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Summer staff applications are now closed for 2024. Come back in January 2025 for next summer's applications! 

We are currently hiring an Executive Director!

Executive Director Job Posting

June 2024

About Camp Kidston:
Welcoming, inclusive, adventurous and affordable, Camp Kidston provides a safe and happy summer camping experience to kids aged 5 to 16 where they can explore their unique talents and place in the universe through opportunities to unplug and connect with friends, outdoor adventures, and faith exploration. As an accredited member of the Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (CANSPEI) and The United Church of Canada, Camp Kidston has been building meaningful outdoor experiences for children and youth for more than 55 years. Located on over 460 acres of woods and water in the northeast corner of Halifax Regional Municipality, it is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

About the Role:
Arthur Kidston Memorial Camp (“Camp Kidston”) seeks a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Board Chair, you will provide strategic direction, manage operations, and oversee all aspects of Camp ministry. Highly organized and versatile, the Executive Director (“ED”) needs to love spreadsheets as much as stream walks, and be as comfortable pitching a funding proposal as pitching a tent.

The successful candidate will demonstrate extraordinary leadership, inspiration and trustworthiness to the Kidston community, comprised of staff, campers, parents, volunteers and the Board of Directors as well as a broader community.

Primary responsibilities include Leadership and Vision; Program Management; Operations Management; Engagement, Marketing and Fundraising. A year-round job, the ED will foster the growth of Camp Kidston in its reputation for delivering exceptional programing both during its legendary summer children and youth camps, as well as the shoulder seasons for families and groups, to maximize its use and mission.

As a not-for-profit organization, a key goal is to ensure the accessibility of the camp to all who want to be a part of the Camp Kidston community. Continual fundraising, to maintain current grants and grow new opportunities, is essential to the Camp’s outreach and sustainability. The ED, with support from the Board, will excel at preparing and securing grant applications, as well as designing engaging fundraising initiatives.

This is a rewarding opportunity to lead a camp that shapes lives and fosters a love for the outdoors.

View the full job description here. 

The ideal candidate has the following skills and experience:
● Strong leadership, vision, and strategic thinking.
● Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
● Excellent organizational and time management skills.
● Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
● Fundraising and grant writing experience.
● Program development and evaluation expertise.
● Proficiency in marketing, social media, and content creation.
● Experience managing budgets and administrative procedures.
● Ability to work collaboratively with a board of directors.
● Commitment to Camp Kidston's mission and values.

● Minimum 3 years experience in camp management or a related field.
● Supervisory experience leading and motivating diverse teams
● Non-profit management acumen
● Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
● Post-Secondary education in a relevant field (i.e. recreation, education) preferred; however, strong experience and relevant skills can be considered in place of formal education.
● Experience working with children and youth is a plus. Criminal record check and a vulnerable sector search required.
● Nova Scotia’s Driver’s license in good standing and access to a vehicle during summer months.


Why You will Love Working for Camp Kidston:
We believe in the power of play, the beauty of diversity, the value of challenge, everyday celebrations and learning from each other. Plus, you get to visit camp in the summer!

Total Compensation:
● Annual Salary of $42,000-$48,000, depending on qualifications
● Subsidized health benefits
● Flexible work hours; work from home with internet subsidy
● Mileage allowance
● Vacation and sick days
● Flexibility to work three-quarters time each autumn upon mutual agreement
● Permanent opportunity

How to apply:
Email your cover letter and resume clearly outlining your qualifications, interest and eligibility to by end of day Sunday, July 14. Expected start date for the successful candidate is early September, with interviews, for those invited, taking place early August.

Only those applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted. Camp Kidston is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage individuals from underrepresented populations to apply.

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Each summer, Kidston's staff team is comprised of diverse, energetic, and responsible individuals who work together to provide the highest quality of care and programs to all campers.

Summer Staff positions include:

  • Summer Director

  • Administrative Assistant

  • Camp Counsellors

  • Program Leads: Arts & Crafts, Canoe/Kayak, Sports & Games, Faith Exploration, Low Elements, Outdoor & Environmental Education, Counsellor-in-Training Program

  • Lifeguards

  • Kitchen Assistants

  • First Aider

We look for candidates who have experience working with children, a strong work ethic and willingness to learn, an ability to work and live in a team environment, and effective leadership skills.

More information about each position can be found on our online application portal.    



Have questions about working at Camp Kidston in 2024?  Need help with the online application system? Kidston's annual Summer Staff Information Session will be held on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at 7pm on Zoom.  Advance registration is required - click here to register!

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