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Okanagan - Summer Camp Counsellors 

Kelowna Branch, South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch

Posting date: March 17, 2017
Closing date: April 15, 2017

The BC SPCA summer camps for kids are held at various locations throughout BC.  Our week long camps are designed to teach kids aged 6-14 about pet care, animal welfare, nature and the environment. Spend your summer helping to make a difference by creating a stimulating, fun and positive atmosphere for campers. We are currently recruiting to fill summer camp counsellor positions at the following camp locations:

  • Penticton
  • Kelowna
  • 9 weeks beginning June 26th, 2017

  • The hours of work are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday)

  • One week prior to camp is allotted for training and camp preparation

 For more information about our summer camps, please visit     

Qualifications and Other Job Requirements:

  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience in team-work with a teachable spirit
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Patient, positive and hardworking
  • Ability to communicate and resolve conflict in a constructive and professional manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, time and general management skills
  • Valid First Aid Certificate is a requirement
  • Must be willing to complete a criminal record check
  • Applicants willing to work in more than one location are preferred
  • Applicants with a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are preferred
  • Previous experience with kids or animals is an asset

 Other Job requirements:

 These positions may be funded by Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Applicants would be required to meet CSJ criteria including:

 must be between 15-30 years of age

  • must have been registered in full time studies during the previous academic year
  • must intend on returning to school after the summer
  • legally entitled to work in Canada


Job Descriptions:

 Senior Camp Counsellor

1 position at each location: Kelowna, Penticton – 9 weeks, beginning June 26th    

A senior camp counsellor will lead the team of counsellors at each camp location. In smaller camp locations the Senior Counsellor may also lead a group of campers.

Responsibilities Include and may not be limited to:

  • working with the regional coordinator to schedule activities

  • working with counsellors on a weekly basis to adapt/update activity schedules

  • dealing with camper behavior issues

  • leading and overseeing camp counsellors

  • overseeing group activities and presentations

  • supervising and coordinating volunteers

  • keeping track of supplies

  • assisting the camp supervisor in evaluating staff

  • ensuring a safe and secure camp environment

  • evaluating the effectiveness of activities and suggesting improvements 

  • greeting parents and signing campers in / out

  • addressing parental questions / concerns

  • communicating with shelter staff / management

  • gaining a basic understanding of BC SPCA policies and positions on animal welfare issues

  • gaining a basic understanding of animal stress signals and monitoring shelter animals for signs of stress when interacting with campers

  • maintaining a clean and organized activity space

  • leading a camp group at times

Camp Counsellor

3 positions at each location: Penticton, Kelowna - 9 weeks, beginning June 26th  

Camp counsellors will lead a group of eight campers aged 6-14 and will present age appropriate activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • leading and presenting activities

  • ensuring the safety of campers

  • providing a fun and inclusive environment

  • taking attendance and keeping track of campers at all times

  • providing first aid as required

  • communicating with senior staff to evaluate and improve the camp

  • gaining a basic understanding of animal stress signals and monitoring shelter animals for signs of stress when interacting with campers

  • maintaining a clean and organized activity space

  • liaising with parents to deal with any camper issues

  • Other duties as may be required


 Application Instructions:   Please read carefully

Submit your applications to Caitlin Wanless at:   

1)    The BC SPCA Camp Staff Application Form (PDF)

2)    Cover letter outlining your suitability for this job, the position and location of the job you are applying for as well as your skills in relations to this job

3)    Your resume

Combine all three into ONE document (word or PDF).


To ensure delivery, please use the following subject line for your email: "BC SPCA Job Posting - Summer Camp OK".

We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

The BC SPCA is a registered not-for-profit organization BN 11881 9036 RR0001.




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