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Adventure WV offers various employment opportunities for students:
FYT Graduate Assistant 
First-Year Trip Leader 
Outdoor Recreation Center  Facilitation Specialist 
Welcome Week Specialist

First Year Trips Graduate Assistant

The Adventure WV First Year Trips (AWVFYT) Graduate Assistant (GA) will assist the Associate Director and Program Coordinators in the management of various Adventure WV First Year Trips initiative.  The AWVFYT program is WVU’s Outdoor Orientation Program.  The Graduate Assistant works during the off-season (school year) managing various projects that contribute to successful summer programming.  During the summer season, he/she actively contributes to programming.  Off season projects include, but are not limited to: academic course management and grading, coordination of short-term programs, data compilation and analysis, service project coordination, scheduling and reservations for programs, risk management system preparation, tracking of staff credentials, and other areas of program support.  Summer duties include, but are not limited to: leading multi-day training trips for student leaders, serving as an on-site coordinator for select programs, supervising leaders working in the field, emergency response, and logistics (food, equipment, transportation).  In conjunction with FYT responsibilities, the GA may be asked to fulfill responsibilities associated with the Adventure WV program as needed, such as administrative support, challenge course support, and expedition program leadership.  Finally, the GA is part of the Adventure WV management team, and is expected to attend and engage in periodic staff meetings and and retreats, as his/her academic schedule allows.

Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree.  Accepted and enrolled in a WVU graduate program.  Experience in outdoor and experiential education.  Experience in outdoor trip leadership, group facilitation, risk management, and staff supervision.  Excellent communication skills.  The Graduate Assistant must possess CPR and a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification; preference will be given to candidates who already possess these certifications.

Compensation: A 12 month graduate assistantship with a stipend totaling $18,000 per year.  In addition to the stipend, a full tuition waiver and health insurance are included. Additional fees apply.

Starting Date: Highly preferred start date of May/June, 2019 (depending on academic status, the GA may spend Summer 2019 working officially as a temp employee, and then transition to GA with the start of the Fall 2019 semester).  Tentative end date of mid-August, 2021.

Application Process:  Submit cover letter, resume, and references to Attn: Marion Holmes , Adventure WV Associate Director, WVU Student Recreation Center, 2001 Rec. Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506 or via email marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu

Contact: Marion Holmes, Adventure WV Associate Director: 304-293-8503 or

marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu

First-Year Trip Leader

Adventure WV runs First-Year Trips for over 1,000 incoming freshman students each summer. These trips help incoming students to develop strong friendships, adventure around the state, learn about WVU and engage in relevant discussions about their transition to college.

The application process for the 2019 season will begin in August of 2018. If the recruitment and training timeline do not meet your schedule, contact marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu for information on other positions within Adventure WV First-Year Trips.

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Outdoor Recreation Center

The Outdoor Rec Center is located within the Student Rec Center and offers guided trips, break trips and rentals. Students who are employed at the Student Rec Center may be responsible for trip logistics, rentals, leading guided trips or instructing roll sessions.  

To apply, complete the application below and a full-time staff member from the Outdoor Recreation Center will contact you. 

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Climbing Wall

Climbing wall staff monitor the wall, set routes and instruct classes and workshops. 

To apply, complete the application below and a full-time staff member from the Climbing Wall will contact you. 

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Outdoor Education Center

The Outdoor Education Center is located in the University Research Forest and is home to the Canopy Tour Zipline and Challenge Course. There are various opportunities to obtain certifications and work with the WVU OEC. 

Challenge Course & Aerial Event Facilitator

Receive training in the essential skills of a challenge course facilitator and become familiar with static and dynamic ropes course operating systems. Learn concepts of experiential education and facilitation techniques. After successful completion of training, students will gain the opportunity to work as a facilitator with the WVU Outdoor Education Center

Full position description: Challenge Course & Aerial Event Facilitator

Select from one of our 3 training options below:

RPTR 325 Challenge Course Facilitation

  • Course Qualifies Students for: Single Day Challenge Course Facilitator
  • Participation in this class does not guarantee employment, nor do students need to be seeking employment to participate.

Course Description and Enrollment Instructions

Adventure WV - in partnership with the WVU Davis College of Natural Resources and Design - offers a 3-credit Challenge Course Facilitation course, RPTR 325. This class will cover the many aspects of challenge course facilitation – focusing primarily on educational theory, experiential educational design and technical abilities needed to operate a challenge course. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fast growing field of challenge course facilitation.

This course is designed to train WVU students who plan to seek employment, obtain an internship or simply gain experience as a challenge course facilitator. Students successfully completing the course are qualified to take a certification exam offered by Alpine Towers, WVU’s Challenge Course contractor, allowing them to gain certification as a Level 1 facilitator through ACCT. This is a system specific certification that would be recognized at locations around the US, as well as a variety of local courses.

This class will utilize a blend of lecture and field-based classes, allowing hands-on involvement. Specifics skills pertaining to both dynamic and static systems will be covered. Prior experience with activities at height - rock climbing, challenge course - is helpful, but not required. Participants must be willing to learn and practice in cold conditions, engage in hands on learning, work at height and enjoy a physical challenge!

The optional certification exam will be held upon the completion of the spring semester. Students wishing to take the certification exam will need to commit and pay for the exam in advance.

Questions? Contact Shannon Arbogast 304-293-7136 or email Shannon.Dey@mail.wvu.edu

High Ropes Training 

  • Course Qualifies Students for: Single Day Challenge Course Facilitator
  • Participation in this class does not guarantee employment, nor do students need to be seeking employment to participate.

Course Description and Enrollment Instructions

    The focus of this training is to provide participants with functional knowledge of challenge course activities at the  WVU Challenge Course. This training covers the curriculum designated by the Association for Challenge Course Technology for Level 1 site specific High Activities Only and offers the opportunity to become certified. This course is very hands-on; practical training will prepare you to facilitate at a basic level. No previous experience is required. 

    For more details, dates, times and costs, contact the Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center at 304-293-5221 or wvuchallengecourse@mail.wvu.edu

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    Low Ropes Facilitation Training

    • Course Qualifies Students for:   Single Day Low Ropes Facilitator
    • Participation in this class does not guarantee employment, nor do students need to be seeking employment to participate.

    This training covers the curriculum designated by the Association for Challenge Course Technology “site specific” level 1 practitioner certification standard for spotted activities only. This training does not include certification. It will cover basic facilitation, spotting, operating procedures and risk management. This training is a perfect introduction into challenge course facilitation! This course assumes no previous experience in the challenge course industry. 

    For more details, dates, times and costs, contact the Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center at 304-293-5221 or  wvuchallengecourse@mail.wvu.edu

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    Zip-Line Canopy Tour Guide

    Learn the essential skills of a canopy tour guide and earn a widely recognized ACCT Level 1 canopy tour guide certification.

    Full Position Description: Zip-Line Canopy Tour Guide

    Select from one of our training options below:

    RPTR 326 Canopy Tour Facilitation

    • Course qualifies students for: Single Day Canopy Tour Guide
    • Participation in this class does not guarantee employment, nor do students need to be seeking employment to participate.

    Course Description and Enrollment Instructions
    Adventure WV - in partnership with the WVU Davis College of Natural Resources and Design - offers a 3-credit Canopy Tour Facilitation course. WVU is the first university to own and manage its own canopy tour and offer a Canopy Tour Guide Certification Class. Our goal is to train high-quality guides to supply a need within a fast growing aspect of the adventure industry.

    This course is designed to train WVU students who plan to seek employment, obtain an internship or simply gain experience as a challenge course facilitator. Students successfully completing the course are qualified to take a certification exam offered by Bonsai Designs Inc, WVU’s Canopy Tour contractor. This is a system specific certification that would be recognized at locations around the US, as well as a variety of local courses.

    This course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification. Students may also have the opportunity to connect with regional tour operators and find work during the Boy Scout Jamboree located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV. The Boy Scout Jamboree is hosted every four years. 

    Students may take an optional certification exam at the conclusion of the course. Students wishing to take the certification exam will need to commit and pay for the exam in advance. 

    RPTR 326 is a restricted course. Students wishing to register for the course must complete the course interest form. The course instructor, Coy Belknap, will contact you to discuss your interest in the class and ensure that it is the right course for you.

    Course Interest Form

    Questions? Contact Coy Belknap 304-293-7136 or email Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu

     Zip-Line Canopy Tour May Training

    • Course qualifies students for: Single Day Canopy Tour Guide 
    • Participation in this class does not guarantee employment, nor do students need to be seeking employment to participate.

    This condensed version of the spring semester class covers the essential skills needed in order to become a canopy tour guide. Offered after WVU’s Spring Semester is over, this training is held over a 6-day period at the WVU Outdoor Education Center. This course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification.

    Prior experience with activities at height - rock climbing, challenge course - is helpful, but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height and learn and practice in cold conditions! 

    To enroll:

    Participants wishing to register for the course must first complete the course interest form. The course instructor, Coy Belknap, will contact you to discuss your interest in the class and ensure that it is the right course for you.

    Course Interest Form

    Questions? Contact Coy Belknap 304-293-7136 or email Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu


    Facilitation Specialist

    Become a leader for single day and overnight programs at the WVU Outdoor Education Center. Learn the basics of experiential learning and program faciltiation. Lead incoming students on outdoor adventures during one of their first epxeriences as a WVU Student.

    Full Position Description: Facilitation Specialist

    For more information and TO APPLY, see below:

    RPTR 293 Experiential Learning & Facilitation

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    Course qualifies students for: Single Day & Overnight Program Facilitator

    Course Description and Applications Instructions

    The OEC Facilitation Specialist is a hybrid position of NSO Basecamp Leader and Outdoor Education Center Facilitator. This position is by application only.  

    View our Sample Application 

    Questions? Contact 


    Welcome Week Specialist

    Become part of the Adventure WV community and assist with programs for incoming freshmen during WVU's Welcome Week.

    For more information or to submit and interest form, see below:

    Welcome Week Summer Training Opportunities

    • Become a part of the Adventure WV community and assist in offering programs to incoming freshmen during WVU’s Welc ome Week. Training will include introductory group facilitation skills, program logistic support, activity specific technical skills and experiential program delivery. These offers will focus on preparing students to assist during WVU’s Welcome Week.

    Complete our interest form to learn more!

    Course Interest Form

    Questions?

    Coy Belknap 304-293-7136 Email Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu

    Brett Hagerty 304-293-5076 Email Bahagerty@mail.wvu.edu

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