RPTR 293 Experiential Learning & Facilitation
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.
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 :
- May 21-26 (High Ropes - Mandatory)
- 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:
- Spring Semester – RPTR 326 (Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
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.