Assistant Director of Volunteers - Ten Oaks Project

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 September, 2018 (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 May 2018 to September 2018. On-site requirements at the campsite (in Parham, Ontario, and London, ON) include the Volunteer Orientation weekend (May 9-13, 2018) and two weeks of Camp Ten Oaks (July 27 – August 5, 2018 and August 24 – September 1st, 2018). Off-site requirements include volunteer evaluations and de-briefs (August-September, 2018).


For the first time, we have moved from a volunteer staff team to hiring all roles as paid staff. This change comes from an effort to make it easier for CTO staff to join us for both weeks of camp; to take valuable time away from their lives and jobs to support our campers. Pay for positions on the leadership team is $500/week.

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 submit your cover letter and resume by email to by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, February 11th, 2018.

If you are a returning staff member, please submit a letter of intent outlining what role you are interesting in taking on, any opportunities for growth you see for camp from within your role, as well as any personal goals you may seek you explore or accomplish while at camp this summer.

Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.