Assistant Director of Operations - Ten Oaks Project

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 2SLGBTQ+ 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 Operations Support Staff, Waterfront Programmers, and the Outdoor Adventure Coordinators. The time commitment for this position is May to September, 2022 (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 and anti-racist framework
  • Take initiative before, during, and after camp to ensure all areas of camp operation are well supported and working smoothly
  • Coach staff and campers in emergency safety procedures
  • Maintain the confidentiality of staff 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 for next camping season
  • Create written performance evaluations of the Operations Support Staff, Waterfront Programmers, and Outdoor Adventure Coordinators

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ 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 from May to September. On-site requirements at camp include the Staff Orientation weekend from May 13th – 15th, CTO East (Kingston, ON) July 29th – Aug 7th, and CTO West (London, ON) Aug 23rd – 30th. Off-site requirements include developing and implementing risk management strategies (May- June), reviewing camper and staff medical details, volunteer evaluations, and de-briefs (September- October).


Since 2018, 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 $600/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.

All returning staff are asked to reapply every year regardless of their previous roles at camp. We do this to ensure our commitment to disrupting historical patterns of power in the camping industry. Any new staff interested in learning about any roles are encouraged to reach out to the Programs Manager for more information at

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 a cover letter and resume along with the application found here: Camp Ten Oaks Staff Application 2022 to

Applications for this position will be open until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 4th, 2022.

If you are a returning staff member, please submit a letter of intent outlining what role you are interested 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.