Outdoor Recreation Instructor

Outdoor Recreation Instructor
Organization City and County of Denver
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Part Time
Application Deadline Jan 31, 2023

These are part-time positions which will work no more than 39 hours per week and are not eligible for benefits. Part-time positions may have routine or variable work schedules.

Denver Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation Program connects communities with the outdoors through educational curricula and experiential learning. These exciting and uniquely Colorado programs include climbing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, paddle boarding, teambuilding activities, and so much more. These programs often take place at some of Colorado’s most sought-after outdoor spaces including various Denver Mountain Parks, the Genesee Challenge Course, Evergreen Lake, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Winter Park Resort, and a multitude of hiking and mountain biking trails across the front range and beyond.

The Outdoor Recreation Team is seeking several Outdoor Recreation Instructors to support the continued growth of these popular programs. Outdoor Recreation Instructors are responsible for delivering exciting and engaging programs including upright paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, the Westwood Summer Outdoor Camp Program, the winter Ruby Hill Rail Yard, ski programming for youth in Denver Public Schools and MY Denver participants, Carla Madison Recreation Center’s climbing wall, the Genesee Challenge Course and the Genesee Rock Climbing site, as well as hiking adventures for youth, adults, and active older adults in the Denver Mountain Parks system.

Our department provides intensive training for staff to prepare them for areas of outdoor recreation in which they do not have professional experience directly. Staffing needs vary season to season, with spring–fall being the busiest time of the year.

Outdoor Recreation Instructor responsibilities include:

  • Delivering high level customer service to all Outdoor Recreation participants
  • Displaying a high degree of competency and consideration for safety throughout day-to-day programming
  • Monitoring weather conditions and making alternative plans in the event of severe or inclement weather
  • Supporting all facets of program registration and group programming
  • Maintaining a positive group atmosphere in which all participants are welcomed, included, and supported
  • Identifying and minimizing environmental risks; following policies and procedures as set forth by the Outdoor Recreation Team
  • Responding to emergencies and providing patient care; being prepared to summon help/initiate rescue in backcountry environments with no cellphone reception
  • Maintaining proper documentation such as end-of-day trip reports, incident/accident reports, and rope/equipment logs
  • Driving department vehicles including trucks with trailer-in-tow and 15-passenger mini-buses with participants

Challenge Course responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating groups coming to the Genesee Challenge Course, including low and high-elements, and leading team-building activities
  • Supporting guided rock-climbing programs in the Denver Mountain Parks system
  • Exhibiting relevant knowledge of belaying, climbing, rope handling, knot tying, safety systems, rescues, and risk management practices

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 and the availability 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:

  • Bilingual language skills. After completing an assessment, bilingual staff members may be eligible to received an additional stipend on their paycheck when using a second language on the job.
  • Open availability during our peak spring–fall season
  • Experience leading outdoor programming
  • Experience in guiding rock climbing, challenge course facilitation, or another outdoor recreation disciplines
  • Experience working with youth and adults in a recreation setting
  • Experience driving passenger vans, light-duty trucks, and trailers

Any of the following certifications are preferred, but not required:

  • Wilderness First Aid Certification and/or CPR Certification
  • AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor
  • ACA SUP Instructor
  • PSIA XC Ski Instructor
  • ACCT Level 2 Facilitator

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate.
  • Experience: One (1) year of experience in assisting in the operation and instruction of organized recreation activities.
  • Licensures/Certification(s): Requires certification in CPR and First Aid within 6 months of date of hire. This position requires a valid driver’s license at the time of application. (Employees may be eligible to drive department/city vehicles for transportation and subject to motor vehicle record check and required to pass a city sponsored driver safety training course.) Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.
  • Equivalency: Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
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