Want an Exciting Job This Summer? Employment Opportunities with BaseCamp

Are you a seasoned or emerging leader in outdoor recreation? We are now hiring BaseCamp Lead Instructors and Assistant Instructors for August 2020.

Want a fun and exciting summer job?

How about a truly inspiring opportunity to further both your professional and academic careers! We are seeking Brock University students to lead local adventure experiences, and canoeing and backpacking trips for incoming Brock students during August 2020.

Brock BaseCamp is a unique program that facilitates outdoor trip experiences for incoming and current Brock University students prior to their arrival on campus in the Fall. We are currently hiring highly motivated outdoor trip leaders from our student population across the university.

What to expect

Expect an experience you will never forget. You will have the opportunity to spend your summer traveling in some of Ontario’s great wilderness areas, including the lakes and trails of Algonquin Provincial Park and the local environs of Short Hills Provincial Park. You and a co-leader will be responsible for leading groups of incoming and current Brock students on five day (Canoeing or Backpacking) or three day (Short Hills Adventure) outdoor trips in August. BaseCamp employees are paid competitive industry wages while working, and have the opportunity to work a variety of different trips in one summer season. All trips occur during the weekdays, with some training, prep and wrap-up occurring on weekends.

Qualifications for BaseCamp Trip Leaders

Below is a list of qualifications and required experience that are basics for employment as a BaseCamp trip leader. There are many opportunities to acquire these qualifications, some of which are already offered on-campus throughout the year. If you need more information of have any questions regarding your qualifications, please contact us to discuss your specific situation. We always look forward to hearing from you.

  • Must be a current or former Brock undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Demonstrated success and expertise in planning and leading expeditions and teaching outdoor skills with technical expertise (certification preferred) in 1 (one) of the following areas: canoeing, backpacking, or day hiking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other Staff in coordinating extended field experiences.
  • Demonstrated success and expertise in managing risk in a wilderness context.
  • Ontario G Class Driver’s License (or equivalent) preferred.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or equivalent and CPR required for Lead Staff.
  • Current Standard First Aid or equivalent and CPR required for Assistant Staff – WFR, Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or equivalent preferred.
  • Current Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, NLS or equivalent swimming certification or Swiftwater or Whitewater Rescue Technician certification required for water based activities.

How to apply?

Before you apply please see our Brock BaseCamp 2020 Job Posting to view the specific employment details for this hiring season. To apply for a position send us a cover letter, current resume, and trip log*. Hiring occurs on a rolling basis.

*Your trip log can be as simple as a list of personal and professional outdoor trips in which you have participated or led. Give as much detail as possible such as type of trip (e.g., canoe, rock climbing, mountaineering), number of days, route, and the population with whom you worked (e.g., high school students, friends, etc.).

Send all BaseCamp applications by mail to:
Dr. Tim O’Connell
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

By email: basecamp@brocku.ca

Frequently asked questions for prospective trip leaders

BaseCamp trip leaders come from Faculties all across the University including Graduate Studies. We try to have as diverse a pool of leaders as possible that help us represent the many strengths we have to offer as a comprehensive university.

No, unfortunately housing is not included as part of your BaseCamp contract. However, most BaseCamp trips start and end at the Brock University campus making it easy for you to get to work if you live in or around the St. Catharines area.

Depending on our staffing situation, you may be required to work a whole season or only a selection of trips.

We hire very capable, competent and certified staff. Due to this, we do not run a beginning of the year formal staff training. We do, however, run a staff orientation prior to the start of each trip. All staff are required to attend these staff orientations.

BaseCamp is pleased to offer industry competitive wages to all leaders. Your pay bracket will be assessed based on a variety of criteria. Some of which include your level of first aid certification, driver’s license classification, level of outdoor experience, and leadership role on the trip, etc. Your pay bracket will be assessed prior to the beginning of employment with BaseCamp and may increase during the summer season. Generally, lead trip staff will make somewhere between $150-$175 per day. Assistant trip staff can make between $75-$125 per day.

There are many different providers that offer comprehensive first aid training courses. One provider that offers internationally recognized certifications is Wilderness Medical Associates Canada.

Not a problem. BaseCamp is fortunate to have access to both technical outdoor gear and camping equipment, which you can use while employed with the BaseCamp program. We do require that you provide your own personal outdoor clothing.

Experience BaseCamp through the eyes of past leaders!

Jennifer Hops, Canoe Trip Leader, ’19

“I was thrilled to be part of BaseCamp! I got the chance to lead a route I hadn’t traveled before. Each trip is a little different. Every one of us is learning along the way. Personally, I learned different methods of lifting canoes, and bear-proofing the food. I will be bringing these skills with me! Making our way over lake and land is such a rewarding challenge. Along the way, we share tips for university, and coping with transitions. We shared funny moments, jokes, songs, and warm meals at the end of the day. I love being out there. I love living in the moment like that. Everybody has something to offer. We launch the boats as strangers, we find our way as a crew.”

Lewis Lau, Short Hills Adventure Trip Leader, ’19

“One thing that I’ve learned from my years as an undergraduate student at Brock is that one of the most valuable things that I’ve gotten out of this experience are the relationships. Some of the most important lessons that I’ve learned as a student have come from the relationships that I’ve built, whether it’s with staff, peers, or faculty. I honestly feel like this is one of the outcomes that we don’t talk about enough about when we reflect on the benefits of post-secondary education. Relationship and community building should be among the main priorities of post secondary students, in my opinion. Ultimately, it’s the relationships that we build that changes and shapes our lives. BaseCamp is amazing because it gives students a chance to get a head start on this process, and I’m honoured to have been able to be a part of it. “

Jenn Taylor, Trip Leader ’18

Hello! My name is Jenn and I have recently graduated from Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. In August 2018, I had the pleasure of leading two BaseCamp trips for Brock students. The groups were small which meant lots of time for learning about Brock, making connections with each other, and having fun. I saw many moments of excitement in the students on both trips, like seeing sunshine, making it to the end of a portage, or getting to eat food that they really enjoyed. The most rewarding thing for me as a leader, however, was seeing how far students came on the trip. Some students said that they were shy and missed home at first, but by the end they said they were happy that they came on the trip. The connections, the fun, and the laughter are what made it happen. It was a noticeably great way for students to start or return to University.

Rory Patterson, Trip Leader ’18

I loved everything about BaseCamp! Being outside for a week getting to meet new people and enjoy Algonquin Park is a great way to end the summer. Basecamp is a great way to begin your transition to university. Basecamp is also awesome because it’s such a unique experience and every trip is different. You’ll definitely have some good stories and memories and might even learn a thing or two along the way.