Kayak Instructor (Maryland And Virginia)

REI Beltsville , MD 20704

Posted 2 weeks ago

Posted Date: Apr- 5-2019

Job ID: 14069

Job Function: Outdoor Education

City: Beltsville

State: Maryland

Store: DC MD Gearbank

What's cool about this job

Do you want to play outside for a living? Are you thinking to yourself, what could be better? Great news! REI is currently hiring Outdoor School Instructors! The REI Outdoor School is a place where people can learn the basics needed to embark on a new adventure. In this role, you will provide the gear and instruction to REI members and customers for activities which include: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle boarding, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Natural History, Outdoor Photography and Navigation Outings for both Map & Compass and GPS. Combine your passion with your work. Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Successfully lead REI Outdoor School programs

  • Teach in-store educational classes and in-the-field programs for REI customers to include delivery of class content, customer service during the outing, and the safety of all the participants

  • Maintain equipment and coordinate outing logistics

  • Coach large groups of people and lead instructional events and give effective feedback to participants

  • Knowledge in the course content, demonstrating the designated activity or sport with safety and skill

  • Partner with store management teams, market coordinator teams, local business partners as well as local outdoor organizations

  • This position reports to the REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Manager

Bring your passion and expertise

Do you thrive in the outdoors and want to help others do the same? REI Outdoor School provides entry-level to intermediate-level outdoor education programs. Here are the skills and experience levels we look for in our Outdoor Instructors:

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in outdoor education with experience teaching and/or guiding outdoor programs.

  • Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills to include excellent teaching and presentation abilities, and planning and organizational skills

  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills

  • Commitment to extraordinary customer service with the ability to effectively resolve difficult customer issues

  • Applicable certification or equivalent experience in technical outdoor education preferred

  • Regional knowledge of local outdoor venues and resources is highly desirable

  • Knowledge of legal and risk management issues related to outdoor education

  • Required Certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR

  • Valid driver's license with no negative incidents and ability to acquire commercial driver's license which includes medical screen and to pass a drug screen

  • Experience as a Wilderness First Responder (preferred)

  • Computer skills using MS PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and the Internet

Why you'll love it here

Real. Alive. Connected. These are a few words that describe life at REI. Whether it's in our careers or in the great outdoors, we aspire to adventure in all ways! At REI we value our customers; we work hard to earn our reputation for quality and integrity every day. Our commitment remains the same as when we started out in 1938: to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Join a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. Get ready to harness your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoorswe can't wait to meet you!

Oh yeah, did we mention perks? At REI, we understand that benefits matter we offer a competitive benefit package for all employees which includes:

  • A workplace built on respect, integrity, and balance

  • Healthcare coverage for full-time employees

  • A competitive bonus/ incentive program

  • REI Retirement Plan

  • Generous gear and merchandise discount

  • Paid time off

  • Professional growth and development opportunities

REI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it's balanced with time off to playa strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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