Come join our team this summer to ignite the passion of nature and the outdoors in our youth. Be part of our mission to build reciprocal relationships with the human and non-human world in our area. Learn along side our experienced mentors to become a Land-Based Instructor. 

Number of Positions: 2-4
Organization: Nature’s Backpack
Location: Just outside Rollingdam, NB (13 min from St. Stephen)
Position Type: Full-Time, contract
Start Date: Monday June 27, 2022
End Date: August 26, 2022
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm, additional hours may be required
Compensation: $13.00-$15.00

About Nature’s Backpack
Nature’s Backpack is New Brunswick’s leading nature awareness organization that provides year round hands-on interactive, experiential nature programs to members in St. Stephen, Saint Andrews and surrounding communities in Charlotte County. These include an outdoor school, enrichment programs, and the highly sought-after wilderness summer camps. Our programs empower individuals to become confident communicators and ingenious problem solvers. By encouraging play, creative expression, and mindfulness, participants effectively discover their belonging as a member of the natural world. Nature awareness mentorship provides the safety for fun exploration and observation, the freedom to shake off the stress of contemporary life and gives permission to individuals to be truly themselves.

Our programs enhance engagement, provides transformative experiences, and illustrates how unexpected life events can be overcome with out-of-the-box and collaborative thinking. Inevitably, disconnecting from the grid, participants develop meaningful connections to themselves, each other, community, and to the wood-wild-web. These connections foster the growth of internal and external wisdom. Naturally, participants enhance their physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing, which in turn sow the seeds for reciprocal and interdependent relationships into adulthood and throughout life. This process empowers individuals to discover the greatest teachers: the ones who reside within the interconnected nature of being.

Check our website naturesbackpack.ca for more info.

Position Summary
Instructors are a core component of our summer camp staff. This position involves working outside with kids on a daily basis and an opportunity to work with teenagers on their overnight excursion. Naturalist knowledge, experience working with children and working in the outdoor environment in all weather are key elements of this role. Instructors embody respect, gratitude, awareness, life-long learning, resilience and reciprocal relations with the land. These elements are the core of our mission and values at Nature’s Backpack.

This position is all about delivering quality programs to enhance our mission to empower people to survive and thrive with resilience, courage and a worldview that perceives the interconnectedness of all life.

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Facilitate positive learning and recreational experiences with campers ages 6-12 and 13-16 in nature
  • Active leadership roles at camp
  • Develop camp culture by leading and participating in skits, songs and games
  • Lead program planning, development, and prep/debrief meetings
  • Participate in staff training
  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Act in the best interests of all campers and staff
  • Willing to continually learn skills and knowledge related to the program
  • Familiarize yourself with all policy and procedures, emergency plans and parent handbook
  • Other duties as required

Requirements

  • Up to date Police Vulnerable Sectors Check (prior to employment)
  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C or higher (or willingness to obtain before employment)
  • Experience working with children in a mentorship role

The Person we are Looking For

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing and flexible
  • Willing to work as a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills and organizational skills
  • Identify with Nature’s Backpack Mission and values
  • Desire to learn new skills and knowledge, mentoring techniques through professional development opportunities

Nice Haves

  • Outdoor and environmental education
  • Naturalist experience and knowledge
  • Survival skills, wilderness experience

Application Procedure
Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
Your cover letter should be one page in length and include:

  • where you saw this job posting
  • why you are interested in Nature’s Backpack and the Land-Based Educator Role
  • brief description of your relevant skills, experience and aptitudes

Applicants who do not meet all the required qualifications but have transferable skills, experience, aptitudes are encouraged to apply and explain their relevance to the role in the cover letter.

Nature’s Backpack is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to promoting equity and diversity within our workplace and community. We encourage all qualified applicants with an entrust in advancing our mission, vision, and values to apply.

Send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] by May 30, 2022

 

Send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]