Recreation Youth Programmer

Recreation Youth Programmer

Internal Employment OpportunitiesRecreation Youth Programmer

Recreation Youth Programmer

Permanent Full Time

June 9, 2023

North Vancouver - Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Health & Wellness


$47,342 - $55,697 based on qualifications and experience


A Recreation Youth Programmer serves as an advocate and role model at the Community Centre or during a program, providing guidance and support to youth from the age of 2 – 25. The main focus for a Recreation Youth Programmer is to build therapeutic relationships with mentees and provide leadership and direction when needed. Sensitivity to cultural and individual differences are essential.

Additionally, the Recreation Youth Programmer interacts with children from many different backgrounds; they must be flexible, patient and understanding. Maturity and consistency are important, as they must set a positive example for youth who are being mentored.

The Recreation Youth Programmer will facilitate recreational programs and services to provide positive alternatives and support to redirect youth and help them build healthier life styles. This position involves establishment of positive relationships with unaffiliated and at-risk youth, and the development and implementation of programs and services designed to meet the interest and needs of youth within the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Community.



  • Plan, coordinate and deliver individual and group activities based around the needs of youth who access TWN programming.
  • Document all program activities according to policy and regulations.
  • Participate in team meetings and case conferencing as required.
  • Provide support with life skills, advocacy and other support work as determined by needs of youth
  • Identify, implement, and evaluate a broad base of programs and services designed for healthy social development for youth.
  • Provide support and referrals for youth in crisis.
  • Create schedule for the Recreation Support Staff; get approval of any shift changes from the Recreation Program Coordinator
  • Assist and refer youth and their families in crisis/need to appropriate service agencies.
  • Maintain and respect privacy of youth and the need for confidentiality as per guidelines.
  • Participate in fundraising activities as directed.
  • Encourage volunteer participation in youth programs, special projects and events, and assist in establishing a volunteer network of youth.
  • Understanding of how to liaise with other community agencies and staff to increase community awareness in the provision of services for youth.
  • Respect and support individual youth’s health/wellness goals.
  • Regular communication with the Recreation Program Manager.
  • Participate as a member of the Recreation Team as a whole
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Responsible for coordinating the Recreation Support Staff and recruiting volunteers to assist and support youth programming, including, meeting with volunteers prior to an activity or event to review expectations and requirements.
  • Be able to take phone calls from Recreation Support Workers in case they need guidance.



  • A diploma or certification in recreation, youth or early childhood education, or related field – supplemented by 1-3 yrs. work experience in recreation or childcare, and at least some experience in a supervisory capacity;

– Or an equivalent combination of training and experience in a recreational environment where principles of community development and engagement drive the delivery of leisure and recreation services.

  • First Aid Level 1 certificate preferred – or be willing to attain one.
  • Food Safe certificate preferred – or be willing to attain one.
  • Conflict Resolution certificate preferred – or be willing to attain one.
  • Facilitation Skills Training certificate preferred – or be willing to attain one.
  • Facilitating and mentoring experience
  • Experience in event and/or community program planning an asset.
  • Training in crisis and suicide intervention/prevention an asset.
  • A valid Class 5 BC driver’s license and access to a vehicle for TWN business
  • Class 4 driver’s license, or be willing to attain one.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or organization is preferred.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Records Vulnerable Sector Check



  • Basic knowledge of Ministry of Child and Family Development policies and the relevant BC legislation that impacts youth.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
  • Knowledge of the impact of residential school and the impact of the child welfare system on aboriginal communities.
  • A high level of interpersonal skills, flexibility and adaptability, and the ability to work independently with sound judgement.
  • Trauma informed training an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics related to working with youth who have experienced or witnessed abuse, addiction, violence, loss of a loved one, etc.
  • Knowledge of Tsleil-Waututh Nation culture and traditional territory.
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with youth, parents, staff and management.
  • Ability to facilitate and to teach life skills to individuals and groups.
  • Past work experience demonstrating strong coordination skills an asset.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) critical thinking skills and problem solving.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and communicate in a professional manner
  • Able to have a sense of humour and team-oriented work ethic
  • Ability to take initiative and be accountable for decisions
  • Proven time management, organizational and prioritizing skills.



Physical Demands

  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting and lifting.
  • Manual dexterity required to operate computer, program related machinery and equipment

Mental Focus

  • May deal with youth who can, from time to time, be demanding and challenging. Must be able to remain patient and committed to the activities, and may have to engage in conflict resolution or crisis management at times.
  • May have to manage a number of tasks or projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs of youth and organizations.

Environmental Conditions

  • Interacts with youth, employees, management and the general public.
  • Noise levels may escalate during activities, events and outings.

Flexibility Demands

  • Able to work in unexpected circumstances and on short notice.
  • Able to work a flexible work schedule; working programs in the evenings or weekends. As well as, weeknight/holiday outings as needed.


If this role interests you, please click the link below:

Rec Youth Programmer

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We appreciate everyone’s interest in this role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please. Thank you.