One of the first outdoor instructor staffing agencies has shut down after almost 3 years in operation. Endurance Staffing’s main focus was to help outdoor education organizations find qualified staff for programs in areas such as rock climbing, ropes course facilitation, kayaking, and more.
The business model of ES was simple; companies would contact ES for their instructor needs and ES would offer pre-screened instructor candidates. After the staff selection, companies would pay a mark-up on the instructor per diem. This mark-up was based on the instructor qualifications and the number of days in the field. As the principal administrator of ES, I felt that the industry was not ready for this type of business. However, I know that ES had an impact in the outdoor industry by provided a revolutionary approach to the never-ending cycle of finding qualified outdoor instructors for their programs and sometimes last minute instructors.
In addition, ES had a video podcasting channel on iTunes with more than 20 educational videos and a wiki for instructor collaboration. I am curious to see the direction of the outdoor industry in 10 years when it comes to recruiting, selecting, training and developing staff. Don’t worry I’ll have a blog post before then. I welcome your questions and comments, and I will keep blogging until the next time we meet.
For those in the field!