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Summer Student

Website Parry Sound Forest School Inc.

Summary: This is a position of teamwork, flexibility and taking initiative to make sure that  the more senior staff are supported to keep camp running safely and smoothly, and to ensure the land and our learners are cared for.  Summer students will be given increasing responsibility as they demonstrate readiness to do so.

Site set-up:

  • Assist Educators to ensure site is ready to go in the morning – water jug full and ready for use, bottom bucket emptied, clean-up any bits of garbage, string, plastic on the forest floor, paths and so on;
  • Assist Educators to manage the tarp, ensuring it is where it needs to be in the am and pm (weather dependant).

Site safety:

  • Bring to the attention of the lead any new or emerging safety concerns;
    Ensure materials and equipment are cared for appropriately;
    Follow fire and tool safety policies;
  • Work with Educators to complete accident and incident forms in a timely manner;
  • Help keep count of students;
  • Report any concerns around child abuse to the Lead or Director as soon as an
    indicator  is noted.  Do not prompt the child or ask leading questions, or if the abuse involves the Director, report to the Lead.  Maintain confidentiality.

Ecological Integrity:

  • Ensure as far as possible the plants and animals on site are treated kindly and with respect.

Schedule and Programming:

  • Participate in the daily brief at the end of the day providing input on programming and child behaviour, interests and volunteering to take on activities;
  • Be flexible around timing of lunch breaks;
  • Read the group energy level, give feedback to lead on any concerning behaviour or incidents.

Staff development:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to try out or new skills- leading games, leading songs, telling  stories, as they are able


  • Keep the Lead abreast of any supplies that need to be replenished, any incidents where children have had to go home (behaviour, illness, injury);

Supporting Child Behaviour:

  • Work as a team and follow the suggestions of more senior staff to ensure a supportive, responsive and inclusive learning environment for all learners;
  • Manage behaviour proactively and as discreetly as possible, but as directly as needed;
  • Ability to support children in a caring manner and as they make friends, play, work to master new skills and participate in forest school activities (High Five Principles).
  • Ability to interact positively with children


Qualifications and Skills:

Interested in child development and outdoor learning;
Attending or recently graduated from high school;
Completion of HIGHFIVE Principles of Healthy Childhood Development Course

Salary: starting at $16.50/ hour

TO APPLY: Email the following documents as one PDF document to Diana Clements at

(1) Updated cover letter detailing your fit for the position and interest in joining the Parry Sound  Forest School team.

(2) Current resume including outdoor experience, and other points relevant to this job description.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply for this job email your details to

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