Bilingual Camp Kanannaq Lifeguard and Program Leader

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Bilingual Camp Kanannaq Lifeguard and Program Leader
  • Nom de l’organisme : YMCA of Northern BC
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Prince George, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-06-12 à 2017-08-28 (11 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,00 $

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Position: Bilingual Camp Kanannaq Solaris Lifeguard

Duration: June 12th- August 28th, 2017

Hours: 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday

Wage: $14.00+/hr (Dependent on qualifications)


The YMCA of Northern BC serves 20,000 people of all abilities, backgrounds, and stages of life in Northern British Columbia. We are a growing, multi-service association that offers health, fitness, and recreation, licensed childcare, rehabilitation services, community support services, and camp programs.

The YMCA is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility, the YMCA ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

Nature and Scope

Kanannaq [~can-a-nak~] is Inuit for North Wind. This unique, lakeside day camp provides every child the opportunity to actively participate and benefit from outdoor activities, while sleeping in the comfort of their own beds each night. Camp Kanannaq believes that camp is an experience that all children are entitled to; therefore, Camp Kanannaq emphasizes enjoyment, exploration, originality and inspiration within a secure and accommodating environment. It is a childhood haven where campers discover nature and are physically active, acquire new skills, develop self-confidence and build permanent friendships.

A team member who serves as the official camp lifeguard to provide expertise, experience and skills specific to the operation of a safe and educational waterfront program, while doubling as a counselor. Counselors are wholehearted individuals who are passionate about two things, making a difference in the lives of others and teaching respect and enjoyment of the outdoors, particularly water related activities and safety. They are fun, enthusiastic and energetic; are thoughtful, compassionate and excellent listeners; are co-operative, flexible members of the staff team; finally, counselors are capable, mature and selfless. Our team is required to work together to devotedly supervise and facilitate campers and daily programs, both small group and camp-wide, while following YMCA policies and procedures and integrating the YMCA Core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

Major Responsibilities

Lifeguards and counselors must understand the importance of safety and must demonstrate so though responsible leadership by exhibiting model character at all times as they share their love for the outdoors in delivering and furthering the success of Camp Kanannaq Programs, meeting and exceeding all targets and timelines – Counselors are ultimate role models.

 Be in accordance with all provincial and YMCA standards, policies and procedures to develop and deliver a variety of age-appropriate activities that have a high impact, are enriching, and integrate YMCA Core Values of Honest, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

 Act as the lifeguard on duty during all water sports and activities such as swimming and canoeing.

 Demonstrate by example and communicate effectively to enforce safety regulations to all ages and skill levels and to assist campers or staff when applicable.

 Demonstrate the ability to identify and respond to hazards, always minimizing risk.

 Interact directly with children while guiding and redirecting in situations when conflicts arise.

 Establish and maintain positive daily communication with all parents.

 Ensure physical and emotional needs of children are met and manage behaviors according to procedure.

 Interact directly with the children offering a balance of child guided and counselor directed activities.

 Assist with the planning and implementing of a consistent child centered program in accordance with YMCA standards, both small group and camp-wide.

 Maintain a safe, neat, orderly and clean environment of all activity areas and washrooms and that they meet standards according to requirements.

 Demonstrate and role model appropriate behavior at all times

 Maintain confidentiality of all information.

 Maintain regular attendance, punctuality and to be appropriately prepared for all activities.

 Attend all staff trainings and regular program development meetings as required.

 Share passion for camp and the outdoors to integrate and promote healthy child development (physical and nutritional).

 Contribute flexibly as a team member to achieve goals, specifically to ensure that Camp Kanannaq is a memorable experience for all campers – ensure that Camp Kanannaq makes this their best summer yet!

Skills and Knowledge

 Working with groups of children with the ability to engage and motivate children to participate in outdoor recreation activities

 Able to manage and facilitate large groups of children

 Strong communication skills and experience working with a variety of children

 Experience working with children 6-12

 Experience working with special needs children is an asset


 Current NLS Certification

 Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C”

 Clear Criminal Record Check

 Completion of all YMCA related training


 Courses/Experience working with or caring for children in a child care/recreational setting

 BC Class 4 driver’s license (Preference will be given to those with Class 4)

 Canoe or specialized water sport experience

 Wilderness First Aid


In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following nine competencies:

1. Leadership/Coaching – Ability to direct and develop performance of others to achieve desired result.

2. Negotiation/Communication/Interpersonal Skills Able to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings. Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results. Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.

3. Planning/Organizing – Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long term goals.

4. Problem Solving – Ability to identify an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, determine possible solutions, selects appropriate responses and implements and evaluates them.

5. Service Strategy – Ability to identify the needs and wants of members/participants as a priority and respond in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person’s YMCA experience.

6. Initiative/Enthusiasm/Innovation – Ability to manage and lead in order to achieve and exceed identified goals.

7. Community Awareness and Understanding – Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission and values of the organization.

8. Project Resource Management – Ability to manage a project from initial planning to completion.

9. Strategic Planning/Visioning - Ability to visualize future direction and formulate strategies, plans and action to achieve vision.

Please apply with application and cover letter to

Sophie Church- Coordinator of Camp Programs

YMCA of Northern BC

Box 1808 2020 Massey Drive, Prince George, BC V2L 4V7


Fax: 250 562 2954

The YMCA of Northern BC thanks everyone for their application; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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