RPTR 293

Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center Facilitation Specialist

Application, Training, and Job Description—Spring/Summer 2017


Position Overview:

The Adventure WV Program is seeking OEC Facilitation Specialists for Summer 2017. The OEC Facilitation Specialist is a hybrid position of NSO Basecamp Leader and Outdoor Education Center Facilitator for the Spring and Summer 2017 seasons. This position is by application only. Accepted students will complete a training program during the Spring 2017 semester and during May of 2017 (see below for details). Upon successful completion of training, staff will be employed from June 4th through August 22nd, 2017. The nature of the work will vary from month to month (see below). All staff must commit to all parts of the training and employment.

Application Process:

  1. Interested students must complete the ONLINE APPLICATION. Applications will be due by Thursday, February 9th at 4pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants must provide their Spring 2017 academic schedules when applying. Applicants must be able to fit a 1-credit course into their Spring 2017 schedule. You can review a sample application HERE .
  2. Applicants will be notified whether they will be invited to interview for the position by 4pm on Friday, February 10th.
  3. Interviews will take place the week of February 13-16th.
  4. Invitations to train will go out no later than 4pm on Friday, February 17th.
  5. Students invited to train will be expected to register for RPTR 293: Experiential Leadership and Facilitation (ELF) (1 credit) no later than Friday, February 24th. A meeting time will be assigned based on trainees’ schedules.

Training Process:

  1. ELF will run for 7 weeks, from March 13th through April 28th. The course meeting time is TBA based on student academic schedules. The class is projected to meet once a week for a block of 3 hours.
  2. The course has two required weekends:
  3. A training weekend on April 8-9
  4. A work weekend on April 21-24 (working with two April NSO sessions)
  5. Outdoor Education Center On-Site Trainings:
  6. May 11-12 (Low Ropes, preferred date), or June 1-2
  7. May 14-19 (High Ropes)
  8. AWV also recommends staff obtain a Canopy Tour certification, although this is not required. To obtain this certification one of the following trainings may be completed:
    • Spring Break, March 6-11
    • May 6-12

Employment Details:

  1. For the month of June, staff will be employed as NSO Basecamp staff. NSO Basecamp is an extended version of the standards New Student Orientation, in which students come to the OEC for a day and overnight prior to their NSO experience. Students spend the day at the OEC getting to know each other and working through low and high ropes course elements. The evening has a structured discussion about both NSO and the first year at WVU. In the morning, students leave the OEC and arrive at NSO. NSO Basecamp staff facilitate the entire experience; low and high ropes, group facilitation, structured discussion, overnight, etc. NSO Basecamp staff stay at the OEC after students have departed to clean up and wrap up the program.
    • Pay rate is a stipend of $75 per day
    • There are 8 NSO Basecamp Sessions in June. Sessions run Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday for four weeks, starting June 4 and ending June 29. Each session equates to 1.5 days of work.
    • Staff will work a minimum of 6 and up to all 8 NSO Basecamp sessions.
  2. Staff will work CLASS overnight programs July 22-23 and July 19-30 at the $75 per day stipend.
  3. For the month of July and the first half of August, staff will work 10-20 hours per week at the Outdoor Education Center. Staff will be facilitating programs (low ropes and high ropes), working on the facility (general cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep), and completing other duties as assigned. Hours will be reduced when working CLASS programs. Staff may request vacation time during these months. Pay rate is $9-10 per hour, depending on experience and certification level.
  4. Staff will work full days at the Outdoor Education Center with Welcome Week, Sunday-Tuesday, August 20-22. Pay rate is $9-$10 per hour, depending on experience and certification level.

Optional Employment:

Staff who elect to become Canopy Tour Certified are eligible to work the work the BSA Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV from July 19-28. This work is not required. Students who elect this work will be excused from working the two CLASS Programs. Note that BSA Employment is through the WVU Research Corp and comes with a total additional stipend of $500.

Questions? Contact Marion McClure 304-293-8503 or email Marion.McClure@mail.wvu.edu