Outdoor Education Guide

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, August 5, 2022, 12:00am



Morgantown, WV
United States


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Science Adventure School is an adventure-based, outdoor science school dedicated to empowering and educating West Virginia’s youth. We integrate adventure sports-driven STEM curriculum with a hands-on, engaging environmental curriculum. We are a mission driven organization that works primarily with rural, low-income, public school students and their teachers to offer high quality, life changing outdoor experience.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Outdoor Education Guides will be expected to:

  • Work in pairs to lead groups of 12-15 students. Each group will also have one public school teacher and one mentor student during some weeks.
  • Safely manage their groups to mitigate the emotional and physical risks during adventure activities (zip-lining, rock climbing, archery, etc.) as well as facilitated experiential activities (low ropes courses, initiatives, discussions).
  • Be high-energy, outgoing, and responsible for engaging students in activities throughout the week.
  • Facilitate daily processing activities and discussions.
  • Lead games, low ropes course activities, and portable initiatives throughout the week.
  • Take initiative to help groups manage time, risk, travel around the site, and perform any other duties or assistance to students, teachers, or other staff to insure success of the program. You and your partner will serve as your one group’s guide for four days.
  • Maintain positive attitude, professional language, well kept appearance, appropriate and professional behavior, and a willingness to take initiative.
  • Assist with other camp duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

The applicant must, at a minimum, have the following experience/qualification:

  •  Post-secondary education and/or equivalent experience.
  • Be comfortable and physically able to thrive in an outdoor/camp setting.
  • The ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Good risk management, communication, time-management, group management, and decision-making skills. These are a must!
  • Outgoing and friendly personality with the ability to connect and communicate effectively with youth.
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds and participate in moderate physical activity including but not limited to climbing, hiking, and camping.
  • Ability to work irregular and long hours during the programming days (Tuesday-Friday)

Preferred Qualifications:

The following qualifications are preferred, but are not mandatory:

  • One-year experience working as an outdoor or experiential educator
  • Hold a First Aid, WFA, or WFR and CPR certification
  • Experience with youth and/or ESTEM schools and camps
  • Experience/familiarity with belaying/rappelling/rock climbing

Position Start Date:

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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How to Apply:

If you are interested in working for SAS, you can fill out our application form here: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em4nbrWO203lhmB.

If you have questions, please feel welcome to email SAS@mail.wvu.edu. Well qualified applicants can expect to hear back from our team within seven days of application submission. We're excited to receive your application!

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive per diem starting at $100/day and up to $160/day
  • Additional pay will be allotted as per SAS pay matrix with increases for education, experience, and/or relevant certifications.
  • Shared lodging in the form of sturdy tents, yurts, and/or cabins will be provided for the duration of contract (including weekends and off-days). All locations have running water and showers
  • All meals will be provided Monday-Friday, and accommodations for food preparations will be available on weekends.
  • All professional training will be paid and provided for free.