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Training and Positions Overview

Adventure WV First-Year Trips Staff –Training and Work Opportunities for 2021 Season

The Adventure WV First-Year Trips Program works with over 2,000 incoming first-year students in a typical summer; in order to serve so many students, the support of numerous student staff members is essential! There are various positions available within the program and we are constantly growing and expanding. The following information outlines the opportunities available for training and working with FYTs for the 2021 season.

Work Positions Available:

** Our FYT student staff work with incoming first-year WVU students in exciting, new, fun, and challenging environments. AWVFYT Staff are ultimately responsible for the safety and overall experience of their programs when working with students. These individuals need to be well-organized, compassionate, skilled in communication, and capable of teaching and mentoring other students. We seek leaders with strong communication and teaching skills. Regardless of your prior experience, we will train you in the technical skills required to lead programs. Please do not hesitate to apply even if you do not have extensive outdoor experience. *Though not required, applicants will have the opportunity to mark preferences on their application and to elaborate on their interest(s). **
FYT Trip Leaders (Frontcountry and Backcountry) FYT Trip Leaders work with groups of first-year WVU students on 5-6 day trips doing a variety of adventure activities. FYT leaders work in teams to plan, implement, and manage the trips from start to finish! Trip leaders generally work 4-6 trips each summer. Three different types of trip models are offered all throughout the summer and vary in length, activity type, and accommodations. Explore our FYT website to see more specifics on the types of trips our leaders are assigned to lead, including basic itineraries and an overview of the trip models!
NSO Basecamp Trip Leaders NSO Basecamp Trip Leaders work with groups of first-year WVU students on 2-day trips at our Outdoor Education Center facility, located just outside of Morgantown (situated within Coopers Rock State Forest). First-Year students who participate in NSO Basecamp participate in a full day and overnight experience involving teambuilding, adventure, and challenge activities, and discussions that relate to starting college.The students then return to Morgantown for their on-campus required New Student Orientation. NSO Basecamp trip leaders are ultimately responsible for the safety and overall experience of these trips, and work in leader teams to plan, implement, and manage the trips from start to finish!
Program Support Specialists ProgramSupport Staff are crucial! These individuals work closely with the Adventure WV full-time staff and are responsible for organizing equipment, inventorying and packing food, managing equipmentcheck-in and de-issue (clean-up) after trips, repairing gear, and other miscellaneous duties. These individuals primarily work behind the scenes to help with program logistics and may be asked to fill in as a Trip Leader if needed. Individuals who want togain experience with the organizational side of programs and who are interested in implementing streamlined approaches to logistical work are sought for these roles
Challenge Course Program Facilitator The Outdoor Education Centeris an AWV campus located near Coopers Rock State Forest. This campus includes on-site rustic cabins and amenities, a challenge course, canopy tour, and other programming facilities. This site is used by First-Year Trips, NSO Basecamp programs, and other additional teambuilding and training programs throughout the year.Challenge CourseProgramFacilitators work in teams to provide programming on high and low challenge elements to a variety of groups and students throughout the summerand potentially during the fall semester!

Training Sections Overview

Accepted FYT staff are placed into 1 of 3 training sections for the Spring 2021 semester. This allows staff to train in a smaller group setting with more individualized attention from the instructor. While the foundational content in each course stays the same, the 3 different sections also allow for more well-directed training in certain technical skill sets. While specific summer work assignments aren’t made until April, students are able to know more generally the type of work they can expect and train more directly for it through their specific training section. Below is an overview of the training section, what summer positions are eligible from participating in that training section, and the type of additional Spring Training a staff member can expect.
Spring Training Class (RPTR 251) Intended Summer Positions Intended MayTraining Trip
Section 001:Frontcountry (FC) Specialist
This course focuses on:
  • Core Leadership topics
  • Frontcountry camping and travel
  • Experiential Facilitation
  • Work with FYT Frontcountry (FC)Trips: 4-6 Quest & Odysseymodeltrips
  • Possibly Program Support Staff
Frontcountry 7-day Training Trip
Section 002: Backcountry (BC) Specialist
This course focuses on:
  • Core Leadership topics
  • Backcountry camping and travel
  • Experiential Facilitation
  • Work with FYT Backcountry (BC)Trips: 4-6 Explore model trips
  • Possibly Program Support Staff
  • Possibility to work FC trips depending on need
Backcountry 7-day Training Trip
Section 003: FC/OEC Specialist
This course focuses on:
  • Core Leadership topics
  • Frontcountry camping and travel
  • Experiential Facilitation
  • NSO Basecamp: 1-night programs for incoming students in June (6-8 programs)
  • OEC Day & Overnight Programs
    (guarantee 20 hours/week when not on NSO or FYT programs)
  • FYT FC Trips: 1-2 Quest & Odyssey trips (end of summer)
  • Possibly Program Support Staff
FC/OEC 7-day Training Trip:
This training trip involves the OEC Challenge Course Certification training, combined with a modified FCTraining Trip

Basic Glossary of Terms

  • Frontcountry (FC): Trips that do not involve a backcountry component, and instead focus on a variety of adventure activities and camping that is accessible by vehicle.
  • Backcountry (BC): Trips that involve wilderness travel and camping in aremote, wilderness,backcountry setting (i.e. backpacking)
  • Outdoor Education Center (OEC): the OEC is an AWV campus located near Coopers Rock State Forest. This campus includes on-site rustic cabins and amenities, challenge course, canopy tour, and other programming facilities. This site is used by First-Year Trips, NSO Basecamp programs, and other additional teambuilding and training programs throughout the year.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Staffing

  • Are staff paid?
    Yes. Program Support Staff start at $9 per hour and work 20-37.5 hours/week on a varying schedule. Trip Leaders start with a daily stipend of $75 and are additionally paid for one Packout Day prior to the start of each trip. Wages increased with years of service at Adventure WV and with certain certifications and trainings.
  • What is the schedule? Can I request time off?
    Program Support Staff have a weekly work schedule, which varies between 20-37.5 hours per week. Working mornings, evenings, and weekends is required. Trip leaders have a more irregular schedule, often working week-on/week-off, but also often having back-to-back work weeks or off weeks. Both positions may submit vacations requests, although requests are not guaranteedand schedules are not finalized until April of 2021.
  • Can I take summer classes? Online classes?
    Generally, no. Trip Leaders find it nearly impossible to take most summer classes, given their complete disconnect from technology for many weeks during the summer. Program Support Specialists occasionally have been able to take a class, but such requests must be cleared with professional staff prior to acceptance and enrollment as an AWVFYT student staff member.

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