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Program Assistant, The EDGE Summer Camps

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number WGA821 at by April 10, 2017; complete the online application; and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department University Life Activities
Alternate Department Description

Mason Recreation – The EDGE

Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check Yes
Restricted Position?
Job Category Student Wage / Non-Student Wage
Role (State) Job Title Program Assistant, The EDGE Summer Camps
Working Title Program Assistant, The EDGE Summer Camps
Job Type Part-Time
Position Number WGA821
Recruit Number Staff - 8061
Working Hours
Location Prince William
Pay Band
Salary $15.00 per hour
Web Announcement

Program Assistant, The EDGE Summer Camps

The George Mason University, Mason Recreation, Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning (The EDGE)—located at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, Va.—seeks applicants for the position of Program Assistant for The EDGE Summer Camps. 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.


The EDGE Summer Camp Program Assistant works with the Assistant Director to plan, develop and coordinate all EDGE summer camp programs run in partnership with the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. This is a supervisory coordinator position and the person in this role has considerable responsibility over camps and camp staff.

  • Supervise and support EDGE program and Freedom camp staff on a daily basis;
  • Coordinate with EDGE program administration and staff and Freedom Center camp administration and staff;
  • Create and deliver policies and programming, plan schedules, assign staff roles, coordinate trip locations and logistics, ensure proper waivers and permits are completed, update newsletters, and provide materials for programs as needed;
  • Co-lead camp training for staff to prepare them for summer, with the support of the Assistant Director; and
  • Plan and implement the Leading EDGE camp service project.

Summer Camp Descriptions:

The EDGE operates seven summer camps in partnership with the Freedom Center: Leading EDGE, Nature Camp, Jr. Nature Camp, Rock Climbing, Natural Adventures, Girls on Fire, and Freedom Wanderers Survival Camp.

  • Leading EDGE takes campers through the entire challenge course and engages them in a service project. Previous projects have included building birdhouses, planting trees, creating care packages for military overseas, managing invasive species on-site, and building rain barrels;
  • Nature Camp is a full-day program that engages younger campers with the natural environment of the Mason Science and Technology Campus’s Piedmont Trail and wetland areas;
  • Jr. Nature Camp is a half-day program that modifies its program to suit younger campers ages 6-9, focusing on exploring and learning about wildlife on the campus woodland and wetland areas;
  • Rock Climbing Camp challenges campers with rock climbing at Great Falls Park;
  • Natural Adventures takes campers on fun outdoor recreation trips throughout the week, including the challenge course, canoeing, rock climbing and hiking;
  • Girls on Fire focuses on leadership and outdoor adventure for girls ages 11-14; and
  • Freedom Wanderers Survival Camp focuses on outdoor skills for youth and teens ages 11-14.

For more information on summer camps at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, see the magazine link on this page:



  • Current Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, or more advanced certifications, or the ability to obtain these certifications 30 days after hire; and
  • Demonstrated experience working in summer camps (one or more years of experience desired).


  • Two or more years of experience leading camps for youth and/or teens;
  • Background in outdoor recreation, education, or similar field; and
  • Familiarity with adventure camp programming.

Summer Camp Position Dates:
The position will start June 10, 2017, two weeks before camps open, and concludes August 16, 2017.

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of this process.

For more information on The EDGE, please visit our Web site at:

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number WGA821 at by April 10, 2017; complete the online application; and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: This is a nonbinding date; this position may close at any time.
Posting Date 03/09/2017
Job Close Date 04/10/2017
Open Until Filled? No
Telework Friendly? No
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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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