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Position: Lead Facilitator   

The primary role of this position is to safely and effectively lead groups in team development programs and on the challenge course in order to meet their goals. This includes pre-program planning and needs assessment of the group, designing programming, briefing other staff on the program and their responsibilities, serving as lead facilitator for the event, and any follow up work necessary to offer exceptional customer service and to encourage follow up programming if desired. This position requires supervising other per diem staff in quality program implementation.

  • Contacting client prior to the program, to ensure smooth communications and an effective program, including conducting needs assessment, conveying expectations, and ensuring logistical issues are covered
  • Designing program and communication to other CTLC staff assigned to the program.
  • Serving as a link between office/administrative staff who set up the program, and field staff assigned to the program.
  • Delivering of program consistent with CTLC SOPs, safety, and program quality.
  • Supervising and mentoring other part-time staff, serving as role model, and helping to provide feedback and evaluation on their performance.
  • Following up with clients to ensure satisfaction with the experience and to determine future sales potential.
  • Following office administrative systems and office procedures as necessary; assist with administrative tasks, as needed when not on the course.
  • Be an active part of the CTLC team to ensure quality and consistency of work, in the field and in the office
  • Maintenance and upkeep of the challenge course


  • 2-5 years experience in leading challenge course programs for a variety of clients including college students, youth, and professionals. Bachelors or Master's Degree preferred.
  • Certified, as a Practitioner Level II by an ACCT PVM level 3 or 4 or equivalentpreferred
  • Ability to assess group goals and objectives and plan a design that will meet those goals
  • Experience supervising other staff in the delivery of programs
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in safely utilizing portable, low and high challenge course elements. Experience with challenge course and facility maintenance preferred.
  • Ability to perform high challenge course rescues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and motivated to deliver high quality programming day after day
  • A strong customer service ethic
  • Standard First Aid and CPR. Wilderness First Responder preferred.
  • No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not
    available for this position.

Duration: This position is for summer and fall of 2014, beginning in May, and continuing through the beginning of October.  

Pay: This position is full-time hourly non-benefits eligible

    Apply Here!  

Or send a resume and cover letter to:

Amy Kohut Director, Cornell Team & Leadership Center B01 Bartels Hall, Campus Road Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 254-7474

Position: Challenge Course Facilitator

One of the coolest jobs at Cornell is certainly working as an instructor for Cornell Outdoor Education. The Cornell Team & Leadership Center hires and trains students and community members to facilitate icebreakers, low element teambuilding, and high element challenge course programs.

We are are offering free Low and High Initiative trainings for those who are interested in Cornell Team & Leadership Center and have intent to work for us. They are intended for those who have some experience on a challenge course, as either a participant or a staff person.

Following the trainings, each facilitator is expected to TA 3 low and 3 high programs. During the TA time, you will verify your skills, and receive feedback from the Lead Facilitator. Once you and the lead agree upon your readiness, you can start facilitating for pay. For some people with experience, it may take less than 3 TA’s, for others with less or no experience, it may take more than 3 TA’s.

Trainings open to new staff:

Low Elements and Facilitation Training

  • April 12-13, 2014      9am-6pm each day
  • June 2-3, 2014          9am-6pm each day
  • Sept. 13-14, 2014     9am-6pm each day

High Element Skills Training

  • April 19-20, 2014     9am-6pm each day
  • June 4-5, 2014         9am-6pm each day
  • Sept. 20-21, 2014    9am-6pm each day

Trainings with prerequisite experience necessary:

Tower Training

  • TBD     9am-5pm (pre-requisite required)

Advanced Technical and Facilitation Skills

  • June TBA

  Apply Here!  

Or, send a resume and cover letter to:

Amy Kohut Director of the Cornell Team & Leadership Center, B01 Bartels Hall, Campus Road Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 607-254-7474