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#111479 Outdoor Adventure Programmer

Extended Deadline: Wed 1/26/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/07/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/16/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This is a 100% Career position for one (1) year.


Specialized and skilled leader for a non-credited recreational or sports program. Creates and implements recreational programs for participants of all ages and may serve as a lead or mentor for other program instructors and may be required to provide instruction. Program leaders at this level are required to demonstrate considerable discretion, initiative and independence to resolve issues and perform other duties as assigned.

Under the direction of the Director of Outback Adventures (OA), the Outdoor Adventure Programmer will assist in the OA Team Challenge Course and Trips Program in providing and administering programming that will help UC San Diego students develop resiliency and adjust to the late and post pandemic college environment. The Outdoor Adventure Programmer will work in partnership with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to design and deliver tailored Outdoor Education trips for students identified as in need of mental health support. Work in partnership with student orgs, colleges and student outreach programs to design and deliver challenge course programs for students in need of positive experiences.

Serve as an award leader to manage the implementation of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to help students engage in outside of the classroom personal growth activities and work with the Outback Adventures Trips Program to identify and train Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) students who will deliver mini adventure experiences to their peer-groups. The Outdoor Adventure Programmer will work with a diverse population and provide work direction to train, motivate and provide feedback to non-career and volunteer personnel of both the beginner and para-professional levels, budget development and implementation, risk management for programs, equipment inventory management and maintenance; and program promotion and publicity.


  • Client service minded, entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking skills to resolve issues. Demonstrated ability to quickly and safely assess participant's skills and knowledge base, and to challenge them accordingly. Knowledge and background to evaluate situations for potential problems and ability to act quickly, decisively and with good judgment in difficult, unusual or emergency situations.

  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills in the English language. Possess exceptional interpersonal and supervisory skills, including ability to appropriately exercise judgment, initiative, tact, diplomacy and patience, and to successfully, collaboratively and professionally interact with a diverse student, staff, academic and public populations on the telephone, through email and in person.

  • Proficiency in the use of basic computer applications relevant to job duties. Ability to use various software including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom and Teams to create, edit, maintain spreadsheets, databases and various documents. Proficient operating knowledge of e-mail messaging and automated calendaring systems.

  • Specialized knowledge of program activity and industry best practices. Experience in curriculum development for challenge course and team building programs, including leadership development, community building, group dynamics, goal setting and action planning. Experience teaching theoretical and technical challenge course skills.

  • Service orientation, program management, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, development of original ideas, and creative problem solving skills.

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization, internally and externally. Exceptional leadership and group facilitation skills, and ability to communicate and teach them to staff, participants and others. Ability to research and incorporate new information into staff training curriculum development.

  • Operational knowledge and experience in team challenge courses (high and low), portable elements, and team building programs; knowledge of recreation and leisure programs and services within a university setting and in various public and private institutions. Operational knowledge of industry standards for challenge course and Trips programming.

  • Ability to develop client and peer relationships and to create cross-campus partnerships with on-campus student, academic and college groups. Ability to maintain current relationships and cultivate new partnerships.

  • Advanced operating knowledge of safety, first aid and risk management. Ability to independently plan, organize and evaluate risk management policy, programs and procedures related to challenge courses, team building and climbing center, and trips programs.

  • Ability to effectively provide work direction to, train, motivate and provide feedback to non-career and volunteer personnel of both the beginner and para-professional levels.


  • Must be willing to work a variable schedule to accommodate evenings and weekend shifts.

  • The person holding this position is considered a 'Mandated Reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in University of California - Policy CANRA.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check and DMV Check results.

  • Must maintain good driving record and participate in DMV pull notice program and maintain a valid Driver's License throughout the duration of employment.

  • Must be willing to submit to random Drug and Alcohol testing as required.

  • Must complete Blood-Borne Pathogen and Injury & Illness Prevention Program workshops within three months of hire.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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