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Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Orienteering Canada (and its affiliated clubs) have a number of mapping projects to be completed in 2016. One or more positions are available in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Yukon.

Job Duties: Field checking of several forested areas in and near the following cities/towns:

Yukon: Whitehorse
BC: Kimberley, Cranbrook and Belcarra
Alberta: Bragg Creek, Canmore and Redwater
Manitoba: Cypress River
Ontario: Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Fonthill and Westport
Quebec: Chelsea and Gatineau

Field work on urban sprint maps may be required. Other duties include map drafting to current ISOM and ISSOM standards, artwork and legend using current orienteering mapping software, such as OCAD.

Terms of Employment: Temporary independent contractor positions are available from 4 weeks to 4 months depending on the locations and your ability to relocate between provinces at the employer’s expense. Applicants may specify the area they are able to work in.

Wage: $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. 40 hours/week max

Education and Work Experience required: No particular formal education requirements, however applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM and ISSOM. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed.

Must be a member of the Canadian Orienteering Mapper Registry.

Benefits: Assistance to find housing and a vehicle will be provided if required.

To apply send an email with resume and orienteering mapping samples to: president AT orienteering DOT ca

Contract opportunity: Mapping Program Administrator

Mapping Program Administrator

Orienteering Canada is looking for an individual to coordinate our project to assist Canadian orienteering clubs and associations to bring in foreign mappers in 2016 to create orienteering maps in Canada.

In 2015 Orienteering Canada started a program to assists clubs with the process of applying to bring in foreign mappers through the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). We will be doing this again in 2016 and we are looking for an individual to coordinate the logistics of the application process.

You will receive assistance from a committee who were involved with this project in 2015.

Project scope:

  • Gather required information and complete processes/applications to advertise on the appropriate Job Banks, assist with additional job posting requirements, submit the required Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications, coordinate with selected mappers and help with any other required follow-up
  • Communicate regularly with clubs and associations regarding the application status
  • Assist as required with scheduling and communication with potential and confirmed mappers

Skills required

  • An impressive ability to focus on details
  • Patience and a positive attitude regarding the application process
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to communicate well with stakeholders (orienteering club/association representatives, potential and confirmed mappers, Government of Canada TFWP personnel, Service Canada and other government agencies, Orienteering Canada staff and volunteers)

This is a part time contract position at a rate of $20/hour. We expect the total number of hours to be between 50 and100 total with the bulk of the project being done from Feb to May 2016.

You will work as an independent contractor. You are expected to provide your own workspace, computer, internet connection, telephone line etc.

If you are interested in this project, please send an email by February 7, 2016 to president AT orienteering DOT ca outlining your background and why you feel you are suitable for the project. No telephone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens 2016

SPOTT 2016

Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens (SPOTT) 2016

Thursdays, February 4 – June 23, 2016

at 17:00 Pacific Standard Time  (18:00 MST, 20:00 EST, 21:00 AST)

SPOTT 2016 is an on-line program for orienteers aged 13 – 18. SPOTT builds smarter, more prepared orienteers through off-season, on-line discussions, activities, and games. SPOTT also seeks to expand the teen athlete’s orienteering community by extending the opportunity to interact with orienteers of like ages from just summer to year-round.

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).

SPOTT aims to facilitate the goals of teen orienteers in whatever role you seek, be it athlete (HPP or other), coach, event organizer, or mapper, as you continue to grow in orienteering. SPOTT 2016 will provide coaching and arm-chair orienteering training. Depending on interest levels, SPOTT could include some exposure to mapping, course setting and event organization.

Athletes in the SPOTT program will meet on-line about once every 2 weeks for one hour from February 4th through June 23rd.  This schedule accommodates any potential school holidays around Easter. The sessions will be from 5 – 6PM Pacific Standard Time. That is 6-7pm Mountain Standard Time, 8-9PM Eastern Standard Time and 9-10PM Atlantic Standard Time. These sessions will include discussions, map study, Catching Features games, and other orienteering training activities. In addition, SPOTT will use a variety of social networking tools to develop a nation-wide community of juniors who want to actively pursue orienteering.

The program fee is $70 ($60 for additional siblings in the same household), which will help defray the costs of program preparation and delivery. Sass Peepre funds will cover the remaining program costs.

Register online at The deadline is February 3.

Questions? Contact any of the members of the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee: Lori H (New Brunswick), Anne T (Ottawa), Eugene M (Toronto), Kitty J, Karen M & Marsha F (Calgary). SPOTT organizers are: Marsha Fehr (marsndave AT gmail DOT com) or Karen Martino (kmartino AT telus DOT net).

2016 National Orienteering Week


Date Name / location Location
June 4 SOGO Fun Run Calgary, AB
June 4 Wildwood Park Winnipeg, MB
June 4 Try It event Mahone Bay, NS
June 5 Deep Cove Jr Orienteering Festival Deep Cove, BC
June 5 Mt. Dufferin Kamloops, BC
June 5 Spring Series: Gatineau Park Gatineau, QC
June 5 Bigelow Trails Canning, NS
June 6 Okanagan College Salmon Arm, BC
June 7 Chicopee Conservation Area Kitchener Waterloo, ON
June 7 Summer Solstice Series Ottawa, ON
June 8 Copper Ridge Whitehorse, YT
June 8 Granville Island/False Creek Vancouver, BC
June 8 Fish Creek Park Calgary, AB
June 8 Kinsmen Park Edmonton, AB
June 8 Glendon College Toronto, ON
June 9 Kettle Lake Scramble Cranbrook, BC
June 11 Larch Hills Adventure Run Salmon Arm, BC
June 11 Kananaskis Trails Fest Kananaskis, AB
June 11 Hemlock Hustle Halifax, NS
June 12 Aylard Farm Victoria, BC
June 12 Jungle Adventure Run Oakville, ON
June 12 Mt Royal Park Montreal, QC
June 12 Mastodon Rogaine Hillsborough, NB

National Orienteering Week resources from clubs and associations:

Feb 15 2016 application date to host NAOC 2018

Any Canadian orienteering associations interested in hosting the 2018 North American Orienteering Championships are asked submit this form (or visit the Championships Events page) to Orienteering Canada by Feb 15, 2016. Any questions can be directed to charlotte at orienteering dot ca

2016 North American Ski-Orienteering Championships

2016 ski o

We’re hoping to see lots of Canadians at the 2016 North American Ski Orienteering Championships at Presque Isle, Maine March 11 through 13, 2016.

While the elite races will be at the highest competitive level and World Ranking Events, all age groups and classes will enjoy appropriately challenging courses. The Presque Isle trails are fun to ski, and special narrow trails have been cut and groomed for advanced courses. Even those with minimal ski orienteering experience can enjoy the mini-sprints around the arena complex all weekend.

Details at: