Project Canoe is Hiring a Program Director!

Position: Program Director
Reporting To: Executive Director
Type: Seasonal Contract (Feb-Sep). 15 hours/week Feb-early May, full-time early May-early September.
Pay: ~$600/week when full-time, ~$225/week when part-time. PD will also receive room & board from late May-end of Aug.
Deadline: Dec 12th

We are looking for a competent, independent and highly motivated leader, who has the skills and experience to work with our youth population and supervise the summer staff team. Our Program Director will have comprehensive knowledge of our youth population, excellent judgment, and group and staff management skills.

Contract Details
In Feb-April, the contract is part-time. Hours will be flexible around other schedules, and some work will be possible to do remotely. The focus in these months will be on organizing urban programs for youth, and coordinating volunteers to help run these programs. The Director will also be preparing for the coming summer canoe trip programs. In May, the contact becomes full-time as we gear up for the summer program. Room and Board become available in late May when staff training begins, and the work will be at its busiest between late May and late June as the PD runs training while managing the youth outreach coordinator to prepare youth for trip. Please note that around five working days prior to contract start will also be needed to assist in hiring process for Canoe Trippers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the complete implementation of the summer program.
  • Management, supervision and evaluation of the summer staff.
  • Oversee youth recruitment, conduct intake interviews and make presentations.
  • Plan, create, implement and supervise staff training, including a staff training canoe trip
  • Implementation of the summer program and operation of the Toronto basecamp, including working committees and community relations
  • Administer and track summer program budget
  • Respond to questions from and incidents or emergencies in the field as required
  • Collect and/or complete all relevant paperwork (follow-up letters, medical forms, incident reports, etc.)
  • Must be comfortable in a collaborative staff working and living structure

The PD may have the opportunity to lead one or more youth canoe trips during the contract, if time and resources permit.

Preferred Experience

  • Relevant background in child/youth services (MSWs, BSWs, Child and Youth Workers or others with relevant education and experience are encouraged to apply), with preference given to candidates with specific experience working with our target population (youth “at-risk”), lived experience, and experience with and love of the outdoors.
  • Experience managing or supervising staff
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid, National Lifeguard Service (NLS), ORCKA tripping 2or equivalent experience are highly valued
  • G-Class or F-Class License
  • Other instructor qualifications an asset

A detailed Job Description is available here.

Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to

Project Canoe is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. People from marginalized, underrepresented and diverse communities, including women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTTIQQ2S+, and people facing economic barriers, are especially encouraged to apply. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity.