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Adaptive Outdoor Program Trip Leaders

North, Central, and South Okanagan, Kelowna, Vernon, BC [map]
ongoing (minimum 2 years requested)
CRIS is currently looking for self-motivated volunteer Trip Leaders to be a part of the Adaptive Adventures team. The Trip Leader will lead a group of program volunteers and people with disabilities in outdoor adaptive programs such as hiking, paddling (canoe, kayak, SUP), cycling (road, MTB), fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. 

- Effective leadership with confidence, inspiration, empathy and focus
Manage groups of diverse people interests and with varying objectives
- Able to make changes and decisions based on changing factors (e.g. clients, care aids, personnel, risk, environment, equipment, medical)
Identifying and managing risk
- Maintain situational awareness, sound execution and good judgment during emergencies
- Able to identify and take appropriate action for medical/environmental conditions within training
- Display strong understanding of CRIS clientele, ability to manage and address their needs/abilities
- Motivational and adaptive Mindset
- Good understanding of organizational policies procedures and guidelines
- Maintaining Competent First Aid skills
- Good communication skills
Physically and mental fit for activity

*All CRIS trip leaders attend an 8-hour general trip leader training session. Each activity has its specific training.

- Group management, implementing trip plan, adhering to safety protocols, manage risk
- Manage, delegate, client supervision, human resources and equipment 
- Review trip plan and any and all safety plans alerts and documents
- Completion of trip sheet, any required documentation (e.g. incident, near miss or first aid reports)
- Ensure all equipment is accounted for and all damaged gear is removed from service, tagged and equipment coordinator advised
- Ensure all required resources and equipment are in good working order and available
- Ensure all locks and security systems are in place for vehicles, equipment, facilities accessed or used
- Continual Monitoring clients and personnel for medical and environmental conditions
- Perform and guide transfers
- Providing professional, fun, inclusive, educational experiences
Additional Details & Skills Required
Amount of training dependent on background of candidates. CRIS-specific training minimum approx. 20 hours.
Certification or Education Required
- Current and approved volunteer registration with CRIS Adaptive
- CRIS training: 110 (overview), 200P (general), 201 (transfers), minimum 1 activity-specific course, 300TL (trip leading), minimum 1 activity-specific TL course
- Valid first aid and CPR certification 
- Unrestricted driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract

- Extensive outdoor experience in any CRIS activity
- Experience in outdoor guiding 
- Formal outdoor training (e.g. Paddle Canada, ACMG)
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
- Tangible experience of making significant benefit in lives of others in our community 
- Personal improved mental and physical health
- Ambassador for inclusion, accessibility, and outdoor recreation
- Invaluable experience working with individuals of different abilities and backgrounds
- Incredible memories and friendships made
- Excellent opportunity to develop skills in group management, leadership, communication, delegating, and mentorship
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • References
  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for families
  • Accessible by public transit