Seasonal/Part-Time Professional Outdoor Instructor (POI), Bradford Woods at Indiana University

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Job Description:



Department Information

The Office of Student Life is focused on building a strong foundation to ensure every student's Indiana University experience is positive, safe, healthy, and meaningful. The Office of Student Life staff and multiple departments aim to help students navigate their time at IU, providing the tools they need to be successful in school and after graduation. Students are our priority, and their health, safety, and overall well-being are our core mission.

Bradford Woods is proud to be a department within the Office of Student Life, committed to promoting learning and respect by integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in all programs, interactions, and partnerships. We commit to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all people are respected, valued, and affirmed so that they may know they matter and belong at Indiana University.

Bradford Woods is Indiana University's Outdoor Center. As a key component of the university family, Bradford Woods seeks to promote and further the mission of the university through the teaching, service, programs, and research Bradford Woods provides. For over 50 years Bradford Woods has been providing recreational, educational, and leadership development opportunities to youth and adults locally, nationally, and globally.

Job Summary

The Professional Outdoor Instructor is a seasonal (3-months contract) or part-time position that will work closely on the day-to-day running of day or residential outdoor education programming.

Department Specific Responsibilities

  • Instructs and facilitates groups of people in mostly outdoor spaces on the Bradford Woods property.

  • Plans and prepares for groups based on a set schedule that is given 1-2 weeks prior to a program. Plans out and facilitate lesson plans or Adventure Education. Other programming will include campfires, night experiences, recreations, and supporting mealtimes with students.

  • Responsible for the overall safety and well-being of the individual group assigned including understanding Bradford Woods Policies/Procedures, Emergency Action Plan including writing internal incident reports as needed, adhering to appropriate radio use, and maintaining a general knowledge of trails including property boundaries.




  • High school diploma or equivalent (such as HSED or GED)


  • Working towards a University degree in outdoor, experiential, therapeutic recreation, education, or related field



  • Experience hiking, backpacking, caving, canoeing, climbing, and observation of the natural environment and stopping for teachable moments in a camp setting

  • Experience facilitating personal and group development through initiatives and low/high challenge course events

  • Experience teaching environmental education

  • Experience working with both youth and adults in a learning environment, and working with people with physical and developmental disabilities



  • Wilderness First Aid

  • CPR/AED for the professional rescuer

  • Lifeguard



  • Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information

  • Ability and desire to energetically teach, inspire and motivate people from all walks of life

  • Outdoor skills including hiking, backpacking, caving, canoeing, climbing, and interpretation

  • Ability and willingness to learn and master designated program areas

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment for an extended time that can be emotionally and physically demanding

  • Ability and willingness to serve others, be a team player, and take on leadership roles and responsibilities

Working Conditions / Demands

The role requires the ability to work in a varied weather environment that may include extreme heat and cold, and other adverse weather conditions. The role also requires the ability to move on flat ground, hills, slopes, and uneven terrain. The person in this role must be able to move items up to 25 pounds multiple times per shift, and will be expected to work long hours and some weekends.

Additional Information

Seasonal staff may choose to live in shared housing on the Bradford Woods Property. Housing on the Bradford Woods Property would be provided for hourly staff if needed.

POI's are not responsible for staying in cabins with participants.

In the questionnaire section of your application, please choose whether you would prefer to work as part-time staff or as seasonal staff.

Work Location

Martinsville, Indiana

Work Hours

Both seasonal and part-time staff will work any time between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Part-time staff positions may work up to 29 hours per week.

Shift times vary according to business needs.

Management reserves the right to adjust work hours to accommodate special events.

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution

  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options

  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting

  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options

  • Tuition benefit for IU classes

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Generous Paid Time Off

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Part Time Employee

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Part Time Employee

Job Family: Part Time Employee

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Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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