Graduate Assistant (GA) will be a professional position designed to aid in administrative duties, trainings, trip logistics, and rental operations. Graduate Assistant is to assist the Program Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator in program administration and management including daily office duties/administration, equipment rentals, staff trainings, special events, and trip planning, leading and logistics. Specifically, the GA will assist in summer operations working each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday where 70% of our rental income is generated.

Job Duties:
The general responsibilities of the GA will include, but are not limited to:
• Required to work 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 30 hours during the summer semesters.
• Assist in equipment rental operations throughout the year including managing student workers and gear rentals. This will include working many Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the GA position.
• Assist in inventorying of gear, tracking and repair of all gear including maintaining clean and proper gear storage.
• During the spring and fall semesters, aid trip leaders in trip planning and preparation.
• Assist in basic staff trainings covering a variety of topics including but not limited to office, outdoor basics, and technical skills.
• Assist in hosting on and off campus events including marketing and promotional events for students and/or the community.
• Perform at least 3 trainings for OP staff per semester specifically designed around technical skills and risk management.
• Assist in developing semester program calendars for trips and events
• Plan and lead day and/or overnight trips during the semester or breaks as needed.
• Oversee the promotion of the Outdoor Program to students across the Colorado Mesa University campus.

Tagged as: Development, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


• Bachelors degree from accredited University
• Acceptance to one of the following CMU Masters Degree Programs- Education: Teacher Leadership or Kinesiology: Sport Management
• Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and work ethic
• Experience in Outdoor Education/guiding and trainings
• Knowledge of use and maintenance of various types of outdoor gear
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet University’s vehicle policies and procedures
• Proficient in basic computer skills

Preferred Skills:

Preferred Qualifications:
• Wilderness First Responder
• Experience in multiple outdoor recreation activities
• Experience in bicycle maintenance
• Experience in Ski and Snowboard tuning and maintenance
• Ability to design specialized trainings for student staff in one or more of the following activities: Single Pitch Rock Climbing, White Water Rafting/Kayaking, or Back Country Skiing.
• Certifications in any of the following Areas: Single Pitch Climbing Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue, Avalanche Level 1 or 2

About Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program is Colorado Mesa University’s headquarters for outdoor adventure and education. We are a student-fee funded organization, whose purpose is to offer and promote affordable, safe and environmentally conscious outdoor trips. We also offer trainings and equipment rentals.

Whether you’re a student, alumni or a member of the local community, the Outdoor Program is available to anyone seeking adventure on Colorado’s Western Slope. No experience is necessary!

CMU Outdoor Program mission statement: Our goal is to inspire growth and foster connections through a shared passion for the outdoors.

Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter to [email protected]