The Summer Kayak Center and Outdoor Adventure Internship/Practicum program is designed to enhance students’ academic education with hands-on experience as part of a university recreation program. The Kayak Center and Outdoor Adventure internship may correlate best with recreation related academic programs (such as outdoor recreation, parks and recreation management, leisure studies, and outdoor leadership) however all students passionate about teaching kayaking are welcome to apply.
Intern’s primary responsibilities will be with our summer Kayak Center. Our Kayak Center operates out of the Bellegarde Boathouse, located on the shores of the Merrimack River. Kayak Center offerings include hourly and daily kayak, canoe and SUP rentals, group tours, ACA kayak instruction for adults, teens and youth. Kayak center is open 7 days a week from late May to Early September. Secondary responsibilities include working for the Outdoor Adventure Program and Bike Shop. The Outdoor Adventure Program offers a variety of trips for UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff. Trips include day hiking, river and ocean paddling, rock climbing, bicycling and backpacking trips ranging all over New England and beyond. The Bike Shop offers bicycle repairs, new and used bicycle sales, do it yourself shop time, and parts as well as serves the Freewheelers bike share program providing logistics and maintenance for a fleet of free daily rental bicycles to five locations across campus.
Daily Kayak Center programming and operations
Outdoor Adventure Program logistics and trip leadership
Assist with program planning, marketing, implementation, administration, and evaluation
Leadership, instruction and group management with peers, adults, teens and children
Serve a diverse customer base of students, faculty, staff and community members
Be a current college student in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
General knowledge of recreation policies and procedures, and the ability to work effectively in a university setting
Ability to work independently, think critically and problem solve, manage risk and exercise sound judgement
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Leadership experience working with groups, children or adolescents preferred
Complete ACA River Kayak Instructor Course Levels I-II (offered with employment)
Current First Aid/CPR/AED required (will train), Wilderness Frist Aid Certification or higher preferred
Valid drivers’ license and ability to safely operate 12 passenger van with a kayak trailer required
Additional Salary Information: •$250 per week stipend.
•University apartment style housing provided for the duration of employment.
•Academic Credit when applicable.
•Access to outdoor trips and equipment.
•Interns should be flexible and expect to work an average of 30 hours each week 5 days/week, between 6-10 hours/day.
Employment will run from May 22 to the end of August/beginning of September. End dates may vary slightly based on the needs of the intern.
•Interns must attend staff training in Lowell May 22-24. ACA L2 Course Provided May 28-30. Housing access and move in will be available May 20 and 21.
Email resume and cover letter in PDF format to Kevin Soleil Assistant Director of Outdoor and Bicycle Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will remain open until filled.
About UMass Lowell Campus Recreation
UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable, high-quality education. Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.