Ohio University (Athens Campus) is OPEN.

Seigfred Hall remains closed. Seigfred Hall classes/activities are canceled today (2/24) until ... More Information



Outdoor Pursuits is currently hiring

Closing date: January 20th  

Position despcriptoin and application details:


Position: Recreation Assistant/Trip Leader/Facilitator                  

Hourly Rate: $8.15/hour with opportunities for advancement


Job Description:

This position requires flexibility, professionalism, and a commitment to being a member of the Outdoor Pursuits team.  Outdoor Pursuits employees are required to work in all four of the program areas: Climbing Wall, Rental Center, Trips and Clinics, and Challenge Program

While at the climbing wall and service desk, Recreation Assistants are responsible for providing a high quality customer service experience for all patrons of the climbing wall and service desk, maintaining a safe environment through routine safety checks of equipment, constant monitoring of patrons' rigging and belay technique, providing a clean and organized program and service area, entering information into the participant database, and assisting patrons to better ensure a safe and fun climbing experience.  

Working in the rental center may include the responsibilities of: being knowledgeable of reservations, rentals, returns, and resale, monitoring inventory, and cleaning, repairing, and restocking of rental equipment.

Trip Leaders are responsible for leading eligible participants through adventurous outdoor activities and instructing outdoor clinics. They must participate in outdoor adventure trip and clinic planning and implementation while considering participant and group safety, experience, and interests. They ensure that all planning and implementation of trips are in accordance with Outdoor Pursuits policies and procedures.

Challenge Course Facilitators are responsible for everything related to the actual day of a challenge program event including: developing the activity schedule, set up of the course, and ensuring that the days’ events run smoothly and safely. Facilitators blend a combination of interpersonal skills, technical skills, and a desire to work with people to provide meaningful educational experiences to challenge program participants.



  • Must display good work ethic, dependability, motivation, and ability to work independently
  • Know and enforce all policies and procedures
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment for both staff and participants
  • Review and complete all necessary paperwork, and any paperwork created during shift
  • Participation and completion of all in-service training sessions and mandatory meetings
  • Effectively communicate with fellow staff, supervisors, Graduate Assistants, and Assistant Director of Outdoor Pursuits
  • Regularly check and respond to work-related emails
  • Respond to patrons' inquiries or concerns and refer them to Supervisor or Management Staff when needed
  • Completion of additional duties as assigned by the Supervisor and Management Staff
  • Work at least one Challenge Course group, one Rental Center shift, lead one Trip or Clinic, and work one wall shift per year

Area Specific Responsibilities:


Climbing Facilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of PBUS belay technique, GriGri 2 and ATC set up, and ability to instruct proper use of participant harnesses
  • Professional yet friendly interactions with all wall patrons
  • Constant monitoring of patrons belay technique and safety

Service Desk:

  • Fill out, file, and enter into the computer all paper work such as waivers and belaying certifications
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe environment for participants at Climbing Wall
  • Operate cash register and credit card machine for rentals and resale

Rental Center:

  • Knowledge of outdoor equipment and related activities
  • Ability to thoroughly clean and assess needed repair of equipment
  • Ability to maintain and clean and organized work space


Challenge Program:

  • Develop and facilitate learning-center challenge program experiences
  • Maintain a safe environment for both staff and participants
  • Complete all tasks associated with opening and closing the Outdoor Pursuits Challenge Course
  • Review and complete all necessary paperwork, e.g. daily checklists, incident reports, feedback forms


Trips & Clinics:

  • Oversee safety and welfare of outdoor adventure trip participants (often in remote settings)
  • Assist with all trip logistics and itinerary planning
  • Select activities based on participants’ skill level
  • Attend trip leader workshops and meetings
  • Complete trip evaluation and review sessions with Student Supervisor and Graduate Assistant as needed
  • Complete trip related paper work and equipment check out
  • Safely operate all university owned vehicles


Knowledge and Skills:

  • A commitment to excellence in customer services
  • A strong work ethic
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to educate patrons about Outdoor Pursuits and its offerings in a positive manner


Required Certifications: (Opportunities for certification offered during training)

  • First Aid / Adult CPR / AED
  • Belay Certified through Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits within 60 days of hire
  • Successful completion of Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits trainings


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Outdoor Pursuits Graduate Assistant Alex Hileman at hileman@ohio.edu