Apply to be a camp leader

We are adding to our leadership team.

The successful candidates will be invited to attend a volunteer leadership training camp in early July. There are 8-10 spots available for training. And 2 spots available for 2021 camps. Everyone who comes to training has the opportunity to lead Girl In The Wild camps in the future.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Our current leadership team consists of 4 cis-gender, straight white women. Our organization serves ALL teenagers who identify as girls. So it’s imperative that our leadership represents that, and we will be giving preference to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S* applicants.


That said, the right women will get the gig. Every time.


You’re our kinda leader if: 

  • You have lived experience with tough stuff—bullying, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, depression, mental illness, self-harm, addiction, etc.
  • You are comfortable being open and honest about the shit you’ve been through. Being vulnerable is your jam.
  • You connect easily and naturally with teenagers.
  • You are the least non-judgemental person your friends know.
  • You have solid listening skills.
  • You have significant hiking and backpacking experience on a variety of terrain, including off-trail. You really stinkin’ LOVE being outside.
  • You can navigate in alpine- and sub-alpine terrain in good and poor visibility with both electronic and analog tools
  • You practice Leave No Trace protocols always
  • You have trad and alpine rock climbing experience, and can set up safe and accessible top rope climbs on unestablished low- to mid-5th class terrain.
  • You are available for:
    • Leadership Training (July 11-13)
    • Camp 1 (July 24-30)
    • Camp 2 (Aug 26-Sept 1)

Guiding Skills and Qualifications

  • You feel comfortable taking a group of inexperienced teen girls into a remote (sub-) alpine environment in summer
  • You can set and adapt an all-day hiking pace for a group with varying fitness and experience levels
  • You have experience in client- and group-care in a wilderness environment including injuries, blisters, environmental exposure (frostbite/cold injuries, hypo/hyperthermia etc.), common medical issues, stings/bites, fear, and a variety of other things that may come up
  • You possess Wilderness First Aid Responder (80-hour) certification or are willing to get
  • You can teach and supervise top rope belaying and climbing to beginner climbers
  • You can exercise good risk management and judgement when making go/no-go decisions based on the group capabilities, weather forecast, conditions, terrain, and other factors
  • Guiding certifications (ACMG or similar) are an asset but not a must.
Bonus Skills 
  • You can swim and care for others while swimming
  • You have a Class 4 Unrestricted driver's license
  • You have worked with teenagers in a learning/growing capacity before.
  • You have mad photography skillz.
  • You have some other rad applicable skills that you want to tell us about: are you a backcountry cuisine chef? a slackline aficionado? an ecology or geology buff? can you share some traditional ecological knowledge about the area? Etc.

If this is you, send a cover letter and resume to kim@girlinthewild.ca.

Applications close May 20, 2021.

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