Our Commitment : We are committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .
Who we are
The mission of the Department of Recreational Sports is to provide quality programs, services and facilities to a diverse community. We encourage the lifelong pursuit of active healthy lifestyles, and enhance student development by providing leadership and employment opportunities. Our mission is to promote an active, healthy lifestyle to our customers. We believe that we must model this if we are to have an impact on our customers. We therefore value a balance in our physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional needs and are committed to balancing our work life with our personal life, always leaving time for recreation. We also believe that fun is a necessary ingredient in everything that we do. Remember to enjoy life…It is a GIFT!
What we want
Outdoor Adventures runs several trips every semester offered to the student and general public population. The Trip Leader is responsible for conducting all phases of the outdoor recreation activity including pre-trip, trip, and post-trip duties. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.
What you need to know
This is a part-time position.
COVID-19 information: The university monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible. Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.
Required Education and Experience:
- High School diploma or a combination of education and experience
- Experience leading and instructing groups of 4-16 people
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proficiency speaking and writing fluently in professional English
- Proficiency with computer programs
- Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, web browsers, point of sale, and inventory management and reservations.
- Utilize written and verbal directions to complete tasks independently
- Demonstrated ability to work with little to no supervision and with only basic guidance in preparation
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement a plan for a lesson or activity, including preparation and follow-up
- Demonstrated ability in the activity scheduled, including but not limited to hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, lead-climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, river kayaking, kayak rolls, and bike maintenance
- Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others
Required Licenses and Certifications:
- Current certifications in Wilderness First Aid (16 hour minimum) and CPR/AED
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or in pursuit of bachelor’s degree
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work with a diverse public
- Effective organizational ability
- Provide clear and productive feedback to peers and other staff
Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
- Current certification in Wilderness First Responder ACA Canoe/Kayak for water staff
- River Rescue for water certification
- PCIA or AMGA Climbing for rock staff
- Instruction - Provides sequential, progressive and effective skill instruction. Ensures that every participant has the opportunity throughout the activity to become more proficient at all program elements. Models the behaviors expected of the group. Ensures that the rationale behind all guidelines, expectations, and decisions are understood by the group. Mentors and trains assistant trip leader and trip interns.
- Group Management - Responsible for the safety and well-being of the group. Makes judgments commensurate with your ability and skill. Supervises according to the ability of the group. Facilitates quality customer service through safe and positive interactions with trip participants, park staff and co-leaders. Initiates and facilitates group participation.
- Risk Management - Ensures that the rationale behind all guidelines, expectations, and decisions are understood by the group. Gathers and prepares required documents for risk management and program effectiveness.
- Promotion - Promotes the trip and recruits participants, utilizing all appropriate avenues, in conjunction with other OA Staff.
- Meetings - Attends appropriate staff workshops and staff meetings. Completes job-related training required by Texas A&M University System and the Department of Recreational Sports.
- Other - Performs other duties as assigned.
Instructions to Applicants : Applications received must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
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