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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.

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WVU Outdoor Education Center Training and Positions:

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 Spring 2017 (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 Shannon Arbogast 304-293-7136 or email Shannon.Dey@mail.wvu.edu

High Ropes Training (May 21-26, 2018) 

  • 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: May 15-20. 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 wvuchallengecourse@mail.wvu.edu

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    Low Ropes Facilitation Training: May 29 & 30, 2018 

    • 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 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, is offering a 3 credit Canopy Tour Facilitation course for Spring 2018. 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 30mins 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

    2017 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 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 and work during 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree 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 6th – May 11th.

    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 between May 12-14th

    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 faciltiation. Lead incoming students on outdoor adventures during one of their first epxeriences as a WVU Student.

    Full Position Description: Facilitation Specialist

    For more information and TO APPLY, see below:

    RPTR 293 Experiential Learning & Facilitation

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    Course qualifies students for: Single Day & Overnight Program Facilitator

    Course Description and Applications Instructions

    The Adventure WV Program is seeking OEC Facilitation Specialists for Summer 2018.  The OEC Facilitation Specialist is a hybrid position of NSO Basecamp Leader and Outdoor Education Center Facilitator for the Spring and Summer 2018 seasons.  This position is by application only.  Accepted students will complete a training program during the Spring 2018 semester and during May of 2018 (see below for details).  Upon successful completion of training, staff will be employed from May 28th through August 14th, 2018. An option to extend this position into the fall and spring semesters will also exist.  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.

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    Training Requirements:

    ELF will run the last half of the spring semester. 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. The course will have multiple weekend training dates. These will be field based events.

    Outdoor Education Center On-Site Trainings :

    1. May 21-26 (High Ropes  - Mandatory)
    2. May 29-30 (Low Ropes – Mandatory)

    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:

    1. Spring Semester – RPTR 326 (Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

    Employment Details

    For the month of June, staff will be employed as NSO Basecamp staff and WVU Outdoor Education Center hourly staff. Multiple Basecamp programs will run throughout the month of June (as many as 8 programs).  Additional single day facilitation & maintenance work will also be available

    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.  Staff may request vacation time during these months.  Pay ra te is $9-10 per hour, depending on experience and certification level.

    Additionally, this course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification. This certification will permit students to become hourly Zip-Line Canopy Tour guides at the WVU Outdoor Education Center. This position will be in addition to the Facilitation Specialist position, and will result in additional work. 


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    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

    • Training Options TBA  
    • Become a part of the Adventure WV community and assist in offering programs to incoming freshmen during WVU’s Welc ome Week. Various training dates will be provided throughout the semester and summer months. 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 – which will occur August 11th-14th, 2018.

    Complete our interest form to learn more!

    Course Interest Form

    Questions?

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

    Brett Hagerty 304-293-5076 Email Bahagerty@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, complete our interest form and we'll be in touch!

    Interest Form

    Questions? Contact Coy Belknap at Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu – 304.293.7136

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