Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms . . .
— 1 Peter 4 10

We are always on the lookout for great people who want to be involved with our ministry!  If you are interested in serving with us, please have a read and get in touch with our Communications Director, Alexis if you have any questions, or to apply.


Internship

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

(2 positions available for 2019)

We have room for up to 2 interns starting in Spring of 2019.  We are widely flexible with this position, depending on which area of focus the applicant needs experience with.  Typically you would be an outdoor program student and aspiring guide, and you are looking for leadership and outdoor industry guiding experience.  Like other camps, you will have the opportunity to fundraise (tax receiptable via the CBWC) for your work with our ministry, and will receive a stipend from Zao at the end of the summer.  See our Internship page for more information, and to apply.

volunteer opportunities

Base Camp Work Crew

On our first and last day of trips, you and other work crew will help run our base camp. Duties include general gear set up and organizing, welcoming campers and parents, cooking the camp meal on the propane cooktop, and other odd jobs. Usually 3 - 4 hours depending on the number of work crew.

Board Members (3 positions available until filled)

Zao is currently looking for more people to join the board team. If you are passionate about outdoor ministry, or are a member of a CBWC church, please get in touch with the board. Preferably you would be located on Vancouver Island, but board members may be able to live anywhere in Western Canada, and commit to attending board meetings monthly (via computer if needed).
Our ministry is directly accountable to our denomination, the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada.

Feel free to contact Board Chair Bill for more information, at bill.fbcport@shaw.ca

Prayer Warriors

This is an ongoing opportunity to stay connected with our ministry and bless us with prayer!

How to apply

Staff Opportunities

  1. Download the Staff Application form, below.

  2. Fill out the application form.

  3. Send your application, resume and cover letter to the address as indicated, or send the documents in an email to our Communications Director, Alexis, alexis@zaoministries.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get in touch with our Communications Director, Alexis, 403.975.1993 alexis@zaoministries.org.  

Staff Opportunities

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019

Lead Guides (filled for 2019)

As a lead guide you will have significant experience as a guide (3+ seasons), have worked with Zao for at least 1 season, and will have completed an industry training program. You hold professional recognized certifications such as ACMG, Paddle Canada, or others. You are a servant leader and have a heart to shepherd our campers and students, and mentor other guides. You have solid work experience with youth. You are motivated and up to date with continuing professional development in your field, and you hold a current certificate in 80 hour wilderness first aid and CPR-C. Lead guides with Zao are hired as contractors on a day rate which includes paid prep time. 

Staff Guides (2 positions available for 2019)

You are a servant leader and have a heart to shepherd our campers and students. You have solid work experience with youth, and you are a certified outdoor leader or have equivalent outdoor leadership experience.  You are motivated and up to date with continuing professional development in your field, and you hold a current certificate in wilderness first aid and CPR-AED.  Staff guides with Zao are hired as contractors on a day rate which includes paid prep time. 

Apprentice Guides (1 position available for 2019)

As an apprentice guide you would come with some experience, but will be looking to continue building your outdoor resume, and will hopefully have a desire to complete an industry training program to become a staff guide. This may be a good fit if you have completed a season with us as an intern. Apprentice guides will be given the opportunity to work alongside our directors and lead guides in a mentorship relationship, and given leadership opportunities throughout the season. You are a servant leader and have a heart to shepherd our campers and students. You have experience with youth, and you are hoping to become a certified outdoor leader. You are motivated and hold a current certificate in wilderness first aid and CPR-AED.  Apprentice guides with Zao are hired as contractors on a day rate which includes paid prep time. 

Rock Climbing Director (filled for 2019)

As the rock climbing director you will be an excellent climber, have significant experience as a guide in the climbing industry (3+ seasons), and will have completed an industry training program. You hold professional membership within the climbing stream of the ACMG, minimum of TRCI. You have a keen eye for safety, and practice your skills frequently. You will be comfortable teaching climbing skills to youth and adults, and mentoring fellow Zao guides. You are a servant leader and have a heart to shepherd our campers and students, and mentor other guides. You have solid work experience with youth. You are motivated and up to date with continuing professional development in the rock climbing field, and you hold a current certificate in 80 hour wilderness first aid and CPR-C. The Rock Climbing Director with Zao is hired as a contractor on a day rate which includes paid prep time. You may be able to work as a guide on other trips if there is opportunity to do so.

Professional Drivers (Available as needed)

We are occasionally looking for drivers with class 2 or class 4 licenses. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information about this role with Zao.

NOTE: Volunteer & Staff Background Checks: 

we have the privilege to work with wonderful young people, so our application process for staff and volunteers involves interviews and background checks including multiple references and a criminal records check.