Employment in the Project D.A.R.E. program
There is something special about our staff community. The adventure based program, the focus on experiential education, the intensity of the program’s daily life, the realization we are engaged in the privileged and challenging work of helping young people turn their lives around, the high energy of program staff – our workplace culture is sacred, and we work hard to sustain it. We work hard and play hard, we support and challenge each other, we keep a constant focus on safety, and we give and accept feedback as continuous learners helping each other become steadily better at what we do. We do this because we believe that every task is worth doing right. If this sounds like you, we’d like you on our team.
Our most frequent employment opportunities are for Instructors/RCW, and Irregularly Scheduled Program Support Officers.
Outdoor Adventure Specialist/Residential Care Workers (RCW)
Wendigo Lake Expeditions, based out of South River, ON, operates the world’s longest continuously operated Adventure Therapy program. Outdoor Adventure Specialist/Residential Care Workers are the front-line jacks/jills-of-all-trades that facilitate the meaningful change that the youth clients need to take new measures of themselves and achieve more than they thought possible. If you are highly relational, confident in your skin, and like dirt under your fingernails, then you may fit the profile of exceptional people we employ. This is privileged work, and it’s also not for the faint of heart. Just like our clients benefit from life-altering experiences, our people enjoy a parallel process in terms of professional and personal development.
Wendigo Lake’s Project D.A.R.E. Program provide direct service programming including delivery of the intensive therapeutic and behaviour management program; facilitating adventure activities ranging from games/initiatives, low and high ropes courses and other challenge activities; leading wilderness expeditions; supporting the school program; and facilitating life skills programming including cooking and daily chores routines. OAS/RCW’s typically possess a relevant college diploma or university degree and some work experience relevant to working with youth in outdoor adventure and/or residential/treatment settings. OAS/RCW’s are required to have, or quickly obtain minimum certifications for Bronze Cross, First Aid/CPR, F-class driver’s license, and pleasure craft operator’s card. Instructors are paid a variable per diem based on work experience, services provided, and level of responsibility. A typical annual income ranges from $40,000-$50,000 plus benefits including an extended health care plan. Work schedules vary per program, but average 15-18 days per month. If you are well-qualified, enjoy the challenge of working with youth who have very challenging behaviours, and would like to work as a member of a motivated team within a culture of support and feedback, send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected].
Program Support Officers (PSO)
Program Support Officers (PSO) provide services such as awake night supervision, transporting students for admission or appointments, supporting behavioural interventions, facility rounds, general maintenance, and other program support duties. PSOs must possess or obtain a criminal reference check and vulnerable sector screen (CPIC and VSS), an F-class driver’s license, Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification, and a medical note indicating that the candidate is fit for duties. New employees will be provided with relevant on-the-job training.
Internships & Placements
Wendigo Lake Expeditions is a teaching facility with a long history of providing internships and placements. College students enrolled in a field of study relevant to our work typically engage in an internship or placement of two to four months. Many of our current staff began as Interns. While interns or placement students receive no payment for work, they may be provided with free room and board and are loaned the necessary gear for wilderness expeditions.
If you are a Masters-level Therapist looking for experience in an adventure therapy program, or a Masters student looking for a supervised placement, we’d love to hear from you.
If interested, please send your current resume and covering letter via email, fax or letter mail:
Wendigo Lake Expeditions Inc.
South River, ON
Wendigo Lake Expeditions welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.