The Adventure WV Climbing Wall & Trips Graduate Assistant assists with the management of the WVU climbing wall,
Adventure WV outdoor climbing programs, and Adventure WV trips and custom programs.
Climbing Wall: The GA responsibilities may include facility oversight, programming, staffing, staff training and
mentorship, risk management, inventory control, inspections, database management, route setting coordinator, class
Outdoor Climbing, Trips, & Custom Programs: The GA may serve as an outdoor site manager, outdoor site manager
trainer, course director for various trips and programs, and may assist in the overall management of Adventure trips and
programs. The GA may assist as needed with the management and operations of the First Year Trips program.
The GA may be asked to fulfill responsibilities associated with the Adventure WV program as needed, such as
administrative support, challenge course support, and expedition program leadership. Finally, the GA is part of the
Adventure WV management team and is expected to attend and engage in periodic staff meetings and priority
initiatives, as their academic schedule allows.
Compensation: A 12-month graduate assistantship at WVU includes a stipend totaling $18,000 per year. In addition to
the stipend, a full tuition waiver and health insurance are included. Additional student fees required by the university
are not covered under the tuition waiver- this varies by department on campus. More information on the logistics of
WVU GA positions can be found here.
Starting Date: Highly preferred start date of May or June of the following season (pending academic status, the GA may
spend the summer season working hourly, and then transition to GA position with the start of the Fall semester).
• Accepted and enrolled in a WVU graduate program (candidates may apply for the GA position pending
acceptance at WVU)
• Experience in outdoor and experiential education
• Experience in climbing wall management, climbing programming, risk management, trip management, and staff
supervision, preferably in a collegiate outdoor recreation/education environment
• Excellent communication skills
•Current CPR and a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification- AWV may have the ability for
GA candidates to obtain these certifications in-house upon acceptance, but preference will be given to
candidates who already possess these certifications
About Adventure WV
Adventure WV began as a small Outdoor Orientation Program for incoming WVU first-year students. We have since expanded our offerings to include an Outdoor Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Education Center, Challenge Course, Zip Canopy Tour, International Study Abroad Programs, Leadership Training opportunities, and many other Outdoor and Experiential Education programs.
Our initial vision to provide wilderness-based college orientation programs for first-year students has developed in to a more comprehensive charge of developing adventure education programming for students of all levels, supporting adjustment to college life, retention, and career success by assisting student development in self knowledge, team work, and leadership skills.