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Employment Opportunities

USU Challenge Course
A program of the
University Inn & Conference Center (UICC)
At Utah State University (USU)

Position Title: Ropes Challenge Facilitator (temporary summer employment)
Hours: 10-40 per week
Starting Salary: based on experience
Positions available: Varies each year, usually 4-8
Beginning Date: Early May, after USU graduation
Ending Date: End of August, with on-call opportunities September through April

Position Summary
The Challenge Course Facilitator works under the direction of the Challenge Course Coordinator to provide experiential learning for programs held on and off the USU Challenge Course. The position will facilitate corporate groups, youth groups, scout troops, sports teams, therapy groups, date nights, couples retreats, and family reunions. The team will be facilitating between 65 and 90 different groups each summer and approximately 3000 participants between May 1 and October 31. The Challenge Course Facilitator must use discretion and independent judgment as well as exceptional customer service in the performance of programs both on-site and off-site. The job requires working Monday - Friday and some weekends.

University Inn and Conference Center will arrange for the incumbent to attain required certifications including: Level I/II Facilitator Certification (through an accredited ACCT provider), food handler's permit, USU golf cart permit, USU driver training, and CPR/First Aid certifications following the hiring process. An FBI background check will be conducted on all finalists.


  1. Facilitate On-site Experiential Education Programs
    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Set up equipment at the USU Challenge Course
    • Welcome groups to course and present "safety" rules
    • Present “leaders guidelines and rulesâ€� to group leaders
    • Collect “Informed Consentâ€� forms, service agreements, and final payments on-site
    • Secure payments in locked money bag
    • Facilitate high initiative activities as needed
    • Facilitate low initiative activities as needed
    • Debrief group following each activity
    • Take down equipment
    • Complete rope logs after every event
    • Return all paperwork and payments collected from group to the Challenge Course Scheduling Coordinator
  2. Facilitate Off-site Experiential Education Programs
    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Facilitate group events located off-site (not at the USU Challenge Course)
    • Drive UICC or USU vehicles to the off-site location
    • Set up and take down activities and elements
    • Facilitate low initiative activities as needed
    • Debrief group following each activity
  3. Assist with Maintenance, Repairs and Building of Challenge Course and Supplies
    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Assist with maintenance and repairs of course
    • Conduct on-site inspections of course
    • Prepare and maintain team supplies
  4. Perform Office Duties
    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Coordinate group needs with Challenge Course Scheduling Coordinator
    • Contact group leader 1 week to 3 days prior to the event to discuss the group goals and objectives and what they hope to accomplish at the Course
    • Write a Program Plan for each group, as assigned, that meets the group goals and objectives
    • Complete the final Program Plan for each group according to the actual activities
    • Attend weekly team meetings
  5. Assist the Challenge Team and UICC Teams with other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Exceptional customer service abilities and outgoing personality.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Must be hard working, dependable, and prompt.
  • Excellent public oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in and remain pleasant in stressful situations.
  • Must be patient and positive, particularly while working with large groups in noisy conditions.
  • Requires the ability to lift 50 lbs and complete physically demanding tasks.
  • Must be able to work long hours outside in extreme heat or cold conditions.
  • Due to the physically demanding nature of this position, individuals with the following conditions are strongly encouraged NOT to apply: heart condition, back and/or neck problems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in experiential learning processes and/or working on a BA in PRP or PE.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have experience working with youth, ages 11 to 18.
  • Experience with low and high Challenge Course elements and experiential education facilitation.
  • ACCT Certification: Practitioner Level 1

Assistance is available if you need help with the application/hiring process. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 require that work eligibility be documented for all new employees. Please be prepared to verify eligibility for employment if hired at the University. AA/EOE

To Apply
Summer positions are posted through USU Career AGGIE at in late January orearly February each year. Review of applications usually begins February 15. We will contact you if we are interested in scheduling an interview.

Candidates must submit all of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names of three work-related references
  • Letter describing WHY you wish to work for the Challenge course for the summer.

Candidates may submit their application in one of 3 ways:

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