Waterfront Programmers - Ten Oaks

Waterfront Programmers

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.

Waterfront Programmer

Waterfront Programmers lead swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and other aquatic programs, and support all activities, volunteers, campers, equipment, and facilities that are at the waterfront area.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Before camp, contribute to the planning of waterfront and general programs
  • Conduct and monitor swim testing of all campers and volunteers
  • Enforce appropriate waterfront rules and emergency procedures
  • Ensure the safety of all volunteer and campers at the waterfront
  • Proactively identify and address risks at the waterfront
  • Act as a lifeguard during instructional and general swims
  • Lead canoe and kayak lessons
  • Oversee the instruction of campers in the safe use of the equipment and proper techniques for paddling, steering and righting
  • Conduct and monitor swim testing of all campers and volunteers
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all volunteers and campers

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
  • 250 hours of guarding experience
  • Registered with the National Lifesaving Society (NLS)
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C
  • Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector

Time Commitment

The time commitment is May 2017 to September 2017. On-site requirements at the campsite (in Parham, Ontario) include the Volunteer Orientation weekend (May 12-14, 2017) and week of Camp Ten Oaks (July 28 – August 6, 2017). Off-site requirements include being available on a volunteer basis from May to September of the camping season to carry out the duties of the position.


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 volunteer team is guaranteed an honorarium of $300. 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.

how to apply

To apply for this position, please fill out this application form and send it along with your resume via email (camp@tenoaksproject.org). Please note that we will be accepting applications until all available spots have been filled. Please also note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.