George Mason University’s Division of University Life is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, team-centered, and forward-thinking individual for the role of Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures in Mason Recreation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, Well-Being, and Assessment, the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures is responsible for the administration and oversight of a comprehensive program of outdoor activity for the university community. This position has prominent instructional responsibilities for outdoor recreation day and overnight trips, workshops, events, and trainings for both participants and student/wage trip leaders. The Assistant Director must possess hard skills involving technical expertise in various outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, biking, whitewater, caving, camping, and canoeing as well as knowledge related to clothing & equipment, basic backcountry travel, safety & risk management, and wilderness emergency procedures and treatment. This individual will also teach and train student/wage trip leaders and staff in “soft skills” such as leadership, communication, environmental ethics & stewardship, expedition behavior & group dynamics, trip planning, decision-making & problem solving, and teaching techniques, processing, and transferring. This “instructor trainer” role is vital in developing students and appropriately preparing them for the responsibility of leading participants in activities which often occur in outdoor environments that are sometimes in remote locations.

Tagged as: Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Personnel Management, Program Management, Trip Facilitation, Summer Programming, Administration and Planning, Risk Management, Fiscal Management, Professional Development, Departmental Support/Other Duties

Required Skills:

Master’s Degree in Recreation, Leisure Studies, Physical Education, Sport Management, Experiential Education, Environmental Education or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Significant technical experience (able to train student leaders/instructors) in at least three of the following: backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, group/ropes course facilitation, summer camp program management, and sea kayaking;
Demonstrated experience working with an outdoor adventure.

Preferred Skills:

Experience in scheduling staff and coordinating gear rental;
Experience in packrafting;
Swift Water Rescue Certification;
Demonstrated part-time or full-time experience in the areas mentioned above (typically 2+ years); and
College or university recreation department experience.

About George Mason University

Mason Recreation is a dynamic organization that includes a strong team consisting of 24 full-time professionals and over 400 student staff members. We support multiple programs including The EDGE: Team Development and Experiential Learning challenge course located on Mason’s Sci Tech Campus, Outdoor Adventures, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Aquatics, and Well-Being. Our Fairfax campus facilities include the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) (125,000 square feet), the Aquatics and Fitness Center (AFC) (91,000 square feet), Skyline Fitness Center (11,000 square feet), four Fields (natural grass and turf), Tennis Courts, and nature trails.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA88JZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.