JOIN OUR TEAM! Enjoy a satisfying position working with kids and adults on the Autism Spectrum
What We Offer:
- A highly satisfying work experience
- Ongoing opportunities for autism specific training and work experience
- Opportunities for personal growth and professional development
- The chance to spend the Summer and/or Winter in the Colorado Rockies enjoying the great outdoors
- The opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of someone with an autism spectrum disorder
What We’re Looking For:
People who have the ability to set our campers up for success! Preferably, you’re a people person, have a positive attitude, and are naturally calm, level headed, patient, and caring. You have the desire to help others, and you enjoy working as part of a team to look for, discuss, and implement positive solutions to the day to day issues that arise with our clients. You are fun, non-reactive, and able to connect on a deeply emotional and personal level with the clients you care for and work with.
Ascendigo (formerly Extreme Sports Camp) is a growing Roaring Fork Valley based nonprofit that enhances the lives of children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through outdoor sports education, adventure camps, community integration and an array of autism focused behavioral health services. We are headquartered in Carbondale and provide programming from Aspen to Rifle.
Our Adventure camps are designed so that participants of all athletic abilities are set up for success. We pride ourselves in ensuring progress in our sports while having lots of fun. Current sports and outdoor programming include summer, fall, and winter camps, and individualized services. Our summer camp offers 8 residential weeks based at he CMC Spring Valley campus. Summer camp activities include hiking, climbing, river rafting, lake & boating sports, biking (mountain & road), horseback riding. Winter activities include week long winter camps, and private skiing and snowboarding lessons on the AspenSnowmass ski resort.
I. OFFICE POSITIONS: Full-time, year round, salaried positions working in our business office.
Adventures Program Administrator: Full time, year-round
The Adventures Program Administrator (a.k.a. APA) supports the Adventures Coordinator in ensuring that camps are well attended and administered professionally. The APA has responsibilities that vary depending on whether a camp is in session or between sessions. During camps, the APA is responsible for ongoing registration, documentation, camp staff onboarding, camper intake, regulatory compliance and onsite troubleshooting for each seasonal camp. When camps are not in session, the APA is responsible for maintaining contact with camper families and registering campers for the next camp. During the summer residential camps, the APA will work onsite and be the primary day staff person when the Adventure Manager and Coordinator are of campus at sports venues. The APA has an important parent contact role and is often the primary administrative contact for campers families.
For a detailed position description, click: Adventures Program Administrator
II. FIELD POSITIONS: These aren’t your typical seasonal jobs,they’re career building opportunities!
Sports Specialists: Summer Seasonal
Experts in Rock climbing, Horseback Riding and River Rafting with a passion to instruct kids and adults on the autism spectrum are sought for 8 weeks of summer camp (June – August).
We prefer that you have a minimum of 1 year experience working directly with people on the autism spectrum, and some level of professional training or education related to autism. In addition, you should have certification within your chosen sport that allows you to safely manage the sport specific site, and to teach and supervise the teaching of sport specific skills in a safe manner. Experts in Rock climbing, Horseback Riding and River Rafting with a passion to instruct kids and adults on the autism spectrum are sought for summer camp. Ability to safely teach basic sport skills in your area of expertise is a must. CPR/First Aid certification, certifications in your sports field, and experience with autism are all a big plus. Camps are held weekly from mid-June to mid-August. Attendance at our staff training weeks in June are mandatory.
Skills Trainers: Summer Seasonal
Skills Trainers are our version of a Camp Counselor, but with specialized experience supporting youth, teens and/or adults on the Autism Spectrum. No specific certifications are required but we prefer that you have a minimum of 1 year experience working directly with people on the autism spectrum, and some level of professional training or education related to autism.
Skills Trainers help with a wide variety of life skills and fun activities. Depending on where you are in the scheduling rotation, you could be helping a participant get ready for his/her day, or spending afternoons in arts, crafts, bicycling, music and other activities. Skills Trainers will also rotate through the various weekend staffing areas, either spending it in town, with river and hiking activities, or at the Shrine Mountain Huts off Vail pass for a high country experience. Skills Trainers help our participants with daily living and social skills, including appropriate coping skills, dining with our participants and assisting in night time hygiene routines and getting to bed. Camps are weekly from mid-June through mid-August.
Attendance at our staff training in June is mandatory.
For a detailed job description, click: Summer Skills Trainers
Winter Ski Instructors: Winter Seasonal
If you are already a Ski Pro with AspenSnowmass and you’d like to expand your opportunity for private lessons by working with children and/or adults with autism, please contact us.
We prefer that you have a minimum of 1 year experience working directly with people on the autism spectrum, and some level of professional training or education related to autism, but it’s not absolutely necessary as we do provide training.
Winter Ski Buddies: Winter Seasonal
Winter Skills Trainers assist with our Winter Ski Camp, AVSC Buddy Program, and Lesson Buddy Program. Skills trainers assist ski pros during the lesson by helping to alleviate behaviors and anxiety of the client, provide personal care throughout the day, assist with communication, create and maintain a positive learning environment, and help educate the ski instructor and other students about autism. During our Winter Ski Camps, they also assist with Apres Ski activities (swimming, arts & crafts, movie night, and indoor activities), and act as role models for our campers.