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 & Tripping Program Leaders
  • Challenge Course (EXCEL) Program Leader  (Includes low and high ropes)
  • Challenge Course (EXCEL) Supervisor  (Includes low and high ropes)
  • Art Programmer – Experiential Arts Program Team
  • Healthcare Supervisor or RN
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Office Administrator
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Dates for 2023

Supervisor Training Week: June 12th – 16th

Challenge Course Staff Training: June 17th & 18th

All-Staff Training: June 19th – 28th 

Session One (10 to 13 year olds): July 1 – 14
Session Two (14 to 18 year olds): July 19 – August 1
Session Three (10 to 18 year olds): August 7 – 20

Contract ends: August 22nd


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: Harry Wenban, Camp Director and Manager of Therapeutic Recreation Programs
25 Imperial Street, 4th floor
Toronto, ON M5P 1B9
Fax: (416) 486-1282
email: HWenban@childdevelop.ca
(416) 603-1827, ext 5230
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?

Starting staff salaries for 2023 are $4550 (base salary of $2800 + a contract completion bonus of $1750).

Starting supervisor salaries for 2023 are $5650 (base salary of $3600 + a contract completion bonus of $2050).

Healthcare staff earn additional premiums, based on skills & qualifications.

Position descriptions can be found here: https://childdevelop.ca/about-us/employment-opportunities

Q4. What are the employment conditions at Towhee?

All staff receive 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.), and several days off between each session.