Outdoor Experience Staff, Kennedy Mountain Campus

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Recreation / Kennedy Mountain Campus
Division: Mountain Campus

Staff Position Summary

The James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, Wellness & Recreation Division at the University of Denver is currently seeking part-time staff to assist with its mountain campus operations. These positions are located at the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus in Red Feather Lakes, CO. The KMC staff are responsible for providing exceptional customer service, maintaining cleanliness, assisting with program/event coordination, and responding to emergency situations.

These are non-benefited positions not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

About the Outdoor Experience 

The DU Outdoor Experience is a part of the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, Wellness & Recreation Division at the University of Denver. The Outdoor Experience offers programs and services that share the skills and resources that foster confidence in the outdoors. Our core tenants are to provide adventure, a collective approach to fostering community, and environmental stewardship. We execute these tenants through thoughtfully curated clinics, trips, and professional-level training. In true outdoor community style, we live between the main DU urban campus and the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus.  

Position Summary 

Gain professional experience while exploring all things adventure-oriented. Work as part of a team to provide progressive and modern instruction to individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds.  Lead participants in various outdoor-related outings, clinics, or team-building programs.  

Our program is made of two interconnected teams: 

  • Adventure Team  
    • Hosts and facilitates activities at the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus for First Ascent, supporting programs for academic courses, camps, and other events.  
  • Outdoor Experience Team 
    • In addition to KMC responsibilities, OE team members will host skill clinics, trips, and other guided activities that can be based out of Denver or at the Kennedy Mountain Campus 


Applies skills and job knowledge in an area of specialization to delivery programming; may adapt teaching techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of the area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues, respond to emergencies; make working decisions within the area of specialization; responsibility with minimal supervision. 

Traits We Look For 

  • Desire to build a more inclusive DU Outdoor Community 
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills. 
  • Good Interpersonal Skills  
  • Love of the outdoors and interest in going on OE outings 
  • Self-directed, motivated, innovative 
  • Desire to learn new skills and concepts 
  • Strong sense of responsibility 
  • Enjoys working with peers, clients, and staff 

Required Qualifications 

  • Lead Positions – demonstrated competency in an outdoor skill 
  • Lead Positions – 2+ years of experience in an outdoor skill 
  • Basic knowledge of the outdoor skills being taught.  
  • Completion of the Outdoor Leadership Lab or similar training 
  • BLS First Aid + CPR

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working with others in an outdoor setting 
  • Wilderness medicine training, Wilderness First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder 
  • Management of overnight and extended adventure trips
  • 3-years experience and ability to demonstrate competency in an outdoor skill 

Working Environment 

  • Works in all weather conditions and varying facilities and environments. 
  • Works regularly on nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • Noise level is moderate. 
  • Potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens. 

Physical Activities 

  • Ability to sit and stand repeatedly over many hours or days. 
  • Required to move over uneven terrain carrying upwards of 50 lbs.  
  • Ability to wake up early and/or stay up late 

Work Schedule
Part-time, hours will vary depending upon position and program schedules.

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Rate:

$18.29 - $20.00 Denver-based Staff

$18.29 - $22.00 OE Lead Staff working at KMC

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see https://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/non-discrimination-statement.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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