University of Missouri

Venture Out

Office of Student Engagement


Work for Venture Out

Venture Out staff members pose at Venture Out.Venture Out employs current MU students as challenge course facilitators. Facilitators lead groups through our high ropes and on-the-ground teambuilding programs. Our staff are trained in technical high ropes and climbing skills, as well as in experiential education theory, group facilitation, and debriefing skills. No previous climbing, high ropes, or experiential education experience is necessary to apply.

Our next round of hiring will take place in fall 2018. Interested? Fill out our Employment Interest Form and we’ll let you know when applications open. Applicants must have at least 3 full semesters left at MU to apply.

We’re looking for people who are eager to learn and who love to have fun. We’re looking for people who love the outdoors, who love working with diverse groups of people, who are confident, and who care about leadership development. Venture Out is committed to hiring a diverse staff. First and second year students are strongly encouraged to apply. After we review online applications, we will hold in-person interviews with selected candidates.

Our staff learn: 

  • Extraordinary public speaking skills
  • How to facilitate high-quality programs for groups ranging from elementary school students to corporate professionals
  • How to calmly and confidently manage high-stress situations
  • Effective communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork strategies
  • Experiential education and leadership development theory
  • Technical climbing, high ropes, and first aid skills

Training and compensation: All new employees will complete a semester-long paid training program before they’re hired on as facilitators. Facilitators in training (spring semester 2018) earn $8.25 per hour, and work about 6 hours per week. Facilitators who graduate from training earn $9 per hour, and work 0-10 hours per week. Scheduling is very flexible. Hours vary greatly week to week, and by season. Working over the summer is preferable, but not necessary.

Do I need a car? Venture Out is located about 5 minutes driving away from the main MU campus. It is accessible by bus on weekdays via the free MU Tiger Line “Reactor Loop” bus route (403), which runs every 10 minutes. Venture Out is also accessible by bike via the MKT and MU Rec trails (20 minute flat, shaded bike ride from campus). Bikes can be rented from the MU Student Center. While having a car makes it easier to get to Venture Out, you do not need a car in order to work for us. See more location information here.

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Facilitator testimonials: 

“I love working for Venture Out because it never feels like I am working an actual job. I am able to go outside and work with some of the most amazing co-workers. Having opportunity to work with your best friends and still get paid has been such a unique and awesome opportunity.”

“At Venture Out, I have learned what it looks like and means to be a leader and work with a group. Having the opportunity to have candid and vulnerable conversations on what it means to support others has had such a meaningful impact on my life. Sometimes it can be scary and hard to have honest conversations on what we need from a group to feel accepted and comfortable. However, being able to foster those conversations for groups from so many different backgrounds and identities has been an amazing experience and I’ve learned so much from so many incredible people.”

“Apply. It will literally be the best decision of your entire college career. I have been working at Venture Out for almost two years now and I have never regretted it for a second. It is a great opportunity to not just have a unique working experience but to also improve yourself and your own leadership skills.”