Assistant Director of Operations - Ten Oaks

Assistant Director of Operations

Camp Ten Oaks

Launched in 2004, Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities ages 8-17. Camp Ten Oaks is the first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada, and is a program of the Ten Oaks Project. Our programming variety allows campers to receive instruction, strengthen old skills and develop new ones with the option to participate in outdoor adventure, waterfront, arts, social justice activities, and sports.

Camp Ten Oaks works from a camper-centered, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist framework. Camp Ten Oaks strives to offer an environment as diverse as the campers who enjoy our camp programming.

Assistant Director of Operations

The Assistant Director (AD) of Operations is a member of the Leadership Team. The AD of Operations works with the Camp Director to ensure the smooth functioning of the general maintenance and daily operations of camp and is responsible for supervising the Kitchen Floaters, Waterfront Programmers, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, and Out-Tripping Floaters. The time commitment for this position is March to December, 2017 (pre-camp, at camp, and post-camp).

Role and Responsibilities

  • Oversee, orient, and support daily operations (including food services, waterfront, facilities, out-tripping, and risk management) in consultation with the Leadership Team
  • Ensure the Camp Ten Oaks program adheres to all regulations and accreditation standards, including but not limited to Ontario Camps Association Standards, insurance, waterfront, and Public Health regulations
  • Provide leadership and organization to the camp community from an anti-oppressive framework
  • Take initiative before, during, and after camp to ensure all areas of camp operation are well supported and working smoothly
  • Coach volunteers and campers in emergency safety procedures
  • Maintain the confidentiality of volunteers and campers


  • Work with Camp Director to develop and implement risk management strategies: review and update area manuals, and planning and leading emergency procedures

During camp:

  • Oversee risk management
  • Liaise with our host camp to ensure we are adhering to their site procedures
  • Conduct daily site inspections and address issues around health and safety at camp in a timely manner

Post camp:

  • Complete an end of summer review with recommendations of next camping season
  • Create written performance evaluations of the Kitchen Floaters, Waterfront Programmers, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, and Out-Tripping Floaters

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice
  • Experience supporting teams working with children
  • Ability to perform some physical tasks (including carrying firewood, washing dishes, etc.)
  • Experience in risk management planning and implementation
  • Valid Class G driving license and Pleasure Craft Operator card
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Ontario Camps Association accreditation standards is considered an asset

Time Commitment

The time commitment is March 2017 to December 2017. On-site requirements at the campsite (in Parham, Ontario) include the Volunteer Orientation weekend (May 13-14, 2017) and week of Camp Ten Oaks (July 29 – August 6, 2017). Off-site requirements include developing and implementing risk management strategies (March-April, 2017), volunteer evaluations and de-briefs (August-September, 2017), and contributing to the end of year report (December, 2017).


Volunteers at Camp Ten Oaks are offered honoraria for their hard work and dedication. Honoraria are offered on a tiered scale and each member of the Leadership Team (including the AD Operations) is guaranteed an honorarium of up to $2500. For more information on how the honoraria work, please follow this link.

Commitment to Equity

In keeping with the Ten Oaks Project’s commitment to equity, applicants are strongly encouraged to self-identify in their applications. Applicants are encouraged to share accessibility needs in the application process, and every attempt will be made to accommodate them.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based on experience, skills, and demonstrated commitments aligned with the goals of Camp Ten Oaks.