Gordon College logo

ADK Staff Application

2019 APPLICATION UPDATE: Applications for the 2019 season are now available and due December 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying to work for La Vida during the 2019 season, please read all instructions below and contact the La Vida Director by with any questions.

Upon completion, applicants will receive an email from the ADK Director with further instructions, including essay questions. After submitting this application, please distribute the staff recommendation form link to three people who are familiar with your work, ministry and character. Your application will not be complete without these recommendations. Returning staff DO NOT need to have recommendation forms filled out. For more information about La Vida ADK staff positions, please the director.

La Vida requires all eligible staff to obtain their Gordon College van license. Those who are ineligible will be excluded from this requirement. If staff are eligible, and they do NOT obtain their license, their pay will be docked $200. Staff applicants are also encouraged to obtain the Level 1 ropes course training offered at the Gordon College ropes course.

Staffing Dates:

  • May College Expeditions: May 16–June 1, 2019
  • Summer ADK Staff: June 2–August 4, 2019
  • August College Expeditions: August 7–23, 2019
  • Other Opportunities: depending on need, staff might be hired for the following dates (typically the Summer ADK Staff can meet the needs of the below trips, but if enrollment is high, extra staff need to be hired) 
    • June College Expeditions: June 23–July 6, 2019
    • July College Expeditions: July 7–20, 2019
    • Late July College Expeditions: July 21–August 3, 2019

ADK Staff Application 2019

DEADLINE: All application materials (application, essay questions, 3 recommendation forms for new staff) are due by December 1. YOU ONLY HAVE 30 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS FORM! After that time, you will be bumped out of the system and all information will be lost.

1. Date of Application (00/00/0000):

2. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial):

3. Nickname (if preferred to your legal name):

4. Date of Birth (00/00/0000):

5. Current Mailing Address (Street, City, State, Zip):

6. Last Date at Current Address:

7. Phone:

8. Email Address:

9. Permanent Mailing Address (Street, City, State, Zip) (if different from the above address):

10. Position Applying For (Check all that Apply):

May Gordon College Expeditions Support Staff
May Gordon College Expeditions Sherpa
Summer Support Staff (multiple positions available: kitchen, equipment, property, trip food)
Summer Program Sherpa (2 months total, June & July)
Program Director (must have previously worked one full summer)
June, Early or Late July College Expeditions Sherpa or Support Staff (if additional staffing is needed)
August Gordon College Expeditions Support Staff
August Gordon College Expeditions Sherpa

11. Dates Available to Work: please list all available times

12. Potential Conflicting Dates (Weddings, Family Vacations, Etc.):

13. Please explain conflicting dates or calendar issues:

14. EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND (for the past two years starting with most current employer): Please list: Employer, Position held, Dates, Contact Person, EMAIL for Contact Person Use a new line for each entry

15. Please describe your previous camping, hiking, canoeing or kayaking experience. Include duration, location and activities involved. Please do not feel unqualified if you do not have experience in multiple wilderness contexts. RETURNING STAFF NEED DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SECTION.

16. TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: List any relevant training and certifications below that you currently have. Please include first aid courses, CPR, medical certifications, life guarding, etc. Make sure to include: Course Title, ,Company and Location, Date Taken and Expiration Date.

17. LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Please list any other qualifications not included above that pertain to the position you are applying for.

18. REFERENCES (Not needed for Returning Staff): Please list your three references below. Make sure to include their name, email address, phone number and relationship to you. You will need to send these three people a link to the ADK Staff Recommendation Form in order to complete your application. That link can be found on this page or in the application email sent by the ADK director. These people should be familiar with your work and have been in a position to evaluate you in areas relevant to doing ministry at La Vida. PLEASE NO FAMILY. Possible recommenders include: coach, boss, youth pastor, RD, RA, Professor, Advisor, Mentor, Etc.

19. Do you have any other questions for the ADK Director at this point in time?

20. I have reviewed this application thoroughly. The information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that my signature indicates my commitment to La Vida philosophies and policies and my willingness to adhere to them throughout the duration of my employment with the program.


21. Signature:

22. Date of Signature (00/00/0000):