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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

NOLS Yukon
It’s time again for NOLS Yukon to be looking for new instructors:).

We are running a 30-day all canoe Instructor Course here in the Yukon from June 7th to July 6th 2015. There are also still other backpacking, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, etc ICs at other branches. We are currently in need of Canadian instructors so are making a push to provide more scholarship funding to qualified Canadians, and I was able to decrease the initial cost of the Yukon course compared to other ICs (slightly, but hopefully every bit counts!).

For more information click “Prospective Instructor

Briana Mackay
Yukon Program Manager
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
p. 855.685.6657
c. 778.868.3684
e-mail –


Dear COLT Alumni,

Backroads, the world’s #1 active travel company, is seeking Trip Leaders for our award-winning biking, hiking, & multisport vacations in the U.S. and worldwide. Our leaders enrich each trip with their zest for life and provide top-notch customer service for each guest while traveling the world and working outdoors. Multilingual and well-traveled applicants are encouraged. Do you have “the right stuff” to be a Backroads leader? Visit to find out more.

Position title – Trip Leader
Name of the employing organization – Backroads
State/country/province of primary work location – Throughout the US and worldwide
Brief overview of organization – Biking, Hiking and Multisport active multi-day vacations
Position qualifications – customer service, willingness to work outdoors, flexibility, problem solving
Position responsibilities- oversee all aspects of a guest’s trip, from bike-fitting and food preparation to van support, luggage delivery and providing knowledge of the area.
Dates of employment – as early as February, as late as October
Remuneration – daily wage plus generous gratuity
Application procedures: apply online through, application procedures will be open until approximately May/June of 2015

Contact information :
Backroads, Inc
801 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Thank you for your time and we hope to see some interest from outdoor, hardworking, friendly and outgoing people!

Backroads Hiring and Training Team

Ruby Range Adventure: Assistant Canoe Guide Job

Ruby Range Adventure, one of Yukon’s leading outdoor adventure companies, is looking for a few exceptional river guides to work multi-day trips on rivers in the Yukon Territory. Here are the finest rivers in the north west!

We recognize that guides are the most important factor in providing excellent trips. We want the best. We know that a river trip is a social event as much as it is a wilderness or whitewater adventure, and guides are the catalysts that make the event what it is. Guides set the tone. Good guides can make an otherwise bad trip a good trip, and they can make an otherwise OK trip an excellent one. They do this through the energy they put into the trip. Not just the physical energy, but the social energy. Good guides have strong social skills. They care about people, and are sensitive to their needs. They are entertaining, engaging and fun to be with. We are lucky enough to have many of our guides returning year-after-year (some have been with us for nearly 20 years!) but we are always looking for new talent to enhance our team.

Necessary skills:

  • Valid swift-water rescue ticket
  • Wilderness First Aid (minimum 40 hrs but 80 hrs preferable or equivalent)
  • Willingness to adhere to Leave No Trace principles
  • Class IV driver’s licence or willing to obtain one
  • German and/or French speaking is a strong asset
  • Good English language skills and communication
  • Paddling skills for WW3 rivers or willing to upgrade
  • Exceptional organizational and leadership skills
  • Good knowledge of local history and geography or willingness to acquire this knowledge
  • Great campfire cooking skills (we have Dutch ovens)
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Physically active Drug-free, non smoking

Perks: Mentoring under experienced, interesting and fun senior guides Competitive salary Some training and certification programs are subsidised Living quarters are provided for out-of-territory guides Pro-purchase programs from major outdoor gear companies Top notch equipment to use

What Next? Fill out our online application here: Or email your resume, cover-letter and references to

Spirit Bear Lodge
Spirit Bear Lodge is seeking an Operations Assistant to fill a maternity leave position.
The position is for 9 months with a possibility of extension.

The operations assistant reports to the General Manager and is responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks. The ideal candidate has the following minimum

● very high attention to detail
● excellent verbal and written communication skills
● high level of proficiency with computers including virtual office tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Google Apps

This is primarily an office and administrative position with a primary responsibility to ensure that reservations are handled efficiently and professionally. There is a sales component to the job in converting telephone and email inquiries into reservations.

Administration Responsibilities

● Handle reservation inquiries and bookings
● Make flight reservations
● Anticipate guest needs and provide all staff with required information prior to guest arrival, ensuring expectations are exceeded
● Collecting guest payments and assist with basic accounting
● Ordering supplies
● Liaise with suppliers to ensure timely service
● Developing, implementing and maintaining administrative systems. (Procedure Manuals/RiskManagement Plans/etc.)
● Maintain up to date paperwork and licensing
● Directing incoming emails/phone calls appropriately
● Develop maintain relationships with travel trade partners
● Help foster relationships with partnering organizations and participate in community events in
● Maintain a consistent and structured online presence for Spirit Bear Lodge through Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, Blog/Newsletter, etc.
● Assist GM and Assistant Manager in day­to­day task during operating season (these are varied and
wide ranging)
● Assist with other administrative tasks and projects as they arise

The position will be located in Comox from February to May and then move to Klemtu from June to October.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Posting is open until filled.

Ghost River Rediscovery Society
Position: Executive Director (full time)

Organization: Ghost River Rediscovery Society
Location: Calgary AB and surrounding area. Some travel is required.
Closing date: January 15, 2015

About Ghost River Rediscovery:

Ghost River Rediscovery (GRR) is a charitable organization founded in 1994 and based in Calgary Alberta. Serving the urban Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, GRR offers traditional and cultural-based indoor and outdoor leadership programming. By educating and engaging youth both on the land and in urban settings, GRR programs and services provide opportunities for youth to develop and learn new skills, offering guidance as they obtain a strong sense of self and connection to peers and cultural leaders. GRR’s philosophy, while based on Aboriginal ways of knowing and being, is focused on enhancing the respect of all cultures for each other.

The Position:

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of Ghost River Rediscovery (GRR) for consistent achievement of its mission and organizational objectives. The ED’s major mandate is to ensure that GRR has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission and vision, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress on its goals. As the senior representative of GRR, the ED clearly understands, demonstrates and practices the values and philosophy of the organization. Other key responsibilities include fund development, optimal use of organizational finances, staff and resources, long range fiscal planning, program development, public relations, and ensuring GRR remains responsive to the needs of the community.

This position reports to the Board of Directors, and leads a year round staff of seven, plus summer program staff.

• The Executive Director requires, at minimum, an undergraduate degree or diploma in a social sciences, human service, education/recreation or management area with 5 years progressive management experience in social work, youth-focused program delivery or consulting.
• Must be knowledgeable in indigenous cultural traditions, protocols, history, current issues and global trends.
• Experience delivering safe outdoor programming, travel programs or event management.
• Experience managing and fostering relationships with a variety of stakeholder groups (Elders, youth, government, funders, corporations, other agencies)
• Demonstrated strong leadership, communication and financial management skills are necessary.
• Must be legally entitled to work in Canada and at minimum, hold a Class 5 Driver’s license.
• Clean criminal and child intervention record checks will be required.

• Experience and knowledge of the Rediscovery Model and outdoor programming
• CPR, Safety Training
• Grant writing, funding proposal development, fundraising experience
• Strong Communication skills.

Visit for a full position description.

Please forward a cover letter and resume to:

Thank you for your interest.
Kristie Schneider

Interim Executive Director
Ghost River Rediscovery
Cultural Outdoor Education Programs

#107 1640 16th Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L6

Ph: (403) 270-9351
Fax: (403) 270-9371