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George Mason University

Graduate Professional Assistant, Outdoor Adventures and the EDGE

Internal Search: Only open to George Mason University graduate students enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Mason Recreation, within the University Life Department at George Mason University, invites applications from George Mason University graduate students who will be enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year, for a Graduate Professional Assistant of Outdoor Adventures and the EDGE position, beginning Fall 2021. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department:

Mason Recreation oversees three facilities on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University including the Recreation Athletic Complex (RAC), the Aquatic Fitness Center (AFC), and Skyline Fitness Center. These facilities boast four gymnasiums, racquetball/squash courts, several locker rooms, fitness galleries and dedicated rooms for yoga, cycling, group exercise, and marital arts/self-defense classes. We house and maintain a recreation and competition pool, sauna, whirlpool, and several exterior facilities including a pavilion, turf and grass fields, jogging/walking trails, and a team challenge course on our Science and Technology Campus. We provide the following programs and services for the campus community: Fitness, Aquatics, Outdoor Adventures, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, the EDGE (team building programming), as well as a Summer Youth Camp.


This Graduate Assistant position will consist of a $25,600 compensation package that includes a stipend payment of $16,000. The remaining compensation will be applied towards tuition at the Virginia in-state rate. The position will be from August 10, 2021 to May 9, 2022.


Outdoor Adventures (75%)

  • Assist the Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures with the operations of the Outdoor Adventure (OA) program. Collaborate with Mason Recreation and other departments on campus to expand the outreach of OA on campus;
  • Develop and lead OA programs that have a focus on the well-being initiative of Mason Recreation and the University;
  • Assist with recruitment, interviewing, hiring, training, and supervising student trip leaders, 10-20 per semester;
  • Mentor and guide OA student trip leaders in their professional and leadership development;
  • Take a leadership role in marketing and administering the equipment rental program, including equipment logistics and tracking;
  • Responsible for supervision of trip leaders and office staff. Develop a staff schedule based on availability and work needed;
  • Assist in planning a comprehensive and complete calendar of OA events throughout the year. Provide a mixture of day and overnight trips and in-person and virtual programs;
  • Plan and co-lead a n extended break trip for Mason students in 2022. This 3 to 5 day trip will be offered in the US or Canada. GA will work with a variety of departments on campus, such as Risk Management, Study Abroad, and student organizations to develop a trip that will be educational in scope in an outdoor setting;
  • Lead and assist with adventure trips;
  • Collaborate with Mason Recreation and other departments on campus to expand the outreach of OA on campus;
  • Assist with developing and marketing OA summer adventure camps;
  • Assist as needed with the development of Mason’s Outdoor Orientation program- Project Peak which is offered in collaboration with New Student and Family Programs;
  • Register students for trips and gear rental in Fusion, send trip confirmations, and prepare pre-trip paperwork for staff leading trips. Communicate with staff about the logistics for weekly trips;
  • Overnight and weekend work will be required;
  • Assist with departmental special outreach events, as assigned.

The EDGE (25%)

  • Facilitate virtual, low ropes, portable, and high ropes challenge and team building programs, as needed during the Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Conduct outreach to Mason student groups. Develop collaborations with a variety of departments across Mason and create specific curricula as needed;
  • Assist with marketing and special events to enhance the outreach of EDGE to the Mason community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in recreation, physical education, adventure education, or a related field;
  • Students must be admitted to a graduate degree program at George Mason University;
  • Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA;
  • This position requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, and is eligible for renewal upon mutual agreement;
  • Previous experience with trip leading;
  • Personal and professional experience participating in two or more of the following: rock climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, orienteering, biking, or other related outdoor activities;
  • Proven supervisory experience and good customer service skills;
  • Must be able to become CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified and Wilderness First Aid certified within 3 months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with challenge course facilitation and rental center operations;
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor;
  • ACA Level 1 Canoe Instructor or higher;
  • ACCT Level 1 facilitator;
  • Wilderness First Responder;
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR instructor.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: January 10, 2021; this is a nonbinding date; this position may close at any time.

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