Lifetime Leisure Skills Assistant

Rate of pay: $8.20/hour

Work location: Field House

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 assist with logistics, group management and instruction of Lifetime Leisure Skills courses.


  • Attend and help lead class/trip meetings that cover risk management, expectations, logistics and other information pertaining to the course/trip
  • Practice kindness and respect towards self and others
  • Assist with equipment organization, requests, loading/unloading, and cleaning
  • Maintain equipment in good working order
  • Drive vehicles to transport equipment and students
  • Pickup and return vehicles to Fleet Services
  • Assist with general camp chores and tasks like cooking and cleaning
  • Assist with group management
  • Attend all staff meetings and trainings with a positive attitude and be prepared to share knowledge and give feedback
  • Provide instruction to students when required and knowledge allows
  • Demonstrate respect for the environment by following Leave No Trace outdoor ethics
  • Exercise good judgment, demonstrate safe behaviors, maintain appropriateness, and conduct oneself in a professional manner
  • Respectfully and effectively work with people of different ages, genders, ethnicities, races and backgrounds
  • Complete self-evaluations and evaluations of fellow staff
  • Provide accurate information about other program areas of Touch the Earth
  • Provide general information about local and regional state parks and recreational opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned by professional staff



  • All members of the leadership team must have the desire to have fun, learn new skills, and teach people new things
  • Must be comfortable camping and traveling in remote outdoor settings and various environments including, but not limited to: rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains, deserts, cliffs, caves, canyons, forests and snow.
  • Must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and/or over school holiday breaks
  • Must be willing and able to enforce all policies of the Department of Recreational Services
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed
  • Strong problem-solving skills


  • Have general knowledge of outdoor recreation equipment including tents, gas stoves/lanterns, sleeping bags, backpacks, bikes, canoes, kayaks, rock climbing and related accessories
  • Previous leadership experience in an outdoor setting (summer camp, NOLS, Outward Bound, etc).
  • Preferred: Hold a current Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification (required for head position)

Training requirements

  • Criminal Background Check upon hire
  • CPR/AED/First-Aid certification or ability to obtain upon hire
  • Completion of University of Iowa Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Driver’s License Check upon hire
  • Recreational Services Employee Orientation

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