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Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator

Posting Date

5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

Working Title:  Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator
UW System Title:  Recreation Specialist

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Kress Events Center Director of Operations and is responsible for the design and administration of a comprehensive Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) Program. This position will manage the daily operations within Outdoor Adventure Recreation that includes outdoor adventure trips, education and instructional clinics, equipment rentals, and indoor climbing wall. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation programming will focus teambuilding, leadership development, and experiential education as well as wide range of specialized activities that helps individuals grow deeper connections and engagement with the natural environment. The Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator will hire, train, supervise and evaluate student program facilitators; manage program risk and safety; and assist with budget planning and marketing. This position will also be involved with and support departmental, division, and university strategic initiatives.

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead all logistical coordination of OAR trip programs for the UW-Green Bay community. This includes all aspects of facilitating, scheduling, contract negotiating, registration, staffing, chaperoning, travel and transportation, permits, enforcing policies and procedures, etc., with a foundation of Leave No Trace principles.
  • Oversee and direct all aspects of operations for an outdoor equipment rental program. Research and recommend OAR equipment purchases.
  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the climbing tower.
  • Coordinate a wide range of OAR programs, special events, clinics and educational workshops annually.
  • Create and oversee a bike share program that includes purchase, inventory, storage, maintenance, and repair of bikes.
  • Co-coordinate and instruct CPR, First-Aid and AED class offerings for Kress Events Center Staff as well as the supervision of the Kress Events Center Emergency Response Team and Red Shirt Review Drills.
  • Implement new and innovative programs and/or services to remain current with industry-wide trends while meeting the demands of students.
  • Enforce policies as necessary to resolve patron conflicts and issues.
  • Recruit, hire, schedule, supervise and evaluate all Outdoor Adventure Recreation personnel.
  • Assist student employees in acquiring organizational skills in areas such as problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, event planning, leadership development, and management.
  • Coordination and training student trip leaders in risk management and leadership skills for outdoor programming as well as facilitating pre and post-trip briefings for trip staff.
  • Oversee payroll functions of program staffing areas: maintaining adequate records, coordinating bi-weekly payroll processing, and determining salary increases.
  • Contribute to and provide on-going professional development and training opportunities for staff including conducting orientations, in-services, training sessions, competency/skill development and staff meetings.
  • Provide timely and appropriate feedback and mentoring to student staff while serving as a consistent and positive role model.
  • Develop and maintain policy and procedure manuals and best practices for all program areas of OAR including adventure trips, climbing tower, educational programs, special events, rental equipment, etc.
  • Assist in development, implementation and management of annual budget in conjunction with the Director of Operations for program area.
  • Operate programs within established budget and establish financial targets.
  • Assist with fee and charge development.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on equipment inventory, equipment maintenance and inspections, and usage reports.
  • Maintain statistical records and assess satisfaction for participation of all OAR program offerings.
  • Establish a vision for program growth and development through systematic strategic planning and the implementation of short and long-term goals.
  • Implement, review and evaluate OAR program operations to ensure adherence to national industry standards and that appropriate risk management precautions and emergency action and safety protocols are in place, remain compliant and are followed.
  • Assist with marketing program offerings and collaborate with other Kress Events Center Staff to establish and coordinate campus-wide outreach events and program promotions. Serve as point person for all marketing / advertising for all OAR programs to include website, social media, etc.
  • Create educational material for students, staff and patrons.
  • Collaborate with campus departments and groups related to adventure, leadership, environment and sustainability on educational and programming opportunities.
  • Act as an advisor and liaison for student outdoor adventure clubs and organizations.
  • Seek out opportunities for collaboration with other institutions/people. Affiliate with campus groups/committees, professional organizations, and local associations related to outdoor adventure, recreation, and the environment.



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Recreation, Outdoor Education, Tourism Management, Sports Management, Sports Administration, or related field at time of application
  • 1 year of full-time professional experience or two years as a graduate assistant in the promotion, design, development, and administration of outdoor recreation programs
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor or ability to obtain within six months of hire
  • Wilderness First Responder or ability to obtain within three months of hire


  • Experience as a primary trip leader or guide which includes trip planning, coordination, and transportation
  • Demonstrated knowledge and technical skills associated with a wide variety of outdoor based areas such as backpacking/hiking, camping, caving, climbing, cycling, mountaineering, paddling/water sports, snow sports, etc.
  • Experience supervising, training, and evaluating student staff
  • Experience pertaining to rental, purchasing, repair, maintenance, and storage of outdoor equipment
  • Experience managing an indoor climbing facility and route setting
  • Experience with experiential and sustainability education including teaching and implementing Leave-No-Trace ethics
  • Current involvement in professional organizations such as Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), National Intramural & Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), Association of Experiential Education (AEE), National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Climbing Wall Association (CWA), Wilderness Education Association (WEA), etc.
  • Knowledge and experience with current industry standards and risk management planning
  • Ability to teach and lead with strong emphasis on student development, leadership, and team-building
  • General knowledge of recreation and fitness facility operations, along with the ability to interpret and enforce policies and procedures

The successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse student population, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to be part of a collaborative team. The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Evening and/or weekend work is expected and will be assigned by the supervisor as needed. While performing the duties of this position, at times, physical strength and stamina are required, This includes sitting, walking, the ability to lift and carry equipment and materials, climb heights of 28 feet, climb stairs, reach, bend, twist, stoop, repetitive motion and standing for extended periods. This position will also perform long periods (up to 8 hours per day) of computer work where eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, telephone and other office equipment are expected. The ability to move and perform preventative maintenance work on bikes and outdoor recreation equipment and gear is also required.

Position is a full-time Academic Staff appointment.  Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.


Salary range of $33,000 - $37,000

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement System.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Job Search" screen,

  • Click in "Keywords" box.
  • Enter Job Opening ID "14308"
  • Click "Search."
  • Select "Outdoor Adventure Recreation Coordinator"
  • Click "Apply."
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree achieved

You must select "Submit Application." Selecting "Save as Draft " or "Exit" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Tim Helein
Phone: (920) 465-2805
Email:  heleint@uwgb.edu

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our Office of Public Safety website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.