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Coordinator of Outdoor Programs and Trails

Colorado Springs, CO - Posted on: Monday 06/20/16



The coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing, and assessing outdoor adventure-based programs and clinics, for the day-to-day operations of the SOLE (Student Outdoor Learning Experience) facility, and for managing the department’s outdoor equipment rental program. Implementing adventure-based programs includes: instructing courses, training and developing student staff in outdoor leadership, supervising/vetting specialized instructors, setting fees for fiscal responsibility, working with marketing specialists to promote programs, obtaining permits, and establishing best practices for risk management.  Works to maintain and expand collaborations with campus partners such as the Geography and Environmental Studies Department, Sustainability, Wellness, Transportation, Public Safety, and the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences to provide unique field-based opportunities, including experiential opportunities for academic credit and serves as a mentor for aspiring student leaders.

Typical work schedule Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM including early morning or evening hours, weekends, holidays and the ability to attend on and off campus events. 

Professional Field

Recreation, Sports Administration/Management, Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Education.

Salary Range

$37,000 - $46,000

Examples of Work Performed

Outdoor Program Responsibilities

Coordination of all activities and services related to SOLE Center facility and programs.

Manage budget for outdoor programs.

Administer, guide, supervise, and evaluate components necessary for effective delivery of varied and strategic outdoor recreation programs leading towards student learning outcomes and fostering student engagement.

Administer components necessary to maintain outdoor equipment rental, bike/ski/snowboard repair workshop, bike share fleet, program specific equipment, and inventory of each.

Develop, manage, obtain permitting, and lead select outdoor adventure programs including the management of logistics for various outdoor adventures in a wide range of environments.

Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student trip leaders and SOLE Center employees.

Provide customer service and support to students, faculty and staff who visit the SOLE Center.

Develop and implement outdoor themed summer camps in coordination with the Manager of Competitive Sports and Youth Programs.

Manage and provide operational oversight for the freshmen bike program and assist with campus bicycle initiatives including commuter incentive programs, group rides, bicycle outreach events and educational clinics.

Advertise and market SOLE program offerings and services across campus.

Recreational Trails System Responsibilities

Serve as a liaison between campus staff, faculty, students, facilities, risk management, contractors and key community stakeholders for the development of an integrated and sustainable campus trails system.

In collaboration with Associate Director of Operations and Recreation Director, schedule and direct trail design and construction as authorized for the trail system in accordance with the Recreational Trails Micro Master Plan.

Provide administration and oversight for student staff crews and volunteers performing trail maintenance, repair and construction by ensuring they have proper instruction, training, tools and direction to perform necessary tasks properly and safely.

Recruit, hire, train, develop, and evaluate student trail crew.

Inspect the trail system and identify areas in need of work, improvement, closure, restoration or rerouting.  Identify and establish a priority of future trail projects based on trail conditions, campus needs, and available budget.

Maintain a trail maintenance log of current and future needs as well as work completed.

Maintain an up to date GPS database of all trails.

Maintain, inventory and purchase tools and materials for trail related projects.

Serve as a liaison to the UCCS faculty and students to identify potential educational opportunities available on the trails system.

Identify, create and coordinate for the installation of educational, directional and interpretive signage.

Coordination with UCCS Campus to identify opportunities to promote the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation including trails.

Interface with local and regional land managers to coordinate trails and open space connections.

Identify and seek grants to further develop campus trail system.

Manage the Recreational Trails Advisory Committee to assist with guidance and direction regarding the recreational trails system.

Assist the Associate Director of Operations with budget management of trails programs and projects.

Campus Security Authority.

For the purposes of FLSA this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services.


Minimum Requirements

  • ·    Bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation, environmental science or related field.

.    Experience leading outdoor educational and adventure programs.

  • ·    Experience leading trail construction and maintenance.
  • ·    Willing to work hours outside of the normal work week schedule to include early mornings, events and weekends.
  • ·    Willing to work outside for hours at a time in potentially adverse weather conditions.

Preferred Requirements

  • ·    Master’s degree in outdoor recreation, environmental science or related field.
  • ·    Outdoor recreation program management experience in an educational setting.
  • ·    Experience managing volunteer programs.
  • ·    Experience managing outdoor rental equipment.
  • ·    Experience performing bicycle, ski and snowboard maintenance.
  • ·    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor.
  • ·    Leave No Trace Master Educator.
  • ·    ACA Kayak Instructor Certification.

To Apply:

Please visit https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=05440&lang=en&sns_id=mailto

Special Instructions to Applicants: Position is open until filled. Applications submitted by June 23, 2016 will receive full consideration. Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at www.cu.edu/careers. Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.     Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References