CO-OP/ALL CBU STUDENTS – Lead Wilderness Counsellor, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation


You thrive in the wilderness. Your experience with wilderness tripping has given you skills that
allow you to lead multi-day experiences. You know how to support and encourage participants
as they work through the physical and emotional challenges that can occur on trips.

If this sounds like you, consider an opportunity as a Lead Wilderness Counsellor with the Tim Horton
Children’s Foundation.

You are …

  • pursuing post-secondary education in recreation, outdoor/adventure education, teaching or related field
  • experienced at working with youth aged 12 – 16
  • experienced at planning and leading wilderness backpacking trips
  • strong at group facilitation and successfully adapt facilitation style based on individual or group needs
  • skilled in positive behaviour management
  • equipped with good judgment and decision-making skills; you know when to bring in key team members as it
    relates to escalated concerns
  • fit to participate in multi-day wilderness backpacking trips, and maintain energy and focus to support campers in
    physical and emotional obstacles
  • certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or are willing to obtain
  • bilingual in English and French (considered an asset)
  • able to provide an acceptable criminal background check
  • able to join us between June 2, 2018 and August 31, 2018

Note: This opportunity is also available at our other camp locations. As part of your application for this posting, you have the
opportunity to indicate your interest in other camp locations or positions.


You will …

  • establish relationships with youth that reflect respect, trust and empathy
  • support the successful execution of multi-day wilderness trip experiences, connecting them back to the THCF
    Youth Leadership Program Framework
  • encourage camper development through their own processing and readiness, and recognize their achievements
  • use respectful, positive behaviour management techniques
  • model healthy choices and emotional maturity
  • identify, assess and appropriately manage risks and off-site crises in line with THCF risk management standards
  • provide mentorship, knowledge and skill transfer to other staff
  • be challenged physically and mentally as you live in an overnight camp and wilderness setting for 10 day sessions,
    with 2 days of break in between
  • learn that the challenge is also rewarding, and will experience personal growth alongside the campers you are

Application Details

If you are interested in making this job into a Co-op Opportunity please send cover letter and resume to Student Placement Officer, Carly Turnbull:

  • Lead Wilderness Counsellor (able to join us between June 2, 2018 and August 31, 2018)
  • Located in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia (as well as our 6 other locations, but dates may slightly vary)
  • Posting Closing Date April 20, 2018
  • Apply online at

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation…

  • believes that thriving youth create stronger communities
  • understands that youth from low-income homes face greater obstacles to reaching their potential
  • fosters strengths within youth, and empowers them to pursue a life without limits
  • uses the power of camp and community as a catalyst for change
  • builds teams who like to have fun while sparking constructive actions in others
  • provides our team with many training, development and travel opportunities

To learn more about our Youth Leadership Program, click here.
To learn more about our Tatamagouche camp location, click here.