Outdoor Recreation Instructor

City of St. John's
Job Description

Outdoor Recreation Instructor

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Outdoor Recreation Instructor
Community Services
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Summer Opportunities
Closing Date:
April 3, 2023

Our City, Our Future

St. John's is a progressive city with a strong connection to the past and a positive outlook on the future. As one of the oldest cities in North America we have a unique history, but we are also a growing city with the needs and opportunities of a modern urban population. The City of St. John’s is committed to recruiting world-class talent and expertise to join our City staff, more than 1200 strong, who provide a vast array of valued services to the residents of St. John's and the metropolitan area. If you are an innovative thinker with a positive attitude and a commitment to quality, we want you to help us make St. John’s a city where people want to live and feel they belong.

The Opportunity

The City of St. John’s Recreation Division is currently seeking motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic individuals, who enjoy working outdoors, to work in our Summer Recreation Programs as Outdoor Recreation Instructors facilitating various outdoor programs and activities to groups of all ages. All are welcome to apply.


Outdoor Recreation Instructor duties must be comfortable advising on program content and lesson planning, providing direct leadership and instruction for group programs. They must advise on safety and emergency measures, ensure proper use, transport, storage and maintenance of equipment, providing opportunities for participants to develop leadership and team building skills, and completing various reports.

Description disclaimer

The successful applicant will be required to participate in all training programs applicable to this position and other related work. The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


•Experience, or certification in, some or all the following activities: Paddle Sports, Wilderness Survival, Archery and/or Backcountry Camping
•Excellent communication skills and a strong knowledge of group dynamics and team building
•Leadership training (i.e. Completion of City of St. John's Youth Leadership Programs or equivalent) would be an asset

Other Requirements
•Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Criminal Record Screening Certificate AND Vulnerable Sector Check – Dated 2023
•Must be comfortable in an aquatic setting

Additional Qualifications (provided free for successful candidates)
•Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR Level C)
•Standard First Aid
•HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development Certification
•Paddle Canada: Lake Canoe Skill Intermediate Tandem Certification would be an asset
•Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Certification would be an asset

Working Conditions

These positions are required to work outside in all types of weather conditions.

Physical Requirements

These positions require physical agility and stamina to carry out required duties.

Hours of Work

•Program start and end dates: June 27 – September 1, 2023
•Must be available to attend mandatory training. First possible training date beginning June 7 and continuing throughout the month of June. Some training may be offered virtually, evenings and/or weekends.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The City of St. John's does not accept applications in person, by email, fax or mail. Applications will be received up to 12:00 Midnight (Newfoundland Standard Time) on closing date.

This City of St. John's is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the
employment of a qualified workforce which reflects the community's diversity.

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