The Alpine Club of Canada seeks female-identifying individuals to coordinate our unique, tuition-free wilderness science expeditions for Canadian young women in 2020. During each expedition, participants explore the intersection of science, art, and wilderness travel. Supported by an instructor team of professional scientists, artists, and guides, the participants spend 12 days engaging in scientific and artistic inquiry about the environment around them. In small groups, the participants design and conduct scientific projects, which they present to the public on the last full day of their expedition. Each member of the expedition team is encouraged to explore her physical, intellectual, and social capabilities.
Our onsite coordinator position is open to female-identifying individuals with backgrounds in science, art, and/or wilderness guiding. It is a part-time position from the months of Mid-February through June. This portion of the work can be conducted remotely. However, being based in the Bow Valley, Golden, or Revelstoke areas for the months of July and early August is beneficial as the program and pre-trip planning are held in these locations.
The successful applicant for the position will support the Canada Girls on Ice program while benefiting from the larger partnership with Inspiring Girls Expeditions and the Alpine Club of Canada.
The expedition and this position are pending funding. If funding is secured the expedition will take place July 30-August 10, 2020
Required Qualifications & Experience:
- Eligible to work in Canada
- Understanding of and alignment with Inspiring Girls philosophy
- Excellent communication skills; familiarity with Google Drive
- Must possess Wilderness First Responder (or equivalent minimum 72 hour course) and CPR certification prior to expedition start date
- Physically fit, able to work long hours in the field and lift, carry heavy objects over awkward terrain. Able to carry a backpack of 50+ pounds for 5-8 miles per day. While the onsite coordinator is not expected to “guide” or hold these certifications, there are great opportunities to mentor and train under the certified guides during the pre-trip training
- Minimum four years in science, art, and/or wilderness guiding (including undergraduate experience and/or guide training)
- Ability to pass a background check
- Clean driving record and personal vehicle
- Excellent organizational and communications skills
Preferred Qualifications & Experience:
- Current professional career in science, art, and/or wilderness guiding
- Possess sufficient technical skills in hiking and mountaineering
- Experience and/or formal training in outdoor education, particularly managing large groups (12+ people) in multi-day wilderness settings
- Interest in becoming an instructor on future expeditions
- Inspiring Girls Expeditions alumna strongly recognized
- Certifications as a Hiking or Top Rope Climbing Instructor are recognized and may be utilized
February - May:
- If possible, the candidate is able to participate in student application review from ~February 8 - March 22, 2020. As soon as possible, the candidate will work with the instructor team to develop 2020 student team and alternates lists.
- Meet regularly (minimum once per month) with instructor team to plan 2020 expedition.
- Participate in virtual instructor training workshops.
- Confirm previous season’s gear inventory and communicate with the Advisory Committee as needed to make gear purchases. This will require at least one visit to the gear storage facility in Kananaskis Country.
- Work with Advisory Committee (as needed) to plan and conduct fundraising activities for your expedition.
- Work with instructor / guide teams to complete (and/or confirm) any logistics for your expedition that must be done in advance, i.e., making reservations, acquiring permits, etc.
- Serve as primary point of communication for participants and coordinate participant paperwork.
- Recruit and act as the primary point of contact for volunteers.
- Monitor and respond to Girls on Ice Canada emails.
Before and During the Expedition (June and July):
- Participate in a minimum 3-day pre-expedition scouting and skills development trip with your instructor team
- Arrive at your expedition’s launch site with sufficient time (as agreed upon by instructor team) to pack, plan, manage logistics, and prepare for student arrival.
- Manage planning, purchasing, and packing appropriate food and equipment for your expedition with assistance from instructor team.
- Coordinate transportation to and from meeting location from the local airport and/or pre-selected pick-up locations.
- Coordinate transportation to and from expedition site.
- Supervise students arriving early, including providing meals and staying with the students overnight. Note: “Minor supervision” requirements will be required.
- Plan and cook meals for days the expedition team is not in the field.
Post-Expedition (Aug 9-14), 2020:
- Coordinate transportation to and from meeting location to the local airport and/or pre-selected drop off locations.
- Supervise students staying late, including providing meals and staying with the students overnight.
- Remain at expedition’s end site with sufficient time (as agreed upon by instructor team) to clean, organize, inventory, and stow equipment for next season; debrief expedition with instructor team; and complete remaining paperwork.
- Act as a mentor and/or reference for your students post-expedition.
Salary is $8,500 CAD, distributed in monthly installments.
Gas to and from the expedition site for program and scouting trip will be reimbursed. Additional expenses must be approved by the Girls on Ice Advisory Committee.
Tasks and weekly workload will be coordinated with the Girls on Ice Canada Advisory Committee but is anticipated to be:
- 10 hours a week for the months of March - May.
- 15 hours a week for the months of June - August.
- Full-time hours July 24 - August 12
- Onsite coordinators are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation.
Mandatory Dates Required to support Program:
July 17-19: Pre-Trip Scouting trip with Instructors at Asulkan Cabin these dates are flexible to be determined in conjunction with the instructing team).
July 24-29: Pre-trip preparation. Location TBD.
July 30-Aug 11: Availability in Revelstoke or Golden to support the Canada Expedition. Daily responsibilities will vary based on the candidate.
- July 30 - Meet girls. Travel with hired driver to Calgary Airport. Support Instructor Team on-site.
- July 31 - Easy day hike. Support Instructor Team in Revy/GNP.
- August 1 - Long Day hike. Support Instructor Team in Revy/GNP.
- August 2 - Easy Day hike. Support Instructor Team in Revy/GNP.
Final coordination of “gear fairies” and hiking guide support.
- August 3 - Hike in Asulkan Hut. Support Instructor Team in morning and help gear fairy to Asulkan Cabin. Return to Revelstoke or nearby mountain town.
- August 4 - August 8 - Team at Asulkan Hut. Support standby. Final coordination of “gear fairies” and hiking guide support. Fresh food purchase for next 3 days.
- August 9 - Hike down from Hut. Hike in with “gear fairies” to hut. Drive to BGI in Kananaskis and support the team. Sleep at BGI.
- August 10 - Team at Biogeoscience Institute. Support the team with gear cleanup. Overnight at BGI.
- August 11 - Rest and debrief. Support the team with gear cleanup.
- August 12 - Final day. Support the team with gear cleanup, program wrap-up.
To apply, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and complete the form. You will be asked to attach a cover letter and resume.
About Inspiring Girls Expeditions:
We believe all young women deserve opportunities to be curious about the world around them. Inspiring Girls Expeditions empowers young women to lead and succeed through science, art, and wilderness exploration. We aim to increase the participation and diversity of women in the professional worlds of field science, art, and wilderness guiding. We seek to foster young women’s self-confidence in their physical, intellectual, and social abilities while creating lifelong advocates for science and wilderness stewardship. As we build the next generation of female-identifying scientists, artists, and guides, we also seek to support a network of current early-career professionals in these fields through continuing development opportunities and collaboration.
Inspiring Girls Expeditions prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual. Inspiring Girls Expeditions is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages candidates who are persons of color and/or gender expansive women (cis women, trans women, gender queer women, non-binary, gender non-conforming and any female-identifying persons) to apply.