City and County of Denver Denver, Colorado, United States
Dec 04, 2019Full Time
About Our Job Denver's Outdoor Recreation Department has seen significant growth over the last three years. Certified Outdoor Recreation Leads support the continued growth of Genesee Experiential Outdoor Challenge Course (GEOC), Urban team building (which includes the climbing wall and school-based programming), water sport instruction for upright paddle boarding and kayaking/canoeing, the Westwood Summer Outdoor Camp Program, the winter Ruby Hill Rail Yard, ski programming for youth in Denver Public Schools and My Denver, as well as hiking and snowshoeing for youth, adult and seniors. Our Recreation Leads provide outdoor program experiences that help connect low-income kids with nature via recreational opportunities such as camping, climbing, in a dynamic outdoor-nature oriented recreation curriculum. Key Responsibilities: Deliver high level of customer service to all Outdoor Recreation participants Display a high degree of competency in all instructor level duties as outlined on instructor job description Monitor weather and make alternative plans in the event of severe or inclement weather Mentor newer staff; provide feedback to help develop their facilitation and leadership skills Maintain a positive group atmosphere in which all participants are welcomed, included and supported Identify and minimize environmental risks; follow policies and procedures as set forth by ODR Respond to emergencies and provide patient care; be prepared to summon help/initiate rescue in backcountry environments with no cellphone reception Maintain proper documentation: challenge course reports, incident/accident reports, rope/equipment logs, etc. Drive department vehicles including trucks with trailer in tow and 15 passenger mini-buses with participants Other duties as assigned Challenge Course Exhibit relevant knowledge of belaying, climbing, rope handling, knot tying, safety systems, rescues, and risk management practices Possess knowledge of local operating procedures on challenge course grounds Communicate with group leaders prior to the program to discuss goals and logistics Lead a morning meeting with staff prior to the program to discuss facilitation plan Oversee technical setup of high ropes course Welcome participants and manage medical forms and liability waivers; review paperwork and follow-up with any concerns Lead program orientation and ensure teacher/chaperone orientation takes place Manage emergency response if incident arises including patient care, communication with EMS and proper follow-up documentation Lead end of day staff meeting to debrief facilitation plan and document equipment usage Oversee or perform technical rescues as needed Ensure program paperwork is submitted to the office in a timely manner; relay imperative feedback to coordinator/supervisor Ensure that staff are meeting expectations and job requirements; report any staff issues to supervisor/coordinators if they arise Oversee breakdown of all technical equipment, ensure equipment is stored properly and facility is secured Monitor facility for potential safety concerns; initiate maintenance requests/element safety closures, etc. Outdoor Education Trips Assemble all technical and other gear needed for the trip Create route/itinerary/emergency and teaching plans for the outing Setup technical systems as needed for activities Ensure all participants have completed paperwork, review paperwork and follow-up with any concerns Conduct participant safety briefing Teach group necessary technical skills for successful and safe participation including, but not limited to belaying, snowshoe use, camping techniques, stove use, etc. Portable Climbing Wall Coordinate logistics with event lead prior to program and operation Transport climbing wall to event location using truck with trailer in tow Setup climbing wall according to guidelines and procedures Inspect mechanical components of wall and ensure it is working properly Test climbing wall cables and setup prior to participant climbing Manage flow of guests on climbing wall including overseeing sign-in, assisting with harnesses, clipping in/out of wall and spotting Ensure proper takedown of climbing wall and secure at appropriate location Serve as a good ambassador for ODR at the very large public events and promote other ODR programs as possible Supervise other staff members during climbing wall operation Learn to Ski and Ride (for staff staying on in winter) Manage group rosters, paperwork and equipment during transport to Winter Park Ensure that all chaperones understand role Work with resort staff at rentals to ensure participants are properly outfitted Maintain presence in lodge during day; respond to injuries/illnesses, manage lunch logistics Ensure that all rentals are returned and all students get to bus at end of day Our department provides intensive training for staff to prepare staff for areas of outdoor recreation in which they do not have professional experience directly. However, this position requires a specialized outdoor recreation certification in a related field in order to qualify. This is an on-call position which will work no more than 39 hours per week and is not eligible for benefits. On-call positions may have routine or variable work schedules. Our staffing needs vary season to season, with spring-fall being the busiest time of the year. We are only able to keep a few staff on through the winter season and are unable to guarantee winter work to all staff. About You Our ideal candidate will be a well-rounded outdoor enthusiast with extensive personal and/or professional outdoor recreation experience in areas such as challenge course instruction, backpacking/camping, various water sports, rock climbing and belaying, and more. Our ideal candidate will have reliable transportation to lead activities throughout our extensive program service area and will be able to participate in our activity-specific in-house trainings provided throughout the season. Our ideal candidate will have: Open availability during our peak spring-fall season Wilderness First Aid Certification and/or CPR Certification Experience working with youth and adults in a recreation setting Ability to participate in yearly in-house challenge course training Ability to attend Defensive Driving and Coaching the Van Driver training One or more of following certifications (or a related outdoor certification) is required: AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor ACA SUP Instructor PSIA XC Ski Instructor ACCT Level 2 Facilitator We realize that your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you meet the following minimum qualifications: Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate Experience: Two (2) years of experience (paid or volunteer) as an instructor in an organized specialized recreation program with certification in specialized area as required Licensures/Certification(s): Certification in the specialized field as required. Requires certification in CPR/First Aid prior to completion of probation period. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment Education/Experience Equivalency: Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements About Everything Else Job Profile RG2109 Activities Leader Certified To view the full job profile including position specifications, physical demands, and probationary period, click here . Position Type Oncall Position Salary Range $20.25 - $27.74 Starting Pay $20.25 Agency Parks and Recreation The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 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