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David Erbe 301-943-4111

Master of Arts in College Student Development | Appalachian State University
College Outdoor Program Administration
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology | University of Maryland
Ecological Technology and Design, Minor in Sustainability

Boone, North Carolina

May 2016
College Park, Maryland
May 2014


Field Instructor | Colorado Outward Bound School | Moab, UT
May 2016 Present
Lead multi-day rafting, backpacking and canyoneering expeditions throughout the southwestern United States
Effectively plan curriculum progressions and teach instructional lessons to promote interpersonal growth,
technical skill advancement, character development and skill transference
Facilitate group dynamics and resolve conflicts throughout courses to support a positive learning environment
Manage risks by assessing hazards and using sound judgment to ensure the safety of students and instructors
Constructively give and receive feedback from students, instructors and administrators to maximize growth
Actively seek out professional development opportunities including trainings, workshops and seminars
Graduate Assistant | Outdoor Programs | ASU | Boone, NC
August 2014 April 2016
Developed student trip leaders through staff trainings that emphasized interpersonal and technical skills
Created lesson plans and taught educational workshops for new trip leaders on topics including the history of
outdoor education, risk management, group dynamics, outdoor leadership, learning styles and trip planning
Supervised and mentored 25 climbing wall staff, planned monthly trainings, meetings and inspections for a
climbing facility open 7 days a week, serving up to 100 students per day
Managed 20 high and low ropes challenge course programs per semester and led staff development trainings
focusing on facilitation and debriefing techniques, technical skills, and high angle rescue scenarios
Coordinated an outdoor orientation program consisting of 9 multi-day, adventure-based trips for new students
Promoted all programs and managed social media to increase diversity, inclusion and campus awareness
Organized community-building events for students to establish a welcoming and engaging environment
Collaborated with sponsors and volunteers to screen the 20th annual BANFF Mountain Film Festival
Coordinated with staff to plan and implement the Carolina Outdoor Adventure Leadership Summit that
brought together institutions from across the Southeast region to develop and train student trip leaders
Co-led a 15-day mountaineering trip to Wyoming and a 12-day international expedition to Costa Rica
Conducted longitudinal research assessing the impact an outdoor orientation program has on student success
Teaching Assistant | Recreation Management | ASU | Boone, NC
August 2015 December 2015
Co-taught a 3-credit course on the principles of outdoor experiential education and adventure leadership
Designed lesson plans to effective communicate course material addressing multiple student learning styles
Facilitated classroom and small group activities to maximize student engagement and promote retention
Employed tools to assess student performance based on desired course outcomes
Utilized constructive student feedback mechanisms to improve instructional methods and teaching style
Practicum Student | Center for Student Involvement & Leadership | ASU | Boone, NC August 2015 December 2015
Advised 4 student coordinators and 17 student participants throughout the Emerging Leaders program
Planned a 2-day leadership retreat that focused on introspective exploration and leadership development
Collaborated with the peer leadership program to create and implement a leadership development forum

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Program Assistant | Maryland Adventure Program | UMD | College Park, MD

September 2010 May 2014
Supervised 40 trips per semester and effectively communicated with 26 trip leaders and 3 professional staff
Developed and led student trainings to educate trip leaders on technical and interpersonal skills
Planned, organized and led adventure-based trips throughout the mid-Atlantic region while managing risk
Facilitated group activities encouraging personal growth, teamwork, leadership, expedition behavior and
transformative learning throughout the University of Maryland community
Practiced and taught environmental stewardship ideals including the principles of Leave No Trace
Supervised daily rock climbing activities and effectively managed risk by instructing weekly belay clinics
Planned and supervised multiple collegiate competitions and set climbing routes varying in difficulty
Planned, organized and co-led a 15-day international educational leadership class including a 4-day kayak, 5day backpack and an ascent up Norways highest peak
Managed all program gear and communicated with co-workers on proper gear use, repair and storage
Student Volunteer | Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education | Ann Arbor, MI
April 2013 Present
Collaborated in planning the national 2013 AORE conference with the UMD host committee
Assisted with the Student Development Committee services and events beginning in 2013
2015 presentations include Working with Difficult Participants and Building Success through OOPs
Received Bill March Student Achievement Award in 2013 and was a Student Scholarship Recipient in 2015
Program Intern | Mountain Alliance | Boone, NC
January 2016 April 2016
Mentored high school students and volunteer trip leaders through leadership and service-based experiences
Developed comprehensive program manual including policies, procedures and risk management protocol
Collaborated with members to design a crisis management plan for use in emergency scenarios
Kayak Instructor | Team River Runner | Bethesda, MD
June 2005 September 2007
Volunteered with the therapeutic adaptive paddling program for wounded warriors
Helped veterans recover from post-war physical and emotional injuries through white-water kayaking
Received the Presidential Youth Volunteer Service Award in 2006 for service
Bartram, C. & Erbe, D. Furthering Education Opportunities in Outdoor Programming Carolina Outdoor Adventure
Leadership Summit, February 2016.
Erbe, D. & Hill, A. Building Student Success through Outdoor Orientation Programs Outdoor Orientation Program
Symposium, November 2015.
Erbe, D. & Matthews, J Working with Difficult Participants Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education,
November 2015.
Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medicine Institute
Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management, Wilderness Medicine Institute
Single Pitch Instructor Course, American Mountain Guide Association
Whitewater Kayaking Level 4 Instructor, American Canoe Association
Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment L2, American Canoe Association

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