Outdoor Trip Leader

Job Description

SOAR is an outdoor and experiential education program utilizing 10, 12, 18, and 26 day expedition style adventures with youth diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities.  Programs are co-ed, students are between the ages of 8 - 25, and groups consist of 7-8 students with 2 staff.  Course sites include the North Carolina Smokies, Florida Keys, Wyoming, and California.  Activities include rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, orienteering, llama treks, horsepacking, mountain biking, caving, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and sea kayaking.

RESP:  Supervise a group of 7-8 students (2 staff per group), for 24 hours a day, on 10 to 26 day courses; facilitate a safe and successful experience during the adventure based portions of the course; facilitate the development of life skills, organizational skills, self-esteem, problem-solving strategies, communication techniques, and social skills; assist in developing personal goals for each student; write a comprehensive student evaluation at the end of each course; and act as a role model for students by demonstrating maturity, responsibility, good organizational skills, and professional behavior.

QUAL: Minimum 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed); 2 years of college experience, in human service related field preferred (e.g., Education, Psychology, Recreation); current first aid and CPR certifications (minimum WFA required); Lifeguard required for FL and CA staff; experience and/or desire to work with LD and AD/HD youth; patience, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and integrity required; experience in and/or desire to learn outdoor adventure activities; strong organizational and time management skills preferred.


Job Availability: 

BENEFITS:  Extensive two-week training.   Available May 20 – August 16, 2019, depending on course area.

To Apply

TO APPLY:  Complete a staff application on-line at http://soarnc.org/about-soar/employment-opportunities/ or contact Andrea Wackerle, SOAR, PO Box 388, Balsam, NC  28707, (828)456-3435, [email protected]

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Job Location: 
Balsam, NC; Dubois, WY; Southern CA; Northern CA; FL Keys
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Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
High school
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Job Details

Job Details: 
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Group Facilitation & Processing
Outdoor Education Center
Outdoor Skills School
Seasonal Program
Summer Camp
Whitewater Rafting

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