Assistant Director of Volunteers - Ten Oaks

Assistant Director of Volunteers

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 Volunteers

The Assistant Director (AD) of Volunteers is a member of the Leadership Team. With support from the Camp Director and Programs Manager, the AD of Volunteers is responsible for recruitment and selection of camp volunteers, and supervising the Volunteer Support Specialist, Camp Counsellors, Camp Counsellors with Lifeguarding Qualifications, Oak Tree Program Coordinators, and Craft Shack Floaters.  The time commitment for this position is March to December, 2017 (pre-camp, at camp, and post-camp).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversee daily volunteer operations
  • Ensure volunteers understand and are well supported in their roles
  • Provide leadership and guidance to volunteers from an Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Maintain the confidentiality of volunteers and campers

Pre camp:

  • Lead recruitment efforts to yield diverse pool of applicants for volunteer positions
  • Review volunteer applications
  • Along with Hiring Committee (consists of the Ten Oaks Project’s Programs Manager, Camp Ten Oaks Director and a former volunteer/camper/parent), conduct two rounds of interviews
  • Assist Leadership Team in program design
  • Orient and support volunteers in collaboration with the Leadership Team
  • Organize camp counsellor schedules, including rest periods

During camp:

  • Support volunteers in their roles
  • Conduct daily check-ins with all volunteers
  • Interact with campers via activities such as round-ups, meal times, etc.

Post camp:

  • Complete an end of summer review with recommendations of next camping season
  • Create written performance evaluations of Volunteer Support Specialist, Camp Counsellors, Camp Counsellors with Lifeguarding Qualifications, Oak Tree Program Coordinators, and Craft Shack Floater

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 putting together and providing training, guidance, support, and leadership to volunteer teams
  • Experience in group facilitation
  • Experience supporting teams working with children
  • Training or experience in crisis intervention is an asset
  • Background or interest in social services, social work, or recreation is an asset
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector

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 volunteer evaluations and de-briefs (August-September, 2017), and contributions 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 Volunteers) 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.