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Job opening at CSI Challenge Course 3/13/2014

Challenge Course Technician Job Description and Training

Everyone can benefit from training on a challenge course! Trainees develop leadership, communication, planning, and group management skills, while learning and engaging in a unique setting outside of a classroom. All sessions involve participation, lecture, discussion, experiential, and practicum modes to meet all learning styles.

The trainings run congruently and follow the standards as set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). They are designed for a technician position, including skills such as spotting, belaying, access climbing, and gear inspections. At the end of training, you will have a wide repertoire of elements you can lead on or off the challenge course, as well as become proficient in belaying and safety protocol. The last day of the training includes testing on practical and learnt knowledge. Participants who successfully complete the training and testing will be offered a certificate of completion as well as result in an offered position under the CSI Challenge Course.

Each session of training will cover a wide variety of information, skills, and elements, and thus are mandatory for those interested in future employment with the Challenge Course. Only extreme situations will be considered for make-up training days. Each session will contain a large content of material, so participants must be willing to come prepared to learn, be engaged, and be willing to practice outside of training to master the covered skills.

If you are interested in working for the challenge course, the job description listed below is provided in order to give you an understanding of the position as well as help you to decide if the challenge course is the right fit for you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the coordinator at the information below to discuss possible options.

Challenge Technician Requirements:

  • Qualities that are critical in the technician include good judgment, flexibility, patience, and the ability to manage a group of 10-20 participants at a time
  • Must be willing to be outside for various lengths of time regardless of the weather conditions
  • Must have a good attitude and a willingness to learn from others, from the coordinator, and to learn from personal experiences
  • Be willing to engage participants in fun ways in order to further learning and growth
  • Be able to critically assess situations and to monitor for safety at all times
  • Be proficient in communicating with patrons, staff, and coordinator in order to maintain safety and to schedule shifts
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and be able to perform a variety of physical activities, including climbing all elements, lifting and moving ladders, and carrying and fitting climbing gear properly.
  • Be prompt for each shift – lateness can result in a poor program and/or missing pertinent information could potentially cause undue risk
  • Be willing to work evenings and weekends

Perks of a Challenge Course Technician:

  • Flexible hours – you choose what shifts you want to work
  • Pay starts at $8.00, with potential of earning up to $15 an hour
  • Paid staff trainings – every training you attend you are paid for your time
  • Applicable job skills learned – your ability to interact and teach others is applicable in every job setting
  • Ability to advance in skills and in job position
  • Employment opportunities through Outdoor Program as well
  • The job is FUN!
  • Possibility of PRO DEALS on outdoor gear!


Thursday, March 13th, 2014 from 4pm - 7pm :       Meet at Challenge Course Shed
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 2pm - 6pm:      Meet at Challenge Course Shed
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 from 4pm - 7pm:       Meet at Challenge Course Shed
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from 12pm - 6pm:      Meet at Challenge Course Shed

If you’re interested, please contact Christa Gessaman, the Challenge Course Coordinator, at 732-6697, or email her at for more information and/or to sign up for the training.


Christa Gessaman   732-6697
CSI Outdoor Program
There are no Charges or Fees