Camp Amicus - POLARIS Instructor


Foothills Academy Society invites you to be an integral part of this unique summer camp program for children and youth with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Our goal is to create a rewarding and successful summer for each camper, with an emphasis on enhancing self-esteem and social skills in a fun environment.

Position Purpose:

Under the guidance of the Program Coordinator and Camp Manager, the POLARIS instructor functions as a counsellor for the oldest campers while at overnight camp in July, and plans and delivers both POLARIS programs, during day camp in August. As a senior staff member of Camp Amicus, this position requires a high level of responsibility, maturity & accountability when dealing with co-workers, campers & parents. This camp starts with 2 days of trip prep, at our site in Calgary, followed by a 3 day/2 night hiking trip. The second week of the program involves mornings of personal development - created and led by the facilitator - and afternoons of volunteer work - supervised by the facilitator.

Position Dates:  June 18 - August 24, 2018 (10 weeks)


  • June 18 through to June 22 – Foothills Academy in Calgary
  • June 25 to June 29 – staff training at Camp Goldeye in Nordegg, Alberta
  • July 1 – July 27 - overnight camp at Goldeye Centre in Nordegg, Alberta - four 6-day overnight camps (Sunday to Friday)
  • July 30 – August 24 - day camps (Monday to Friday) in Calgary

Salary: $680 per week (includes room & board while on site at the Goldeye camp).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Co-lead a 3 day wilderness hiking trip, and leadership programming for 16 - 18 year olds with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD, as well as other associated diagnosis.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation, including participant progress reports.
  • Must be comfortable in a collaborative staff working and living structure.
  • Manage trip emergencies and evacuations, and ensure participant safety.
  • Physical Demands
  • Candidate must be able to lift and transport up to 50 pounds regularly.
  • Candidate must be able to see and respond to situations
  • Candidate must be able to work in a consistently mobile fashion – walking up to 6 hours for day long field trips, and consistently interact with campers and staff at both day and overnight camp.
  • Candidate must be able to sustain attention to the program participants without significant impairment


  • Previous trip leadership experience (3+ years).
  • Previous experience working with special populations - Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.
  • Previous Leadership Program development/facilitation experience.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification, or equivalent.
  • Class 4 licence.
  • ACMG Hiking Guide (preferred)
  • Class 4 licence, provincial equivalent, or ability to attain before start date.
  • Ability to work independently & problem solve effectively
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with others
  • Ability to use judgment to act quickly when necessary
  • Ability to adapt to new situations and be flexible with change
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Current First Aid & CPR
  • Previous camp experience (an asset)


Send resume and cover letter to Kathleen Gurski. We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Person: Kathleen Gurski, Manager, Camp Amicus and Recreation Programs

745 37 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4T1


Fax: (403)205-2754