Junior Sail Camp Counsellor

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a beautiful 10-acre campus at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world, presenting thousands of events annually from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to visual arts and more. Welcoming visitors year-round, there is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre!

Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating (HCSP) is seeking Junior Sail Camp Counsellors to join our 2022 Junior Sail Camp team. HCSP has seen over 23 years of successful sailing instruction, with up to 900 junior sailors developing their sailing skills through our programs each season. We are a dedicated and well-established Club and Sailing & Powerboating School, promoting safe boating for all. Conveniently located in downtown Toronto, immediately south of the Rogers Centre and CN Tower, our clubhouse has access to over 60 sail and power craft, ranging from 7′ to 35′ in length, including 27 Dinghies ranging from 420s to our Hobies, Picos and RS Zests and RS Fevas.

Hours: This position is seasonal throughout the summer months of July and August. A working week will consist of 40 hrs. Per week Monday – Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Training will commence during the last week in June and work will continue for a period of 8-9 weeks throughout the summer
Type of Employment: Seasonal

Summary of Function:

The Camp Counsellor positions primarily conduct the on-land operations of for an 8-9 week period over the summer; this includes facilitating programming for youth ages 6-9. We are looking for responsible, experienced, and motivated individuals who can demonstrate energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to relate to children, young people and adults. We are looking for team players who are able to act as role model for our campers, creating a positive learning experience and nurturing environment.


• Responsible for the on-land portion of the iCANSail and Junior Seadogs programs, with the daily facilitation of programming including games and activities
• Manage and support a group of 8 (x4 sessions) campers for a period of 8-9 weeks in the summer
• Ensuring campers’ safety, including making sure the camp environment is conducive to learning sailing through engaging activities and games for all campers in your group
• Managing interpersonal conflict within your camper group to ensure smooth operations
• Ensure supplies and stock numbers are adequate for future weeks programming
• Responsible for attendance in the morning and afternoon; including bussing procedures
• Cleanliness of back deck area prior to camps daily operations and also at the end of day
• Responsible for adhering correct supervision and correct ratios at all times
• Attend all end of day staff meetings
• As weather is paramount to our operations, constant monitoring, when on shift, is required in compliance with the HCSP Weather Policy (training is provided). The Camp Counsellors will communicate with the Head Junior Sail Instructor, any changes in weather as a proactive response to the weather conditions throughout the operational season. This is for the health and safety of our staff and campers, and alternative indoor space will be allocated in the case of adverse weather conditions.

Skills & Requirements

• Childcare experience – enjoy working with children and youth, and previous experience working in a camp setting is an asset
• Good programming, communication, and organisational skills
• Available to work from June 22 to August 26 (or Sept 2) 2022
• To be at least 16 years old, as of June 29, 2022
• Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening (we can assist with this)
• Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada for the full duration of the contract.
• Harbourfront Centre recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization
• Previous experience in boating are assets
• Education and certifications in childcare is and asset


Our Values

We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.

To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.

We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.

We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.

How To Apply

Harborfront is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply by contacting jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by no later than June 1, 2022. Please quote Junior Sail Camp Counsellors in the subject line of your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.