There's an incredible amount of opportunity when it comes to working with disabled individuals, even in outdoor environments. Camps, national centers and other organizations often hire program directors, event coaches, sport instructors and others for jobs that are essential in planning and executing daily activities. Individuals can choose to specialize in swimming, skiing, bicycling, horseback riding or other fields that offer work with a rewarding future.
Winter Sports Jobs
The National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado is one of many establishments that recruits individuals with winter sport experience to work with the disabled. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, although employers often prefer those who have experience engaging in or coaching the corresponding sport. Positions include ski or snowboard development instructors, competition coaches and snow sports training assistants.
The American Camp Association notes horseback riding directors and horseback riding assistants or specialists as common camp equestrian positions. At the National Ability Center in Utah, equestrian program instructors provide private or group lessons to participants with and without disabilities. These jobs require current first aid and CPR certifications, as well as extensive knowledge of horses and riding. The position may include daily care of horses and working nights, weekends and some holidays.
Waterfront Aquatics Positions
Jobs involving water sports are common in camps, though some establishments like Eagle Mount Bozeman in Montana offer full-time positions. Aside from the aquatics director, there are ways to work with the disabled as a lifeguard or a director of boating, sailing, water skiing or swimming. Qualified applicants must hold CPR, first aid and lifeguard certifications. Some employers may also require a postsecondary education, while others prefer experience or certification in water sport instruction.
Other Program Specialist Opportunities
Instructors and directors are necessary in areas other than seasonal sports. Applicants have a number of positions to choose from, specializing in adventure programs, environmental education, bicycling, gymnastics, archery and outdoor skills. Qualifications vary based on the position, though they all require CPR certification and experience in the field. Some jobs, such as teaching gymnastics, also require prior experience instructing the sport.
- National Ability Center: Snow Sports Training Assistant
- National Sports Center for the Disabled: Instructor – Winter Non Credentialed
- National Sports Center for the Disabled: Competition Coach – Snowboard Development
- American Camp Association: List of Job Description Titles
- National Ability Center: Equestrian Program Instructor
- Eagle Mount: Program Director: Adaptive Aquatics
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