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Position: Environmental Education and Leadership Assistant
Type: volunteer with room & board, mentorship, small honorarium (see below)
Organization: Cheakamus Centre
Location: Brackendale, Squamish, British Columbia


This short-term residential volunteer position plays a supporting role in the educational programming at Cheakamus Centre. Duties to be undertaken will include acting as a leadership mentor for youth, supporting high school counsellors, teachers and Outdoor School program staff during programs, updating program materials and participating in stewardship initiatives. This volunteer position is a great opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in outdoor environmental education and youth leadership through close mentorship by program staff.


• Assist program staff in supporting youth leaders on field studies and during afternoon and evening programs
• Provide program support to visiting teachers and Cheakamus Centre staff
• Assist program staff with the training of high school counsellors
• Assist Cheakamus Centre staff with stewardship initiatives
• Develop environmental education resources and update program materials


• Experience working with children and/or youth in outdoor educational settings
• Strong interest in developing leadership skills
• Works effectively independently and in a collaborative team environment
• Ability to work varied hours including evenings and occasional weekends
• Friendly, positive and enthusiastic approach
• Strong communications skills
• First Aid Certificate preferred– OFA Level 1 or higher


• Valid driver’s license preferred
• Experience working in a residential outdoor learning environment
• Strong interest in developing experience in outdoor and environmental learning and leadership
• Proficiency in computer and internet use including Microsoft Office


  • The volunteer will gain valuable experience assisting with outdoor education programs
  • Develop strong leadership skills through direct supervision and mentorship
  • Gain demonstrated experience supervising children and youth •Participate in and learn about local stewardship initiatives
  • Gain experience developing educational program materials
  • Build knowledge of local natural and cultural history
  • Gain confidence and public speaking skills


Seasonal Terms: Immediately to December 16, 2016 (excluding holidays and non-programming times)

January 9, 2017 - May 19, 2017 (excluding holidays and non-programming times)


Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale, BC (Near Squamish)


Room & Board, mentorship in environmental education and leadership + small honorarium are provided.


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Located on 420 acres of ecological reserve lands in the Cheakamus River Valley near Squamish, BC, Outdoor School is the flagship K-12 program at the Cheakamus Centre, a world-class learning centre that brings together the values of environmental stewardship and sustainability to support an exceptional program of experiential outdoor education and hospitality.

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GoodWork ID: 36825       Date posted to Nov 15 2016

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