Night Educator – Nature Camping with Students


We are seeking a creative, playful, and passionate educator to deliver outdoor nature education for school groups as part of SPES’ outdoor camping program.

Nature Ninjas Urban Camping is a two-day overnight, outdoor education, curriculum-based camping program for students in grades 4 to 7.  This program is the first experience many students have with camping in a tent, and it fuses curriculum learning with hands-on experiences in a fun and memorable way.  As the Night Educator, you will guide students in the setting up of their tents, coordinate their involvement in preparing dinner and breakfast and lead an educational night hike. Under your supervision and strong leadership, students will connect deeply with the natural world through explorations, stories and games. This position includes camping overnight in Stanley Park with students and teachers.  A tent, mat and sleeping bag can be provided.  In addition to the role of Night Educator, you may occasionally be asked to lead daytime programming with our school programs department.  Read more about the program here:

This contract requires someone who is available Tuesday to Friday and some Mondays for the duration, to flexibly work the night educator shift and the occasional daytime shift. Typical night educator shifts run from 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and from 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Training (first two weeks), and wrap up week: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. 


As the Nature Ninjas Night Educator, you will:

  • Lead evening outdoor environmental education programs in Stanley Park
  • Assist in the development and ongoing review of program content
  • Teach camping skills, cooking skills, and lead nighttime nature walks
  • Instruct and help campers set up their tents
  • Coordinate meal preparation by the students for breakfast and dinner
  • Camp in Stanley Park
  • Transport equipment between storage spaces and camping site
  • Prepare and wrap up equipment, activities and inventory for the camp season
  • Communicate effectively with teachers via email, over the phone and in person
  • Maintain program materials, including tents, cooking gear and educational materials
  • Train, schedule and manage volunteers
  • Ensure that the program is run in a professional manner
  • Troubleshoot logistical issues that may arise
  • Attend regular meetings and prepare a final report for the School Programs Manager


  • Experience and passion for camping
  • Experience effectively teaching or leading groups of elementary children
  • Experience in outdoor education, nature interpretation, outdoor youth camps and/or leadership education
  • Background in science/environmental studies and BC forest and wetland ecology an asset
  • Comfortable in leading groups of up to 30 students with volunteer and teacher support
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills
  • Willingness to work outdoors rain or shine
  • First Aid certification with CPR
  • BC driver's license
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
  • FoodSafe Certification

Hours: 40 hours per week, booking dependent Training (1st two weeks), and wrap up week: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Typical shifts run from 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and from 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Pay: $17.38 hourly plus 4% in lieu of benefits

Start date: April 3, 2019

End date: July 5, 2019

Application closing date: February 22, 2019

Application Procedure

Step 1:  Email your application (no phone calls please) to:

Adria Hussain, School Programs Manager

Use “Night Educator” in the subject line.

Attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document. Name the document using you first and last name (eg. Night Educator – MarkSmith.pdf)

Step 2:  Fill out this form. (This position may be under wage subsidy requirements)