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Contract Job Opportunity for an Experienced Orienteer

Contract Job Opportunity for an Experienced Orienteer
Part-time for 6 months January through June, 2015

COORDINATOR for SPOTT (Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens)
Synopsis: Hiring a coordinator to run an online junior program with up to 12 teen orienteers from across Canada

Orienteering Canada’s Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee wishes to hire an experienced orienteer to coordinate an online training program for teen athletes across Canada from January through June 2015. It is anticipated that most participants will be at the “Train to Train” stage, with some being at the “Learn to Compete” stage (see Orienteering Canada’s LTAD Guide).

The coordinator will be expected to organize and run 10-12 online sessions (using skype) that will include discussions, map study, guest speakers, Catching Features games, and other orienteering activities. The coordinator will arrange for guest speakers on a broad range of topics such as competition, mapping, coaching, course setting and event organization.

In addition to these online group sessions, the coordinator will take the lead in implementing the use of other networking tools (Facebook, Attack Point. etc.) that will encourage SPOTT athletes to connect with each other directly. Also, (s)he will organize some activities that participants could do in between online sessions, either alone or with a buddy.

SPOTT 2015 will run for 6 months from January through June.

  • The time commitment for the coordinator will be an average of about 12 hours per month, for a maximum total of about 75 hours.
  • The coordinator will recruit participants, schedule the online meetings, arrange for guest speakers, organize the topics and curriculum, prepare and distribute any documents needed for the online sessions, and ensure that the meetings run smoothly.
  • The coordinator will explore and implement (as time allows) the use of other technologies to assist the group in communications and networking.
  • The number of participants involved will depend on the number of juniors interested. If more than 12 juniors sign up, the program delivery may be altered by increasing the number of hours worked or by hiring an assistant coordinator.
  • The coordinator will communicate with 1-2 representatives of the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee:
    • Prior to starting the program: to make a realistic plan, recruit participants across Canada, collect their input, and make a schedule
    • Monthly: once the training sessions begin, to discuss progress, concerns and any modifications recommended

Contract wages: $20/hour for a maximum budget of $1,500

Orienteers interested in this job should send a letter indicating their interest, along with their resume, to Kitty Jones at juniordevelopment AT orienteering DOT ca by December 15, 2014.

Orienteering in the News: Vancouver Courier article on Brian Ellis

Here’s a Nov 18, 2014 article by Meghan Stewart in the Vancouver Courier about Brian Ellis’ gold medal win at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil in the long distance in the M70 age categoryBrianEllis_VancouverCourier.





Gold Medal in M70 won by Brian Ellis of Vancouver

We’re very excited for Brian Ellis of Vancouver who won gold in the M70 category in the long distance at the 2014 World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil.

Also congrats to our US friend Sharon Crawford who won gold in the W70 category.

Check out these links for more info:

Yay Brian! Hope you can hear us cheering from home.

2014_BrianEllis and SharonCrawford _WMOC2014

World Masters underway in Brazil


There are a handful of Canadians competing at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil N0v 1-8, 2014.

The Canadians are:

Dmitri Golovanov (Ramblers)
Greg Yarkie (EOOC)
Brian Ellis (GVOC)
Alex Kerr (GVOC)
Marg Ellis (GVOC)

Check out these links for more info:

Go Canada Go!