January, 2023

We are hiring - Outdoor Educator

POSITION SUMMARY
This position supports the work of Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL), a registered charity and nonprofit society working to strengthen people’s connection with nature. Through shared outdoor experiences, HMCOL seeks to improve people’s health and the health of ecosystems. Building an understanding and love of the outdoors is the best way to inspire people to become better stewards. That’s why HMCOL provides outdoor programs and events for all ages and abilities, spanning all seasons. Programs are professionally led, with educational experts who explore topics ranging from ecology and human history to backcountry skills.

HMCOL is seeking to hire a parttime (20 hrs per week) Outdoor Educator with knowledge, energy and passion for sharing this kind of information with all ages toddlers to grandparents to help HMCOL maintain its high standard of programming.

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With guidance from the Program Director, the Outdoor Educator’s main responsibility is the planning, delivery and reporting on all HMCOL’s environmental education school programs (K6) throughout School District 78 (FraserCascade), which are mainly carried out in the spring and fall months. During the rest of the year, the Outdoor Educator assists the Program Director as needed with various educational outdoor recreation and conservation programs to the general public in Hope and the surrounding areas.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate and schedule with school teachers and administrators the delivery dates and
details of school programs.

Plan, deliver and report on K-Grade 6 school programs (see 
http://hopemountain.org/education/) in the classroom and out in the field (parks, beaches, forests, etc.)
Keep the program content up to date so that is it always meets BC Curriculum outcomes

Clean, organize and keep program props, equipment, and the storage unit in which they are kept (located in Hope) in good working order.

Maintain program statistics. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in programs, and provide monthly and annual reports to the ED and Board of Directors, as well as information asneeded upon request for funding applications and report.

Assist the Program Director with educational outdoor recreation and conservation programs, events and activities to meet the needs of the community and to fulfill HMCOL objectives.
 Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information including drafting content for the website and emails, and some social media posting/engaging.
Assist other team members asneeded for various marketed, conservation andIndigenous programs, as well as community and fundraising events.
Attend monthly and annual staff and board meetings in Hope.


Qualifications and skills required:

Hiring is subject to providing HMCOL a clear Criminal Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check within 2 weeks of employment start date.

Strong public speaking skills

Experience working with (ideally teaching) kids of all ages.

Extensive knowledge and interest in local wildlife, plants, environment conservation issues, various British Columbia ecosystems found in the Hope region.

Staff member must hold a current Remote/Wilderness First Aid level or above
certificate, or willingness to get certified within 3 months of employment start date.

Comfortable working outdoors in every season and weather condition

Valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle that can carry large educational props. Vehicle must have winter tires, and candidate must have experience/comfort driving on mountain and forest roads in all seasons and conditions by employment start date.

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Able to work both independently and as a team player.

Flexible schedule.


Assets:

Knowledge of local trails.

Knowledge about and respect for Indigenous culture and history.

Experience with mountain sports/activities.

Passion for mountain culture.


Minimum educational requirements:

Biology, ecology, education, conservation and/or resource management studies
diploma, degree or related and equivalent work experience. Other relevant areas of study/experience may be considered.


Minimum related work or experience:

1+ years experience teaching/delivering outdoor education, conservation and/or recreation programs.

TERMS
The position is a remote job requiring you to work from home, as well as at various locations throughout the Hope area for program delivery including schools, local parks, and remote backcountry.

The Outdoor Educator is permanent, salaried position requiring a flexible schedule. The job involves some evening and weekend work as well as weekday work. Salary paid is equivalent to 20 hours per week at $25/hour, inclusive of vacation pay. HMCOL will provide CPP, EI and WCB coverage. Note that the Outdoor Educator must have flexibility in their schedule to work more than 20 hours per week during the spring and fall months (usually 2535 hours) in order to deliver all school programs during those timeframes, and work less in the months before and/or after to balance it out.

Mileage from Hope centre to work location is reimbursed according to CRA guidelines (currently $0.68/km). Partial phone allowance will be provided.

Position begins as soon as the right candidate is found so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and contact information for two employment references in a single PDF file no later than February 12, 2023 by email to Kristine Pérez de León at
kperezdeleon@hopemountain.org.

January, 2023

Fostering an inclusive and safe space in the outdoors

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL) is leading a guided snowshoe trip to Manning Park’s Lightning Lake trail – on Saturday January 21, 2023 from 9am until 4:30 pm.

In this inaugural LGBTQIA2S+ event HMCOL is inviting everyone to register and come show their support while learning about wildlife, survival snowshoe building, quinzee building and of course enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate along the way.
All ages and abilities are welcome and Allies are incouraged to join and show their support.
The event goal is to show public support of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, to strengthen bond between members of the community and allies and to encourage individuals to explore and adventure in the outdoors while being safe, protected and supported.

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Moon – “I grew up as a queer kid in a very conservative, incredibly small town in Fance in the 1990s. I have always loved the outdoors, but never felt like I could explore safely being so far away and removed from civilization or help if needed.
I am not naïve enough to say that cities and populated areas are safe spaces by default, but the chances of finding an ally is greater there than it would be in the middle of nowhere. It took me a long time to feel safe enough, and it always takes a lot of research before booking trips, to make sure that my family will be safe. That’s not something everyone has to think about when recreating.
So, it was very important for me to make sure that HMCOL’s was a visible ally to the community. I have received nothing but support from the entire team at HMCOL since taking up the position of program director. From the board members to staff and volunteers and it was so important for me to make sure I carried that forward and made HMCOL’s already existing ally status more visible.”

Hoping that people wouldn’t have to wait some 20+ years like me to feel strong enough to venture out, explore and connect with nature like that.

On December 15, 2022 HMCOL joined the Safe Space Alliance. An LGBT+ led non-profit which promotes inclusivity worldwide.
A Safe Space is a physical, mobile or online space where members of the community are welcome, protected and safe to express themselves for who they are. They are a public way of showing support and being an ally.
At HMCOL, we are a blend of all, creating a safe space on the trails and everywhere we go – including our online platforms.
Safe spaces are extremely important as they foster inclusivity, protect individuals and offer support and backup should it be needed. They are a very public and visible way of showing support and being an ally.
Canada has indeed come a long way and is a country where LGBTQIA2S+ communities now have rights and are protected under the law. Sadly, it wasn’t always the case and even now, it doesn’t necessarily mean global acceptance. It is worth noting for example, that conversion therapy practices were not outlawed until January 17th, 2022.
This event is aimed at people of all abilities and fitness levels.
We will cover 1.5 km from the parking lot to the rainbow bridge and back, for a total distance of 3km. We will stop along the way with interpretive talks taking place about local wildlife and winter adaptations, demonstrations of use of handmade emergency snowshoes and participants will get to practice building a quinzee – a traditional snow shelter along with avalanche avoidance
safety tips. Terrain is easy to moderate. While the grade of slope is gentle, and we will be travelling at a slower pace. There may be some logs and debris to climb over, and snowshoeing is more strenuous than walking on pavement or dirt, so participants should be in reasonably good health.
Average January temperature range at Manning Park Resort is -2C to –9C or colder – and likely much colder than where you’re traveling from!  Please check the weather forecast on the day of the event and dress appropriately.
The event will take place rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there is danger to participants (ie avalanche risks).
We will meet-up in Hope at the Recreation Centre for check-in and introductions, and then convoy to Manning Park with the leaders in front. We will be driving slowly to ensure
participants are comfortable and safe while driving the Crowsnest Highway (BC-3E).

BC law requires that vehicles have winter tires at this time of year for the stretch of highway
used for this program.
All proceeds support the charitable work HMCOL does connecting people and nature.

Learn more and register at http://hopemountain.org/programs/lgbtq2s-allies-beginner-snowshoe-january-21-2023/

December, 2022

Hope Mountain Centre joins the Safe Space Alliance

We are very proud to announce that we have joined the Safe Space Alliance, an LGBTQIA2S+ led non-profit organization which promotes inclusivity worldwide.

A safe space is a location, physical or online, where LGBT+ communities are welcomed and accepted to freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that does not tolerate any form of violence, bullying, or hate speech.

Physical safe spaces include a specific location such as a library or coffee shop, while online platforms provide an accessible safe space through apps, softwares or websites. Online platforms are incredibly essential as they can provide a sense of community, resources and more for LGBT+ communities living in countries where homosexuality is still criminalized- 64 as of today, with 7 where it is punishable by death.

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At Hope Mountain Centre we are a blend of both, creating a safe space on the trails and everywhere we go – including our social media pages!

But why are safe spaces important here in Canada? Isn’t Canada one of the friendliest LBGT+ countries?

Safe spaces are extremely important as they foster inclusivity, protect individuals and offer support and backup should it be needed. They are a very public and visible way of showing support and being an ally.
Canada has indeed come a long way and is a country where LGBTQIA2S+ communities now have rights and are protected under the law. Sadly, it wasn’t always the case and even now, it doesn’t necessarily mean global acceptance. It is worth noting for example, that conversion therapy practices were not outlawed until January 17th, 2022.

We are extremely proud of supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community, of being an ally and continuing to increase accessibility to nature and the outdoors for everyone! 
To celebrate this, we will be hosting our first LGBTQIA2S+ event in January 2023. Allies are welcome, so be sure to come and show your support! More information on our “Programs” page!

Resources:
LGBT+ rights in Canada
Equaldex- Worldmap of LGBT+ Rights 

September, 2022

Hope Mountain Centre Welcomes New Program Director

In September 2022 Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning welcomed its newest team member Moon Pruvost as Program Director. An educator at heart, Moon has over 10 years of international experience developing programs and working with children and youth.

 

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In 2011, she began taking annual trips to Nepal, volunteering at Nepal Orphans Home (NOH). In 2016, she managed one of the four houses, the “Boy’s House.” At this time she took on the role of Interim Director, overseeing operations at the community centre, which offers free classes and outings for over 200 women, as well as extracurricular classes for the children at NOH.

In between her travels, she worked at Little Rascals Daycare and Preschool in North Vancouver where she successfully developed and delivered programs aimed at nurturing a connection between children and nature.
Moon has had a lifelong passion for nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation. She is an avid hiker. One of her most memorable experiences was trekking through Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park in the Himalayas – though she shared that nothing compares to the Alpine Meadows of British Columbia in her opinion!

Moon’s love of the outdoors and wildlife (particularly grizzly bears) led her to become a wilderness mountain guide in 2020. Working on horseback, she led educational multi-day trips in the backcountry, sharing her passion for nature and conservation with guests in the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park.

Her favourite part of working as a guide was wildlife tracking and viewing. This inspired her to pursue a diploma in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation, which she received from the International Career School of Canada in 2020.

When asked how she feels about joining the HMCOL team, Moon says, “I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the Hope Mountain Centre. The organization encompasses everything I believe in—outdoor recreation and education, safe outdoor practices, and respectful treatment of the environment and wildlife. I believe now more than ever is a critical time to foster a connection between people and nature, and helping ensure it is accessible to everyone. I am eager to spread my roots and get to know the wonderful community of Hope and surrounding areas while doing so!”

August, 2022

We are Hiring - Program Director

This position supports the work of Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL), a registered charity and non-profit society working to strengthen people’s connection with nature. The Program Director is responsible for the planning, delivery of various educational outdoor recreation and conservation programs in Hope and the surrounding areas, working in partnership with the Program Assistant. Your energy and passion for sharing information with all ages – toddlers to grandparents – will help HMCOL maintain its high standard of programming.
Through shared outdoor experiences, HMCOL seeks to improve people’s health and the health of ecosystems. Building a love of the outdoors is the best way to inspire people to become better stewards. We offer outdoor programs and events for all ages and abilities, spanning all seasons. Our programs are professionally led, with educational experts who explore topics ranging from ecology and human history to backcountry skills.

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
● Plan, direct, deliver and report on educational outdoor recreation and conservation programs, events and activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill HMCOL objectives.
● Carry out program activities within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
● Clean, organize and keep program props, equipment, and storage unit in good working order.
● Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information, helps organize and schedule program registrations.
● Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of partners.
● Assist in the development and monitoring of program budgets to meet fiscal objectives.
● Coordinate use of facilities for program activities and events.
● Maintain program statistics. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in programs, and provide monthly reports to the ED and Board of Directors, as well as information for funding reports.
● Assist the Program Assistant with HMCOL’s curriculum-based school programs (preschool through grade 6) inside the classroom throughout SD78 and out in the field.
● Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule and direct program staff and volunteers as needed. Review and evaluate staff performance. Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
● Assist with fundraising activities.
● Attend all monthly and annual meetings.
● Manage program administration including correspondence, report writing, etc.
● Perform all other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS
● Strong public speaking, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
● Biology, ecology, education, conservation and/or resource management studies
diploma, degree or related and equivalent work experience. Other relevant areas of study/experience may be considered.
● Experience working with children, adults and groups of all ages and abilities.
● Comfortable working outdoors leading outdoor recreation programs across a variety of mountain activities in any season and weather condition.
● Driver’s license, regular access to a vehicle with winter tires, and experience/comfort driving on mountain and forest roads in all conditions.
● Self-motivated, driven, and able to work both independently and as a team player.
● Current Remote/Wilderness First Aid certificate or willingness to get certified asap. *Successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check

ASSETS
● Extensive knowledge and interest in local wildlife, plants, environment conservation issues, various British Columbia ecosystems found in the Hope region.
● Interpretive skills and experience.
● Passion for mountain culture.
● Flexible schedule.

TERMS
The position is a remote job requiring you to work from home, as well as at various locations throughout the Hope area for program delivery including schools, local parks, and remote backcountry.
Hours are negotiable but ideally this is a three quarter time regular position involving some evening and weekend work as well as weekday work, with salary equivalent to 30 hours per week at $30/hour, inclusive of vacation pay. HMCOL will provide CPP, EI and WCB coverage. Mileage from Hope centre to work location is reimbursed according to CRA guidelines (currently $0.61/km). Partial phone and business vehicle use insurance allowance will be provided.

Position begins as soon as the right candidate is found so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and contact information for two employment references in a single PDF file no later than August 31, 2022 by email to Kristine Krynitzki at kkrynitzki@hopemountain.org

April, 2022

We are Hiring - Program Assistant Position

Are you a star on stage? Do you love the outdoors? Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning is recruiting a part time Program Assistant to assist in the delivery various educational programs in Hope and the surrounding areas. Your energy and passion for sharing information with all ages – toddlers to grandparents – will help HMCOL maintain its high standard of programming to school children and the general public. The intention of this position is to assist the Program Director with her duties, with the goal of training you to be able to deliver some programs on your own eventually.

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ABOUT HOPE MOUNTAIN CENTRE

Hope Mountain Centre is a registered charity working to strengthen people’s connection with nature. Through shared outdoor experiences, we seek to improve people’s health and the health of ecosystems. Building a love of the outdoors is the best way to inspire people to become better stewards. We offer outdoor events for all ages and abilities, spanning all seasons. Our programs are professionally led, with educational experts who explore topics ranging from ecology and human history to backcountry skills.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Program Director with set up, delivery and clean up of HMCOL curriculum-based school programs (preschool through grade 6) inside the classroom and out in the field.
  • Keep program statistics up to date (data entry). Clean, organize and keep program props, equipment, and storage unit in good working order.
  • Assist with marketed and conservation programs, and community events.
  • Attend monthly staff and board meetings.
  • Assist with program administration including correspondence, report writing, etc.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Biology, ecology, education, conservation and/or resource management studies diploma, degree or related and equivalent work experience. Other relevant areas of study/experience may be considered.
  • Experience working with children, adults and family groups of all ages and abilities.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in every season and weather condition. Driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle with winter tires.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Current First Aid certificate or willingness to get certified asap

*Successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Records Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check

ASSETS

Knowledge and interest in local wildlife, plants, environment conservation issues, various British Columbia ecosystems found in the Hope region. Interpretive skills and experience. Passion for outdoor recreation. Flexible schedule.

TERMS

  • This is a part-time regular position involving some evening and weekend work as well as weekday work.
  • Hours will range from 5-15 hours per week, with the possibility to increase over time if desired. The position is a remote job requiring you to work from home, as well as at various locations throughout the Hope area for program delivery including schools, local parks, and remote backcountry.
  • Pay rate is $20/hour, inclusive of vacation pay.
  • HMC will provide CPP, EI and WCB coverage. Mileage from Hope centre to work location is reimbursed according to CRA guidelines (currently $0.59/km).

Position begins as soon as the right candidate is found so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and contact information for two employment references by email to Natalie Worrall at nworrall@hopemountain.org

March, 2022

Hope Mountain Centre hosts annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Event

The evening is the charity’s largest annual fundraising event.

Whether you’re into hiking, skiing, climbing, biking, or paddling, this event is for you! Hope Mountain Centre (HMC)’s annual fundraiser, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF), is the perfect kick-off event to spring you into action being inspired by some of the best local and international mountain adventure films.

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2022 is the 25th anniversary of this much-anticipated event. After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, Hope Mountain Centre is especially pumped to be jumping back into action, kicking off a great start to the year with this, their annual fundraiser.

HMC Executive Director Kristine Krynitzki explains, “as a non-profit charity devoted to outdoor education and recreation, fundraising events like VIMFF helps us to be able to keep our programs free whenever we can, or with incredibly low fees, so everyone can have the opportunity to enjoy safe, organized and fun experiences in the great outdoors.”

HMC is one of the key organizations in the region working to make the outdoors more accessible. They conduct outdoor skills development courses, trail building and maintenance, as well as wildlife and environmental education and conservation programs and initiatives.

This VIMFF event will be taking place on Wednesday, March 16 from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online on HMC’s website, or in person at the Blue Moose Coffee House in Hope.

“It’s a popular event each year drawing crowds from everywhere from Vancouver and Kamloops. It is in such high demand that we typically sell out the theatre’s 320 seats,” said Krynitzki. “We will be showing 9 different short films from all over the world that celebrate mountain culture in every aspect. There will be local outdoor retailers set up displaying their wares, great door prizes given away, and a fabulous selection of items up for bid at our silent auction – new this year!”

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support from sponsors Blue Moose Coffee House and Coquihalla Veterinary Clinic.

Draw prizes and silent auction items are thanks to the generous donations from the following businesses:

4WD Association of BC, Canyon Shell; Coquihalla Veterinary Services; Fraser Valley Door Doctor; Inspire Horesmanship; Hope Outdoors, Manning Park Resort; Mike Millar; Mountainview Brewing; Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors; Project Climbing Abbotsford; Tourism Hope, Cascades and Canyons; and Valhalla Pure Outfitters – Abbotsford.

If you can’t make the event but still want to donate to the great work Hope Mountain Centre accomplishes each year, the non-profit gladly accepts donations at hopemountain.org/donate-now.

October, 2021

Hope Mountain Centre Welcomes Kristine Krynitzki As Executive Director

Since 2008, Hope Mountain Centre has been a charity managed by passionate staff and board members. To solidify the progressive continuity and success in strengthening people’s connection with nature, HMC decided to bring on a new staff member to help oversee operations.

Kristine worked previously with Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society as the Executive Director and manages a well-known hiking community platform called Hikes Near Vancouver. She brings seventeen years of non-profit, financial, and outdoor recreation management experience to Hope Mountain Centre, starting January 1, 2022.

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“I’m thrilled to join the HMC team that has been doing such excellent work engaging people in this region and beyond to get excited about the outdoors,” said Kristine. “Being a confident, responsible outdoors person and wildlife conservationist is a lifelong journey, and I am very eager to support the team and community members to continue working towards this mission.”

While at Northwest Wildlife, Kristine and her team expanded the scope and reach of the organization, opening a satellite office in a new city; they worked with numerous partners to complete a multi-year wetland restoration project; and they connected over 100,000 children with the natural world through education and stewardship programs. Through her Hikes Near Vancouver platform, Kristine created one of the region’s most oft-used hiking partner-finding network Group Hikes Near Vancouver on Facebook with almost 10,000 members, and she uses her large social media following and website to partner with key outdoors groups like BC AdventureSmart, Leave No Trace and Search and Rescue branches to not just inspire people to get out and explore the trails, but to do so responsibly.

Hope Mountain Centre began the search for a new Executive Director in 2020.

“We regularly update our strategic plan for the coming years,” said Michele Drummond, HMC Board Chair. “With the retirement of two long term staff, we worked on a Succession Plan with strategies that would centralize key responsibilities through the hiring of an Executive Director.”

Kristine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Certificate in Bookkeeping from Ashton College. In addition to her experience with non-profits and outdoor recreation, she previously worked in financial management – an important skill pivotal to the success of an ED in any business, and especially in the non-profit sector.

While having recreated extensively in the region over the years, Kristine recently made Hope her home with her family, moving into Silver Creek at the end of the summer. Her favorite local hiking trail so far is Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem (Dragon’s Back) and she looks forward to exploring the area more as an avid hiker, trail runner, rock climber, and paddleboarder.

Kristine will work collaboratively with the HMC Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to carry out all HMC activities including financial, staff, fundraising, partnership, and program oversight. With her passion for the outdoors and experience in non-profit management, the Hope Mountain Centre team is confident for another excellent year ahead.