West Virginia University – Adventure West Virginia Program
Graduate Assistant – WVU Outdoor Education Center
Job Description: The Adventure WV and WVU Outdoor Education Center (WVU OEC) Graduate Assistant (GA) will assist the Assistant Director and Program Coordinator in the management of various Adventure WV and WVU Outdoor Education Center programs, facilities and services. The Graduate Assistant works during the off-season (school year) managing various projects that contribute to successful summer programming and actively contributes to programming during the summer season. Off season projects include, but are not limited to: Fall and spring semester class teaching and grading, data compilation and analysis, staff retraining sessions, site maintenance and inspection and other areas of program support. Summer duties include, but are not limited to: leading multi-day training programs for student leaders, serving as an on-site coordinator for select programs, supervising leaders working in the field, emergency response, and program logistics (scheduling, staffing and customer service procedures). In conjunction with WVU OEC responsibilities, the GA may be asked to fulfill responsibilities associated with the Adventure WV program as needed, such as administrative support or Adventure WV Orientation Trip and Outdoor Rec Center support. Finally, the GA is part of the Adventure WV management team, and is expected to attend and engage in periodic staff meetings and occasional full and multi-day staff retreats.
Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree. Accepted and enrolled in a WVU graduate program. Experience in challenge course and zip-line canopy tour operations and facilitation. Experience in outdoor trip leadership, group facilitation, risk management, and staff supervision. Excellent communication skills. Graduate Assistants must possess CPR and a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification; preference will be given to candidates who already possess these certifications. Graduate Assistants must also possess or be willing to obtain certifications in both challenge course and zip-line canopy tour operations through pre-identified vendors. Preference will be given to candidates who already possess these certifications.
Compensation: A 12 month graduate assistantship with a stipend totaling $16,533 per year. In addition to the stipend, a full tuition waiver and health insurance are included. Additional fees apply.
Starting Date: August 23, 2017 (tentative). The Assistantship is a 2 year appointment ending mid-August, 2018 (exact date TBD pending WVU academic calendar).
Application Process: Submit cover letter, resume, and references to Attn: Coy Belknap , Adventure WV Assistant Director, WVU Student Recreation Center, 2001 Rec. Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506 or via email Coy.Belkanp@mail.wvu.edu
Contact: Coy Belknap, Adventure WV Assistant Director: 304-293-7136 or Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu