Adventure Graduate Assistant
The Campus Recreation mission is to enhance the quality of life of our unique members by educating and encouraging active participation in recreational opportunities that develop leadership skills, foster social interaction, and reinforce healthy behaviors.
The Adventure Program is comprised of 4 main areas: Outdoor Trips, Outdoor Equipment Rentals, Indoor Climbing, and Team Building. The Adventure program operates 14 – 20 outdoor trips to ISU students each year that range in duration from 5 hours to 8 days in length. Trip activities include: hiking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, outdoor climbing, and backpacking. The Adventure Program offers equipment rental to the ISU community at reasonable prices from sleeping bags to kayaks and everything in-between. The Team Building Program works with groups to develop skills in leadership, problem solving, decision making, communication, and more. A new High Ropes Course was just completed to expand the current programs. The Indoor Climbing Wall offers instructional and recreational climbing of the 47-foot high wall and 15-foot bouldering cave. Working under the Coordinator of Adventure Programs, the Adventure Graduate Assistant will play a significant role in the overall organization and administration of a comprehensive Adventure Program, focusing primarily on Outdoor Trips and the Equipment operations. Questions concerning this position may be directed to Rachel Iversen, Assistant Director of Adventure, firstname.lastname@example.org, (309) 438-8427.
Applicants must qualify for admission to the Illinois State University Graduate School. Learn more about applying at http://grad.illinoisstate.edu/admission/.
- To be considered for a graduate assistantship, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
- Eligible for appointment as per the requirements in the Graduate Assistant Handbook which can be found at http://hr.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/GA_Handbook.pdf.
- Must apply and be admitted to the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (KNR). Learn more about the KNR application process at http://kinrec.illinoisstate.edu/graduate/.
- All candidates should have an interest in recreation as a career, and pursue a graduate degree within the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Physical Education or related field preferred.
- Previous involvement with trip leading, rental center operations, climbing wall operations, and/or challenge course facilitation is preferred.
- Personal or professional experience in a variety of outdoor recreation activities such as: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor climbing, stand – up paddle boarding, camping, backpacking, orienteering, skiing, etc. is preferred.
- National certification or equivalent in one or more of the following: ACA Level 1 Instructor in Kayak Touring, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, or Canoeing; PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor, WMA Wilderness First Responder, or ACCT Level 2 facilitator.
- Possess and maintain a current Wilderness First Aid certification or willingness to obtain by time of start is required.
- Valid Driver's License and/or ability to obtain valid Driver's License is required.
- Possess and maintain a current American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification or willingness to obtain.
- Possess and maintain a current American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor Certification or willingness to obtain.
- Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, both verbal and written, are expected.
- This position requires someone who is willing to work in a team environment and provide and uphold our quality standards and values.
The Graduate Assistant will primarily manage Adventure day trips, and assist with Equipment Rental Operations. Specific duties include:
- Plan, and implement a variety of adventure trips.
- Instruct and train students on outdoor technical skills.
- Assist with hiring, supervision, training, and evaluation of student team members.
- Assist in the daily operation of the Redbird Adventure Center (Rental Center).
- Assist with inventory, inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair of outdoor equipment.
- Develop and implement program policies, procedures, and risk management plans.
- Maintain participant statistics and program cost analyses.
- Develop civic engagement activities that address leadership development, diversity, and community responsibility.
- Graduate Assistant schedule may include nights and weekends based on program needs.
- Collaborate with other Campus Recreation team members and assist with department events as needed.
- Serve as an instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid classes for Campus Recreation team members.
- Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by the department.
August 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019. Graduate Assistant is
expected to adhere to the University Administrative Calendar. Two year
assistantship available, pending satisfactory performance.
$1306/month for 9½ months, plus 12-month tuition fellowship for in-state and out-of-state students. Student is required to pay student fees.
April 1, 2018 or until position is filled.
Interested applicants must visit the Human Resources website at www.IllinoisState.edu/jobs to apply. Applicants must apply online to be considered. Any questions please contact Valerie Deal, Campus Recreation, email@example.com (309) 438-7058.