountain leadership courses to students from all over the world. “The COLT program further fueled my passion for the outdoors, ensuring that I would never work a boring desk job as long as I live,” he says.

Tobin Leopkey Testimonial

COLT gave me a great foundation of skills in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and developed my leadership potential allowing me to pursue a career in the industry.  I met tons of great people and experienced amazing adventures along the way.

Job Postings

Alpine Club of Canada
Mountain Adventures Coordinator

The Mountain Adventures Coordinator (MAC) is the focal point for all national Club trips, camps and courses. The MAC develops, implements and oversees the Club’s field programs, with participants’ safety, enjoyment and quality of experience as the primary goal.

This is a full-time, 13 month, maternity leave coverage at the ACC national office in Canmore, Alberta.

Start date: December 8th start date (negotiable)
Wages: $16 – $17/hr depending on experience.

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Please submit a cover letter and resume by October 31 to:

Chelsea Selinger, Programs Director
403 678 3224 (fax)
P.O. Box 8040, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8

Island Expeditions Co.

We have 2 positions open this upcoming season for work study programs.

The program is 3 months and runs during the period of Mid November through to end of April. Island Expeditions provides a 1-2 week training camp, room and board in Belize and on successful completion of the program students receive a $500 bursary. Students who fulfill the work/study program will have the opportunity to continue on to work with Island as a Trip Coordinators in Belize.

This 3 month program where students advance their general skills and gain experience with guiding in tropical environments.

The prereqs for this program are:

· basic paddle sports background preferably with a mix of river and ocean.

· current first aid certification 40 hrs Wilderness First aid or equivalent.

· A demonstrated interest to work as a guide in the Outdoor industry

· A level of maturity and professionalism that is conducive to guiding and living overseas for extended periods

“Leading the Way in Belize, Since 1987″
Toll-free: 1-800-667-1630
Freephone UK: 0800-404-9535
Int’l: 1-604 894-2312
Fax: 1-604-894-2314

Backroads offers cycling tours all over the world for the tourist looking to have themselves a self propelled adventure holiday. “Backroads exists to treat our guests to a style of travel that is unparalleled in the travel industry. The foundation of our extraordinary guest experience is legendary service—and we go so far as to guarantee the quality of our trips. This is where you come in. Fulfilling this commitment is not an easy job, and it’s not for everyone. It may be for you, however, if you can share our passion for this unique mode of travel and the quality of experience for each Backroads guest. Both the challenges, and the rewards, are abundant,” Tom Hale, Founder and President.

Click Backroad Trip Leaders to be taken to the job posting.