ADK Staff Application

2016 APPLICATION UPDATE: Applications for the 2016 season are now available and due December 1, 2015. If you are interested in applying to work for La Vida during the 2016 season, please complete read all instructions below and contact the La Vida Director by with any questions.

Applications are now being accepted for all staff positions within the Adirondack program. Please fill out the application below and submit before December 1, 2015. 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.

Staffing Dates:

  • May College Expeditions: May 12–28, 2016
  • Summer ADK Staff: May 29–July 31, 2016
  • August College Expeditions: August 3–19, 2016
  • 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 19–July 2, 2016
    • July College Expeditions: July 3–16, 2016
    • Late July College Expeditions: July 17–30, 2016


ADK Staff Application 2016

DEADLINE: All application materials (application, essay questions, 3 recommendation forms for new staff) are due by December 1, 2015. 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. Gordon ID# (if Gordon student):

6. Current Mailing Address:

7. Last Date at Present Address:

8. Cell Phone:

9. Day Phone:

10. Email Address:

11. Permanent Mailing Address (if different from the above address):

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

May Gordon College Expeditions Support Staff
May Gordon College Expeditions Sherpa
Summer Program Support Staff (June-July)
Summer Program Sherpa (June-July)
Program Director
Kitchen Manager
Trip Food Manager
Equipment Manager
Property Manager
June College Expeditions Sherpa or Support Staff (if additional staffing is needed)
August Gordon College Expeditions Support Staff
August Gordon College Expeditions Sherpa

13. Dates Available to Work:

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

15. Please explain conflicting dates or calendar issues:

16. EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND (for the past three years starting with most current employer): Please list: Employer, Position held, Dates, Contact Person, Phone Number for Contact Person

17. 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.

18. In your own words, please describe La Vida's mission and describe why you see wilderness education as being an effective ministry tool.

19. TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: List relevant training and certifications below. 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.

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

21. REFERENCES (Not needed for Returning Staff): Please list your three references below. Make sure to include their name, 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.

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

23. 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.


24. Signature:

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