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Located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, Berkshire Outdoor Center operates a year-round outdoor education program. Our operation serves around 19,000 youth and adults from around New England and beyond, the majority being from Boston and New York City areas. Typical groups include schools, youth groups, community organizations, corporate groups and other retreats and conferences. We also run Family Camps and Women's Wellness Weekends.

Positions are competitive.

Seasonal Employment Options

Because we run programs every season, we are continuously looking for exceptional staff throughout the year. Staff are scheduled as little as a few weekends a year to returning annually for several years.

Challenge Course Site Supervisor Job Description

This position will start an intense training program late April 2015 and will assume full responsibility of the course by mid May. The position will continue until mid November.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Seasonal)

Reports to: BOC Program Coordinator

General Function: The Challenge Course Site Supervisor is responsible for the setup, operations, and take-down of our extensive challenge courses. The curriculum revolves around leadership development and teambuilding, the Site Supervisor will be responsible for facilitation of the high and low ropes course. Additionally, Site Supervisor will be trained in monthly course inspection procedures and will work with the Challenge Course Manager to train all future course staff in proper operations.

Qualifications Requirements

You must:

· Be highly motivated to work in a variety of roles, particularly in the outdoors

· Have experience working on a challenge courses or other climbing equivalents

· Be able to teach outdoor education skills to a diverse age range in a variety of environments

· Have the desire to work with children, youth, teens and adults of all backgrounds

· Be an active individual

· Teambuilding & low ropes experience

· Be flexible with scheduling and fulfilling additional duties

Additional Advantages*:

· Experience working with children in an outdoor education setting

· Alpine tower, Giant Swing and Zip line belay experience

· Association for Challenge Course Technology Level 2 certification

· Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid experience and certifications

*Additional Advantages can be trained by us (and we pay you for the training) if the candidate does not possess each of them, providing they are highly motivated and physically capable.

Principle Responsibilities

· High Elements set up, take down, and active supervision of safety protocols.

· Low Elements facilitation with a diverse variety of groups

· Perform any course rescues that may arise

· Work with the Challenge Course Manager to inspect the courses monthly

· Lead the training of other staff in course-related skills, protocols and procedures

· Work with youth and adults.

Further Responsibilities

Work effectively with children and adults in a variety of settings & programs & seasons, including:

Teambuilding & Low Elements, High Elements, Climbing Tower, Alpine Tower and Zip line

Manage activities with the highest standards of safety

Function as an effective team member; be flexible with schedule changes and customer needs

Serve as a senior mentor (and role model) to new Program Instructors

Keep inventories of ropes course stock and equipment

Participate in training, meetings and other professional development opportunities

Keep supervisors informed of new program opportunities, be responsive to group and staff evaluations, and participate in curriculum review & development

Salary & Benefits

All employees earn a salary plus room and board

BOC Application Process

Thank you for your interest in working seasonally with Berkshire Outdoor Center.


Indicate your interest in working for us by completing the Expression of Interest in Employment form (continue below)


We will contact you for an interview if you satisfy our criteria as an applicant and if we have positions available. We will not contact you if you fail to qualify or if we have filled all positions.


We will invite you to formally apply for a position by sending you a link to My Staffing Pro - our third-party employment application vendor.


You must contact 3 References who will complete an online reference form for you. After they submit the reference, we will contact them to verify.


You will not be permitted to work unless you can verify your identity.

You must be willing and able to bring original forms of ID as listed on page 9 of the USCIS I-9 , in person on your first day of employment.

You can use any combination as listed on page 9 of the USCIS I-9 , but typical ID combinations include:

- USA Passport

- Foreign Passport AND Unexpired, Endorsed I-94

- Driver's License AND Social Security Card

- Driver's License AND Birth Certificate


We only pay via direct deposit. We do not issue payroll checks or pay in cash.

You will need to provide us with either a voided check, OR:

- Bank Routing Number

- Bank Account Number

Please bring these numbers with you on your first day of employment. If you do not have these details, we will issue you with a Rapid Pay Card.

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