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Ropes Course Instructor (4128U), Recreational Sports - 44231
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 9, 2023
Title Ropes Course Instructor (4128U), Recreational Sports - 44231
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Athletics and Recreation Services

Ropes Course Instructor (4128U), Recreational Sports - 44231

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

How do you define a quality life? Recreational Sports helps each individual pursue that answer by providing a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs. Supporting this larger mission requires a focus on daily activities, consistent values, and the continual pursuit of a long-term vision. We're committed to providing an atmosphere and an environment that is accessible, accommodating, and inclusive for a wide range of people and a wide range of abilities.

The Department of Recreational Sports offers members of the UC Berkeley community an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives while on campus.

Programs and services range from group fitness, aquatics, adventure trips, drop-in fitness and recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, personal training, WorkFit, and many other activities. Recreational Sports is enhanced by its indoor and outdoor facilities, including three indoor locations, four pools, five tennis courts, and an outdoor adventure center at the Berkeley Marina.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 1, 2022


  • Set up and break down belay and safety systems for all high element Ropes Course events.
  • Safety assurance and risk management at the Ropes Course.
  • Lead low and high element Ropes Course events for group sizes of 6 to 100+ individuals.
  • Periodic equipment and hardware inspections and minor repairs.
  • Facilitate ice breakers, initiatives and debriefs for a variety of groups including youth and adult.
  • Add to the documentation of new initiatives and enhancement of curriculum on file.
  • Attention to detail regarding equipment organization and care.
  • Facilitate the increase of knowledge about the natural environment, experiential education theory and practices, group dynamics, weather and equipment care.
  • Demonstrate good judgment in regards to participant safety and wellbeing.
  • Maintains a supportive environment for program participants and facilitates involvement.
  • Interacts with recreational program participants in a positive manner.
  • Keeps current on teaching methods, techniques and skills through continuing education and certification.
  • Participates in required professional development activities including the attendance of required trainings for team building staff.
  • Keeps current on University required trainings.
  • Serve as a representative of Cal Adventures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Well organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  • Ability to facilitate meaningful discussions and debriefs pertinent to client goals and their performance as a group.
  • Ability to create an experiential learning environment while teaching a variety of topics.
  • Knowledge and demonstration of and/or ability ot learn Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Must have leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively across the organization, internally and externally.
  • Must have service orientation and program management skills, sound judgment, and creative problem-solving skills in a varied and challenging environment.
  • Must be client service minded with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer applications.
  • Must have the knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
  • CPR and First Aid - or the ability to attain these certifications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outdoor Science training and ability to impart knowledge through pre-designed curriculum while on course.
  • EMT, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid Certification.
  • Past experience leading groups in the wilderness on overnight trips.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $16.99 - $27.00.

  • This is a 12-month, 30% part-time (12 hours per week), contract position.
  • This position is non-exempt and bi-weekly.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Referral Source info
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Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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