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Challenge Course Facilitator (Temporary Positions)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033466
Department Code 40103
Department Recreation Services
Job Title Challenge Course Facilitator (Temporary Positions)
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade 00
FLSA Status Non-exempt

Standard Syracuse University business hours:

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Temporary
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Department of Recreation Services at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a Temporary Challenge Course Facilitator.

Challenge Course facilitators work with Lead Facilitators to provide safe, effective programming in high ropes, low ropes and portable initiative activities. Under the direction of the Lead Facilitator, Challenge Course Facilitators are responsible for:

-Daily Inspection of Challenge Course Elements
-Setup and take down of challenge course elements
-Instruction and facilitation of games, initiatives and challenge course activities
-Facilitation of group development and educational outcomes (as planned by the Lead Facilitator)
-Assist in the completion of daily paperwork documenting operations and incidents.

Employment is on a casual, as needed basis. Assignments are on a first come basis.


High School Diploma or GED
18 Years of Age
Current CPR
ACCT Level 1 Certification + Facilitation Portfolio (or equivalent)

Job Specific Qualifications

Experience facilitating or participating in group processing/planning discussions.

Familiarity with group/team development.

Trained on SU Challenge Course local operating procedures.

Show competency in the technical skills associated with the challenge course operation, including knots, belay skills and personal protective equipment such as harness and helmets.

Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, to both participants and other staff members.

Ability to relate and work with diverse populations of participants.


Demonstrates ability to use sound judgment to keep safety a high priority. Arrives prepared to facilitate by having reviewed program goals and Lead Facilitators program plan. Where necessary, plans games and processing questions.

Team oriented and dedicated to the goals set forth by the Syracuse University Outdoor Education Program. Works as a team member with others in scheduling, facilitating, and operating the SU Indoor and Outdoor Challenge Course.

Responds to scheduling requests in a timely manner. Is reliable when scheduled. Arrives at facilitation site on time.

Maintains a commitment to the success of the course. Follows local operating procedures and the program plan set by the Lead Facilitator.

Physical Requirements

Challenge Course Facilitators should have the ability to perform their required duties for extended periods of time while exposed to adverse conditions including, but not limited to, rough terrain, precipitation, temperature extremes, and wind.


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to submitting an application online, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume for full consideration.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 10/31/2017
Application Deadline
Full Consideration By
Job Category Temporary
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Reference List

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please let us know how you heard of this position.
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - newspaper
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Academic Keys
    • Syracuse Post Standard - newspaper
    • LinkedIn
    • The Academic Network
    • Twitter/@sujobs
    • Colleague recommendation
    • SUJobOpps
    • Other
  2. * If "other",please let us know how you heard about this position. (or enter N/A)

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have experience facilitating low and high element teambuilding programs?
    • Low Element / portable programs only
    • High element programs only
    • Experience in both low and high elements
    • No experience
  4. * Do you currently hold any challenge course related certifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you Currently have CPR certification?
    • Yes
    • No