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Summer Literacy Camp Counsellor at United for Literacy

Date Posted: January 29, 2024
Application Deadline: March 01, 2024
Job Type: Seasonal / Contract
Job Category:

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  • Community and Social Services
  • Culinary, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Health and Wellness
Job Start Date: June 07, 2024
Job End Date: July 23, 2024
Job Location: On-site Position (Inuit Nunangat, Inuit Nunangat, Canada)
Positions Available: 25
Salary: 20-22/hour
Hours Per Week: 40

Job Description

Term: 6-week summer contract, including training and travel to host community.

Location: Communities in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut Start date: Mid-June to early July 2024(depending on host region)

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis in mid-February 2024

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding summer job? Each year, United for Literacy coordinates educational and engaging Summer Literacy Camps across Inuit Nunangat. These literacy camps aim to promote a love of reading and learning, and increased self-confidence, among campers aged 5-12 living in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut. Camp Counsellors are expected to work in independent teams to deliver indoor and outdoor literacy-based activities in a safe and culturally sensitive environment. Camp Counsellors will be working with large groups of young children, up to a counsellor-to-child ratio of 1:10. Camp teams are made up of both counsellors from the community and external counsellors. External camp counsellors must be comfortable with sharing accommodation (which may be co-ed) and having minimal access to telephone and internet.

Overall Accountability
Each team will be comprised of an Admin Counsellor and 2-4 other Camp Counsellors. Together, they will work as a team under the remote supervision of the United for Literacy Regional Coordinator. United for Literacy will provide candidates with a fully-paid training prior to the start of camp.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Daily planning & organizing of camp activities
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of all camp participants during camp hours
  • Establishing and maintaining good relationships with community members, and encouraging their participation in the camp
  • Ensuring adherence to all program directives and guidelines
  • Maintaining accurate camp records as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned by United for Literacy
  • Additional responsibilities of the Admin Counsellor:
    • Act as the primary point of contact with the supervising staff
    • Manage and maintain camp budget and accounts, including all financial records
    • Ensure that all camp documentation is maintained and submitted on a weekly basis as required
    • Assist with the recruitment and onboarding of some counsellors locally, if applicable


Required Skills and Attributes

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Adaptable, self-motivated, responsible and energetic
  • Experience or interest in the fields of formal/informal education, teaching or community literacy programming
  • Demonstrated experience working with groups of children
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to work well in a team
  • Strong situational problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
  • Able to exercise patience and tact when working with different personalities and working styles, especially in challenging situations
  • Good organizational and time-management skills
  • Sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and the broader societal realities of Inuit communities
  • Possess a valid Standard/Emergency First Aid qualification (Note: All successful candidates who do not have their First Aid qualifications at the time of interview must obtain certification, at their own cost, prior to the start of employment)
  • All successful candidates must pass a criminal background check prior to the start of the contract. Additional Assets
  • Lived experience in, or prior experience working with Inuit, First Nation or Métis communities
  • Experience in facilitating activities for large groups of young children
  • Bilingualism (English/French/Inuktitut)



  • Pay will be issued bi-weekly via Direct Deposit
  • United for Literacy will cover and handle all roundtrip travel arrangements to the training location then to the host community; or if you live in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut we will cover return travel from this community to the training location
  • All expenses relative to the training will be covered by United for Literacy
  • Shared, assigned housing is provided to counsellors who do not reside in the host community
  • Wellness time allowance, prorated to the length of the contract

Application Process: To apply, visit https://www.unitedforliteracy.ca/about/job-opportunities/ Please direct your resume and application form to: Brenna McIntyre
Email: bmcintyre@unitedforliteracy.ca
Fax: 1-866-923-5837
Closing date: March 1st 2024

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote equity and reflect the diversity of our organization, we encourage applications from Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples, as well as persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Furthermore, we welcome applications from individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.

We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We invite applicants to request accommodation, as required, throughout the application and hiring process.

How to Apply

Submit your application online at: https://www.unitedforliteracy.ca/about/job-opportunities/

Company Information

Company Name: United for Literacy

Address: 4384 St. Laurent Blvd.

City/Town: Montreal

Postal/Zip Code: H23 1Z5

Province/State: Quebec

Country: Canada

Website: https://www.unitedforliteracy.ca/

Company Contact

Contact Person: Brenna McIntyre

Contact Person Job Title: Regional Coordinator

Telephone: 514-293-6352

Email: bmcintyre@unitedforliteracy.ca