Our Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals and teams through adventure experiences.

From Easy to Epic

About Us

Nomads Outdoor Adventure was built in 2014 and operated by the crew and Nomads for five years. In July 2019 Nomads partnered with Empower Adventures, a leading company in outdoor adventure programming, to bring their adventure to the next level. This incredible five-part course spread over 9 acres combined with the extensive experience of the team at Empower resulted in the creation of the Empower Adventure Park at Nomads. Like most adventure parks, Nomads Outdoor started off as a place to gear up and play on a self-guided system, exploring nature, and one’s self. With the addition of Empower, the experience evolves to include more support from experienced guides on the ground and on the course. We’ve used our knowledge of zip line canopy tour operations to reinvent the guest experience at an aerial adventure park.

Our Team

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Joe DeRing

Joe is a true American hero. Having served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe returned from service seeking to use his leadership skills in a way that would allow him to contribute to society.

Partnering with advisors Dev Pathik and Jason Clement, Joe developed Empower Leadership Sports in Middletown, Connecticut. Later, the team created Empower Adventures in Tampa Bay. The center and Joe’s incredible personal journey from battlefield to inspirational adventure operator has now been featured on CNN, FOX, and numerous other media outlets across the U.S.

Andy Scott

Andy has lived the life of adventure since he could walk. He was brought up in the outdoors of wild and wonderful West Virginia and spent his youth torn between playing sports and spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding. Andy felt driven to give back and help others, so he went to military college for 4 years before serving as an officer in the US Army for 5 more years. During this time, Andy discovered rock climbing, mountaineering, and a passion for teaching others about his love for adventure and getting outside. 

Andy joined Empower Adventures in August of 2021 after moving to Connecticut with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Freya. Andy enjoyed the mission and culture of the aerial adventure park, and took over as the Operations Manager for the course in March of 2022. 

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Dan Jaskot

Dan is the President of Empower Leadership, an branch of Empower that is designed to help create One Million Leaders. His extensive background in programming and curriculum are centered around developing leaders, revealing and building character, and providing team building programming that is meaningful and valuable.

The Empower Leadership Team has hosted over 500 companies, universities, middle and high schools, athletic teams, camps, and municipalities for leadership/character development and corporate outings since 2009. Many of these groups and teams return to Empower year after year for adventure programming.

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Sara Stirling

Sara graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 and spent nearly a decade in marketing working on brands like Monster Jam, Disney On Ice, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Sara joined Empower Adventures in 2018 while looking for an opportunity that aligned with her deeply rooted passions for adventuring and good leadership.  It didn’t take long before she was hitting the road on her own adventures, steering the marketing ship, aiming to grow Empower Adventures’ multiple locations and helping people find their more adventurous side.

Job Opportunities

If you love empowering and encouraging people and you have strong leadership skills, then you will love working at the Empower Adventures Park at Nomads treetop course in South Windsor, Connecticut. You will join a close-knit team that loves working with diverse groups of people. The best part about the job: you will have a lot of fun, and you will gain valuable experience. At Empower Adventures, we are experts in leadership training, and we will impart that knowledge on you. Let’s take a look at some of our beliefs, so you can see if you think of yourself as a good fit.

Empower Adventures Beliefs

We believe in empowering and strengthening people through experiential learning. We ask groups and individuals to step outside of their comfort zones for a brief moment in time, and this often results in substantial changes. People leave Empower Adventures feeling charged with a can-do attitude and brimming with confidence. If you love instilling confidence and belief in people, then you share our most important belief.

Diversity and Uniqueness Matters
Our zip line course doesn’t care who you are. It takes you from one tower to the next, regardless of what you look like or what you believe in. Our employees are the same. We see the inner leader in everyone, and we cultivate those leaderships and individuality in each of our guests. This can be as simple as encouraging them or as complex as designing team building exercises based on their group’s needs. At the end of the day, however, we believe that all people bring unique experiences to the table that are worth hearing.

Joy Bonds People Together
Many of our clients come from a corporate setting, and they expect Empower Adventures to turn their office of individuals into a cohesive group. Part of the reason we do this so successfully is because we bring joy to our clients. When they have fun and lower their guards, they begin to form relationships that will encourage efficiency and productivity. We are the ones who cultivate that fun atmosphere. If you believe in spreading joy at your job, then you might be right for Empower Adventures.

Learn some key skills along the way by:

  • Guiding and facilitating “empowering experiences” for leisure zip line tours and other adventures.
  • Leading groups through experience-based team building programs.
  • Learning technical skills of the zip line canopy tour industry.
  • Working in an outdoor setting with a diverse clientele including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, universities, and other community groups.

Positions available at Empower Adventures

Adventure Guide - South Windsor, CT

  • Accepting Applications
  • Location: South Hartford, CT
  • Seasonal (Mar – Nov) full-time and part-time positions available
  • Job Description/Responsibilities:
    • Contributing to a positive, supportive team atmosphere and model a “can-do” attitude
    • Communicating well with co-workers, supervisors, and Recreation Manager
    • Safe and responsible use of all Empower gear and equipment; including adventure gear and Rescue equipment
    • Meet and greet Empower guests and assist in customer registration and payment
    • Maintain a professional sense of humor and a cooperative attitude in dealing with all Empower guests
    • Treat guests in a manner that makes them feel respected, valued, and cared for
    • Leading equipment outfitting and adventurers for Empower activities
  • Accepting Applications
  • Location: Hartford area, CT (Programs are ran throughout the Northeast and Connecticut.)
  • Part-time positions available

If you are interested in any of the available positions please apply. We look forward to hearing from you and finding out if you’d be a good fit for the Empower Adventures team!


Contact Us

If you are interested in applying, drop us a line. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 860-281-1190.