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.

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.