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1 Dec 2015

Trek & Backpack Outdoor Trip Leader

SOAR – Posted by SOAR Balsam, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

SOAR is an outdoor and experiential education program utilizing 10, 12, 15, 18, and 26 day expedition style adventures with youth diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities. Programs are co-ed, students are between the ages of 8 – 25, and groups consist of 7-8 students with 2 staff. Course sites include the North Carolina Smokies, Florida Keys, Wyoming, and California. Activities include rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, orienteering, llama treks, horsepacking, mountain biking, caving, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and sea kayaking.

Outdoor Trip Leader
RESP: Supervise a group of 7-8 students (2 staff per group), for 24 hours a day, on 10 to 26 day courses; facilitate a safe and successful experience during the adventure based portions of the course; facilitate the development of life skills, organizational skills, self-esteem, problem-solving strategies, communication techniques, and social skills; assist in developing personal goals for each student; write a comprehensive student evaluation at the end of each course; and act as a role model for students by demonstrating maturity, responsibility, good organizational skills, and professional behavior. NC/FL: Available May 22 – August 18; WY/CA: Available May 27 – August 15.

QUAL: Minimum 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed); 2 years of college experience, in human service related field preferred (e.g., Education, Psychology, Recreation); current WFA and CPR certifications; Lifeguard required for FL and CA staff; experience and/or desire to work with LD and AD/HD youth; patience, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and integrity required; experience in and/or desire to learn outdoor adventure activities; strong organizational and time management skills preferred.

BENEFITS: $2,250-$3,250/season, d.o.e. Extensive two-week training. Available May 22 – August 18, 2017, depending on course area.

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Complete a staff application on-line at or contact Laura Pate, SOAR, PO Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707, (828)456-3435,

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Trek & Backpack.


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