Voyageur Trip Leader
Job Title: Voyageur Trip Leader
Job Duration: June 19th, 2017 to August 27th, 2017
Job Hours: Full-time / Resident Camp Hours
Reports To: Summer Camp & Outdoor Education Director
Voyageur Trip Leaders lead twelve 14-16 year-olds on three 5 day (Indian Arm) and one 9 day
(Stave Lake) long canoe trips. Trip leaders prepare the out-trip with their co-tripper, youth
participants and the program coordinator. Trip Leaders guide a safe and challenging out-trip,
setting clear, appropriate expectations and boundaries for youth participants. Trip Leaders
encourage responsibility and leadership, and ensure a positive wilderness experience that
meets the standards set by Sasamat Outdoor Centre of leave no trace camping.
Duties and Responsibilities
• To participate in 100% of pre-season staff training
• To know and practice the information covered in the "Policies & Procedures" section of
manual. (Failure to comply could result in discipline including dismissal.)
• To submit a detailed medical, application, criminal record search forms and employee
agreement to the Summer Camp and Outdoor Education Director no later than June 26.
Camper Group Leadership
• To be responsible 24 hours a day for the safety and well-being participants assigned to
you by the Resident Camp Coordinators, during the camp hours. This includes
administering first aid and completing first aid/unusual occurrence forms, submitting to
supervisor on the day.
• To develop enjoyable/stimulating programs for your group on trip, using available
resources with care to safety/risk in the wilderness environment.
• To encourage the development of each participant and to stimulate the camper’s social
development as a member of the group, with particular focus on encouraging/fostering
elements of leadership.
• To introduce and stimulate the participant’s awareness of the outdoors and to encourage
sound environmental practices by expecting and demonstrating responsibility, and
upholding the standards of “leave-no-trace” camping in the outdoors.
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• To further develop participant’s skills in those areas that you are proficient and that the
camp deems valuable - e.g. canoeing, cooking, orienteering with regards to trip,
leadership, leave-no-trace camping, etc. Use coordinator and resource staff whenever
• Ensure that participants know and understand the risks associated with out-tripping,
understand emergency procedures and understand how to use relevant safety
equipment – e.g. Satellite Telephone, S.P.O.T. Device, Radio, Compass.
• Ensure camper participation in the planning and execution of out-trip - this includes: pretrip
planning of route and way-points; a functional understanding of maps, compass
orientation, safe canoe travel & packing; confidence in back-country cooking, leave-notrace
methods of camping; and safety.
• To keep the Program Coordinator informed as to the nature of your program, tripplanning
process and details.
• To be punctual and enthusiastic in carrying out the camp routines.
• To keep an accurate attendance record of all participants as well as maintain an active
trip log while away from site.
• Ensure awareness of medications, food restrictions and dietary concerns using
appropriate documentation where required.
• Ensure ALL medications for staff and campers are packed safely for trip; administer as
prescribed; keep accurate records.
• Prior to session, prepare menu plan with consideration to the dietary and medical
restrictions of staff and campers. Liaise with kitchen and place trip-food order no less
then one week prior to out-trip.
• Prior to session, check/set-up, pack and keep record of ALL trip supplies. Prior to
leaving on out-trip, re-check supplies with the involvement of campers ensuring
collective group knowledge and confidence in equipment. Clean, properly store and
manage out-trip supplies upon return.
• To follow up with Program Coordinator upon returning from trip.
• To assist with final clean up tasks after campers have gone home.
• Voyageur Trip Leaders may be asked to assist in duties not listed above. Sasamat
Outdoor Centre expects the support of all staff members fulfilling objectives that may not
be specific to this position.
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Specialized Knowledge and Certification
• Minimum of 19 years of age
• Current Wilderness First Aid Certification (40hrs)
• Class 4 Driver’s License an Asset
• Cleared Criminal Record Check
• Current RCA BC Advanced Solo/Tandem Canoe Certification
• Current Bronze Cross Certification
• Food Safe
Additional qualifications considered an asset
• NLS (Pool, Waterpark or Waterfront)
• High Five
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Confidence leading and teaching in a back-country wilderness setting
• Ability to work independently and exercise initiative
• Ability to work with a wide variety of ages and demographic groups
• Ability to motivate others appropriately, inspire action and take charge when necessary
• Ability to observe and assess camper behaviour, enforce safety regulations and
emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behaviour-management techniques
• A background working with youth
• Participation in applicable leadership programs or related experiences
• A background working in the outdoors
• Experience leading wilderness trips
• A resident role that requires the applicant to live on-site for the duration of employment
• Requires working in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions
• Requires the application of Sasamat Outdoor Centre standards away from site
• May require working with difficult clients
• May require some weekend work
• Physical ability to provide active care, programming and supervision of campers for the