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.
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.
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”
Yukon Program Manager
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.backroads.com/leaders 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 www.backroads.com/leaders, application procedures will be open until approximately May/June of 2015
Contact information :
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.
- 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: www.rubyrange.com/en/experienced-canoe-guides-application.html Or email your resume, cover-letter and references to email@example.com
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.
● 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
● 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 www.ghostriverrediscovery.com/staff for a full position description.
Please forward a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Thank you for your interest.
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
Salt Spring Adventure Co – Day Guide
Kayak Day guides work 5-6 days/week in peak season. You will put out 2 tours a day usually. May is packed with School trips.June and September you will not work as much, and July and August, you might find yourself working a little more! When it rains, it pours so we work as hard as we can in the peak season. Our season is short so we “get while the getting is good!”
Work Term: May – October
Guiding Area: Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island
Closing Date: 2015-02-28
Yvonne Poirier, Owner
Salt Spring Adventure Co
PO Box 276 Stn Ganges
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Eco Summer Expeditions
A Whale of an Internship Opportunity
Orca Camp Coordinator Summer, 2015
Do you have a passion for adventure travel? Are you inspired by BC’s raw, rugged and natural beauty? Do you live to be outdoors? Do you believe the best nights’ sleep happens in a tent? Does kayaking in search of Orca sightings sound heavenly to you? Are you studying for a career in adventure tourism?
If the idea of sharing the wonders of British Columbia with adventurous travellers brings a smile to your face, then we’d like to talk to you!
Ecosummer Expeditions, a sea-kayaking outfitter providing guided base-camp tours of BC’s Johnstone Strait, is now accepting applications for a paid internship during the 2015 summer season. Put your classroom learning into practical experience. As the Orca Camp Coordinator you will:
- Spend the best part of your summer kayaking and camping at our private base camp along the rugged coast of northeast Vancouver Island
- Provide in-camp and on-the-water support to lead tour guides
- Put your cooking skills to the test helping prepare meals and snacks for our guests
- Play host to visitors from around the world and Canada who have come to experience the wonders of kayaking in the realm of Killer Whales
- Manage the day-to-day operations of camp life – clean-up duties, provisioning supplies between camp departures, aiding in pre-trip briefings, and more
- Act as camp photographer and liaison with Ecosummer’s sales office
- Assist in setting-up base camp at the beginning of the season and dismantling it at the end of the season
A job with EcoSummer will be unlike any you’ve ever had. If you’ve got what it takes to turn moments in the wilderness into lifelong memories for our guests, tell us your story and your qualifications!
Show us your video clips, resumes or CVs – and tell us why you’d be the perfect candidate for Orca Camp Coordinator. Email us at Info@Ecosummer.com by February 15, 2015.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those most qualified will be contacted for a personal interview.
Madawaska Kanu Centre
Position:Office Manager, Madawaska Kanu Centre
Locations: Ottawa (January – April 30th) & MKC in Barry’s Bay (May 1st- October)
Salary: $33,000 – $36,000
The Office Manager is the heart of MKC from an administrative view. We are looking for someone that brings management skills as well as computer, social media and organizational skills to the job. We are looking for a long term commitment, which can be a summers only position, or fulltime with winters in our Ottawa office.
For the full job posting click MKC Office Manager Posting.
Alaska Crossings Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associate must be proficient in a variety of hard skills and have experience working with youth-at-risk.
They must have a high level of awareness for client needs and have the ability to instruct and mentor children with varying learning abilities.
There is no time off during expeditions so staff must be comfortable in and prepared to be in the wilderness for extended periods of time. We work with a staff: client ratio of 1:3 and group size is generally 3 staff to 9 clients. They are a behavioral health rehabilitative service provider.
Our programs are 48 days in length and operate in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Stikine River and in British Columbia, Canada. Our clients are 12
-18 years old, have behavioral health issues,and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. We use the remote Alaska Wilderness and our
expeditions as a context for therapeutic behavioral health services via rehabilitation to elicit positive change in our clients.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities include all things inherent in mentoring youth and providing them with a safe and
enjoyable experience in the wilderness.
These include but are not limited to the following:
•The ability to understand the role of a mentor and be comfortable mentoring our clients.
•Participate in all aspects of the Alaska Crossings program. This includes: att
ending the staff training, pre-trip planning and meetings, food preparation, equipment preparation, program
implementation, delivery of curriculum, report writing and all post program wrap-up duties.
•Be an active member of the team to ensure program continuity and the overall safety of other Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates and clients.
•Be responsible for the delivery of all skills instruction.
•Provide required daily documentation on 2 to 5 clients. Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates will develop strategies to work with the clients, and implement the treatment plans as outlined by the clinician.
They must follow up with all required documentation to ensure program completion.
•Be proficient at leading and motivating groups on extended expeditions in challenging environments.
•Possess the characteristics of maturity, flexibility, and ability to work as a team, with
management and co-recreational therapists, honesty and accountability.
•Adhere to the program values and implement the program mission.
•Work within organizational policies and parameters.
•Inform their program manager of any concerns regarding their ability to safely and competently
execute these duties.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Expedition components include ocean/flat water canoeing,off trail hiking and possiblyriver canoeing
.Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associatemust have experience in these activities and have thenecessary equipment and gear. We work in remote rugged environments that are equipment intensive.
Qualifications differ for each level.
•Experience working with youth (experience with youth at risk preferred)
•Current Wilderness First Responder/CPR Certification
•Flat water paddling experience
•Moving water paddle experience
•Multiday backcountry tripping experience
•Clear a federal background check
•Ability to travel into Canada
•Must be at least 21yrs of age
•Have a college degree
To apply for the job fill out the Therapeutic Behavioral HealthClinical Associate Application.
Alaska Crossings Wilderness Programs • Box 1231, Wrangell, AK, 99929
Phone: 907.874.2371 • Toll Free: 1.866.550.2371 • Fax: 907.874.2372 • Website: www.alaskacrossings.org
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is hiring enthusiastic guiding staff for our 2015 season!
We are seeking hard working team players who want to come live and work on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a remote fly in destination resort situated approximately 30 kilometers north east of Tofino. Positioned as one of the world’s premier Glamping resorts, we exude professional laid back luxury and anticipate excellence. We are looking for vibrant individuals who deliver outstanding service and have a love for the outdoors.
Guiding positions are available for the following:
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Each applicant should be proficient in at least 2 or more of the above activities.
Up-to-date Wilderness First Aid
Anticipate working 10 hour days from mid May through to September.
Each employee is expected to work as a team and lend a hand where needed.
We have staff accommodation on site as well as 2 staff cooks.
To apply email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting this advertisement.
Rocky Mountain River Guides
Jasper’s favourite rafting company, Rocky Mountain River Guides, located in Jasper National Park, is seeking motivated individuals for employment for the 2015 rafting season.
We offer class 2 and 3 whitewater rafting on the Athabasca and Sunwapta Rivers.
We offer the highest standards of pay within the Jasper rafting community and a fun working environment that encourages skills development.
Our guides champion our values of safety and sharing their knowledge with our clients from around the world.
If you are a team player with excellent inter-personal skills we want to hear from you!
John Bartziokas, Owner/Operator
Tel: 780-852-8813 or 1-866-952-3777
Via email at: email@example.com
Westcoast Wild Adventures
WestCoast Wild Adventures is now accepting resumes for our 2015 Zipline Season for ZIPLINE GUIDE / CLASS 4 UNRESTRICTED DRIVER.
We are searching for enthusiastic, outdoor experienced, professionals to join our team.
WestCoast Wild Ziplines is located in the magnificent remote Ha’uukmin Tribal Park, traditional
Tla-O-Qui-Aht territory, which borders the Clayoquot Plateau Provincial Park, Vancouver Island. Please only Vancouver Island residents apply as there is not housing close by.
The Zipline site is located on highway 4, approx. half way between Port Alberni and Ucluelet. The site is in a wilderness setting and has basic amenities such as water, toilets and is powered only by a generator.
Zipline Staff are critical to the success of the WestCoast Wild experience. You are responsible for your guest’s safety, trust, delivery of the local history and culture, entertaining the guests, site up keep and maintenance. Suitable candidates will meet or exceed these requirements by having the right mix of technical skills, confidence and humour and must be willing to travel to work each day. Short term staff accommodations are being built but unsure when they will be complete. Comprehensive Zipline operator training will be provided.
• Greet guests promptly and enthusiastically in a warm and professional manner
• Assisting with bookings, payments, weigh-in, waivers, and harness and helmet fittings
• Outfit guests according to WestCoast Wild safety guidelines
• Display professional leadership, interact with guests in an humorous, engaging and friendly manner while providing an educational and exhilarating interpretive experience
• Safely transport guest’s 1.5km up the highway to the start of the Zipline.
• Identify and manage risk, display the ability to communicate clearly.
• Daily Course inspections and documentation for safety, cleanliness, and supplies Inspecting harnesses, pulleys, carabineers, and helmets for integrity and cleanliness.
• Manage tour timing efficiently to meet operational time requirements
• Perform safety briefing, hooking and unhooking guests to cable, Setting and operating brake ropes, tying required knots, performing retrievals and rescues,
• Perform first aid and emergency evacuation procedures.
• Adhere to company policies, procedures and technical protocols at all times
• General upkeep and appearance of the guest services area, parking lot, and adjacent areas
• Perform manual labour such as trail building, course upkeep, construction and cleaning.
• Assist in course maintenance, set up and tear down.
AN IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
• Current OFA Level 3, Wilderness First Aid or higher
• B.C. Class 4 drivers Licence
• Training and experience in working at heights
• Knowledge of basic climbing equipment, and knots, belaying, rappelling.
• Chainsaw certification
• Experience leading groups
• Strong physical stamina and conditioning – You’ll be outside sweating ALOT!
• Sound judgment and decision making skills
• Thrive in a fast-paced, productive environment with constant change
• Reliable and consistent in facilitating high quality tours
• Photography and computer experience
• VHF radio training and experience
• Experience in building a major asset
• A passion for ecology and sharing the outdoors
• Own reliable vehicle
Please send a resume and email cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROW – Sea Kayak Adventuers
We have several job openings for assistant overnight sea kayak guides with our team this summer in BC.
Sea Kayak Adventures is a leader in providing life-enriching sea kayaking tours in the Johnstone Strait area as well as the Broughton Archipelago. We have four to seven day trips including an orca base camp trip. We are looking for two more talented and experienced naturalist/sea kayaking guides to join our team. We work hard to create a healthy, supportive environment where everyone on our team is treated with respect. Our team is our most valuable asset and our success is the direct result of our outstanding, quality-driven team members who enjoy working and playing together. We enjoy a high return rate among our staff.
When applying for a position with us, know that we demand a lot from our staff because we provide a level of service that is well above the standard in the adventure travel and outdoor resort arena. We look for people seeking to set the high watermark in their personal and professional lives. If you are a friendly, self-starting, energetic, creative and hard-working person with a love for people and the natural world, and are interested in a long-term relationship with Sea Kayak Adventures, we want to hear from you! Visit our website at seakayakadventures.com to learn more. We are part of the ROW Adventures family of companies, rowadventures.com.
Again, in summary apply if:
- You smile easily and have a service ethic that is an intrinsic part of you
- You are an experienced sea kayaking guide and have certification in same
- You are available from roughly mid-June to late August (somewhat negotiable)
- You want to spend an amazing season among nature, marine life and wonderful guests
- The idea of providing life-changing experiences to people from around the world energizes you.
Ready to apply? First, read about SKA Hiring in BC. This may answer many of your questions.
Next, send a cover letter, resume, and your completed Guide Application [word format / .pdf format] to email@example.com with the subject line “BC Guide Application.” We look forward to hearing from you!
Power to Be
If you enjoy the outdoors, believe in helping others and want to make a difference in your community then Power To Be wants to hear from you. We look for like-minded individuals willing to work together to share their ideas, talents and expertise with the ultimate goal to produce social change. Thank you for your interest!
Program Support Specialist – Victoria and Vancouver
Are you someone who loves supporting people, but is comfortable in an office setting? We are currently seeking two program support specialists for our offices in Victoria and North Vancouver. These brand new positions will be perfect for the organized individual who is interested in volunteer/project co-ordination.
Program Facilitators – Victoria and Vancouver
We are currently accepting applications for program facilitators to support our spring and summer programs in Victoria and Vancouver. Are you passionate about inspiring youth and families in need of support to discover their limitless abilities through nature-based programs? Preference will be given to applicants that possess the following skills or expereince:
- experience with the populations we serve
- demonstrated knowledge of outdoor pursuits, including sea kayaking (ideally SKGABC certification)
- working knowledge of program implementation and administration (ideally experiential education)
- Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
- post-secondary education in a related field