Rock Climbing / Activity Specialist

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:  Work with groups of 7-8 students with 2 instructors to facilitate a safe and successful experience during the adventure activity portions of 10 to 26 day courses; set rock climb and rappelling sites and act as site manager; provide relief to instructors in the field; work with youth in-between courses.  NC only - facilitate and manage high ropes course activities; support caving activities; potentially support whitewater rafting days or mountain biking activities. WY only – lead flat-water canoeing and riflery. Available NC: May 13 – August 16; WY: May 15 – August 13.

QUAL:  Minimum 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed).  Minimum of 2 years college experience, preferable in Recreation Therapy, Outdoor Recreation, Education, or Psychology.  WFA and CPR required (WFR preferred).  Lifeguard certification required for WY staff.  Strong experience required in technical skills such as rock site facilitation and management; for NC additionally ropes course facilitation or caving.  Patience, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and integrity required.  Use of personal vehicle required (vehicle stipend provided).


Job Availability: 

BENEFITS:  Etensive two-week training.   Available May 21 – August 17, 2018, depending on course area.

To Apply

TO APPLY:  Complete a staff application on-line at 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: 
Adventure Course
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Experiential Training & Development
Outdoor Education Center
Summer Camp
Whitewater Rafting

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