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Outdoor Recreation Associate

Apply now Department: 3670009250 Recreational Services Peters
Job no: 510645
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Recreational Services
Pay Grade: 07A

General Description of Position:

The Outdoor Recreation Associate will directly administer and manage the university challenge course, the climbing wall facility in the Rec Complex, and the Outdoor Rental program.  This person will assist in the administration of all programs conducted by the department including budgeting, personnel, facilities management, formulation and administration of rules and policies, long-range planning, and evaluation. This person will be held accountable for the continued growth and improvement of all programs including the development and implementation of risk management policies and procedures. This person will provide a collaborative, team-oriented approach to the overall management process of Recreational Services. The development and continuous improvement of customer service practices and staff training will be a standard expectation for this person. This person will have no outside duties or jobs that directly interfere with these responsibilities. This position will report to the Associate Director.

Information about the Department:

Recreational Services’ mission is to develop, promote and manage the administration of recreational and fitness facilities, services, and programs for the campus community at Kansas State University. Active and healthy lifestyles enhance opportunities for the continuance of personal and professional maintenance and growth. These lifestyles are positively affected by the quality and quantity of the services, programs, and facilities we provide. Recreational Services promotes student development and provides leadership opportunities in a diverse setting for its participants and employees.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html

Job Description:



  • This person will hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate all student employees in the operations, education and risk management procedures of the challenge course and climbing wall.


  • This person will oversee, advise, and assist in budget preparations, fund controls, equipment purchases, and adherence to university policy. 

Program Management:

  • This person will establish and maintain the fee schedules for the use of the challenge course and special uses of the climbing wall.  Will maintain records with regards to the purchasing and inventory of equipment, participation numbers, risk management procedures, payroll information, and year-end reviews.  Will develop a maintenance schedule for all challenge course elements, climbing wall structures and equipment to ensure proper operation and adherence to established material use policies. Will purchase new and replacement equipment as necessary.  Will complete and maintain an updated inventory record including date of purchase, cost, vendor, location, amounts, repair, maintenance, etc. Will promote the challenge course and climbing wall through regular publications, web site information, university activities, and other appropriate means in cooperation with department’s marketing staff.  Will develop and maintain relationships with clients.  Will manage a master schedule of program events and schedule groups accordingly.  Will design and assist staff in the design of custom challenge course and climbing wall programs, route setting etc. in consideration of unique requests, group size or demographics. Conduct routine facility and equipment inspections to ensure safety and program risk management in accordance with national standards and best practices and departmental guidelines.


  • This person will provide education and certification to all student facilitators in both areas.  Will provide continuing education in the management of challenge courses and climbing walls.  Will maintain a working relationship with vendors for scheduling training of staff and inspections of the course and the wall.



  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate all student employees.
  • Train employees in the processes of using Fusion, PC Charge, and appropriate financial documentation as it applies to the rental of equipment, late fees, and equipment replacement.

Program Management

  • Establish and maintain the fee schedules for all equipment rental. 
  • Maintain records with regards to the purchasing and inventory of equipment, participation numbers, risk management information, payroll information, and year-end reviews. 
  • Maintain a maintenance schedule for all rental equipment to ensure proper operation.  Will assist in the purchase of new and replacement equipment as necessary. 
  • Complete and maintain an updated inventory record including date of purchase, cost, vendor, location, amounts, repair, maintenance, etc.
  • Promote the program, its activities, and the equipment availability through regular publications, group rentals, university activities, and other appropriate means.


  • Will assist in the development of staff training including the instruction of CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen training.
  • Will serve the University and Department via committees including Recreational Services Council, and other committees as needed.
  • Will serve the department as a member of the Recreational Services Student Development and Leadership Team    
  • All position responsibilities will include some evening and weekend supervision.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Required Education, Experience & Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a high school diploma and two years of experience

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • One year of staff supervision experience
  • One year experience with management of outdoor rental equipment
  • American Red Cross Instructor CPR/AED/First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Certification in CPR/AED and First Aid

Climbing Wall:

            One or more of the following:

  • One year experience in climbing wall management
  • Climbing Wall Instructor Certification (PCIA, AMGA, or CWA)
  • Climbing Wall Instructor Provider (PCIA, AMGA, or CWA)

Challenge Course:

         One or more of the following:

  • One year in a leadership capacity in challenge course programming
  • ACCT Level 1 Proficiency Training or certification
  • ACCT Level 2 certification
  • ACCT Challenge Course Manager (CCM)

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applicants will begin May 24 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$17.79-$20.67 hourly

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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