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UI Challenge Course Facilitator

Rate of pay: $15.00/hour

Work location: UI Challenge Course - 3310 Hawkeye Park Road

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such customer service experience, remaining calm in difficult situations, responsibility and accountability, and working with people from diverse backgrounds as well as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

To lead groups through the High Adventure Challenge Course by facilitating games and initiatives to address the goals set by the client using reflective processing techniques.


  • Follow the directions of the Lead Facilitator.
  • Arrive prior to the group start time to discuss the agenda for the day with the lead facilitator.
  • Assist in setting up both the high and low course.
  • Assist in breaking down the high and low course and storing equipment.
  • Attend training sessions and meetings.
  • Provide first aid as needed to injured participants
  • Ensure outstanding customer service for users they come in contact with
  • Perform and document daily inspections of equipment and elements.
  • Perform other work as assigned.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete an eight hour refresher training annually.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups.
  • Facilitate a minimum of 20 hours annually.
  • Maintain personal Challenge Course portfolio.
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to accommodate a variable work schedule that may include week days, nights, and weekends.  Holidays are rare, but could occur.

Training requirements

  • Training of 40 hours is required as part of the application process.  Upon completion you will be certified as a Level 1 Challenge Course Facilitator through the Association for Challenge Course Technology.  There is a fee for the training, approximately $200.
  • Certification in First Aid, CPR/AED or willingness to obtain.
  • Complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training annually.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check.

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