Experiential Education Facilitator Position
Experiential education is a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.” –www.aee.org
- Fall Season: late August- mid November
- Spring Season: late March- early June
- Summer Season: late May- late August
Our facilitators are highly trained to provide high quality and goal driven programming to groups of all ages and backgrounds. Located in an outdoor rural setting, facilitators lead their groups through a series of challenge activities on our low and high ropes course. Facilitators are able to make connections in an intimate setting to help the group grow, learn, and get closer to one another. Our staff is passionate, compassionate, inclusive, mature, and energetic.
No previous experience in the experiential education field is required but experience with group management, education, outdoor leadership is recommended. During training you will learn about group dynamics, low course facilitation, debriefing, and high course rescue procedures.
We are always looking for seasoned facilitators to join our on call or full time staff! If you have previous training in challenge course facilitation we can evaluate your skills and preform a site-specific skill check/training lasting around three days. Please mention your previous experience in your application. If you have a certification provided by an accredited ACCT vendor member or another group, please let us know during the application process.
Types of Groups
- Public and private elementary, middle and high schools
- Youth empowerment and mentor programs
- Teachers and Non-profit organizations
- Corporate businesses
- College students and sports teams
- Scout troops and church groups
- Groups of friends and family
Sample daily schedule
- 8:00am: Morning meeting with all staff
- 9:15-8:45: Prep for group to arrive
- 9:00: Group Arrives
- 9:00-9:15: Big group welcome + intros
- 9:15-9:45: Big group games
- 9:45-12:00: Low element teambuilding in small groups of 8-12. Includes icebreakers, problem solving activities, debriefing, and low elements.
- 12:00- 12:30: Lunch (Lunch is provided to employees each day
- 12:30-3:30: High element (Climbing element, high aerial static course, wire bridges, or zip line)
- 3:30: Debrief the day in small group
- 3:45: Large group meet up for final wrap up and goodbyes
- 4:00: Group departs
- 4:00-4:30: Clean up and staff debrief
- 4:40: Facilitators depart
Knowledge and Skills
- Able to work with a diverse population of all ages and backgrounds.
- Previous facilitation/ high ropes experience highly encouraged
- Previous experience of group management highly encouraged
- Able to lift up to 40 lbs and stand for long periods of time
- Possess the maturity and responsibility to handle emergency situations and rescues
- Willing to learn and grow in a community environment
- Able to articulate the philosophy of Challenge By Choice and uphold Genesee Valley’s mission
- Maintain a minimum CPR certification; WFA (Wilderness First Aid) preferred
Compensation & Benefits
- Our staff is paid on a per diem basis. Starting rate for facilitators is $80 per day
- Lunch is offered each day that you work
- The facilitator position runs 9 months out of the year, from March- November
Full time staff typically work 4-6 days per week. Part time staff typically work 1-4 days per week. Each day begins at 8:00am and ends at roughly 4:30pm each day.
Please submit resume and cover letter to Meg Gallagher, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org