We take extreme care in hiring the most qualified, enthusiastic, and dedicated staff for each Ouareau season. Every staff member that we accept into our organization bring something new and innovative to the summer, whether it is their first or fifteenth year. Our candidates go through a multi-level interview process, ensuring that our staff have a successful and enjoyable camp experience.
Ouareau provides an extensive training period at camp before we open for the season, known as our Staff Development Conference (SDC). SDC focuses on routines and procedures, learning about camper care, and preparing activities and events for the summer. This training also gives our staff a chance to work together as a team before the campers arrive, solidified by team-building workshops and constant feedback and support from supervisors.
Ouareau welcomes applications from all who identify as women. We aim to be a safer space for everyone-please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our hiring policies.
The hiring process at Ouareau has five parts, and it all begins once you upload your CV and complete our application form. Please read through our website before sending in your CV.
1- AVAILABILITIES: We send you an email asking for a few availabilities so as to set up an interview (in-person, if you live in Montreal; otherwise, on Skype)
2- INTERVIEW: We contact you with a date, time, and location of your interview. *Tip: to prepare for this interview, please read our Pre-Interview Guide (which we will send to you) and come with some questions you have about Ouareau.
Keep in mind that every staff member will be asked to complete 2-3 interviews depending on the position that she is applying for.
3- FOLLOW UP: Ouareau's hiring team will remain in contact with you after your interviews to keep you updated on your application status at Ouareau.
Passionate about girl empowerment, team building, and leadership, Gabz takes the lead in our staff hiring and training, and guides the daily problem-solving opportunities among staff and campers alike.
Jacqui recently celebrated her 40th year at Ouareau. As owner and Executive Director, she maintains a strong hands-on involvement in the day-to-day running of camp.
A great strategist, Heidi brings her business background to help recruit our staff and coordinate our different special projects and programs.
A teacher by training, Natasha is a key part of developing our curriculum for both staff training and Ouareau's leadership program.
We are so excited that you are applying to work at camp again for the summer of 2018! Your application process is broken down into three easy steps:
1. Make an introduction video
B. "Hi, my name is..." (wait three seconds) "Bonjour, je m'appelle..."
C. "I am excited for summer 2018 because..." (wait three seconds) "J'ai hâte à l'été 2018 parce que..."
D. "See you this summer!" (wait three seconds) "À cet été!"
2. Answer the following questions
3. Use the following guidelines to help you complete your job-specific application
RESOURCE STAFF/CREW: June 14th-August 19th
ASSISTANT HEAD: June 14th-August 19th
ACTIVITY HEAD: June 9th- August 19th
LEADERSHIP TEAM: June 1st-August 21st
A. Choose a creative project that expresses your passion for Ouareau.
B. Write a short written introduction to your project explaining what you chose to create.
C. Upload application below.
(Past projects have included: short films, Tumblr pages, flashmobs, lipdubs, art pieces, etc.)
ASSISTANT/ ACTIVITY HEAD
A. Upload a document (ie. PDF) with a list of the positions that you’d like to apply for.
B. Answer the following questions with your top choice in mind.
1-What makes you interested in these jobs?
2-Imagine yourself in charge at this activity. Please tell us how you would run a period (beginning, middle, and end). How would you introduce rules? What are campers doing? What are staff doing?
A. Get in touch with us to talk about the job(s) you’re most interested in and to learn a little bit more about the roles and responsibilities of each position!
B. Complete an application for the job that you are applying for.
(This application will be discussed in your meeting with our staff hiring team)
UNSURE OF POSITION?
A. Upload a document (ie. PDF) with a list of some of the jobs that you think you might enjoy at camp.
B. Why do you enjoy those jobs?
C. List tasks that you enjoy the most at camp and why.
D. Tell us what challenges, you, what makes you grow, and what you feel that you excel in.
E. From there, we can figure out together where you'll fit best!
*I understand that by applying for a resource staff position, I will be a part of the crew team (ie: Maintenance/ Kitchen/Caring for Amylia) for a minimum of two weeks.
*If applying for a one month position, you will be part of the crew team for two weeks, as well as a camp counsellor for two weeks. If applying as resource staff for the full summer, you will be a camp counsellor for four weeks, as well as part of the crew team for four weeks.
We can only hire people for one month if we have equal numbers if July-Month and August-Month staff. This allows our staff numbers to remain the same throughout the summer. Month staff must do the same number of training hours as full summer staff.
Please note: The month program is only available to returning staff for resource/crew, as well as Assistant/Activity Heads.
Congratulations! Now that your application is complete, please submit the following paperwork for the upcoming summer. Please note the deadlines for each section of paperwork.
Hey new staff members! We're happy to have you with us! Go to the "Returning Applicants" section and follow the instructions for the Introduction video. Then upload it using the button!
*certifications can be emailed to email@example.com*
(To be completed within one week of being hired)
(to be completed by April 1st)