Employment with Outdoor Adventures

Campus Recreation is a part of the Division of Student Services with offices. We employ over 160 student staff each semester, and are continually looking for diverse, enthusiastic, dedicated and hardworking students who enjoy interacting in a positive environment.

Student employees play an invaluable role by providing customer service, safety, and fun to our guests. Campus Recreation promotes student development, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, time management, professionalism, and leadership skills. Employment with Campus Recreation will provide you with valuable work skills, life-long learning opportunities, and lasting friendships.


Climbing Center Staff - Spring/ Summer

Climbing Center Staff

Description

Climbing Center staff fill a variety of roles related to the operation of the climbing wall.  We are currently seeking outgoing students to serve in one of two capacities

  1. Shift staff - Part-time work with a regular shift during our spring/ summer open hours (Tuesdays/ Thursdays, 5pm-9pm).  Staff in this role will also be expected to assist with groups/ private events at the Climbing Center as available.
  2. Groups Staff - Part-time work with high-school "overnighter" groups/ private events. This role will only be active from about mid-May - early June as these events require a larger number of belayers than we typically have throughout the summer months.  Nights and occasional weekends may be required. This role will require minimal training and will not include a regular shift or ability to sub for regular shifts.   

Applicants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (12 if awarded work study) for the current semester or upcoming Fall semester in order to be eligible for hire.  

Training for Spring/ Summer employment will take place THIS SEMESTER (Winter 2019)

Responsibilities
Staff responsibilities include but are not limited to: Group event staffing (belaying & general supervision), occasional open hours operations (climber check-in, participant orientation, supervision, belaying, & equipment issue/ use)

Qualifications/ Requirements

  • Minimum of 1 semester climbing experience
  • Must be living in the Allendale/ Grand Rapids area
  • Must be able to attend the following mandatory trainings
    • New Hire Orientation:  Wednesday, February 6th;  5pm-9pm
    • Climbing Wall Management:  Saturday, February 9th; 12:30pm-5:30pm
    • PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification: Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 (Friday 5p-9p, Sat./ Sun 8a-5p )
    • First Aid, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens (optional if already certified): Wednesday April 3rd; 5pm-8pm
  • Ideal applicants will personify the OA Philosophy be outgoing, self-motivated, dependable, safety minded, passionate about the outdoors, & eager to share the joy of climbing with others
  • Due to the significant resources required for the training process, applicants are expected to be able to commit to working at the Climbing Center for at least 2 semesters (applies to Shift Staff only)

Application
We are currently not accepting applications at this time.


Climbing Center Staff - Fall

Climbing Center Staff

Description

Climbing Center staff fill a variety of roles related to the operation of the climbing wall.  We are currently seeking outgoing students to supplement our current staff for the Fall semester.  A limited number of Open Hours shifts are available but additional hours will be available on part-time, as-needed helping with groups/ private events at the wall and as subs for other shifts.  Applicants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (12 if awarded work study) in order to be eligible for Fall semester employment.

Training for Fall Semester employment will take place THIS SEMESTER (Winter 2019)

Responsibilities
Staff responsibilities include but are not limited to: Open Hours Operations, Technical Skills Instruction, Equipment Inspection, Group Event Staffing, & Route Setting.

Qualifications/ Requirements

  • Minimum of 1 semester climbing experience
  • Must be able to attend the following mandatory trainings
    • New Hire Orientation:  Wednesday, February 6th;  5pm-9pm
    • Climbing Wall Management:  Saturday, February 9th; 12:30pm-5:30pm
    • PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification: Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 (Friday 5p-9p, Sat./ Sun 8a-5p )
    • First Aid, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens (optional if already certified): Wednesday April 3rd; 5pm-8pm
  • Ideal applicants will personify the OA Philosophy be outgoing, self-motivated, dependable, safety minded, passionate about the outdoors, & eager to share the joy of climbing with others
  • Due to the significant resources required for the training process, applicants are expected to be able to commit to working at the Climbing Center for at least 2 semesters.

Application
We are currently not accepting applications at this time.
 


Bike Shop Internship

Pats Bike Support Event

Available for Fall, Winter, and Spring/ Summer

Description

Although this role is steeped in bicycling, bicycling is only the vehicle for which students will take away practical experience that will further develop them as professionals, regardless of their industry.  This experience includes: interpersonal communication, staff management, teaching & instruction, creative problem solving, and risk management.  The Bike Shop intern plays a vital role in the daily operations of the Bike Shop and the growth of a budding community at GVSU.  One internship will be available each semester.

Qualifications

The ideal applicant will embody the Outdoor Adventures vision of inspiring lifelong adventure and exemplify our core values of: leadership, learning, community, exploration, & safety.  They will have a passion for bicycles and spreading the joys of bicycling with the GVSU community.  In addition they have high personal standards, are organized, responsible, respectful, and creative. Anyone who is a hard worker, with a positive attitude, and willing to be mentored should apply.  Training is provided.  Bike maintenance, retail sales, and/ or teaching/ coaching experiences are a plus.  An adult CPR, First Aid, AED certification are required (training provided).

Compensation

The Bike Shop intern is an unpaid position.  However, working within our department/ program area is not without perks.  Opportunity may be available to receive funding to offset costs for attendance of professional development/ networking events.  Campus Recreation student staff are eligible to receive a free Group Exercise membership.  In addition, staff within the Outdoor Adventures program may rent outdoor gear for personal use (backpacks, tents, hammocks, sleeping bags, etc..) free of charge.

Application

Please follow the link below to apply.  Applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the semester in which the internship will begin in order to receive full consideration.

We are Currently Not Accepting Applications at this time.

In addition, please email Joe Bitely, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation; bitelyj@gvsu.edu the following information:

  1. An introduction to who you are.  Including a statement on what you would like to do after college.
  2. What goals you hope to achieve or experiences you would like to gain at an internship opportunity.
  3. Internship advisor information.  Including any specific requirements that must be met by the internship supervisor.

Bike Shop Mechanic

Bike Tune-Ups

Description

The Bike Mechanic position is a fun and challenging part-time position that allows you to share your love of bikes with the greater GVSU community. This position is more than just keeping bikes safe & well maintained.  It also includes assisting with developing the bike culture and community by introducing new & diverse groups to our various programs & services.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate records of services, rentals, and scheduled repairs
  • Coordinate and complete accurate repairs and services in a timely manner as well assist in self-serve repairs
  • Provide effective and timely communication with Assistant Director of Campus Rec. regarding but not limited to bike maintenance, part needs, client information/needs, etc. 
  • Mentor OA staff as needed
  • Upkeep of the rental fleet
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge and expertise in bike repair and bike maintenance
  • Assist in coordination of workshops and events
  • Attend all staff meetings and trainings
  • General building responsibilities including opening and closing the building as well as maintaining a clean and organized shop area
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Successful applicants will exemplify the OA's philosophy
  • Previous experience in bike maintenance and repair is a must. Commercial bike shop experience desired
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instruction
  • Great time management skills
  • Applicants should be hard working, friendly, environmentally conscious, open-minded, creative, and responsible
  • Must meet minimum enrollment requirements for student employment

Commitment
Through Spring/ Summer, this position will require on average 15-20 hours per week. Schedules offer some flexibility.  Most hours will be dedicated to regular shifts at the Bike Shop.  Remaining weekly hours will be dedicated to drop-off maintenance, general programming, and outreach.  

Application
The application is currently not available.


Bike Shop Staff

Bike Apprentice

Description

Any GVSU Students with a passion for bikes and an interest in supporting the growing biking community at Grand Valley should consider the Bike Shop Staff position. This part-time position includes running day-to-day operations at our limited-service Bike Shop and training in basic bike maintenance. 

Responsibilities 
Primary responsibilities include day-to-day operations of the Bike Shop which include: Assisting shop visitors with self-service maintenance, coordinating rentals/returns, data entry, rental logistics, leading &/or assisting with bike related programs and events, general rental fleet maintenance and other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications
Basic bicycle maintenance knowledge is preferred but not required. Ideal applicants will personify the OA Philosophy be outgoing, self-motivated, dependable, and eager to be involved with Grand Valley biking community. An ability to stay organized in the office setting, manage paperwork, demonstrate great customer service and communication are all qualities the Bike Shop staff must exemplify. 

Application 
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