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Kayak Instructor (Contract)

Competition No.: 2022-KI
Duration: Contract Instructor
Salary: $30.00 per hour
Special Notes:
Last Updated: 11/27/23 12:43 PM


The goal of the City of Burnaby and its employees is to consistently deliver first class service and services to our community.  With this in mind, we hire people who share the same passion, those with the drive and determination to grow with and contribute to our already exceptional team.  People like you!

Our Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is looking for Kayak Instructors to provide lessons to children and adults. Duties include ensuring participants kayak in a safe and enjoyable environment; and planning creative and interesting lessons that incorporate kayaking skills based on the Ocean Kayaking Rescues and Recoveries program. The kayak program operates out of Barnet Beach, Deer Lake Beach and City of Burnaby swimming pools.  Programs include group and private lessons and guided tours for youth and adult participants, as well as day camps for children.

Hours of work per week are dependent on the kayak program schedule and registration levels.  This is a casual position that offers flexible hours between April and October.  This opportunity is suitable for candidates who are available some evenings and weekends and who want to supplement their current income.  Candidates must be available to work most weekends, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM in July and August.

Qualifications include:

  • Strong kayaking skills and previous instruction experience with a wide variety of ages.
  • Experience in customer service and in leading recreational programs is preferred.

Required certification:

  • SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide or Paddle Canada Level 1 Certification.
  • Valid Wilderness First Aid or equivalent 20+ hour First Aid certification with CPR Level C
  • Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia, Class 5.

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

At the City of Burnaby, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce that authentically mirrors the vibrant community we proudly serve. We consistently embrace diversity and endeavor to build an inclusive workforce that celebrates the richness of our community. We warmly welcome applicants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientations, and life experiences to join us in shaping a more vibrant and equitable future together.

Applicants under consideration will be required to consent to a Police Information Check.

Please contact People and Culture at 604-294-7303 if you do not receive a confirmation email within one hour of submitting your application online.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Copies of relevant professional certificates, degrees, or tickets will be required at the time of the interview.


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