Land Sports Employment FAQs

What are the steps to employment within the Land Sports Team?
How does the interview process work?
Do I need prior experience to work in Land Sports?
Do I need to be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to obtaining a job in Land Sports?
Are employees in the Land Sports Department required to purchase their own gear?
What is the pay rate, and how many hours will I be scheduled?
What responsibilities does the Land Sports team share?
Who do I contact if I have questions during the interview and hiring process?

What are the steps to employment within the Land Sports Team?

  • Step 1 – Online application with resume submission
  • Step 2 – Candidate Evaluation & Interview Day (C.E.I.D.)
  • Step 3 – Hire document completion and human resources onboarding
  • Step 4 – Field orientation and on-the-job training

How does the interview process work?
Our C.E.I.D (Candidate Evaluation & Interview Day) is a comprehensive, one-day interview, field evaluation, and selection process to determine your eligibility to be hired as a Land Sport Guide, Bike Technician, Team Development Facilitator, or Canopy Tour Guide. It is run like a group interview and lasts one full day. The C.E.I.D. provides us with the opportunity to spend time with you in the adventure environment you would be working in to see how you interact with other people. In addition, the C.E.I.D. is a great time for you to evaluate us. Come prepared to be outside and active, rain or shine. Bring a lunch, and make sure you have secure, closed-toe footwear.

Do I need experience to work in Land Sports?
It is not necessary, but recommended that applicants have experience in one or more of the following areas:  climbing wall facilitation, canopy tour guiding, ropes course facilitation, zip touring, aerial adventure park guiding, outdoor adventure leadership, and/or bike maintenance and mechanics. Regardless of previous experience, we have a comprehensive, on-the-job guide training process that all selected applicants must complete successfully. Hired applicants are considered probationary until they have been “checked out”.

Do I need to be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to obtaining a job in Land Sports?
Most Land Sports employees, Land Sports Guides and Bike Technicians, are not required to have a certification in First Aid and CPR. Our leadership and experiential positions, Team Development Facilitators and Canopy Tour Guides, do require a current First Aid and CPR certification. If you are not currently certified and would like to take the course through the USNWC, please visit our First Aid, CPR & AED Certification page.

Are employees in the Land Sports Department required to purchase their own gear?
The USNWC will provide you with all necessary gear on a day-to-day basis during your interview, required training, and daily work. Many staff, however, choose to purchase their own gear for comfort. If you are interested in purchasing your own gear, the USNWC Outfitters is well stocked and offers employees a 25% discount. As long as your personal gear meets our industry and program standards and can pass a safety inspection, you are welcome to use it.

What is the pay rate, and how many hours will I be scheduled?
All first-year Land Sports Guides start at $9 per hour. Canopy Tour Guides and Team Development Facilitators are eligible for a higher rate based on experience and subject to meeting additional training requirements. We are a year-round operation, but most opportunity for work exists between March and November. Many guides average 35+ hours during peak season; however, your personal availability and skill set are a key factor in the number of hours you are scheduled.

What responsibilities does the Land Sports team share?
As a whole, the Land Sports team is responsible for the following:

  • Welcome guests and provide orientations
  • Safety check each guest for proper gear and fit
  • Clip guests into ropes and zip activity systems
  • Inspect gear and activities for proper function
  • Assist and rescue guests having difficulty
  • Repair bikes
  • Operate our point-of-sale systems
  • Facilitate team development experiences
  • Guide canopy tours
  • Clean and maintain equipment
  • Program events
  • Build new trails
  • Teach outdoor skills clinics
  • Provide limited first-aid
  • Participate in trainings and professional development
  • Focus on our three primary goals:  safety, quality and efficiency.

Who do I contact if I have questions during the interview and hiring process?

Wayne Moyers (Hiring Manager) wmoyers@usnwc.org