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Rock Climbing Instructor

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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 and submit the online application; and upload 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 Rock Climbing Instructor
Working Title Rock Climbing Instructor
Job Type Part-Time
Position Number WGA821
Recruit Number Staff - 8062
Working Hours
Location Prince William
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Rock Climbing Instructor

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.—is seeking applicants for the position of Rock Climbing Instructor. 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 Rock Climbing Instructor will plan, develop and lead The EDGE rock climbing programs run through camps at the Freedom Center. In this role, the instructor will lead lessons on safety, equipment and climbing technique. In addition, the instructor will be responsible for belaying or supervising staff belaying participants. The instructor will set up climbs; work with EDGE facilitators as lead climbing instructor at the Alpine Tower, climbing gym or climbing area at Great Falls National Park; and manage site safety at any of these sites. Working with the EDGE Camp Coordinator and Assistant Director, the incumbent will plan the program, report any needs or incidents, and help coordinate logistics. Campers arrive for off-site climbing typically after 9:00 a.m. and depart at approximately 2:30 p.m. Because the instructor is responsible to set up climbs, keep track of gear, and break-down climbs, the incumbent will need to have availability before campers arrive and after they leave. The instructor will serve as lead instructor supervising at least two belay-trained camp staff.



  • Availability to instruct on camp dates;
  • Current Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, more advanced certifications, or the ability to obtain these certifications before first program date; and
  • Current certification in rock climbing instruction or ability to obtain before first program date. Must be a certification accepted by the National Park Service.


  • Two years of experience in rock climbing instruction; and
  • Two or more years of experience working with youth and/or teens.

Instructor Dates:

This position begins in early June for preliminary work and conducts programming for the following dates and camps: weekdays from June 19-23 (Rock Climbing), July 6 (Natural Adventures), July 10-14 (Rock Climbing), July 20 (Freedom Wanderers), July 26 (Girls on Fire), and August 21-25 (Rock Climbing). There may be additional time in late August for debriefing or other follow-up.

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 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: This is a nonbinding close 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
Mason Ad Statement

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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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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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