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Job Opportunities


When you apply for a job, it’s not just your resume they’re seeing, but a little piece of all the COLT students who have gone before you.

In addition to employment opportunities at Strathcona Park Lodge you will be immediately employable as a sea kayak guide, outdoor education instructor, canoe instructor or guide and a hiking guide in Pacific Rim National Park, where you can lead trips on the world famous West Coast Trail.

But this is just a beginning. Graduates of COLT work all over the world doing all kinds of amazing things. They’re ski and mountain guides, adventure travel leaders, freelance writers, photographers, coast guards and owners of all kinds of companies. There isn’t a sea kayak company in British Columbia who hasn’t hired a COLT graduate at some point.

COLT Alumni Places of Employment

Kimberley Raft Co.
Outward Bound Canada
Algonquin Outfitters
Up North Adventures
Ridge Wilderness
The Hive
Cliffhanger Climbing Gym
ROW Sea Kayaking Adventures
Spirit of the West Adventures – Sea Kayaking
Crag X Climbing Centre
Eco Summer Expeditions

COLT Alumni

Max Fisher – Graduated COLT Fall 2003

Max was a whitewater newbie when he came from New Brunswick to do the COLT program, but within a couple years he was running extremely technical whitewater from the cockpit of his kayak. He has paddled all over the world and has multiple first descents to his name. He’s also an accomplished multi-pitch climber with a first ascent in his log book. After five years of working at Strathcona Park Lodge, sea kayak guiding and exploring the world on his own, he’s now leading National Outdoor Leadership School multi-week wilderness courses instructing white water canoeing, hiking and mountaineering. “My COLT training provided me the skills to get out on my own and develop my skills to a point where I was able to get to some amazing places,” he says.

Max Fisher Testimonial:

For me COLT changed my life, it sparked new interests and helped me develop into a very well rounded person. There are no courses like COLT, it gives you everything from rock climbing to flat water canoeing with excellent instruction and the comfort to take youth in the wilderness or venture there yourself. COLT set me up for starting a career in Outdoor Education by giving me the skills to work with youth in the wilderness.

Ryan Stuart – Graduated COLT Fall 1998

Ryan worked at Strathcona Park Lodge for a season after COLT developing his outdoor education skills before meshing old skills with new found expertise. He taught avalanche awareness courses and telemark skiing and began pursueing a freelance writing career. “I wanted to combine writing with the skills I’d learned through the COLT program,” he says. He took a journalism program and began contributing stories to various outdoor and adventure travel publications. Today he’s a full time freelance writer working for magazines like Outside, Skiing and Backcountry. But his most enviable job is as the gear editor for explore Magazine, where he tests new products before they hit the market.

Ryan Stuart Testimonial

When I looked at taking an outdoor leadership program I wanted one that held the most promise for getting a job afterwards. COLT was the obvious choice then and it seems like the obvious choice still. Even though my job has very little to do with outdoor education I still use the skills I learned in COLT – leadership, confidence, how to work with others – almost everyday.

Tobin Leopkey – Graduated COLT Fall 1998

Immediately after COLT Tobin took his COLT experience with him to Whistler where he spent the next seven winters perfecting the art of teaching skiing. He’s a level four ski instructor, the highest level achievable. During the summers, when he wasn’t skiing in New Zealand, he worked at Strathcona Park Lodge and at other outdoor education type jobs in Canada and Japan. Melding his two skill sets he’s started his own ski training business Section 8 Snowsport Institute, based at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. The school teaches four and 12-week ski instructor and mountain leadership courses to students from all over the world. “The COLT program further fueled my passion for the outdoors, ensuring that I would never work a boring desk job as long as I live,” he says.

Tobin Leopkey Testimonial

COLT gave me a great foundation of skills in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and developed my leadership potential allowing me to pursue a career in the industry.  I met tons of great people and experienced amazing adventures along the way.

Job Postings

Power To Be

Position: Program Facilitator
Victoria, British Columbia

Power To Be Victoria is seeking an experienced Program Facilitator with a passion for outdoor recreation and youth work. The Program Facilitator will lead and/or co-facilitate participant-centred outdoor recreation programs locally and in remote locations.

Please see detailed PDF job description for more details.

The job posting closes May 4th, 2017 and applications can be submitted to

We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. ***Please submit your application promptly***

Feel free to connect if you have any questions!

Spirit Bear Lodge

Position: General Manager Spirit Bear Lodge
Location: Klemtu, British Columbia

The General Manager is responsible for engagement or oversight of all facets of operations for an internationally recognized, Canadian Signature 12 room wildlife viewing destination lodge that is owned by the Kitasoo/Xaixais Nation of Klemtu, BC. The Lodge employs 40 people, the majority of whom are Kitasoo band members and operates from June to October. This is a mature business operating in one of the most pristine and ecologically diverse marine environments on the planet. Our business is in demand, has very high occupancy and demonstrated excellence in the eco-tourism sector.

The GM position requires a multi-talented individual who is internally motivated and driven by a relentless and exceptional desire for excellence. The ideal candidate brings a wealth of knowledge in a very diverse range of subject areas including Coastal First Nations culture, wildlife biology, basic marine mechanics, vessel operations, first aid, risk management, marketing, lodge hospitality, basic accounting, relationship dynamics and effective use of cloud based computer technology.
From mid October to mid May the position requires an ability to switch gears and continue to manage the business off-site at a less demanding but still busy pace.

The ideal candidate will clearly demonstrate the following Core Competencies:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience and a proven track record of outdoor leadership experience in a marine environment.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of senior or assistant lodge management experience ideally in a remote setting.
  • Have experience working cross culturally with culturally mixed teams made up of First Nations and non-First Nations
  • Have experience in a wildlife viewing operation, preferably with bear viewing
  • Abilities operating, maintaining and servicing vessels under 5 GT powered by outboard or diesel engines
  • Possess at a minimum SVOP, MED, ROC-M and 40 hour First Aid certification and a strong understanding of developing and implementing risk management policies.
  • A high degree of business acumen, business planning and basic bookkeeping
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in cloud based computer technology, mobile applications and the effective use of a variety of social media

Candidates must be legally able to work in Canada at the time of application and possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to undergo a criminal records check for work with underage youth.

The position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Accommodation and meals are provided during the 5 month tourism season. We are seeking an individual who is able to consider a 3 -5 year commitment to working with the Kitasoo/Xaixais Nation to take their business to the next level of success.

Interested candidates should provide a resume and cover letter clearly indicating how they meet the Core Competencies above. Candidates who may not meet all of the core competencies are still encouraged to apply and may be considered for a less senior position.
The posting is open for applications until January 30, 2017. Final selection will be completed by March 15, 2017. The position start date is subject to mutual agreement but will be no later than May 1, 2017.

Applicants must submit their application electronically to the email address

Roam Adventures

Position: Raft Guide Instructor / Trip-Leader (Whitewater Rafting)
Location: Chilko Lake, BC
Salary: $22 an hour Paid as a day rate of $180
ROAM Adventures is seeking experienced rafting guides/trip-leaders to join our 2017 team!

Our river rafting expeditions take place on the famous Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser rivers between Bella Coola and Williams Lake. We offer 3-8 day wilderness trips on the famous Chilko River, including the Lava Canyon section (longest stretch of commercially run white-water in North America).

Our standards for guest services are very high; guides must have a positive attitude, work well as both a leader and team player in various group dynamics, and adapt to frequently changing environments.

Job duties include:

      • Guiding rafts down remote class III-V whitewater rapids
      • Gear preparation, maintenance and repair
      • Providing safety briefings and demos, managing large groups of clients, following emergency and safety protocols, supporting and training guides, providing first aid, CPR and river rescue when necessary, completing required paperwork
      • Expedition style cooking, cleaning, teamwork and hospitality
      • nstructing guests about local history and culture, flora, fauna and geology.
      • Arctic expedition opportunities available to qualified applicants,

Additional Opportunities:

      • Some on-site training available for qualified Canadian applicants
      • Apprentices and co-op placements available
      • Subsidized training available for suitable First Nations applicants

The position can be full-time seasonal or part-time with a flexible schedule.

Required experience:

      • A minimum of 3 years guiding class IV whitewater
      • CPR & First Aid
      • Valid drivers license
      • Swift Water Rescue training and/or experience

Ashley Scanlan

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School is seeking an experienced guide to help plan and lead a 4-day paddling adventure in April or May for 16-24 students, ages 15-18 years old, and 1-2 teacher chaperones.

The trip must meet the Duke Of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey requirements. (No transport by motorized vehicle during the journey, no travel through urban environments, no hotel-like accommodations, no shopping at stores…)

Location Our school is based in Kelowna, BC. We are able to arrange a bus to transport us to the destination. We would prefer not to travel longer than 4 hours by bus.

Apply Please contact teacher and outdoor pursuits coordinator, Ryan Hannan ( to discuss details.

Evans Lake Forest Education Society – Program Manager

Job Term – Fulltime, permanent
Salary – To be determined based on experience and qualifications
Reports to – Director of Operations & Education
Location – At the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre located in Squamish, BC in the middle of Sea-to-Skycountry! The Program Manager will reside on site during employment
Start Date – Flexible, February 1, 2017
Closing Date – December 6th, 2016

Outdoor exploration, challenges & learning, and friends change lives. We invite campers, staff and community members to come to Evans Lake to explore our forest – getting outside, questioning how we are interconnected, and having fun together along the way. The Program Manager is a vibrant person that leads the on-site Program team and keeps our spirit of fun and curiousity at the forefront! Through a mix of program development & delivery and team leadership, they assist with the overall planning, roll-out and management of our outdoor education (with school groups), summer camp programs, and public education events. Be ready to dive in to a dynamic work environment, to grow as tall as the trees and, occasionally dance in the rain!

Big Picture – The Program Manager supports the Director of Operations & Education in the safe and effective operation of all summer camp programs, outdoor recreation and education rental groups and public education events
Day-to-Day – Is accountable for the day-to-day delivery of scheduled programs and activities, and leads the Program team by keeping them motivated and on task to facilitate our programs effectively
Thinks Ahead – Role models how to proactively use or develop systems so that we are prepared, equipment is stocked, and so that we preempt larger issues & risks before they arise
Trains for Excellence – Prepares challenging and progressive training opportunities for our team
Culture of Safety – Supports an ever-improving culture of safe work spaces and models risk assessment as part of normal planning processes
Recruits a Strong Team – Continually seeks to improve the pool of candidates applying for positions at Evans Lake Continuous Improvement – Actively evaluates our programs & personnel to provide coaching and long-term feedback. Keeps our program team accountable to our goals & mission
Inspired to Communicate – Whether one-on-one with a campers or in our quarterly newsletters to families and teachers, the Program Manager excels as an effective and professional communicator
Everyone Pitches In – Has a can-do attitude and takes initiative. Also, you should be able to lift up to 50 pounds as we all contribute to site projects. Throughout the season, the Program Manager will also support our general administration


      • First Aid Certificate (at minimum 8-hour basic certificate)
      • Additional certifications & licenses are considered assets. E.g. Class 4 driver’s license; paddling, rock-
        climbing, life guarding, or other certificates that show proficiency in outdoor rec. & leadership
      • Applicants should have at least 2 years of senior leadership, managerial, and administrative work
      • Competency with word-processing, email, and registration software including: Microsoft Office (Word &
        Excel), Adobe suite, and Campbrain (or similar)
      • Educational background with special relevance include: Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Education, Outdoor Recreation & Management, and Conservation

To apply click


Dear COLT Alumni,

Backroads, the world’s #1 active travel company, is seeking Trip Leaders for our award-winning biking, hiking, & multisport vacations in the U.S. and worldwide. Our leaders enrich each trip with their zest for life and provide top-notch customer service for each guest while traveling the world and working outdoors. Multilingual and well-traveled applicants are encouraged. Do you have “the right stuff” to be a Backroads leader? Visit to find out more.

Position title – Trip Leader

Name of the employing organization – Backroads

State/country/province of primary work location – Throughout the US and worldwide

Brief overview of organization – Biking, Hiking and Multisport active multi-day vacations

Position qualifications – customer service, willingness to work outdoors, flexibility, problem solving

Position responsibilities- oversee all aspects of a guest’s trip, from bike-fitting and food preparation to van support, luggage delivery and providing knowledge of the area.

Dates of employment – as early as February, as late as October

Remuneration – daily wage plus generous gratuity

Application procedures: apply online through, application procedures will be open until approximately May/June of 2015

Contact information :

Backroads, Inc

801 Cedar Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

Thank you for your time and we hope to see some interest from outdoor, hardworking, friendly and outgoing people!


Backroads Hiring and Training Team