Part-time Adventure-based Learning Specialist
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation - Trail, BC

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The Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation is seeking a part-time Adventure-based Learning Specialist to join the West Kootenay Take a Hike Program launching in September 2013. This is a part-time contract position for ten months, with the possibility of extension.

The Organization:

Take a Hike (TAH) is an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth in high school through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.

Since it was established in 2000, the ultimate goals of Take a Hike are that barriers to learning are minimized, personal issues are addressed, and students achieve a greater level of social and academic success. The program combines the following four aspects:

Adventure-based Learning (ABL): An ABL Specialist guides students through outdoor day trips and multi-day expeditions. ABL uses physical activities to help youth develop self-directed goals, trust, communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills in a safe, supportive environment.

Therapy: A program therapist provide youth with individual, group, and family counseling in both outdoor and office settings. The therapist aims to change the negative impact the past has on the present, become a better choice maker, increase self-esteem and accept and take responsibility for their own actions.

Academics: At the beginning of the year, the Take a Hike staff meet with each student to assess their academic level and work with them to plan a path that leads to graduation. The outdoor trips also serve to reinforce academic lessons.

Community Involvement: Every student in the Take a Hike program performs a minimum of 60 hours of community service a year. The purpose is to demonstrate to youth that, as members of a larger community, they have a responsibility to others and that their help is needed. Valuable work experience is also gained.

For more information on the program, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Take a Hike staff team includes one Adventure-based Learning Specialist (ABL Specialist) to organize the ABL component. The ABL Specialist works part-time from September through June and is involved in all of the adventure-based activities.


  • Plan logistics and implement the ABL component of the program.
  • Set up risk management plan for all outdoor pursuits.
  • Oversee maintenance and safety considerations for vehicles.
  • Lead all Expeditions and most out-day excursions for the class.
  • Manage equipment and outdoor clothing.
  • Participate in all parts of the program including multi-day camping trips, volunteering and events.
  • Assist with the preparation and presentation of proposals and grants for ongoing program funding.


  • Confident with behaviour management and youth at risk.
  • Veteran Experiential Educator (from Camps, Ropes Courses or Wilderness Education).
  • Log of multi-day expeditions of different types in remote terrain (at least 75 days working as a professional and 40 of those days as leader and head of risk management).
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid (at least 80 hours).
  • Certification in any higher risk activity that is undertaken with the students (unless that activity is led by another qualified person). This includes Rock Climbing, Paddling, Swimming and travel in higher risk terrain including, exposure, simple avalanche terrain or moving water.
  • Physically fit (must be able to perform with energy and stamina during an unexpected wilderness emergency).
  • Collaborative team player, able to establish and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Above all, a passion for supporting at-risk youth.

This position is located in Trail, B.C.

How to Apply:

If this position is of interest to you, please submit your cover letter and resume by August 15, 2013 to careers{AT}takeahikefoundation{DOT}org.

We thank you for your interest. Please note only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.