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Summer Literacy Camp Counsellor

United for Literacy



Title of Position: Summer Literacy Camp Counsellor

Term: 6-week summer contract, including training and travel to host community.

Location: Communities in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut and Cree Nations of Eeyou Istchee

Start date: Mid-June to early July 2022 (depending on host region)

Salary: 20$ per hour

*Application Deadline: February 27th 2023

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis in mid-January 2022

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding summer job? We are seeking mature, committed and self-motivated individuals to fill the position of Camp Counsellor in our Summer Literacy Camp program. These literacy camps aim to promote a love of reading and learning, and increased self-confidence, among Indigenous children aged 5-12 living in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut and Eeyou Istchee.

Camp Counsellors are expected to work in independent teams to deliver indoor and outdoor literacy-based activities in a safe and culturally sensitive environment. Camp Counsellors will be working with large groups of very young children, up to a counsellor-to-child ratio of 1:10.

Camp teams are made up of both counsellors from the community and external counsellors. External camp counsellors must be comfortable with sharing accommodation (which may be co-ed) and have minimal access to telephone and internet.

Overall Accountability

Each team will be comprised of an Admin Counsellor and 2-4 other Camp Counsellors. Together, they will work as a team under the remote supervision of the United for Literacy Regional Coordinator.

United for Literacy will provide candidates with a fully-paid training prior to the start of camp.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

· Daily planning & organizing of camp activities

· Ensuring the safety and well-being of all camp participants during camp hours

· Establishing and maintaining good relationships with community members, and encouraging their participation in the camp

· Ensuring adherence to all program directives and guidelines

· Maintaining accurate camp records as required

· Perform other duties as assigned by United for Literacy

· Additional responsibilities of the Admin Counsellor:

à Act as the primary point of contact with the supervising staff

à Manage and maintain camp budget and accounts, including all financial records

à Ensure that all camp documentation is maintained and submitted on a weekly basis as required

à Assist with the recruitment and onboarding of some counsellors locally, if applicable

Required Skills and Attributes

· Minimum of 18 years old

· Adaptable, self-motivated, responsible and energetic

· Experience or interest in the fields of formal/informal education, teaching or community literacy programming

· Demonstrated experience working with groups of children

· Excellent listening skills and ability to work well in a team

· Strong situational problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills

· Able to exercise patience and tact when working with different personalities and working styles, especially in challenging situations

· Good organizational and time-management skills

· Sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and the broader societal realities of Indigenous communities

· Possess a valid Standard/Emergency First Aid qualification (Note: All successful candidates who do not have their First Aid qualifications at the time of interview must obtain certification, at their own cost, prior to the start of employment)

Additional Assets

· Lived experience in, or prior experience working with Inuit, First Nation or Métis communities

· Experience in facilitating activities for large groups of young children

· Bilingualism (English and French/Inuktitut/Cree)


  • Pay will be issued bi-weekly via Direct Deposit
  • United for Literacy will cover and handle all roundtrip travel arrangements from Montreal to the training location then to the host community; or if you live in Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut or Eeyou Istchee, we will cover return travel from this community to the training location
  • All expenses relative to the training will be covered by United for Literacy
  • Shared, assigned housing is provided to counsellors who do not reside in the host community
  • Wellness time allowance, prorated to the length of the contract

Closing date: February 27, 2023

We encourage applications that reflect the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds we serve at United for Literacy. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote equity and reflect the diversity of our organization, we encourage applications from Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples, as well as persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Furthermore, we welcome applications from individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.

We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We invite applicants to request accommodation, as required, throughout the application and hiring process.

Why Literacy? Work with purpose at United for Literacy.

Canada’s literacy divide widens daily because so many people lack adequate support. Solving systemic literacy gaps and challenges is something we can do and is key to advancing social equity and prosperity across our country. Literacy changes everything.

United for Literacy is a national, non-profit literacy organization founded in 1899. We believe literacy is a right, and we work inclusively with tutors and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential.

Job Type: Fixed term contract
Contract length: 6 weeks

Salary: $20.00 per hour


  • Employee assistance program

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • English not required


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Kuujjuaq, QC: reliably commute or be willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (required)

Work Location: One location

Application deadline: 2023-02-27
Expected start date: 2023-06-15

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