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School District #39 (Vancouver)

Secondary Humanities/English Teacher - TREK - Full-time Continuing

  • To be discussed
  • Full time , Part time

  • 1 position to fill as soon as possible

The Vancouver School Board welcomes applications for the position of:

Secondary Humanities/English Teacher - TREK

Prince of Wales Secondary School

1.0 FTE Continuing

Only applicants who are fully qualified will be considered for this position

At the VSB, we are proud to provide exceptional learning experiences for students. As a large, urban school district, the VSB is one of Canada’s most diverse school systems.

With deep gratitude and respect, we are honoured to be learning and unlearning on the ancestral and unceded lands of the x?m?θk??y? ?m (Musqueam), S?wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) & s?lilw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and learning and work to expand Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum and within our 107 schools and programs, where more than 50,000 students learn and grow.

Equity and inclusivity are at the forefront of our approach to education. More than 7,700 staff work to create learning environments where every student thrives by prioritizing students’ needs, applying evidence-informed practices and building relationships. The VSB’s culture reflects the diversity of our city. Students enrolled in the VSB come from varied backgrounds and lived experiences and are encouraged to explore and share their unique selves and gifts. Our commitment to students goes beyond academics. Students’ overall well-being and sense of belonging are equally important. We strive to build a school system where every student can be their authentic self and succeed throughout their learning journey. In doing this work, we champion equity and accountability by making evidence-based decisions. As a learning organization, humility is our guidepost as we seek to continually improve student outcomes in service to them, their families, and the broader community. Our work is guided by the VSB Education Plan and grounded in the embedded equity statement. For more information about our school district, visit

Position Details:

TREK Outdoor Education Program at Prince of Wales Secondary School is a District Program for Grade 10 students. The teachers assigned to the program team-teach 112 students. The TREK program includes a combination of outdoor activities, field studies (trips of 1-7 days in duration), and classroom-based academics.

TREK is a collaborative team-teaching environment. In addition to the qualifications below, the successful candidate will have a strong background in group dynamics and leadership development. In addition, a range of administrative skills, such as budget planning and financial management, are an asset for the TREK position. Due to the nature of the TREK program, gender will be a consideration.

As all teachers collaborate, integrate, and teach across subject areas, experience and/or qualifications and willingness to teach all subjects are necessary for this position. Preference will be given to the candidate who compliments the existing team regarding academic teaching background and the necessity for the TREK teaching team to cover all grade ten subjects. The subjects are grade ten English, Math, Socials Studies, Modern Languages, Science, Outdoor Education, PHE and CLE.

In addition to a resume, applicants must submit a detailed trip log. The trip log should include specific outdoor activity/location, number of trip days, and leadership capacity (personal, lead or assistant guide). Please include an outdoor certification section as part of this log. For example, CANSI, AST, ACMG, OCC, WFR, CSIA, Paddle Canada, AOG, etc.

This position has been deemed a 'full time' only position. There is no possibility of part time loads and all TREK teachers share field studies responsibilities (including over-night duties on the extended camping trips).


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor's Degree in Humanities/English and/or successful teaching experience in Secondary Social Studies and/or English is required

Experience teaching, and/or leading/guiding in the outdoors. This must include some of the following: Leading backcountry expeditions for youth, professional guiding and teaching outdoor skills (ocean kayaking, canoeing, cycle touring, back-country (telemark) skiing, rock climbing, leave no trace, map & compass, and trip planning/risk management)

Willingness and ability to be certified in Advanced Backcountry First Aid (or equivalent) and CPR-C

Willingness and ability to get a BC Class 2 driver's license

Membership in or eligible to become a member in the Teacher Regulation Branch

Registration with the Teacher Qualification Service

Your application must include the following documents:

Cover Letter

Resume (Teaching and Non-Teaching Work Experience)

Academic Transcripts

Reports/Evaluations (lesson observations/mid-term reports not accepted):

Recent Graduates-include Final Practicum Reports

Experienced Teachers-include Teaching Evaluation within the past 8 years

At least 3 Professional References-email and phone numbers

Recent Graduates: 1. Faculty Advisor 2. School Advisor(s) and 3. Your most recent employer. In addition, you may also include your Principal or Vice Principal

Experienced Teachers to include current Principal, Vice Principal and previous Administrator(s)

** We do not accept friends or teaching colleagues as references**

TRB (Teacher Regulation Branch) Status:

If your application is in process provide a screen shot of the application, including out outstanding documents

We do not notify unsuccessful applicants or respond to inquiries regarding the status of an application.

Applicants will be contacted directly if we are interested in moving forward or if an application requires additional information.


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*The VSB has been given approval from the Human Rights Tribunal for a Special Program under s. 42(3) of the Human Rights Code. Under this special program, the VSB seeks to preferentially hire Aboriginal persons to a variety of teaching positions. Therefore, each applicant may wish to provide, on a voluntary basis, information whether they self-identify as an Aboriginal person.


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