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Adventure WV offers various employment opportunities for students:

Adventure WV Graduate Assistants
First-Year Trips Staff
Outdoor Recreation Center
Climbing Site Manager
Climbing Wall Staff
Outdoor Education Center
Challenge Course and Aerial Event Facilitator
Zip-Line Canopy Tour Guide
Facilitation Specialist
Welcome Week Specialist

Adventure WV Graduate Assistants

Adventure WV employs six graduate assistants (GA) to work alongside professional staff toward AWV initiatives, including guided trips, gear rental, 5-6 day first-year trips, challenge course and team-building programs, canopy tours, international abroad trips, leadership development courses, and more. Adventure WV graduate assistants serve in a professional capacity, working with specific programmatic areas on a 12-month schedule to assist in administration, training, programming, staff management, and other logistical support. Projects and responsibilities vary seasonally and by position.

AWV Graduate Assistants are hired on a rolling basis depending on availability of the position. See below for current opening announcements and full position descriptions for each assistantship. For general questions and inquiry, contact Tricia at  patricia.chan@mail.wvu.edu
All GA positions are currently filled. We will provide a link with position openings on a yearly basis- check back here in September 2021!

First-Year Trips Staff

The Adventure WV First-Year Trips (FYTs) program provides a variety of trips and programs for incoming first-year students in the summer before their first fall semester. These offerings vary from single-day programming to 5-6 day trips that travel and adventure all over the state and surrounding area. Student Staff are the core of our FYT programs; all trips and programs are lead from start to finish by student staff with the support of the AWV professional staff behind the scenes. FYT Student Staff are trained to provide meaningful and fun experiences to incoming students; allowing their groups to develop strong friendships, adventure around the state, learn about WVU, and engage in relevant discussions about their transition to college. 

Each fall Adventure WV hires 40-50 student staff to train throughout the Spring semester and work during the summer First-Year Trips season. Four different positions are available for students to apply and work: First-Year Trip Leaders, Program Support Staff, NSO Basecamp Trip Leaders, and Challenge Course Facilitators. Each position varies with exact job responsibilities, pay scale, and training requirements. A single application is available for all positions. Applications open each August and close each October, allowing applicants the chance to apply and interview by the time registration for Spring Semester courses begins. Training consists of a 3-credit course taken in the Spring Semester, followed by additional technical field-based trainings in the early summer. Staff are then able to work the full summer season with the First-Year Trip program. 

It's one of the best summer jobs around! Any current WVU undergraduate or graduate student is welcome to apply. No previous outdoor experience needed. You do not need to have attended a First-Year trip to apply. All are welcome! Click the button below to learn more details and to access the application. For questions, contact Marcedes.Minana@mail.wvu.edu.

First-Year Trip Staff applications are currently closed. If you are still interested in being involved with Adventure WV, there are three open enrollment courses where you could possibly work with us next summer (RPTR 325, 326 and 251). If you are interested in enrolling in any of the spring courses you should email the listed course instructor/contact. Click on the buttons below to see the opportunities available for training and working with FYTs for the 2021 season.

RPTR 325 RPTR 326 RPTR 251 

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.

Apply

Climbing Site Manager

The Adventure WV Climbing Site Managers work to support outdoor climbing operations for Adventure WV. This includes facilitating climbing experiences for First Year Trips, ORC climbing trips, internal WVU groups, external groups, and Welcome Week.

During the summer site managers can also expect to assist with climbing wall operations at the student rec center through open wall hours, special events, and youth programming. This position provides part-time, up to 20 hours/week of work throughout the summer with varied hours and position responsibilities, along with limited weekend work throughout the academic year.

Site managers will develop/practice a wide range of skills, including technical climbing systems, leadership, collaboration, and education. More specifically, Climbing Site Managers will manage all aspects of the First-Year Trips climbing activities at Coopers Rock State Forest, Climbing Wall operations on-campus during open hours, Climbing Wall special events, and other potential climbing recreation trips and events.

Qualifications include: Status as a current WVU student, the ability to work well in a group of co-instructors and interact professionally with a variety of client groups, sound judgment and decision-making skills, an awareness for risk management in an outdoor environment, and an ability to work varied hours outside of a normal workday (including evenings, weekends, and holidays).

Preferred qualifications include: A background in climbing both indoor and outdoor, and a belay certification at the WVU Climbing Wall.

As the Climbing Site Manager position is part-time/varied-hours work, it is possible to work this position and another position with Adventure WV during the 2021 Summer Season (for example, it is possible to be both a First-Year Trips Leader and a Climbing Site Manager for the 2021 Summer Season).

Pay: Hourly base rate pay of $9.50/hour for a first-year Site Manager, with an increase commensurate to experience and training in addition to the base rate hourly pay.

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For questions or more information please contact John Greene ( jhgreene@mail.wvu.edu )

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall General Staff: General Staff help create a welcoming presence while monitoring belays or administering the front desk. Belay monitors should be prepared to manage risk in an indoor climbing environment and coach clients in techniques among other duties. Front desk administrators should be prepared to offer quality customer service, distribute and track equipment, follow record keeping procedures at the climbing wall.

General Staff duties may include but are not exclusive to:

  • Enforcing policy and procedure
  • Administering belay tests
  • Belaying users
  • Managing risks in a vertical environment
  • Performing rescue procedures
  • Customer service
  • Inspecting equipment
  • Belay monitoring
  • Tracking and inventorying equipment
  • Front desk administration
  • Opening and closing facility

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a WVU belayer
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Demonstrated interest in climbing and/or the WVU community
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks requiring holding body weight
  • Ability to demonstrate required technical systems upon training
For position details, see below:
Job Description: Climbing wall instructional staff are tasked with teaching and facilitating instructional programming at the WVU Climbing Wall. This primarily consists of belay classes, but may also include instruction on movement, anchor building, route cleaning, and rappelling, among other topics. Staff will be trained to teach specific content and work with the Climbing Wall GA and Program Coordinator in a mentor/mentee relationship to develop as leaders and instructors.

Instructional Staff duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Thorough understanding of relevant content
  • Organizing experience to provide reflection and learning
  • Public speaking
  • Facilitation and processing through directed questions and discussion
  • Observing student performance and providing feedback
  • Modelling technical skills
  • Tracking student records

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Must demonstrate an interest in teaching and group facilitation
  • Ability to demonstrate technical competency of subject matter
  • Must demonstrate adequate instructional skills upon training and mentoring
Job Description: Climbing wall special event managers serve to facilitate group activities at the wall. As groups contract the recreation center for climbing specific programming, special event managers will serve to direct and facilitate groups at the wall while also working with campus recreation belay staff. As such, climbing wall special event managers should be prepared to serve as a liaison between climbing wall operations, policies, and procedures and the campus recreation staff. Additionally, special event managers will be the point person for operations at the climbing wall during the event. Event managers will need a solid background in both operations as well as instructional skills, group management, and facilitation.

Special Event Manager duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Managing risk in a vertical environment
  • Working with a variety in populations
  • Organizing experiences and facilitating directed outcomes
  • Managing large groups effectively
  • Communicating needs effectively with Campus Recreation staff
  • Belay monitoring
  • Basic instruction (e.g. equipment use, climbing systems, movement coaching)
  • Record keeping and tracking
  • Enforcing WVU Climbing Wall policies and procedures
Job Requirements:
  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Must demonstrate an interest in teaching and group facilitation
  • Must demonstrate an ability to address and and organize large groups of people
  • Must demonstrate an ability to organize user experience and facilitate the experiential process
Job Description: Climbing wall route setters are responsible for the maintenance and turnover of bouldering and top rope routes at the climbing wall. Route setters should be prepared to set routes at a variety of difficulty levels as well as in a variety of different climbing styles. Additionally, route setters are responsible for much of the day to day maintenance at the wall (e.g. stripping the wall, washing holds, replacing spinners, threading t-nuts, and general maintenance as required). Additionally, many of the monthly inspection tasks are delegated to route setters.

Route Setter duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Developing new bouldering and top rope routes
  • Cleaning holds
  • Maintaining and inspecting equipment and facility
  • Record keeping of climbing routes
Job Requirements:
  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Ability to demonstrate proper use of technical systems for ascension and lowering upon training
  • Ability to use basic hand tools and proper tools
  • Ability to climb at a variety of levels and styles
  • Comfortable working at height

We are no longer accepting applications for the upcoming Spring semester. Please check back in March about Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 job openings. Fill out the interest form below in the meantime to stay up to date.


Interest Form

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 Adventure Specialist 

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:  Aerial Adventure & High Rope Specialist 

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 Arbogast304-293-7136 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 facilitation. Lead incoming students on outdoor adventures during one of their first experiences as a WVU Student.

Full Position Description: Facilitation Specialist

For more information, see training option below:

RPTR 251 Leadership in Experiential Education

  • Course qualifies students for: Single Day & Overnight Program 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 Leadership in Experiential Education course RPTR 251 (Section 003) 

The Adventure WV Program is seeking OEC Facilitation Specialists for Summer 2021. The OEC Facilitation Specialist is a hybrid position of NSO Basecamp Leader and Outdoor Education Center Facilitator/Guide. Upon successful completion of training, interested trainees will work a variety of programs scheduled the WVU Outdoor Education Center. This position typically runs between May–November. Students can elect to extend their appointment into the spring and summer months if they so choose. Flexible scheduling allows students to work during fall and spring semesters throughout the academic year. The nature of the work will vary from month to month. All staff must commit to all parts of the training and employment.

Please review the above job description for additional details.

RPTR 251 is a restricted course. Students wishing to register for the course must email the course instructor, Shannon Arbogast ( Shannon.Dey@mail.wvu.edu), to  discuss your interest in the class and ensure that it is the right course for you.


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 Welcome 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.

Questions?

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

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