Ecuador is a beautiful and diverse country in the northwestern part of South America along the Andes Mountains. It is a democratic republic and a developing country dependent on its commodities such as petroleum and agricultural products. Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the population, though many indigenous languages are spoken as well.

Hacienda El Refugio is a 300 acre property in a country setting just north of Quito in the mountains. We are a training and retreat center which also functions as a camp and are uniquely positioned to reach the roughly 3 million people that live in Quito, 45 minutes away. Our mission is to facilitate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through nature and outdoor adventure. We offer a wide range of experiences, but always infuse outdoor adventure, rest and spiritual reflection, and purpose/direction into each of our customized experiences. Those experiences range from customized retreats to conferences, youth camps, internships, spiritual retreats, backpacking excursions, short term mission experiences, and community development.

As our Ropes Course Technician, you would assist us in the following:

  • Investigates and plans the construction of new elements, as well as the systems being used in the various elements we currently have
  • Is consistently aware of and proactively advancing the implementation of solutions to risk-related issues with our ropes course environments and elements
  • Provides regular maintenance to our high ropes and low ropes elements (construction, maintenance, tree clearing, etc.) 
  • Responds to emergency situations in our high ropes or low ropes settings, addressing both medical needs or ‘rescue’ situations
  • Maintains an active log of maintenance, construction, and regular checks on all of our elements
  • Takes care of and reviews all gear: ropes, harnesses, helmets, etc.
  • Maintains order and cleanliness of the storage spaces 
  • Updates and reviews our inventory twice per year
  • Creates a training specific to ropes course design and construction
  • Trains a group of staff and/or volunteers as ropes course technicians 
  • Monitors the capability and quality of our facilitators and staff in regards to safety and execution of the use of our equipment and various ropes challenges 
  • Trains others in the logistics of ropes course processes and procedures 
  • Helps us in not only maintaining, but expanding our low and high ropes challenges by developing plans for new challenges and once approved, building those new elements around the camp property.

Skills Needed: Willingness to learn Spanish; Experience in construction and ropes course maintenance.building; Experience working with various materials Has a 'team player' mentality and works well with people of different ages, backgrounds, and cultures; can effectively communicate and work with others; and has a passion for the Lord, desiring to serve Him through their skills and abilities.

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