This is your chance to begin your career in the outdoor adventure industry!
Common Ground is seeking people with a passion for helping individuals to realize their potential, coaching teams to work together through challenging puzzles and engaging activities, and encouraging participants to embrace new perspectives to train and hire as team building facilitators. As a facilitator, you will lead school groups, workplace teams, and other community organizations through a series of activities designed to help the participants develop their group goal, which range from improving group communication, to building trust, and more. Common Ground welcomes all levels of experience, from experienced facilitators to those entirely new to the field, looking for a career change. Thorough training is provided, and candidates will have the additional opportunity to choose whether to also be trained in facilitating our high ropes course.
Season: May – September with potential opportunities through October.
Reports to: Challenge Course Manager
Position Type: Flexible/Seasonal (Work on an as-needed & as-available basis.)
- Orientation – May 10, 2021 (Required)
- Team Building – May 11-13, 2021 (Required)
- High Ropes – May 25th-28th, 2021
Positions and Essential Job Functions:
- Low Adventure Facilitator: Leads and facilitates problem solving and goal setting activities for a group of approximately 16 participants that encourage the group to work together collectively to accomplish tasks. Some activities may be a couple of feet off of the ground and some elements require the facilitator and participants to ensure the security of other participants that are actually on the elements.
- High Ropes Facilitator: Leads and facilitates an adventure of physically challenging elements that are approximately 20 feet above the ground. The high ropes course creates opportunities for individuals and groups to work through their perceived boundaries and achieve a greater sense of self-confidence and accomplishment. Working with a partner, the facilitator will be responsible for verbally assisting climbers with transferring their equipment from one element to another, ensuring the proper use of climbing equipment, and performing client lowers when the need arises.
General Job Functions:
- Lead and facilitate 2 – 6 hours of educational, adventure, and skill building experiences for a variety of youth groups, and occasionally adult groups, usually during school or workday hours, and occasionally during the evenings or on weekends.
- Prior to the group’s scheduled adventure, review the group’s goals and activities in efforts to provide a high quality learning adventure.
- Arrive ready to work as scheduled.
- Inspect and document equipment usage and program area before and after use.
- Greet and welcome all participants and convey a clear description of program participation.
- Promote progression in activities matched to the ability and interest of participants.
- Create a FUN, engaging, and secure atmosphere for learning which include age-appropriate challenges that are in alignment with the group’s goals and outcomes.
- Lead reflection conversations before, during, and after activities to explore connections to everyday life.
- Serve as role models for all participants.
- Respond to emergency situations in an effective and timely manner according to Common Ground’s policies and procedures.
Skills and Abilities:
- Practices attentive/active listening and has the patience to hear people out.
- Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds wells to questions.
- Capable of working as part of a larger team in terms of staff and the overall organization. Focuses on team and organizational goals, needs, and outcomes.
- Ability to effectively work with diverse populations and age groups.
- Contributes to a positive and supportive team culture with differing personalities.
- Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change.
- Possesses keen attention to detail and the ability to remain calm and collected while facing stressful situations.
- Desire to work outdoors in a variety of weather and appreciates a flexible schedule.
- Must be at least 18 years old and possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Must successfully pass FBI/BCI Background Check.
- Must successfully complete training and pass verification.
- For High Ropes, Comfortable with working at heights of up to 25 feet.
- For High Ropes, Must be in good health, between 70 and 275 pounds and be able to maneuver the course.
- First Aid/CPR Certification provided.
- FBI/BCI Criminal Background Check provided.
- Possibility to train and work as a Canopy Tour Guide, Recreational Tree Climbing Facilitator, and/or Summer Camp Positions.
NOTE: While the attempt was made to present an inclusive listing, other duties may arise.
Candidates may apply on www.commongroundcenter.org/about-us/careers.