Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to ensure the successful operation, management, and planning of Campus Recreation’s premier outdoor recreation and education program, Maine Bound.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Planning, administering and providing relevant, safe and exciting outdoor adventure programming and services
• Hire, train, and supervise student staff to lead programs and provide services.
• Create and implement annual schedule of program and service offerings (canoeing, climbing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc).
• Create and offer special events such as the Annual Boulder Bash, Adventure Race and others.
• Provide regular operational and climbing hours in the Maine Bound Adventure Center and make these known to the campus community in a variety of ways.
• Maintain accurate records of participation, injuries, waivers/releases, etc.
• Procure necessary supplies and equipment for operation of outdoor education and recreation program.
• Provide appropriate safety and risk management training including developing and implementing procedures and policies that minimize participant and employee risk, purchasing and maintaining appropriate equipment, and implementing a system of evaluation of accidents, injuries, etc. to minimize these occurrences.
• In cooperation with the Assistant Director for Marketing, develop promotional materials and strategies to advertise and promote Maine Bound programs, services and facilities.
• Oversee and evaluate the general direction of Maine Bound programs. Envision and direct initiation of new programs, instructional courses, and venues. Interact with professionals from similar programs and strive to develop and maintain a professional and updated program.
• Supervise and evaluate 1-2 professional staff and/or graduate assistants assigned to Maine Bound, including assigning work in areas of expertise.
• Oversee quality assurance in all Maine Bound programs, facilities and services; and oversee program risk management (see above). Develop and review risk management administrative operational guidelines.
• Instruct 2-5 courses per year, staff training in areas of expertise and provide extended expedition leadership for 1-2 trips per year. Instruction includes recreational courses and/or academic. Maintain standards of personal and professional performance and fitness appropriate to the terrain and educational goals of the courses taught.
• Modify or supervise curriculums, standard operating procedures, manuals and teaching materials to current standards in areas of expertise.
• Oversee annual budget in conjunction with the Associate Director of Campus Recreation. Plan and monitor the annual budget. Plan and recommend budgetary and resource support for Maine Bound facilities programs and services. Manage fiscal, personnel, and equipment resources.
• Work with accrediting organizations to pursue and/or maintain accreditation, licensing, and certification of Maine Bound
• Master's Degree in Outdoor Recreation or related field.
• At least three years of full-time experience in program administration, leadership and operations. Two years of a related graduate assistantship may be substituted for one year.
• Wilderness First Responder certification.
• Maine Guides License required (or ability to obtain within 3 months of employment).
• Required to maintain certifications and to participate in ongoing continuing education programs.
• Additional training or certification at the instructor level through such organizations as the American Canoe Association, American Mountain Guides Association, Wilderness Education Association, Project Adventure, etc.
About University of Maine - Maine Bound Adventure Center
Maine Bound is the outdoor program at the University of Maine. Started in 1983, Maine Bound’s goal has been to provide high quality and affordable instructional and recreational outdoor trips for a spectrum of ability levels. Maine Bound teaches enjoyment and respect for the natural world, leadership, and respect for oneself and others. We do this by…
· Promoting respect and compassion for oneself and other members of the group
· Providing opportunities for individuals and groups to experience success in challenging environments
· Allowing individuals the opportunity to make lasting connections to natural places
· Developing outstanding student leaders and instructors
· Teaching students lifetime outdoor recreation skills