Waterfront Programmers - Ten Oaks Project

Waterfront Programmers

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.

Waterfront Programmer

Waterfront Programmers lead swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and other aquatic programs, and support all activities, staff, 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 staff
  • Enforce appropriate waterfront rules and emergency procedures
  • Ensure the safety of all staff 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 staff
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all staff and campers

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
  • 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 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 paid virtual training sessions, 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 this position 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.

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 camp@tenoaksproject.org.

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 resume along with the application found here.