The Outdoor Pursuits (OP) program at Fort Lewis College is accepting applications for a Permitting and Programming Coordinator. The position is a 12-month, full-time, salaried exempt staff position. The Permitting and Programming Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director of Recreational Services—Outdoor Pursuits. The Outdoor Pursuits program is a part of the Recreational Services Department of the Division of Student Affairs.
Outdoor Pursuits is a student funded recreational program that has been on the campus since 1977. The Outdoor Pursuits program leads weekly trips, operates an equipment use program, manages a climbing wall, and a ski/bike shop. Outdoor Pursuits is housed in the Student Life Center, an award winning, state-of-the-art recreation facility. Outdoor Pursuits has over 800 student members, and the program is an integral part in Fort Lewis College’s commitment to student life.
The Permitting & Programming Coordinator works directly with students via instructing, advising, and assisting them in the pursuit of outdoor recreation experiences. Primary responsibilities include overseeing all operational logistics for all trips and activities, as well as, developing and implementing all such programming. Additionally, this position serves as the college administrator for all federal, state, and local permits.
This position must be able to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and nights.
Bachelor’s degree and two years of demonstrated professional experience in related outdoor programming.
Outdoor skills and experiences with the ability to instruct in at least four of the following activities: Rafting, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking/Backpacking, Backcountry Skiing/Boarding, Rock/Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Wilderness Medicine, Avalanche Education. This experience should be in environments similar to the Four-Corners region (i.e.: mountains, high desert, canyons, and whitewater rivers).
Experience and understanding of the federal permitting process common to both non-profit and commercial entities.
Experience with the design and facilitation of programs and trainings common to outdoor skill activities and outdoor leadership.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook.
Current Wilderness First Responder certification.
Current CPR certification.
A driving record that will qualify for a State of Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (Class B with air brake and P2 endorsements).
Work experience with a college/university outdoor program, commercial guide or outfitter, or work with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, or similar.
Purchasing and procurement experience in the outdoor industry.
Repair and maintenance of outdoor equipment including ski/board tuning, bike repair, and sewing skills.
Knowledge of the outdoor recreational opportunities in the Four-Corners region.
Knowledge of and experience teaching Leave-No-Trace ethics.
Retail and/or rental operational experience.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
Effective communication skills including listening, speaking, and writing.
Ability to work collegially and effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators at all levels.
Work with the Assistant Director of Recreational Services and the Coordinator of Operations to manage the Outdoor Pursuits program.
Lead, instruct and assist with development of all OP trips and activities. Trips include, but are not limited to rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, backcountry skiing/riding, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Clinic topics include, but are not limited to avalanche education, climbing instruction, river rescue, and kayak instruction. There are 20 to 40 trips and clinics offered per year. Perform reconnaissance of new trip venues.
Assist with the operational logistics of OP trips and the equipment use program
Maintain bulk food and consumable supplies (i.e. stove fuel)
Oversee the purchase of food for trips.
Check equipment out/in from trips
Prepare all trip related administrative paperwork
Maintain, resupply and repair first aid kits
Assist with vehicle shuttles for trips and on occasion be available for field evacuations
Manage professional ordering and vendor relationships for OP
Maintain logistics facilities (i.e. OP equipment storage areas, river lockers, food room, etc.)
Act as the liaison between Fort Lewis College and federal, state and local agencies and individual entities in order to acquire and maintain legal access and permits on public and private land and river corridors. Be current on federal, state and local agencies’ and individual entities’ land and river corridor regulations and cultural and natural resource protection.
Identifies and inventories all land and river permit use and need for all Fort Lewis College entities including, but not limited to, Outdoor Pursuits, Adventure Education and all other academic departments and campus programmatic use.
Develop and maintain positive relationships with the land and river managers.
Prepare and submit permit applications and operating plans to various land management agencies.
Prepare and submit annual use reports to land management agencies.
Communicate proposed land and river use to land management agencies.
Ensure prompt payment of all permits and use fees.
Maintain current databases on all permits, including required certifications for staff operating within an agencies’ jurisdiction. (WFR, CPR, Utah Boatman’s License, etc.)
Disseminate information and educates all FLC staff, faculty and students that utilize public and private lands and river corridors on issues, laws and regulations regarding permitting, access and good stewardship practices.
Assist with the development of all program risk management, safety standards and the production of internal documentation and manuals.
Assist with the daily operations of the Outdoor Center including management and supervision of all student staff and the OP internship position.
Maintain, at minimum, current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
Maintain, at minimum, a current State of Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (Class B with air brake and P2 endorsements). Pursuant to this requirement, the employee is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing per Fort Lewis College Business Policies 4-12 and 4-14.
Other duties as assigned.
Salary is $44,000-$46,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package. This is a full-time, 12-month exempt staff position.
A complete application packet includes:
Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position
Statement of outdoor experiences
Names and contact information for three current, professional references
Application materials received by May 13, 2018 will receive full consideration.
Position will remain open until filled.
The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,
and pass a background check.
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, or veteran status. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff.
Additional Salary Information: Plus a comprehensive benefits package.
About Fort Lewis College
Location: Durango, Colorado
Campus elevation: 6,872 feet
Year founded: 1911
Undergraduate education: Our sole focus
Educational tradition: Liberal arts (the arts befitting a free people)
Vision: We strive to be the finest public liberal arts college in the Western United States.
Mission: Fort Lewis College offers accessible, high quality, baccalaureate liberal arts education to a diverse student population, preparing citizens for the common good in an increasingly complex world.
College accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program accreditations: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Chemical Society, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, National Association of Schools of Music
Number of majors, minors, certificates, & special academic programs: 96
Most popular majors for 06-07 graduates: Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Exercise Science, English, Psychology
Number of students: 3,907 in Fall 2006
Number of student clubs and organizations: 70
N...CAA Division: II
Varsity sports: Basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball
Club sports: Baseball, cycling, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, wrestling