Position: Facilitator – Educo Adventure School
Location: 100 Mile House, Canada
Program Season: May 1st – September 15, 2020
Report to: Program Manager & Director – Educo Adventure School
Educo Adventure School is looking for dynamic, passionate, and hardworking Facilitators to deliver transformational, fun, and safe courses for youth in our Adventure School and Community programs this summer.
THE EDUCO APPROACH:
Educo Adventure School aims to be more than just an outdoor classroom: we seek to create meaningful experiences that draw forth our students’ emotional, social, and spiritual development. We believe this is fostered through deepening connections with the natural world, embracing challenge, and learning the intricacies of intimate teamwork. We learn experientially – hands-on! Educo offers opportunities for young people to disconnect from the digital and online arenas and to cultivate a sense of belonging in the world as they journey through our local mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. Educo Adventure School staff facilitate opportunities for youth to become self-aware and engaged with the people, communities, and natural world surrounding them.
THE EDUCO CULTURE:
Educo Adventure School has a rich history in youth work and community living. In a loving and supportive environment, we encourage each other to step beyond our preconceived limitations and to express ourselves fully and creatively. As a staff team, we work hard (and play harder). We work collaboratively and we value one another’s contributions. We ask of our staff what we ask of our students: a willingness to step beyond our comfort zone and to practice vulnerability and appreciation. If you prefer efficiency to collaboration, dislike ambiguity, and adhere to a very strict schedule, then leading at Educo Adventure School probably isn’t right for you. If you’re looking for a fun, multifaceted, and rewarding work environment that will push you every single day, then we want to hear from you!
DUTIES & RESPONSIBLITIES:
Facilitators will work in collaboration with the Program Manager, Lead Facilitator(s) and the Educo Adventure team to deliver transformative and safe experiences for youth in the wilderness and at our off-grid site. With supervision and support from the Program Manager and Lead Facilitator(s), responsibilities will include:
Program Delivery: Assist the Lead Facilitator in facilitating experiential learning activities and opportunities that are engaging and empowering for students. Guide students to develop increased self-awareness, confidence in self-expression, interpersonal skills, and new perceptions of their own potential.
Risk Management: During all activities, transportation, and camping, implement Educo organizational safety procedures. During off-site expeditions, assist the Lead Facilitator in risk assessment, risk mitigation, and emergency response as needed. Document and report any incidents, accidents, or near-misses to the Lead Facilitator and Program Manager in a timely fashion.
Mentorship: Support and create opportunity for all staff and students to learn. Be a role-model and invest in supporting your peers and students through their own discovery of self, leadership, and life-direction.
Relationship Management: Foster positive relationships with students, local community partners, and adult stakeholders in our programs (parents/guardians & teachers).
Course Planning & Design: Work with assigned Leaders to design and plan all courses. Within your core staff team, work collaboratively to develop logistics, debriefs, and specific activities to meet the learning objectives of the program.
120+ hours working with youth and young adults in wilderness settings
120+ hours of facilitation experience with youth and young adult groups
Extensive experience backpacking in remote wilderness areas (15+ days)
Experience backpacking in remote wilderness areas in a leadership role (10+ days)
Experience flat-water canoeing in wilderness settings (10+ days)
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hr) or Wilderness First Responder (80hr) Certified
Class 4 Canadian Driver’s License
Experience climbing peaks in high alpine environments (above 3000m)
Personal experience climbing in outdoor settings
Experience facilitating ceremony and impactful transitional events for youth and young adults
Experience as a leader facilitating introspective and vulnerable group discussions
Integrity: Educo Adventure School programs offer students opportunities to be the best versions of themselves, to reflect on and accept who they are, and to contribute as positive community members. Your approach to life reflects these aims.
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the program. Convey a welcoming and inclusive demeanor to the public and your staff team through openness and attentiveness to every individual.
Foster Community: Work cooperatively and effectively with others. Engage community members in our work and in sharing who we are as an organization. Offer mentorship and supportive feedback to your colleagues.
Organization and Planning: Set priorities with your supervisor, maintain your work schedule, take initiative on your goals and monitor progress.
Openness: Be open to feedback and share honest feedback with colleagues in a respectful, caring, and direct way.
Solve Problems: Assess problems to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Creativity: Tailor activities and exercises to the needs of each group/student. Try new activities or twists on old activities. Be flexible with your plan when necessary.
CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT:
Program staff live and work on site at our beautiful remote base camp, 20km west of 100 Mile House in the Cariboo region.
Accommodation and food provided when onsite.
Opportunity to work internationally in future programming with the JUMP! Foundation.
THE JUMP! - EDUCO PARTNERSHIP:
The JUMP! Foundation is an international non-profit that utilizes experiential education to inspire and empower young people to engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Educo and JUMP! have entered into a strategic partnership to innovate and expand the impact of Educo Adventure School. For more information on JUMP!, please visit www.jumpfoundation.org.
Wage: Exact pay wage to be determined based on experience, availability, and certifications. Expected range of 105-115 CAD daily.
Working Terms: May 1st – September 15th, 2020 with flexibility
Application closing date: November 8, 2019
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of Nov 18, 2019.
JUMP! is committed to employment equity. We encourage qualified applicants from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and all those with the knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively with diverse communities.
Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.