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Adventure WV offers an array of training opportunities for both students and professionals in the experiential and aerial sports field. WVU partners with industry leaders to provide top quality and relevant training and certification opportunities to introduce you to the field, or continue your professional development. Seasonal and part-time positions are offered on an as-needed basis. Information on upcoming training opportunities and their subsequent positions can be found below.

Complete List of OEC Training and Classes - pdf

Non-WVU Training Opportunities: 

1. Practitioner Level 2 Training - Bonsai Designs - ACCT

Practitioner Level 2 Training - More details specific to 2021 training events will be shared soon. 

To learn more about this opportunity - please reference our previous training announcement below
Full Training Announcement:  Level 2 Training Information   

Practitioner Level 2 Training

  • The course will focus on skills for professionals that work on canopy tours, zip lines and challenge course/aerial adventure parks. Join us at WVU’s fabulous facility and become certified to take your industry skills to the next level.  Certification is valid for 3 years!
  • Deadline to register is March 1 so register now as space is limited!
  • Schedule :  TBD
    • Housing/meals will be the responsibility of the trainee - discounted on-site housing at WVU*
  • Objectives:
    • Cover technical, facilitation, an d emergency procedures content necessary for advanced operation of the activity
    • Provide theoretical and practical instruction to support scenario-based facilitation and technical rescue practice
    • Create advanced competencies that will complement a leadership position 
  • Prerequisites:
    • Must have Level 1 Practitioner Certification and/or be otherwise qualified
    • Must be qualified to work at-height
    • Must have a minimum of 200 hours of documented facilitation 
  • Cost: 
    • $1,000 
  • Discounts:
    • 20% discount - Challenge In (only attend Day 3)
    • 30% discount - WVU alumni & staff
    • 40% discount - Full-time students
  • Sign Up!
    • Portfolio and copy of certifications must be submitted by for pre-registration approval.
    • Contact Bonsai Design: Training and Operations - training@bonsai-design.com
    • 970-255-7393 ext 303

WVU Outdoor Education Center Training and Positions:

1. OEC Graduate Assistant

Assist Adventure WV and the Outdoor Education Center Management Team with the day to day and long term management of the OEC. Home to the WVU Challenge Course, WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour, Adventure Basecamp Overnight Facility and the Natural Resource Center, this multi faceted facility is home to hundreds of programs and thousands of participants each year. 

Full position description: OEC Graduate Assistant

 

Outdoor Education Center Grad Assistant

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 $18,000 per year (total stipend amounts are subject to change). 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, 2022 (depending on academic status, the GA may spend Summer 2022 working officially as a temp employee, and then transition to GA with the start of the Fall 2022 semester).  Tentative end date of mid-August, 2024.

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 Associate Director: 304-293-7136 or  Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu


2. 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, gain the opportunity to work as a facilitation 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, is offering a 3 credit Challenge Course Facilitation course for the Spring Semester. (RPTR 325). This class will cover the many aspects of challenge course facilitation – focusing primarily on education theory, experiential educational design and the technical abilities needed to operate a challenge course. Our goal is to introduce students to the fast growing field of challenge course facilitation – blending both educational theory and technical abilities.

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) – certifying them 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. Two Saturday classes are required (dates TBD), providing the opportunity to learn new skills and abilities. Specifics skills pertaining to both dynamic and static systems will be covered. Prior experience with activities at height (rock climbing, challenge course etc) 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!

Class meets Tuesdays 4:00pm to 6:50pm. During the first half of the semester, class will meet on campus (room 102 at the Student Rec Center). During the second part of the semester, class will meet at the Outdoor Education Center located at the University Research Forest near Coopers Rock. Transportation will be provided and will depart 30 mins prior to the start of class.

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 Chad Baker 304-293-7136 or email chad.baker2@mail.wvu.edu

         

High Ropes Training (Post Spring Semester) 

  • 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 a functional knowledge of belayed challenge course activities as it relates to 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 at the entry level. This course is very hands on and practical training which will prepare you to facilitate at a basic level on the WVU challenge course. No previous experience is required.

    Dates/Times: TBD. Class time: 8am-5pm.
    Location: WVU Outdoor Education Center (~20 mins from Morgantown) Daily transportation from Morgantown to the Outdoor Education Center is available.

    Cost:

    WVU Student/faculty/staff Training only – $245
    Non WVU Training only – $265
    WVU Student/Faculty/Staff Training and Certification Exam – $375
    Non WVU Training and Certification Exam – $395

    For more details contact Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center 304-293-5221 adventureoec@mail.wvu.edu

    Course Interest Form


 

    Low Ropes Facilitation Training: Date - TBA    

    • 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! It will be a fun – hands on experience. This course assumes no previous experience in the challenge course industry. While it does cover basics, it is also a helpful introduction to the WVU facility and operating procedures.

    For more details contact Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center 304-293-5221 adventureoec@mail.wvu.edu

    Course Interest Form


    3. 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, is offering a 3 credit Canopy Tour Facilitation course for Spring Semester. WVU is the first University to own and manage its own canopy tour and the first University to 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 or an internship as a canopy tour guide. Students successfully completing the course will be qualified to take an optional 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.

    Additionally, this course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification. Opportunities to connect with regional tour operators and work during  Boy Scout Jamboree (scheduled every 4 years) located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV will also be available .

    The course is organized as a lecture with some content taught online, and lots of hands on application. 1 full weekend field trip is required. Prior experience with activities at height (rock climbing, challenge course etc) is helpful but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height, learning and practice in cold conditions and physical challenge!

    Class meets Tuesdays 1:15pm to 3:50pm. During the first half of the semester, class will meet on campus, or via the web. During the second part of the semester, class will meet at the Outdoor Education Center located at the University Research Forest near Coopers Rock. Transportation will be provided and will depart 30 mins prior to the start of class.

    The optional certification exam will be held during the weekend following finals. 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

              

    Spring Break Week-long Training

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

    This condensed version of our spring semester class covers the essential skills needed in order to become a canopy tour guide. Offered during WVU's Spring Break, 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 and opportunities to connect with regional tour operators and work Boy Scout Jamborees located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV. Opportunities to work with WVU’s Outdoor Education Center and Canopy Tour also exist! .

    Prior experience with activities at height (rock climbing, challenge course etc) is helpful but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height, learning and practice in cold conditions and physical challenge! Class hours are 8am-5pm. Certification dates are TBD

    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

    Zip-Line Canopy Tour May Training

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

    This condensed version of our 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 and opportunities to connect with regional tour operators work Boy Scout Jamborees located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV. Opportunities to work with WVU’s Outdoor Education Center and Canopy Tour also exist! The training dates are May 11th – May 16th.

    Prior experience with activities at height (rock climbing, challenge course, etc.) is helpful but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height, learning and practice in cold conditions and physical challenge! Class hours are 8am-5pm. Certification dates will be held after the week-long training has concluded. 

    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


    Other Education & Training Opportunities

    WVU offers other academic courses which help prepare students for internships and employment in the field of Adventure Programming. To learn more, you can contact our office to speak to our staff!


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