Eco-Adventure Camp

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We’re Hiring!

Join the Eco-Adventure team! 

Camp Director

Eco-Adventure Camp is seeking a new Camp Director!  Get kids outdoors by leading a team of counsellors to operate a summer day camp based out of the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC). Reporting to the QUBS Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, the Camp Director provides leadership, planning and operation support for the Eco-Adventure Camp (EAC) program. The EAC Director oversees a team of 3 counsellors and up to 17 Leaders-in-Training (LIT) and work in collaboration with Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) colleagues.

The position is part-time (5-15 hrs/week) between September and April, full-time (35 hrs/week) May to August. Rate of pay is $17.50/hour.

Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there is a possibility that the 2022 Eco-Adventure Camp will be offered virtually, similar as the 2020 and 2021 camp season. Many of the responsibilities listed below will be modified and adapted to meet an online model and would involve facilitating virtual camp sessions and staff meetings.  

To apply, email the following documents to our Outreach and Teaching Coordinator, Emily Verhoek, by Monday, January 10th, 2022. Please provide a resume, a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two referees who we may contact.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, EAC Camp Director is responsible for implementation of daily programming, administrative tasks, along with other supervisory duties.


Camp Leadership 
Accounting & Record-Keeping 
  Marketing & Advertising 
Health & Safety 

Along with the above responsibilities all staff will set an appropriate example including punctuality, professional dress, language and attitude. All staff will also actively participate and follow all health and safety procedures as outlined by the camp and university policy.


Certification from National Lifeguard Certificate, Standard First Aid and CPR certification, ORCKA levels or Instructor, Wilderness First Aid would be considered an asset.

Please note that successful candidates will be required to submit a current and satisfactory Criminal Recordand Vulnerable Sector Check for review prior to starting employment.

Contract Dates

Year-round, part-time (5-15 hrs/week) between September and April, full time from May – August

How to Apply

Please include a  cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position and a statement outlining your thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the workplace or university and any experiences that you may have in this domain.  Please send your resume, cover letter, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two referees who we may contact to Emily Verhoek,, by 11:59PM on Monday, January 10, 2022. 
Though not mandatory, if you carry a valid Class G driver’s license, or have both a G2 license and access to a vehicle, please specify this on your resume. 

Camp Counselor (Three positions)

These jobs are only available for Queen’s University students who plan on returning to school in Fall 2022.

Each Eco-Adventure Summer Camp Counsellor will be part of a team that assists the Camp Director, together with the other counselors, to:

  1. Design and deliver a range of nature-based and physical activities for youth aged 8-13;
  2. Help supervise up to 32 campers daily during the operation of the camp, as well as guide and mentor LIT alumni volunteers (a.k.a. “junior counselors”);
  3. Provide and support a safe and healthy environment for both campers and counselors;
  4. Help with Eco-Adventure Camp advertisement and camper recruitment;
  5. Liaise with parents and guardians;
  6. Maintain camp records and track outcome metrics for various camp activities;
  7. Collate data on different activities for potential publication in an educational journal like The American Biology Teacher.

Based on successful candidates’ backgrounds and interests, we typically enhance counselor responsibilities and profiles by emphasizing different suites of duties (e.g., waterfront safety and supervision, curriculum-based lesson planning, canoe skills, natural history interpretive hikes). While the primary work location for Eco-Adventure Camp will be the ELEEC, advance work-planning in May and June will take place from a laboratory/office on Queen’s University’s main campus; outreach and promotional activities will occasionally extend to various locations within the community. All transportation during camp is provided. Staff will travel with campers by bus from Queen’s Main Campus to ELEEC and back each day. If it is deemed unsafe for the counsellors and campers to travel to ELEEC due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, accommodations will be made to ensure that that the camp may continue virtually, with staff working remotely, as was done successfully in 2020 and 202`1.  


Applicants should have completed at minimum the first year of a program in Biology or Environmental Studies (or related disciplines), although students demonstrating a particularly strong knowledge of local natural history as it relates to their area of study (e.g., Engineering, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Physics) are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be enthusiastic about science, preferably with a sound knowledge of natural history, and have experience working or recreating outdoors. Candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic; a desire and ability to work effectively as a member of a team; an interest in, and aptitude for, education of children and youth; and a strong interest in environmental issues, conservation, and outreach. Lifeguard training and previous experience mentoring young people are major assets.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply until February 10, 2022 via Queen’s MyCareer