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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. SKILLS & EXPECTATIONS* - 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. ROLE SUMMARY - 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
Amount of training dependent on background of candidates. CRIS-specific training minimum approx. 20 hours.
- 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 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS - Extensive outdoor experience in any CRIS activity - Experience in outdoor guiding - Formal outdoor training (e.g. Paddle Canada, ACMG)
- 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