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St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program - Assistant Director in Canton, New York

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Position Title Outdoor Program - Assistant Director

FLSA Exempt

Primary Responsibilities

St. Lawrence University seeks to fill a two-year, 10-month (August 1st – May 31st) position of Assistant Director in the Outdoor Program. The Outdoor Program provides professional outdoor recreational and educational programming to the campus community, locally in the Adirondack Mountains, throughout North America, and internationally. Instruction and guiding is done with Outdoor Program staff, unless outside guide services are required. Our goal within the Outdoor Program, aligned with the Mission Statement, is to provide a safe, but challenging environment for students to develop their leadership skills, while encouraging a sustainable form of environmental and wilderness ethic.

Position responsibilities include the following: • Teach two courses with outdoor related themes in the First Year Program (, one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester. • Teach ½ unit field course during January break. • Team-teach the Outdoor Leadership Course (Guide Training) part time in Spring Semester. • Management of one of our campus facilities (indoor climbing wall, canoe livery, equipment room). • Supervision, management, and continued development of a technical skill program (either climbing, paddling, skiing or other skill set).

For a complete overview of programs currently offered, see the Outdoor Program website at

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a M.A. or M.S and have experience in outdoor education. Experience is required leading and instructing multi-day technical trips, leading extended wilderness trips, and teaching outdoor leadership. In addition, candidates should be able to teach and lead technical outdoor courses in climbing, paddling, skiing or other technical skill set. Wilderness First Responder & CPR or the ability to obtain before hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Professional certifications from appropriate organizations are desirable. Professional experience with organizations such as NOLS, Outward Bound, or similar programs including college Outdoor Programs is preferred.

Status (FT, PT, Seasonal, Temp) Temporary

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number ST00652

Desired Start Date

Open Date (to accept applications)

Close Date (date applications will not be considered)

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant

In the “Applicant Documents” section of the application, interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference letters. Also, a copy of certifications should be submitted as “other documents”.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be sent to Phil Royce, Director of the Outdoor Program, at

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • Resume

  • Reference Letter 1

  • Reference Letter 2

  • Reference Letter 3

Optional Documents

  • Other Document

  • Other Document 2