General Maintenance and Grounds Keeping Assistant – 2 positions

  • Under the supervision of a Retreat Centre Superintendent, be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of an outdoor retreat centre grounds to ensure a clean and safe environment.
  • Assist staff with ground and lawn maintenance, brush removal, and clearing culverts.
  • Assist in minor renovations including indoor and outdoor painting and repairs for buildings, minor demolitions projects if needed
  • Provide garbage removal services throughout the site by emptying receptacles into bins and transporting bins to the central waste collection area
  • Operate a variety of small gas-powered landscape tools to maintain landscaped spaces.
  • Assist in the set-up, monitoring, and clean-up of events.
  • Identify beautification and upgrades with your superintendent
  • Assist with a variety of other tasks around the retreat centre as needed
  • Collaborate with another groundskeeper and maintenance worker

This is an 8-week position, 35 hours a week starting June 6, 2022.



Must be a student 18–30 years old, enrolled to return to school or university in September 2022. Must be available on occasional weekends.

We are seeking a self-starter who enjoys physical work, being in the outdoors rain or shine, and is naturally handy or willing to learn new skills: painting, carpentry, grounds keeping, sign making, etc.

Please email cv and cover letter to: ltannis@yahoo.com by May 23, 2022, noon.


Marketing and Community Engagement Assistant: 1 position

Under the Supervision of our Retreat Centre Management Committee, supports marketing operations by compiling, formatting and reporting information and materials.

Supports B2B and new partnership engagement and community outreach including new and established contacts.

Develops and supports sales strategies, marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, and collecting and interpreting marketing analytics.

Assists in planning a Camp Saulaine 2023.

Develops and assists in creating alternative revenue generation strategies and events.

Supports sales presentations by assembling quotations, proposals, videos, slide shows, demonstration and product capability booklets; compiling account and competitor analyses.

Prepares mailers and brochures by formatting content and graphics; arranging printing and internet packages.

Maintains marketing library by checking and replenishing inventory.


We are looking for a collaborative, analytic and organized communicator who enjoys developing growth opportunities and community engagement in the not for profit sector. Microsoft Office skills, Excel, design of marketing materials and online meeting experience required. A marketing student would be preferred, but related experience will be considered. Latvian language would be an asset but not required.

This is an 8-week position, 35 hours a week starting June 6, 2022.

$16/hr. This position is 75% remote.

Please email cv and cover letter to: ltannis@yahoo.com by May 23, 2022, noon.


About our Retreat Centre

Address: #5813 20th Side Road, Essa, Utopia, Ontario  L0M 1TO

Saulaine, a Latvian word for “the sunlit place” Retreat Centre is located in Essa Township, 15 minutes from Barrie. Surrounded by the Nottawasaga River, meadows and forest, Saulaine provides a beautiful setting for retreats, weddings, family gatherings, adult workshops and children's camps. Our retreat centre serves and welcomes a broad and diverse community visiting and renting our facilities including the Latvian community which founded the centre.

We offer a riverside camping area that is a restorative place to stay for couples, families and groups. The Sunbarn is a heritage building and community space available for private weddings, retreats, concerts and other social events. Our Outdoor Chapel provides an intimate location in the shade of a giant maple tree, next to the pond. There is an outdoor altar and wood bench seating for your church service or special occasion.

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