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Position: Summer Camp Instructor/Nature Mentor
Organization: Soaring Eagle Nature School
Location: Vancouver and North Vancouver, BC

Soaring Eagle Nature School is a Vancouver based school that offers unique nature-based programs to youth, teens and adults. Our mission at Soaring Eagle Nature School is to empower people to discover and share their gifts through meaningful connections with the natural world. We honour the natural cycles within people and use their own excitement and curiosity to guide their learning and their connections to themselves, the earth and other people.

Soaring Eagle Nature School is seeking a Summer Camp Instructor/Nature Mentor for Summer 2019. There is a possibility to continue Sept 2019 - June 2020

This is an opportunity to share your gifts with youth and adults through nature-based mentoring and passion-based learning. You should be passionate about working with children in a non-coercive and supportive way, and want to bring nature connection into the lives of youth in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We are looking for committed and resourceful individuals to become a part of our team.

This is a chance to be a part of a school that comes from the lineage of the Wilderness Awareness School and the 8 Shields Model. You will be immersed in a mentoring model that can be applied to any school or organization. You will gain skills and experience from experienced and well-trained mentors who have been working and using this model for years.

Responsibilities would include and are not limited to:

  • Instructor for the summer of 2019 working with kids aged 4-12. See required dates below.

  • Curriculum includes, but is not limited to: knife safety skills, survival skills, wildlife tracking, edible and medicinal plants, navigation, forest ecology, and bird language and identification.

  • Development and implementation of age specific programming for youth based on the 8 shields model

  • Maintain clear and consistent communication with kids, parents, instructors abd directors involved in programming

  • Maintain all relevant paper work and administrative support for programs

  • Work closely with Soaring Eagle Nature School staff to maintain clear responsibilities

  • Paid weekly or bi-weekly check in with Soaring Eagle Nature School’s director


The Ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the following:

  • Strong familiarity with Coyote Mentoring/8 shields model (developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School)

  • Deep desire to have a nature-based community

  • Understanding and practice of effective, clear and compassionate communication skills

  • Experience working with children and youth aged 4-12

  • Naturalist skills as well as earth based living skills/primitive skills

  • Openness to new and potentially challenging experiences

  • Excellent group facilitation skills

  • Exercise a healthy sense of humour

  • Comfort in handling student and family affairs in a competent and open way; confidence creating and setting clear boundaries with students and families

  • Desire to expand and grow nature-based programs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

  • Desire to use your gifts to help guide people into a closer connection with the natural world

  • Creative and crafty with a love of making cool things with your hands out of natural materials

  • Friendly, kind and patient


  • Minimum 2 year experience in nature-based mentoring with children and adults

  • Standard First Aid (will be required by date of hire)

Preferred, but not required to apply:

  • Graduate of the Anake Program and the Anake Leadership Program, RDNA program or similar program

  • Graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program, or equivalent

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in education or environmental degree

  • Child Development Expertise

  • Wilderness First Aid


Dates needed:

  • June 24-28- Staff Training (paid)
  • Job shadowing during early July dates TBD
  • July 22-26
  • July 29-Aug 2
  • August 19-23
  • Potential for August 5-9

There is a possibiity of extending this position Sept 2019 – June 2020 for the right applicant, TBD


Starting wage $20-$23 based on experience and availability.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, and 3 professional references to:

Applications due right away. The review of applications will be ongoing until the posting is filled.

Thank you for your interest and please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jun 10 2019    Numéro : 53823