Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The Stout Adventures Coordinator reports to the Associate Director of Recreation in all aspects of the position responsibilities. Primary responsibilities include implementing, promoting, directing, and supervising the daily operations of the Stout Adventures programs and services associated with the climbing wall, challenge course, trips, clinics, and equipment rentals. Additionally, this position serves as a member of the Department of Recreation & Athletics and as such, participates in all departmental functions. This position is a 12-month, full time position. The anticipated start date is July 2020.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Health, Physical Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field
  • Minimum two years of experience developing and implementing adventure/outdoor recreation programs, including climbing wall, challenge course, trips, clinics, or related fields
  • Current certification in Wilderness First Responder (or in progress of certification)
  • American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and/or Professional Climbing Instructors Certification (PCIA) Single Pitch Instructor (or in progress of certification)
  • Minimum two years of experience supervising employees

Highly Desired

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Recreation, Health, Physical Education, Outdoor Recreation, or related field
  • American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and/or Professional Climbing Instructors Certification (PCIA) Climbing Wall Instructor
  • Nationally recognized kayak/canoe certification
  • Instructor certification in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED, Wilderness Remote First Aid, Leave No Trace
  • Working experience within a University outdoor recreation program


30% - Climbing Wall, Equipment Rental & Stout Adventures General Operations

  • Manage all aspects of Stout Adventures and the climbing wall, including membership sales, preventative maintenance of equipment, and purchasing of new equipment
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student managers, and approximately 12 climbing wall employees
  • Oversee the management and maintenance of all equipment utilized for rental and trips
  • Assist in the management of the Stout Adventures budget
  • Coordinate, implement, and develop the ROCKFEST climbing competition, as well as other special events
  • Actively participate in the planning of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series (WICS)
  • Oversee all cash management processes for Stout Adventures
  • Maintain all Stout Adventures-related pages of the University Recreation website
  • Advise the Stout Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (SAORE)
  • Foster positive relationships on and off campus to promote Stout Adventures within the UW-Stout and Menomonie communities
  • Maintain a positive, clean, safe, and inclusive environment in Stout Adventures and all related programs/facilities
  • Continuously assess policies and processes to improve overall program quality
  • Manage the Stout Bikes program in coordination with UW-Stout Sustainability

30% - Challenge Course

  • Oversee the Challenge Course and all implements and equipment included in the course
  • Promote and schedule the Challenge Course to UW-Stout groups, the Menomonie community, and surrounding area, and meet annual reservation/revenue targets
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate approximately 10+ Challenge Course facilitators
  • Schedule and conduct routine maintenance inspections for all Challenge Course elements and equipment
  • Maintain and regularly update the Challenge Course Risk Management and Emergency Action Plan

30% - Trips & Clinics

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate approximately 6 volunteer trip leaders to lead trips in a variety of activities such as rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, kayaking, etc.
  • Supervise all aspects of trip and clinic planning, including registration, pre-trip meetings, equipment needs, and safety procedures
  • Maintain and regularly update the domestic & international trips risk management and emergency action plans
  • Lead trips as needed

10% - Miscellaneous

  • Organize and coordinate all aspects of American Red Cross trainings for three professional and approximately 100 student employees in University Recreation
  • Maintain records of all University Recreation staff certifications
  • Serve as a liaison and coordinate American Red Cross trainings for various UW-Stout departments
  • Maintain University Recreation register needs including staff access, register reporting, and updating register elements
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the Annual Blue Devil Run 5K/10K
  • Assist in departmental student development, including advising a student committee


University Recreation’s mission is to provide an avenue for lifelong engagement, healthy activity, and experiential learning. We are committed to adding value to the UW-Stout experience through enhancing opportunities for personal development, healthy living, and community building through participation in diverse, fun, and safe programs. University Recreation is a comprehensive program including fitness, outdoor adventures, intramural sports, sport clubs, and special events.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 50 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

At time of hire, a successful applicant will be required to submit official transcripts.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by April 7, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Mackenzie Stutzman


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Melissa Rappley


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The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

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