Adventure Program Guide
Park City, Salt Lake City, Surround Areas and Partner Venues, UT Programs - Adventure/Groups


Adventure Program Guides provide support to the program team with a focus on the adventure and groups department. Guides must possess exceptional risk management, technical knowledge of programs, group facilitation and leadership skills in outdoor adventure setting. A primary function of this and every position at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each member, guest, and visitor receive the highest caliber of customer service.

Position Information

Seasonal, non-exempt, varied hours up to 40 hours per week. Weekend, evening, night and holidy work as required. $10-$20/hr

Major Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assist in assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating specific outdoor adaptive adventure activities including some or all of the following: indoor rock climbing, outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, SUP, backpacking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, overnight trips in both the backcountry and front-country
  • Lead trips, facilitate large and small groups, teach technical skills and ensure risk management
  • Develop goals and objectives for each participant with their input, relative to the day’s activity; document participants’ goals and objectives; create and implement behavior management plans; manage behavior of participants during activities; provide input and feedback during program debrief
  • During programs communicate instructions verbally to students during the activity, including but not limited to directives, technique, and feedback
  • Implement and supervise safety/risk management protocols in a caring and fun environment for participants, volunteers and staff
  • Plan, and implement personalized activities and/or games for various populations with ranging ability levels that is appropriate for age, ability, and monthly themes of the group
  • Enforce program policies and procedures
  • Assist with overseeing proper use of facility, equipment and supplies
  • Assist with preparing site and equipment for activity and with proper clean up and storage at the end of each activity
  • Inform supervisor of any program delivery issues or concerns, equipment concerns or equipment maintenance needs
  • Conduct and maintain lesson documentation as assigned, including participant assessments, lesson plans, progress notes, evaluations, and incident reports
  • Train, supervise and mentor interns and volunteers, as applicable
  • Evaluate and offer regular feedback to supervisor on instructors’ and volunteers’ performance
  • Provide general feedback in a solution driven, appropriate manner utilizing existing established means
  • Attend and engage in required program staff meetings and trainings
  • Pass required safety checks
  • Document and report all accidents, incidents and disciplinary concerns to supervisor
  • Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community
  • Support and promote National Ability Center programs and staff when out in the community
  • Abide by all policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook and relevant program specific manuals
  • Commit to continuing education in your field utilizing internal and external resources to ensure our programs sustain continual responsiveness and improvement
  • Communicate clearly, honestly, and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents, and volunteers
  • All other duties as specified


Required Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (minimum, WFA preferred) 
  • Prior experience leading groups in an outdoor setting
  • Prior experience in NAC adventure programs: IMBA/PMBI, AMGA SPI, ACA,WFR, LNT certifications are preferred but not required
  • Knowledge and understanding of people with both visible and invisible disabilities
  • Ability to work effectively with children and adults
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities in a hectic environment
  • Demonstrates responsibility, dependability, and maturity and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willing and able to tolerate extended periods in the elements, including sun, snow and water
  • Flexible with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate multiple responsibilities and shifting priorities
  • Valid Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance
  • Ability to obtain UDOT driver certification
  • Ability to obtain food handler’s permit 
  • Able to lift adaptive equipment up to 50 lbs
  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment

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