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At Zajac Ranch for Children we work hard to ensure hundreds of children with long term medical conditions and disabilities can come to camp each summer. We share a passion for helping children and take pride in our work inspiring others within our community.
  • Wrangler (Camp Counsellor)

    We are looking for staff to help facilitate private camps and group rentals at our Ranch in the off-season.

    This is a live in position. Staff receive free accommodation during rental sessions. They will be scheduled to be on-site according to the booking schedule.

    Responsibilities:

    • Serving as a role model and support.
    • Facilitate and assist campers in having a safe, fun and enjoyable session.
    • Lead campers to and from activities while providing constant encouragement and positive reinforcement.
    • Provide supervision and assistance, including but is not limited to: serving meals, cabin clean-up, camp fires, facility set up, etc..

    Qualifications:

    • Be camper-focused with a professional attitude.
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be able to facilitate an empowering organized program through encouragement and support.
    • Have leadership and communication skills.
    • Have experience with outdoor recreation/camp activities.
    • Be willing and able to work in a physically and mentally demanding environment on a daily basis.
    • Have a friendly, caring personality.
    • Be effectively able manage self-care.
    • Be able to apply behaviour management techniques (as covered in staff training) to ensure a caring, positive, and fun experience for all campers.
    • Provide original Criminal Record Check and valid First Aid Certificate

    Salary: Starting at $150 per day

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  • Ranger Position

    Ranger Positions (Activity Specialists)

    General Information

    The Zajac Ranch for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor and camp experiences to young adults and youth living with special needs and chronic illnesses. Children who attend camp will improve their self-esteem and confidence in a stimulating, supportive, empowering and fun environment while ensuring their physical and emotional wellbeing.

    You, as a potential employee, have the opportunity to gain experience in the areas of leadership, communication, organization, teamwork, conflict resolution and community building. Pre-camp staff training will cover topics that will orient you with the knowledge and skills to effectively and confidently mentor those attending our camps.

    Working at the Zajac Ranch for Children will allow you to develop skills working with groups with diverse challenges. These skills and experiences have applications in many future careers and are positively recognized by employers and post-secondary institutions. Not only will you develop and build upon your professional skills, but you will have the opportunity to explore who you are, and let your true personality shine. You will meet people from all over the world, who share similar interests and the desire to make a difference in a child’s life.

    Ranger Responsibilities:
    Responsible for facilitating a safe and fun programming environment.
    Create and implement an activity program suitable to the interest and ability of each camper each session.
    Coordinate group programs with available resources to ensure optimum participation in the camp activities by each camper.
    Provide an inventory list of all program items at the beginning and end of the camp season.
    Encourage and provide positive reinforcement to each camper during activity session, using the therapeutic recreation model (covered during staff training).
    Adhere to Local Operating Policies and Procedures and Standards for activities.
    Attend and participate in regular staff meetings.
    Assigned to a cabin group if not scheduled for leading an activity.
    Assist in facilitating all camp programs with assigned staff (ie. Evening programs, Campfires, Theme days etc.)
    Any other duties deemed necessary by the Zajac Ranch for Children.

    Ranger Positions Available:
    Lifeguard– NLS qualifications to act as a Lifeguard at our lakefront dock and indoor pool.
    Canoe and Kayak– NLS qualifications and canoeing and kayaking experience to teach campers how to canoe and kayak at our waterfront.
    Ropes Course– Lead campers through our high and low ropes course and climbing wall. Previous ropes course/teambuilding experience an asset.
    Creative Arts– Facilitate with arts and craft projects and dramatic programs.
    Outdoor Adventure– a nature-loving person to lead campers in outdoor pursuits including: archery, orienteering, hiking, campfire building, and many more.
    Equestrian– Experience working with horses to help care for the horses and other animals and ensure that campers have a safe and fun time during the program.

    **All candidates must provide original criminal record check and valid first aid certificate

    Salary: Starting at $150 per day

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  • Nursing Director

    Zajac Ranch for Children is situated on over 40 acres of pristine forested land near Mission, BC. During the summer months, Zajac Ranch provides camps for children and young adults with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions. In the off-season, the Ranch welcomes school groups and private rentals. Revenue raised from site rentals goes to supporting Zajac Ranch for Children medical summer camps.
    As part of the leadership team, the Director of Nursing plays a pivotal role in ensuring the health and wellness needs of the campers, staff and volunteers are met to achieve a successful and safe camp experience.
    This is a permanent part-time position with minimal hours starting in the winter months and increasing hours leading up to and during the summer medical camp season.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Oversee the medical services of the camp and operation of 24-hour Medical Centre.
    • Oversee medical equipment, medications, supplies, and inventory of each.
    • Review camper medical application forms, needs and requirements and provide recommendations for the camp program and/or program enhancements to benefit children’s wellness, cognitive, physical, and emotional development.
    • Recruit, interview, select, orient, and evaluate volunteer medical staff.
    • Schedule 24 hour medical/nursing coverage during camp programs.
    • Provide medical orientation during staff and volunteer training and orientation.
    • In conjunction with the Kitchen Manager, plan appropriate nutritional menus which address the needs of each medical group and plan for any individual specific requirements i.e. allergies or special needs.
    • Lead on-site medical procedures upon camper arrival and camper departure. At the close of each camp, review any medical and/or health incidents.
    • Assure medications and procedures are administered properly and appropriate records are maintained i.e. log book, health department report, incident reports.
    • Prepare and distribute medical equipment and supplies to program areas and cabins (i.e. First aid kits

    REQUIREMENTS:
    • BSN required
    • Registered Nursing License
    • Valid CPR certification; adult and child (ARC or AHA); PALS preferred
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nursing experience preferred
    • Pediatric clinical experience required at least 3 years preferred
    • Proficiency in procedures involving intravenous access and infusion
    • Ability to commute to the Ranch when necessary i.e. camp arrival and departure
    • Day shift
    • On call

    BENEFITS:
    • Salary: $40 – $59 per hour based on experience level.
    • Signing bonus option.
    • Hybrid position: This is primarily a remote position with attendance required on-site at the Ranch during check-in and check-out.
    • Deluxe accommodation in the new nurses’ residence for overnight stays.

    To apply, please send resumes to info@zajac.com

    Salary: $40 - $59 per hour

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  • Medical Volunteers

    Our 24 hour medical centre, The OK Corral, provides care for every camper. Staffed by volunteer medical professionals who donate their time, children can receive medical care while experiencing the joys of summer camp.

    Are you a medical professional who wants to change lives this summer?

    Our medical volunteers are a vital part of providing a fun and memorable experience for our campers. We strive to ensure that all our volunteers are fully supported to create a safe space while they are at Zajac Ranch.

    Responsibilities 

    • Responsible for supporting the good health of the campers, staff, and volunteers at Zajac Ranch for Children.
    • Distribute medical equipment and supplies to program areas and cabins at start of camp.
    • Be present at camper check-in to greet the campers and family. This includes reviewing camper medications, routes, dosages. and times with the parents.
    • Review campers’ medical files to ensure all necessary medications and needs are prepared for and met.
    • Ensure all medications for campers and staff are appropriately organized and stored.
    • Administer camper medications according to directions provided by camper’s MRP.
    • Assure medications and procedures are administered properly and appropriate records are maintained.
    • Document any incidents as outlined in the camp manual (logbook, health department report, incident reports).
    • Immediately respond to any first aid needs of campers or staff. This includes treatment for minor illnesses, accidents, or mishaps.
    • Potentially provide short break relief for 1:1 personal support workers.

    Requirements

    • Valid CPR-C certification (higher certification accepted).
    • Current practicing registration with the relevant regulatory college or association in British Columbia
    • Qualified professional in the field of medicine or nursing (RN, LPN, or NP).
      • Students and paramedics are encouraged to apply and will be considered based on availability to pair with a nurse or MD.

    Perks 

    • Accommodation is provided in the newly built medical residence near the medical centre in a four-bedroom and two-bathroom house.
    • Meals will be provided by the camp chef.
    • Medical volunteers can bring up to 2 of their children to camp with them if the children are 7 years or older and the camp fees will be waived.
    • If you would like to attend for more than one consecutive week you are welcome to stay in the medical residence over the weekend.

    Salary:

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  • Marketing and Communications Manager/Office Manager

    Opportunity:

    A new position for the organization, The Marketing and Communications Manager/Office Manager plays a key role in assisting the organization to reach its resource development, marketing and communications goals and objectives, while elevating the brand profile and building sound donor relationships to sustain and grow the organization and impact in the community.

    This role also performs key administrative functions of Office Manager. This is an unique opportunity for a creative marketing and communications specialist to employ strong administrative skills to fulfill the role of Office Manager.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Marketing & Communications

    • Manage the design, production and distribution of marketing collateral in support of fundraising initiatives, public awareness, and Ranch rentals including: newsletters (digital and print), e-blasts, direct mail campaigns, crowdsourcing, sponsorship packages, proposals, annual reports, presentations, and event marketing;
    • Optimize public relations opportunities and develop strong media relations;
    • Promote Zajac Camp and Ranch rentals via paid advertisement and PR;
    • Manage social media content and design;
    • Provide support in preparation of sponsorship and major gift proposals, agreements and reports;
    • Update and maintain the Zajac Ranch and Zajac Nights websites;
    • Track and record data i.e. SEO tracking, google analytics etc.;
    • Seek and conduct interviews with stakeholders i.e. campers, camp families, donors to increase public awareness and impact reporting;

    Office Manager

    The Marketing and Communications Manager/Office Manager is responsible for key administrative functions in support of the Foundation. Duties include:

    • Manage online job postings on community job boards i.e. Indeed;
    • Monitor candidate applications and forward qualified applicants to appropriate team members;
    • Assist with general camp inquiries;
    • Manage supply inventory and ordering;
    • Monitor and triage general Foundation mailbox;
    • Maintain vendor relations and develop new vendor opportunities;
    • Provide assistance for courier and/or other delivery services;
    • Record team meeting minutes;
    • Other administrative tasks as may be required. 

    Qualifications and Experience:

    If you are: 

    • A wordsmith with a creative flare and a good sense of design principles
    • A go-getter who takes initiative while remaining flexible and adaptive
    • A problem solver who is driven to get to the root of the issue and offer creative solutions
    • A naturally curious person with the nose of an investigative reporter to sniff out the story
    • A person who attends to the details while keeping an eye on the big picture
    • Passionate about improving the health and welfare of those with special needs. 

    Then we want to hear from you!

    The following experience and skills are also important:

    • Three years (minimum) experience as a marketing and/or communications professional;
    • A degree from a reputable education institution with a focus in communications, marketing, public relations, or other relevant discipline;
    • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills for all media;
    • Working knowledge of WordPress;Strong computer literacy skills – particularly with Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro;
    • Strong social media skills;
    • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills;
    • Experience managing external relationships with printers, web designers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other suppliers;Experience with computer graphic programs an asset;
    • Strong project management skills, with the ability to multi-task and work under competing priorities and deadlines;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
    • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders including: donors, clients, board members, program staff, volunteers; sensitivity to working with people from diverse and vulnerable communities;
    • Ability to handle confidential material with discretion;
    • Comfortable interviewing program participants and translating their stories;
    • General knowledge of stewardship and marketing best practices with a steadfast commitment to ongoing learning and development;
    • Experience working in the social service/charitable sector an asset;
    • Flexibility with work schedule. Some evening work may be required for special events and committee meetings.

     

    Salary:

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  • Camp Lifeguard

    Please do not apply unless you have a valid lifeguard certificate.

    We are looking for a lifeguard to join our team this summer! As a lifeguard certified facilitator, you will be allocated to water activities during most activity periods. This does not necessarily mean you will be lifeguarding, for example if the groups go on a canoe trip, you would be asked to go on that trip which also involves helping groups getting ready and getting in and out of the canoes. When there are no water activities going on, you will help other staff run other things (eg: an all camp theme afternoon). In the evenings, you will help run fun games and campfires. You will also assist with meals, sometimes in the kitchen and sometimes serving the families. Our camp lifeguards do the same variety of things as our general facilitators, but are mostly allocated to water activities during activity times.

    Salary: $150-200 per day

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  • Assistant Camp Director

    ABOUT US:

    Located on the shores of Stave Lake in Mission, BC, just one hour east of Vancouver, Zajac Ranch for Children is situated on over 40 acres of pristine forested land. During the summer months, Zajac Ranch provides camps for children and young adults with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions. In the off-season, Zajac Ranch welcomes school groups and private rentals. Revenue raised from site rentals goes to supporting Zajac Ranch for Children summer medical camps.

    Reports to: Camp Director Zajac Foundation Management

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Staff Supervision and Camp Management (Summer and Rental Seasons):

    Assist with recruitment, interviewing, and training of staff team
    Provide team development, guidance, direction and support
    Plan, lead and adapt staff training and individual weekly training exercises and reviews.
    Maintain on-call list of programming staff for rental season
    Ensure effective communication between all levels of camp
    Knowing, enforcing, and adhering to the policies and procedures
    Conducting mid-summer and end of summer staff evaluations with the Camp Director
    Part of a creative team for managing ad hoc issues and challenges at camp.
    Facilitate regular check-ins with counselling staff in order to ensure consistent improvement and that all issues are met.
    Provide regular support in cabin groups to ensure best practices when dealing with challenging behaviours and to ensure positive group dynamics.

    Camp Program Management

    Assume the duties of Camp Director when the camp director is absent
    Manage escalation of behaviour management issues on site with director.
    Ensure all special diets are being met by food service staff.
    Ensure all meals are appropriate for campers and staff.
    Petty Cash Balancing, and tracking
    General Store stocking and float maintenance.

    Volunteer Training and Management

    Actively recruit volunteers for camp sessions.
    Review volunteer applications and conduct brief interviews to determine suitability.
    Create and distribute volunteer manual.
    Maintain up-to-date paperwork for incoming volunteers (applications, criminal record checks, etc.)
    Conduct volunteer training sessions in advance of each session.
    Conduct regular check-ins with volunteers in order to address issues and ensure satisfaction.
    Safety

    Take control in emergency in the absence of the Camp Director and Nursing Director
    Assist in developing and coordinating emergency response procedures and crisis management
    Promote strong safety awareness among all staff
    With director, plan and execute all emergency procedure training with on-site staff.
    Ensure emergency on-site list is up to date and available.
    Making sure activity areas are clean, tidy, and safe before and after each camp session.
    In rotation with the Camp Director, provide “On Call” coverage (can be contacted by phone or walky talky) from bedtime to Breakfast in case of emergency.

    Rental Season

    Act as “host” to rental groups in shoulder season, providing customer service and hospitality to all guests
    Liaise with “Sales & Registration Coordinator” at Zajac Foundation head office to ensure that preparations are made for each rental group, including programming needs.
    Communicate feedback from guests to head office; continually work to promote positive experiences for everybody who visits the Zajac Ranch
    Assist in gate and barn duties as required.

    Foundation initiatives

    Assist in recruitment and training of volunteers throughout both mandate season and rental season. This could include visiting organizations, community meetings, universities etc. and making presentations.
    Assist in marketing, fundraising and spreading awareness of the Zajac Ranch as directed by the Foundation office and Camp Director
    Host tours for potential donors, volunteers, camp groups when necessary

    Qualifications:

    A firm belief in the value of summer camp for children with special medical needs.
    At least two years of camp administrative experience.
    Experience working with developmental disabilities, special needs, and behavioural management an asset.
    Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
    Proficient computer skills; Microsoft Office and CampBrain (camp registration system) is an asset, but not required
    Ability to proactively manage multiple work tasks in a timely manner
    Effective verbal and written communication skills
    Not for profit experience an asset
    Must have own transportation
    Hold valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C or the ability to obtain.
    Possess and maintain a clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
    The Assistant Camp Director is required to live on-site; private living quarters will be provided.

    Salary: $45,000-55,000

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  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    You must be 18 or over to work or volunteer as a counsellor at the Zajac Ranch for Children. However, you can still apply to the Kitchen or Maintenance Staff. Sixteen and 17 year-olds interested in volunteering as counsellors should check out our Leadership in Training and Counsellor in Training programs, where you can develop your leadership skills and help our counsellors with camp activities like campfires.

    Yes! Every year we have a number of Rangers, Wranglers, Kitchen Staff and Maintenance Staff who volunteer their time for anything from a few days to a few weeks. Contact us for more details and to discuss your availability.

    Staff training starts mid-June and the summer season ends at the end of August. Your exact employment dates will be included in your offer letter.

    • Read the General Qualifications to see if you are the kind of fabulous person we are looking for.
    • Take a look at the Job Descriptions and decide which is best suited for you
    • Fully complete the online application online
    • Participate in an interview
    • Pack your bags and head to the Zajac Ranch for Children for an awesome summer!