Program Leader I (Summer Camps)

Competition Number: 22092

Job Title: Program Leader I (Summer Camps)

Department: Parks, Recreation and Community Services - Community Services - Multiple Facilities

Position Type: Up to 30 Temporary Full Time Positions - Approximately 3 months (CUPE Local 2011)

Salary: $21.73/hour plus 13% in lieu of benefits

Posted Date: March 8, 2022

Last Modified: March 30, 2022, 9:20 am

Status: Open Until Filled



Welcome! We are thrilled you have decided to apply for a Program Leader I position with us. We know you’re excited to get going, and we are too, but hold your horses because there is some important information that you need to know before moving on with your application. Please read this page in its entirety before submitting your application as there are new steps for Summer 2022.

IMPORTANT: The process of applying for a Program Leader 1 Summer Camp Position is  now a two step process.

STEP ONE: You have arrived at the right place. This step ensures you have submitted your resume, and supporting documents to the official Saanich Careers page. That’s the one you’re currently looking at. Simply follow the prompts at the end of this page and apply to the position.  

STEP TWO: Once you have completed step one, you will need to head over to our RecOnline portal and create your own personal applicant profile. Please click the link below to complete step two. When you arrive, please follow the prompts as directed.

STEP TWO LINK: Program Leader 1

Ready for a Summer to remember? Keep reading…

Spend your summer making a difference in children’s lives! Program Leader I’s with Saanich Parks, Recreation & Community Services have the opportunity to challenge and develop their leadership skills, grow and learn through excellent training, create friendships, positively impact young lives, and all the while earn an excellent wage. If you want to be a part of an amazing, supportive team, and you haven’t forgotten the value of play and fun, then this is the job for you!

As a Program Leader I, you will rely on your leadership skills, in a variety of camp settings (listed below), to lead and engage children.  This summer role includes the opportunity to lead and mentor Program Assistants, volunteers and summer interns.  Program Leaders will work with a team to develop weekly camp plans, and work cooperatively with participants, parents, and supervisors to ensure camp safety.

Saanich Neighborhood Playground Program (SNPP) (various outdoor Saanich Parks locations):  SNPP Staff are passionate about engaging children in an outdoor setting. Successful candidates will be highly energetic, motivated and independent. A strong knowledge for camp games and activities that will connect children to the outdoors in creative and fun ways.  Please note SNPP operates rain or shine - these are all weather outdoor camps!

Youth Camps 10-16yrs (Youth Centre Locations & Parks): Includes Break-Out Adventures, Jr. Leadership and some specialty camps geared for pre-teens and youth.  Successful candidates will have knowledge of games, activities, crafts, out-trips and cooking in these fun and energetic camps. 

General Day Camps (Saanich Recreation Centres and Partner Middle Schools): Enjoy developing and working within creative weekly themes like Superheroes, or Animal Planet just to name a few. Successful candidates will come with a large variety of games, sports, and crafts ideas. Creativity and ingenuity are key!  Activities such as swimming round out these fun, popular camps.

Aquatic Day Camps (Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Saanich Commonwealth Place):  Do you love the water and have experience with swimming and various water sports? Enjoy working with activities such as swimming lessons, fun swims, snorkeling, water polo, diving and kayaking? You will need a desire to help kids learn skills and have fun in the water. These camps also include a mix of sports, crafts, games.

Specialty Day Camps (various Saanich Parks and Recreation locations & Partner Middle Schools). We offer a variety of specialty camp options such as Sports, Art, Skateboarding, Dance, Gymnastics, Golf, Racquets, Preschool, & Red Cross Babysitting:  Do you have some specific experience and passion in any of these areas? Successful candidates will be able to share their experience through the teaching and instruction of the basics of these specialty areas. (Please make sure to describe your experience as it relates one of these specialty areas on your personal profile in STEP TWO)

Outdoor / Wilderness / Adventure Camps, 9+yrs (various outdoor locations):  Do you have a love for the outdoors and engaging kids in the adventures of nature?  Do you have experience leading such groups? We are looking for adventurous, energetic individuals who enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine! Positivity, risk management and problem-solving skills are key.

Requirements include completion of Grade 10; three months experience working with participants in a recreational or instructional setting; satisfactory police information check, Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, and for some camps a BC Class 4 Driver’s Licence, is required.  The ideal candidates will have the ability to be inclusive and flexible to ensure a positive environment is created for all participants; demonstrated customer service and interpersonal skills; ability to maintain a high degree of enthusiasm and personal motivation.  Experience working with people with behavioural or cognitive difficulties is an asset.

Term: June 18 – September 2, 2022

Please note: If shortlisted, applicants must provide proof of completion of Grade 10 and current Emergency First Aid and CPR-C at time of interview.

**This competition will remain open until the successful candidates are selected.**

Important Information:

The District of Saanich has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to help keep our employees and community safe. The requirement remains in effect until April 8, 2022 after which, the policy will be suspended. It is important to know that the requirement may be reinstated and unvaccinated employees may not be able to work. In order for the District to respond to any changing vaccination requirements for staff, we request that you verify your COVID-19 vaccination status with us during your first week of employment.


Job description for Program Leader I [PDF - 93 KB].