Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs

Job Description

Title:     Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs

Immediate supervisor:  Director of Outdoor Programs and LandSea

Position summary:  Assists in the development and facilitation of outdoor programming on and off-campus including, but not limited to, LandSea pre-orientation, winter and spring break trips, and other trips and events throughout the year.  This is a full-time, exempt, year-round, benefits-eligible position. The position requires significant periods of travel with students, including 33 consecutive days on LandSea pre-orientation in the Adirondacks of New York, 10+ consecutive days for winter and spring break trips, and occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

The individual in this position will work closely with the Director of Outdoor Programs to:

  • Contribute to the overall vision and direction of the Outdoor Programs office.
  • Shared responsibility in the continued risk management review and development of policy and procedures.
  • Help to develop outdoor leadership training for students and employees and serve as lead facilitator and trip leader for the two-week LandSea Trip Leader Training in the Adirondacks of New York.
  • Assist in teaching outdoor Physical Education classes and assess the feasibility of developing other academic or extracurricular outdoor classes or trips.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student employees (5-10 individuals) throughout the year.
  • Manage, inventory, purchase, repair, and maintain all equipment and supplies for trips and equipment rental.
  • Organize logistics, food purchases, permits, reservations, and work with park officials to plan and implement Outdoor Programs trips.
  • Operate within and effectively communicate with numerous departments on campus.
  • Identify opportunities to stimulate interdepartmental curricular and student engagement and foster partnerships and collaborations with local organizations and entities.
  • Update and manage the Outdoor Programs and LandSea websites as needed.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The position may encompass other tasks not listed here, including the opportunity to develop additional trips and/or programming.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Recreation, Outdoor Leadership or similar field, or Bachelor’s degree and equivalent professional experience in the outdoor/environmental field.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications or willingness to acquire same or higher level (can be provided).
  • At least two years experience in a leadership role within outdoor education programs.
  • Experience as a guide, trip leader, and/or outdoor educator in diverse locations on multi-day trips.
  • Ability to engage in extensive physical activities necessary to lead and participate in wilderness trips, including maintaining and moving outdoor equipment, lifting 50 pounds and traveling by foot over varied terrain.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint) and WordPress website content management system, or willingness to obtain same.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong experience and ability to operate 12 passenger vans with trailers.
  • Valid driver’s license, no more than 2 moving violations during the last 3 years, and no serious driving convictions in the last 5 years in accordance with College insurance requirements.
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in facilitating group development activities, wilderness medical care, backpacking, paddling, hiking, climbing/rappelling, and other wilderness-related activities. 

Preferred qualifications

  • Additional outdoor training or certifications, i.e. LNT, AMGA/PCIA, ACA, Swiftwater Rescue, etc.
  • Ability to provide training or certification in the above organizations or other organizations.
  • Master’s degree in Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Recreation, Outdoor Leadership or equivalent field. 
  • Experience leading high/low ropes activities, portable initiatives, and/or interactive leadership development programming.
  • Two years experience working in an administrative position, preferably within an outdoor context.
  • Experience working in education, non-profit organizations or higher education.


  • Excellent health, dental and vision insurance benefits.
  • Housing in a campus-affiliated apartment, utilities included.
  • Wilderness medicine certification or re-certification opportunities.

To Apply

Full position description and application instructions available at

Application Closing Date: 
Application materials received by December 1 will receive priority review. Posting will remain active until December 15 or when filled.
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Kalamazoo, MI
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 
Prefer February 1. Required start date by March 1

Job Details

Job Details: 
College/University Outdoor Education
College/University Outdoor Recreation
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