We are looking for responsible, fun-loving and passionate staff for a variety of positions. Towhee is not just a beautiful place to spend your summer, but a truly incredible opportunity to help create amazing experiences for children and youth with learning disabilities.

Some reasons to work with us:

  • Staff get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Towhee participants and have lots of fun doing it.
  • Although our focus is always on the participants, working with a great team of committed, mature individuals really makes for a wonderful experience. Towhee staff are often in their early twenties and beyond and know how to have a great time, while still taking the responsibility seriously.
  • Child Development Institute (CDI) is a well-respected children’s mental health agency, and a reference from Towhee/CDI is looked upon highly for many jobs and post-graduate programs.
  • We offer training in a variety of areas such as non-violent crisis intervention, learning disabilities, child and adolescent mental health issues, counselling and behaviour management.

Positions Available

  • Counsellors
  • Counsellor Supervisors
  • Waterfront Program Leaders
  • Outtripping Program Leader
  • Outtripping/Waterfront Supervisor
  • Adventure (EXCEL) Program Leader  (Includes low and high ropes)
  • Adventure (EXCEL) Supervisor  (Includes low and high ropes)
  • Camp-Wide Programmer (CWP)
  • Music Programmer – Experiential Arts Program Team
  • Art Programmer – Experiential Arts Program Team
  • Health Centre Supervisor or RN
  • Health Centre Assistant
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Office Administrator
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Dates for 2021

Supervisor Training Week: June 14th – June 20th

High Ropes and Tripping Staff Training:  TBA

All-Staff Training: June 21st – July 4th

Session One (10 to 13 year olds): July 5th– July 17th
Session Two (10 to 18 year olds): July 20th – August 1st
Session Three (14 to 18 year olds + LITs): August 9th – August 28th

Contract ends: August 24, 6 p.m.


Applying for a Staff Position at Towhee

If you are interested in one of our available positions, please complete and submit our Staff Application. Once the application is submitted, please send your resume, with indication of your submitted application, by mail, fax or email to:

Attention: Trish McKeough, Camp Director and Manager of Therapeutic Recreation Programs
25 Imperial Street, 4th floor
Toronto, ON M5P 1B9
Fax: (416) 486-1282
email: TMcKeough@childdevelop.ca
(416) 603-1827, ext 5241
1-800-839-3950 (toll free)

All applications received will be considered, based on staffing needs, and we will continue to receive and review applications until all positions have been filled. It is preferred that all candidates contacted for an interview meet with the interview panel in-person in Toronto.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What experience is required to work at Towhee?

The minimum requirement for consideration for any position is completion of two years of university or college in a related field of study, or equivalent work experience. All applicants must have experience working with children and a desire to learn how to support children/youth with special needs.

Q2. What certifications do I need?

All staff must have current First Aid certification; outtrippers must have a minimum of Bronze Cross (NLS is strongly preferable), dedicated waterfront staff must have current NLS certification.

Q3. What is the compensation?

All salaries range from $2,800 to $4,100 for the summer, depending on position.

Q4. What are the employment conditions at Towhee?

All staff received training and room and board free of charge. Staff are entitled to one day off per week (from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.).