We are looking for an adventurous, motivated person to fill the position of Outdoor Adventures Graduate Teaching Assistant. The mission of Outdoor Adventures is to foster personal growth and a spirit of adventure for the UAF community through education, experience and accessibility in the wilderness of Alaska and right here on campus. Outdoor Adventures has several main components including: a student trips program, a variety of outdoor leadership and hard skills courses, and a large fleet of rental equipment. We also manage an indoor rock wall and an outdoor rock and ice climbing tower.
This position will assist with the planning, marketing, implementation, evaluation and general management of the Outdoor Adventures trips program during the academic year. This position will also take the lead in the planning, marketing, and implementation of the wilderness orientation program at the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, the GA will also assist with all aspects of the Outdoor Adventures program such as class offerings, equipment rentals and the climbing walls. During the summer months the Graduate Assistant will work with the Assistant Coordinator for Education to help teach classes, and to run the five week Backcountry Leadership Training Program. The GA will also help to run several educational recreation adventure camps that are put on throughout the summer. The Graduate Assistant will also assist in the development, marketing, coordination and evaluation of special programs and special events that enhance the recreational experiences of Outdoor Adventures participants. This position will identify and assist in collaborative department programing efforts. Additional duties as assigned.
When applying to this position, please include a cover letter (your letter of interest and application materials should specifically address the qualifications indicated in this position announcement), resume, outdoor skills resume, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at: http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/.
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Required: Risk management experience with high perceived risk. Must be able to flex a work schedule as needed to accommodate for classes, weather, and going out in the field as well as working in the office. Weekend and evening work is required, short notice possible. Many hours spent outside in cold environments requiring the ability to stay warm using a personal clothing system. Ability to: adapt to changes in workload; work with limited supervision and in cooperation with other employees; handle difficult and stressful situations with diplomacy and finesse; enforce state laws and University policy.
Preferred: Wilderness First Responder. Professional industry certifications and credentials in outdoor recreation (i.e. AMGA CWI/SPI, AIARE 1 Avalanche Training, ACA Canoe Level 1-3, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Etc.). Training or classes in outdoor leadership.
Required Experience: 2-4 years of outdoor leadership and outdoor skills experience.
Typical Education or Training: Bachelor's degree and sufficient experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the responsibilities of the position. General knowledge about Alaska's biological, geological, and natural resource diversity is desirable. Successful applicant must be accepted to the UAF Graduate School (in the program area that interests you) prior to fall semester 2019. Possess or have the ability to obtain an Alaska driver’s license within 30 days of employment, a clean driving record, and a basic working knowledge about wilderness first aid. (Many masters programs have an application deadline of March 1)
Outdoor education and recreation experience in the following areas is desired: backpacking, trip planning, winter camping, rock and ice climbing, cross country skiing, outdoor leadership, canoeing, rafting, and wilderness first aid. Candidate should have academic or work experience in the field of outdoor education and/or recreation. Candidates should also have sufficient skills and experience to teach and share their skills with program participants.
Additional Salary Information: The Assistantship includes a tuition award, health care coverage and a stipend. This position is 20 hours per week during the academic school year and 40 per week during the summer months. Hourly wage information is located here: https://www.uaf.edu/gradsch/grants-and-fellowships/assistantships-teaching-and-research/.
Internal Number: 510918
About University of Alaska Fairbanks
It is the mission of UAF's Nanook Recreation to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska.