The Graduate Assistant will be afforded an opportunity to gain a variety of experiences within the Campus Recreational Services Department working 20-30 hours per week. The Graduate Assistant will support the Program Coordinator for Outdoor Adventure (OA) in the organization, development, and administration of the OA program. The Graduate Assistant’s focus will be the needs of the UNLV students and the community.
Admission to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Graduate School as a full time graduate student
Degree seeking programs relevant to this opportunity: M.Ed. in Higher Education, M. Ed Education, M.S. Education, M.S Kinesiology, M. Ed Public Health
Must have previous outdoor experience and knowledge of current outdoor trends
Knowledge of hiking, backpacking, canoeing, climbing, camping, and facilitation techniques
Must have a current Wilderness First Responder Certification (or obtain within 90 days of hire)
Ability to perform moderately strenuous work (equivalent to carrying objects weighing 80 pounds or more and hiking at least 8 miles a day)
Experience working in collaborative environments
Knowledge and experience with a variety of computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Etc.)
Current CPR/AED and First Aid Certifications
UNLV Risk Management HIPPA Training (obtain within one semester of hire date)
Must be available to work a minimum of 20-30 hours per week, including nights and weekends.
Valid Driver's License and/or ability to obtain valid Driver's License is required.
Experience with Rec Trac or a point of sale software program
Cash handling experience
Equipment Rental experience
Bike shop experience
Challenge course facilitation
Bouldering wall management
Leading outdoor trips with 12-24 participants
Leading a variety of multisport trips both back country and front country- such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, climbing, and camping
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead participants on multi-sport and multi-day outdoor trips.
Assist with hiring, scheduling, training, supervising, and evaluating OA staff to cultivate development in a professional environment.
Organize and submit payroll for all OA employees.
Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Willingness to obtain a current American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor Certification and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Instructor Certification in order to instruct classes.
Attend and actively participate in all OA related meetings, trainings, and strategic planning.
Create an innovative marketing plan to increase awareness and participation for the program.
Co-instruct Trip Leader Trainings and New Staff Orientations.
Assist with inventory, inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair of outdoor equipment.
Assist with the development and implementation of guidelines, policies, and procedures for all OA staff.
Research best OA practices and make recommendations to enhance the quality of programs and services offered.
Drive a 12-passenger van while pulling a canoe trailer.
Assist with purchasing, maintaining and tracking OA equipment.
Assist in the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of OA and department-wide special events.
Present information about OA programs and services to the campus community through promotional opportunities.
Find or provide OA coverage of all areas when necessary.
Be the point person available for OA programs.
Be a positive mentor and role model for all OA staff.
Collaborate with other SRWC and Campus life staff for programming and events.
Assist with safety and risk management training for OA staff.
Maintain participant statistics and program cost analyses.
Provide student training throughout the semester
Actively supervise, evaluate, and provide constructive feedback on a weekly basis to all OA staff.
Maintain required certifications for position (Wilderness First Responder).
Respond to all communication (i.e. calls, emails etc.) in a reasonable amount of time (1 business day).
Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by the department.
Maintain a standard of performance on daily tasks.
Attend regularly scheduled weekly departmental meetings and one on one meetings with supervisor.
Maintain communication with other Campus Recreational Services Team members regarding positive recognition, performance reviews, substitution, and schedule conflicts.
Communicate clear and concise information as needed to patrons, students, and emergency medical service personnel and police services.
Practice peer education to develop student staff growth and success.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Ability to research and teach about current OA trends.
Adhere to all SRWC guidelines and non-negotiables.
Criteria for Success
OA Graduate Assistants will be evaluated on their performance each semester. The staff evaluation process consists of a self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and supervisor evaluation. The staff evaluation measures the following objectives:
Ability to display a positive attitude towards all patrons and CRS staff.
Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and balance professional and personal commitments.
Ability to follow policies and procedure, arrive prepared and on time for work and consistently demonstrate service excellence.
Ability to assess a situation, think critically and make well informed decisions independently.
Ability to act in a professional manner and serve as a role model and mentor for CRS staff.
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in the written form with students, CRS staff and patrons.
Ability to understand and advocate for human differences, cultures, diversity and social justice.
Ability to lead effectively.
Ability to establish meaningful relationships with students, UNLV staff, CRS staff, and patrons.
Ability to work with and collaborate with others on a common purpose.
Ability to positively promote UNLV and CRS to peers/patrons and take initiative to be involved throughout campus.
GA Stipend includes:
Contract dates: July 2019 - May 2020
Minimum Hours: 20 hours/week, including nights and weekends. There is the potential to work an additional 10 hours/week at $12.50/hour with supervisor approval.
$10,000 Stipend for Masters
$12,000 Stipend for Doctorate.
The Graduate Assistantship is a nine month appointment. Summer employment and second year contract assignment is based on performance. Compensation for 80% of credit hours up to 9 credits per semester covered. Majority of Student Health Insurance premium covered.
Recreational Sports Information
For more information about the Campus Recreational Services visit our Web page at unlv.edu/campusrec.
Applicants must meet academic requirements for the Graduate College at UNLV (2.75 minimum GPA), with GRE exam completed prior to interview. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit:
A log of your outdoor experiences such as hiking, paddling, climbing, etc. The log should include date of activity, duration in hours or days, activity location, your role in the activity (ex: Trip Leader or personal, etc.) and any special notes about the activity.
E-mail application information and the names & phone numbers of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preference will be given to applications received by May 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and phone/Skype interviews will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
For more information contact: Hannah Doss, Program Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures
About University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
University of Nevada Las Vegas is a public, research university located in southern Nevada. The first college-level classes in southern Nevada on an extension basis in 1951 in a spare room at Las Vegas High School. Six years later, the university was founded officially as a southern regional division of the University of Nevada by action of the Nevada Board of Regents.
Twenty nine students accepted degrees at the universities first commencement ceremonies in 1964. The following year, the Nevada Legislature named the school Nevada Southern University, and the board of regents hired the campus’ first president. The Board of Regents approved the institution’s present name in 1969.