December 6, 2009

Job Opportunities

The EDGE  – Employment FAQ 


Our facilitators are important for what we do. We know our team makes an impact on each individual who spends time with The EDGE. We see that in the testimonials and in the clients who keep returning year after year. Our facilitators run the gamut from college students to teachers to professionals in the field of organizational development and everything in between. 

Who We Serve. As a facilitator, you will work with small groups of participants who visit The EDGE. The majority of our clients consist of School, Community, and University Groups. Additionally during the summer, we run summer camps for youth. During the early fall we work with over 700 students from Mason and other local universities and colleges. In one week, you may work with fifth graders, First Generation college students, and serve as a belayer at our Alpine Tower. 

Regardless of the level of programming, all our offerings are rooted in the theory of Experiential Learning as they apply to self-discovery and team development. In preparation for working with clients, you will receive over 100 hours of training, from GMU-mandated courses for all staff to lessons on group management, risk mitigation and customer service. You will spend time on the Challenge Course with senior facilitators before you are launched to lead your own team. 

The EDGE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Applying for a Job 

How do I apply? 

George Mason University students can apply on Handshake. All other applicants can find the posting at Search terms like “EDGE” and “Challenge Course Facilitator” will bring up the posting. 

If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to Pamela Krist, Senior Facilitator for Staff Development at 

Pre-Employment Requirements 

Once you have submitted the on-line application and prior to your officially being hired by The EDGE, George Mason University requires all new employees to undergo a criminal background check. We also must receive favorable recommendations from a minimum of two references. 


Where is The EDGE? 

The EDGE is located on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, Virginia. Our administrative offices are housed within the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center. Our 10-acre Challenge Course and 4 aerial elements are located to the side of the Freedom Center. 


What is the On-Boarding Process for The EDGE? 

On boarding at The EDGE includes a mandatory 80-hour New Staff Training that takes place over 2-weeks; a series of mentoring experiences with a Senior Facilitator; and classes mandated by Mason. 

When is New Staff Training for 2020? What are the hours? 

We are working with GMU policies regarding COVID-19 to determine next steps for hiring for the fall season. Check back for more information in May!

What topics are addressed during New Staff Training? 

Topics covered include: Introduction to The EDGE and Experiential Learning; The Participant Experience on our Challenge Course; Staff Policies and Procedures; Principles and Strategies for an Experiential Education Facilitator; Risk Management; Facilitating the Aerial Elements; and Portable Elements. 

Summer Camps 

What types of programs does The EDGE lead during the summer? 

The EDGE hosts 3 types of camps each summer: nature/ecology; leadership; and rock climbing. All camps are day camps, generally from 9am – 4pm. The nature and leadership programs occur on our Challenge Course and surrounding property. The rock climbing program starts at The EDGE and then spends several days offsite. 

Will I be working all three types of camps? 

Our facilitators rotate through all camps as needed. As part of your on-boarding training as an EDGE facilitator, you are trained on fitting safety gear, tying knots, and belaying. Only those facilitators with a high level of proficiency in those skills are staffed on the climbing camps.