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Adventure WV Job Opportunities

Adventure WV offers various employment opportunities for students:
First-Year Trip Leader
Outdoor Recreation Center
Climbing Site Manager
Climbing Wall
Challenge Course and Aerial Event Facilitator
Zip-Line Canopy Tour Guide
Facilitation Specialist
Welcome Week Specialist

First-Year Trip Leader

Adventure WV runs First-Year Trips for over 1,000 incoming freshman students each summer. These trips help incoming students to develop strong friendships, adventure around the state, learn about WVU and engage in relevant discussions about their transition to college.

The application process for the 2019 season will begin in August of 2018. If the recruitment and training timeline do not meet your schedule, contact marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu for information on other positions within Adventure WV First-Year Trips.

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Outdoor Recreation Center

The Outdoor Rec Center is located within the Student Rec Center and offers guided trips, break trips and rentals. Students who are employed at the Student Rec Center may be responsible for trip logistics, rentals, leading guided trips or instructing roll sessions.  

To apply, complete the application below and a full-time staff member from the Outdoor Recreation Center will contact you. 

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Climbing Site Manager

The Adventure WV Climbing Site Manager works during the summer season to support the top-rope climbing trips for the First-Year Trips programs and Climbing Wall operations and special events at the WVU Student Recreation Center. This position provides part-time, up to 20 hours/week of work throughout the summer with varied hours and position responsibilities, along with the possibility of continuing work throughout the following academic year.

For position details, see below:

  • The position is an exciting opportunity to engage and work with a variety of climbing populations from incoming freshmen and current students at WVU, to introducing young adventurers to the climbing world at the wall. Site Managers will work in an engaging position with exciting opportunities for challenging work, alongside other outdoor professionals at Adventure WV. Site managers will develop/practice a wide range of skills, including technical climbing systems, leadership, collaboration, and education. More specifically, Climbing Site Managers will manage all aspects of the First-Year Trips climbing activities at Coopers Rock State Forest, Climbing Wall operations on-campus during open hours, Climbing Wall special events, route setting, and other potential climbing recreation trips and events.
  • Candidates qualifications include: Status as a current WVU student, the ability to work well in a group of co-instructors and interact professionally with a variety of client groups, sound judgment and decision-making skills, an awareness for risk management in an outdoor environment, and an ability to work varied hours outside of a normal workday (including evenings, weekends, and holidays). 
  • Preferred qualifications include: A background in climbing both indoor and outdoor, and a belay certification at the WVU Climbing Wall. 
  • As the Climbing Site Manager position is part-time/varied-hours work, it is possible to work this position and another position with Adventure WV during the 2019 Summer Season (for example, it is possible to be both a First-Year Trips Leader and a Climbing Site Manager for the 2019 Summer Season). 
  • Pay: Hourly base rate pay of $9.50/hour for a first-year Site Manager, with an increase commensurate to experience and trainings in addition to the base rate hourly pay. 
  • Applications for first consideration are due by Wednesday, Jan 22 at 4pm . You will be notified of the status of your application by Jan 24. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. 
  • Candidates must be available for the following training dates of training and work during the Spring Semester and early summer:
    • Friday April 12, 5-9:30pm

    • Saturday April 13, 9am-7pm

    • Friday April 26, 5-9:30pm

    • Saturday April 27, 9am-7pm

    • May 20-24, 9am-6pm daily

    • Summer commitment runs from May 20 through Welcome Week Aug 20

April 12 5 - 9:30 p.m. Introduction to job responsibilities, wall management, ATC belay, knots homework
April 13 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Review ATC belay and Wall management, Rescue scenarios intro, route setting
April 16 5 - 9:30 p.m. Review rescue scenarios, anchor building intro
April 17 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. All-day Coops site orientation, anchor building
May 20 - 22 All Days Final Training @ Coops: Anchor building and set-up, general site management, rescue review, climbing activity “flow”, coaching and teaching, managing groups
May 23 - 24 All Days WFA/CPR
May 31 AM TT – FC: Final check-offs for SM’s
June 5 All Day All Staff Day
June 7 - 20 TBD Alternate Weeks Trips: 2-4 days of work
June 25 All Day Quest 1 A+B
June 26 PM Quest 1 C
July 2 All Day Quest 2 A+B
July 3 PM Quest 2 C
July 6 PM Service 29
July 8 - 12 All Day Kids Camp (not for 2019 season)
July 13 PM Service 30
July 13 PM Transfer 34
July 23 All Day Quest 3 A+B
July 24 PM Quest 3 C
July 28 PM Scenic 31
August 4 PM Scenic 32
August 6 All Day Quest 4 A+B
August 7 PM Quest 4 C
August 13 PM Scenic 33 EMI
August 14 All Day Quest 5 A+B EMI
August 15 All Day Quest 5 C+D EMI
Wed, Thurs, Fri 4 - 8 p.m. all summer SRC Climbing Wall is open for roped climbing and/or special events
Sunday 3:30 - 8 p.m. On-call for Wall Special Events, plus other hours/days on request if needed


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For questions, please contact patricia.chan@mail.wvu.edu

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall General Staff: General Staff help create a welcoming presence while monitoring belays or administering the front desk. Belay monitors should be prepared to manage risk in an indoor climbing environment and coach clients in techniques among other duties. Front desk administrators should be prepared to offer quality customer service, distribute and track equipment, follow record keeping procedures at the climbing wall.

General Staff duties may include but are not exclusive to:

  • Enforcing policy and procedure
  • Administering belay tests
  • Belaying users
  • Managing risks in a vertical environment
  • Performing rescue procedures
  • Customer service
  • Inspecting equipment
  • Belay monitoring
  • Tracking and inventorying equipment
  • Front desk administration
  • Opening and closing facility

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a WVU belayer
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Demonstrated interest in climbing and/or the WVU community
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks requiring holding body weight
  • Ability to demonstrate required technical systems upon training
For position details, see below:  
Job Description: Climbing wall instructional staff are tasked with teaching and facilitating instructional programming at the WVU Climbing Wall. This primarily consists of belay classes, but may also include instruction on movement, anchor building, route cleaning, and rappelling, among other topics. Staff will be trained to teach specific content and work with the Climbing Wall GA and Program Coordinator in a mentor/mentee relationship to develop as leaders and instructors.

Instructional Staff duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Thorough understanding of relevant content
  • Organizing experience to provide reflection and learning
  • Public speaking
  • Facilitation and processing through directed questions and discussion
  • Observing student performance and providing feedback
  • Modelling technical skills
  • Tracking student records

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Must demonstrate an interest in teaching and group facilitation
  • Ability to demonstrate technical competency of subject matter
  • Must demonstrate adequate instructional skills upon training and mentoring
Job Description: Climbing wall special event managers serve to facilitate group activities at the wall. As groups contract the recreation center for climbing specific programming, special event managers will serve to direct and facilitate groups at the wall while also working with campus recreation belay staff. As such, climbing wall special event managers should be prepared to serve as a liaison between climbing wall operations, policies, and procedures and the campus recreation staff. Additionally, special event managers will be the point person for operations at the climbing wall during the event. Event managers will need a solid background in both operations as well as instructional skills, group management, and facilitation.   

Special Event Manager duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Managing risk in a vertical environment
  • Working with a variety in populations
  • Organizing experiences and facilitatng directed outcomes
  • Managing large groups effectively
  • Communicating needs effectively with Campus Recreation staff
  • Belay monitoring
  • Basic instruction (e.g. equipment use, climbing systems, movement coaching)
  • Record keeping and tracking
  • Enforcing WVU Climbing Wall policies and procedures
Job Requirements:
  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Must demonstrate an interest in teaching and group facilitation
  • Must demonstrate an ability to address and and organize large groups of people
  • Must demonstrate an ability to organize user experience and facilitate the experiential process
Job Description: Climbing wall route setters are responsible for the maintenance and turnover of bouldering and top rope routes at the climbing wall. Route setters should be prepared to set routes at a variety of difficulty levels as well as in a variety of different climbing styles. Additionally, route setters are responsible for much of the day to day maintenance at the wall (e.g. stripping the wall, washing holds, replacing spinners, threading t-nuts, and general maintenance as required). Additionally, many of the monthly inspection tasks are delegated to route setters.

Route Setter duties may include but are not exclusive to:
  • Developing new bouldering and top rope routes
  • Cleaning holds
  • Maintaining and inspecting equipment and facility
  • Record keeping of climbing routes
Job Requirements:
  • Must be a WVU Climbing Wall General Staff
  • Ability to demonstrate proper use of technical systems for ascension and lowering upon training
  • Ability to use basic hand tools and proper tools
  • Ability to climb at a variety of levels and styles
  • Comfortable working at height

We are no longer accepting applications for the upcoming Spring semester. Please check back in March about Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 job openings. Fill out the interest form below in the meantime to stay up to date.


Interest Form

Outdoor Education Center

The Outdoor Education Center is located in the University Research Forest and is home to the Canopy Tour Zipline and Challenge Course. There are various opportunities to obtain certifications and work with the WVU OEC. 

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, students will gain the opportunity to work as a facilitator 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 - offers a 3-credit Challenge Course Facilitation course, RPTR 325. This class will cover the many aspects of challenge course facilitation – focusing primarily on educational theory, experiential educational design and technical abilities needed to operate a challenge course. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fast growing field of challenge course facilitation.

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, allowing them to gain certification 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. Specifics skills pertaining to both dynamic and static systems will be covered. Prior experience with activities at height - rock climbing, challenge course - 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!

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

  • 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 functional knowledge of challenge course activities at 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. This course is very hands-on; practical training will prepare you to facilitate at a basic level. No previous experience is required. 

    For more details, dates, times and costs, contact the Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center at 304-293-5221 or wvuchallengecourse@mail.wvu.edu

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    Low Ropes Facilitation Training

    • 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! This course assumes no previous experience in the challenge course industry. 

    For more details, dates, times and costs, contact the Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center at 304-293-5221 or  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 - offers a 3-credit Canopy Tour Facilitation course. WVU is the first university to own and manage its own canopy tour and 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, 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 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.

    This course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification. Students may also have the opportunity to connect with regional tour operators and find work during the Boy Scout Jamboree located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV. The Boy Scout Jamboree is hosted every four years. 

    Students may take an optional certification exam at the conclusion of the course. 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

     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 the 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.

    Prior experience with activities at height - rock climbing, challenge course - is helpful, but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height and learn and practice in cold conditions! 

    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 facilitation. Lead incoming students on outdoor adventures during one of their first experiences 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 OEC Facilitation Specialist is a hybrid position of NSO Basecamp Leader and Outdoor Education Center Facilitator. This position is by application only. 
    View Our Sample Application Here.

    Questions? Contact 


    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

    • Become a part of the Adventure WV community and assist in offering programs to incoming freshmen during WVU’s Welc ome Week. 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.

    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 brett.hagerty@mail.wvu.edu

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