Technical Expert Field Assistant - Land-Based Activity

Technical Expert Field Assistant - Land-Based Activity

  • 525509
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Temporary
  • Temporary Staff Grade 76
  • UAA Community & Technical College
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: This position is expected to work together with a Lead Instructor (LI) to provide field experiences to students. Technical Expert Field Assistant are expected to have exceptional proficiency in the course content. Preferred Experience & Education:
Applicants seeking to be Technical Expert Field Assistants (TECH) must possess a background in the following areas:

Physical Fitness, Personal Gear Requirements, and Course Prerequisites
A potential TECH needs to exceed the minimum physical fitness, personal gear requirements, and other course prerequisites of the particular course they will be instructing. This information can be found in the specific course description and academic course content guide.

Technical Skills and Personal Experience
A potential TECH needs to possess strong technical skills in his/her area of instruction. This means that the technical expert's skills far surpass the level of technical expertise that will be taught in the specific course. Competency of required skills can be demonstrated through a skill test, through verification from qualified professionals, or through specific and applicable certifications.

Leading or Guiding Experience
A potential TECH needs to have served as a paid or unpaid leader in the activity s/he will be teaching (or a similar activity) within the past two years (from the start of the course contract)
Pedagogy/Teaching Competencies

A potential TECH needs:
To possess college-level (or higher) writing skills.
Experience in providing sequenced teaching methods.
Experience in providing feedback and formal evaluation.
To possess good presentation and speaking skills.
Experience using a variety of teaching styles.
Experience teaching to the adult learner as well as teaching to participants with various abilities, experience levels, and cultural backgrounds.
Proof of these prerequisites can be offered by way of previous employment, personal experience, certifications, and/or demonstration, or any combination of these.

Technical experts are expected to possess strong field skills and teaching skills. S/he should also be able to take responsibility for the class and bring the class to a safe end should the lead instructor become incapacitated.
Required Experience & Education:

Applicants are highly encouraged (or in some cases required) to possess the following certifications prior to working as a TECH in these land-based courses:

Ice Climbing - Level I avalanche training recommended; AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Certified recommended
Rock Climbing - AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Certified recommended
Crevasse Rescue Techniques - Level I avalanche training recommended
Mountaineering - Level I avalanche training required
Skiing Alaska's Backcountry - Level II avalanche training required
Winter Camping Alaska - Level I avalanche training required
Backpacking - Level I avalanche training required

A potential TECH needs...

To possess a current Wilderness First Responder certification or department accepted equivalent if s/he will be working in a non-urban environment (i.e., two hours from definitive care).
A current first aid/CPR certification if s/he will be working in an urban environment.
To possess any other certifications identified by industry standards and the HPER Department Chair.
A minimum of three years experience as an active participant in the course activity.
To have been an active participant in the course activity within the past two years (from the start of the course contract).
Winter skills and winter camping experience if leading a non-urban overnight outing.

Must posses a valid driver's license.

Salary Information:

This is a part time, non-exempt temporary position. New hires will be placed on the UA Temporary Staff salary schedule, Grade 76, based on education and experience. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact TJ Miller, HPER, at or 907-786-4072.

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