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Become a Trip Leader


We are educators who develop and positively impact students using the experience as our textbook and the outdoors as our classroom.

Follow these steps to be considered in the hiring of trip leader:

Step One: Apply Online Here

Step Two: Go to ONE of the Information Sessions- October 07, (6:30-8: 30 pm) and October 08th, (6:30-8: 30 pm)

Step Three: Next stage of hiring- Extended Group Interview- October 19th (9am-12pm)

Step Four: Go on the Outdoor Leadership training- See Below

Step Five: Become a Trip Leader!

Important Dates

Series I: Backpacking & Leave No Trace Certification — November 23 to 27

  • Classroom sessions: November 2nd 8:30am- 2pm, November 9th 8:30am-2pm, and November 18th (9pm-10:30pm)

Series II: Winter Training — January 18-19;

  • Classroom session: January 14th (9-10: 30 pm)

Series III: Raft Guide School — May 13 to 17

  • River Day sessions: May 22, May 29 & June 5 (2 pm to 9 pm)
  • Pool session: May 11 (1pm to 5pm)

~All training classroom, pool, and meeting sessions are part of the training and are mandatory to attend to pass the training~


Who: The Trip Leader Training Series 2019/2020 is designed to provide competence, confidence and the necessary skills for students who are interested in working as trip leaders with the Outdoor Program. This series is open to all Boise State University undergraduate and graduate students who want to share their passion for working with people in the outdoors.

Cost: The series I & III cost is $170.00 for those accepted. Scholarships are available. This includes meals, instruction, gear, and transportation.

How to apply: Applications are open now until October 12, 2019. For an application form go HERE and complete the online form. We will start contacting applicants on October 5th.

Requirements: Be able to work three consecutive semesters including Summer 19 for at least 1 month. Key traits in an ideal Trip Leader candidate include a commitment to their own development, passion for working with people, a supportive and inclusive attitude, and a sense of adventure to try new things. We are looking for a diverse set of students who have the desire and capacity to become great leaders. We encourage everyone to apply, regardless of outdoor experience.

Our Mission: The Trips Program offers purposeful and engaging activities with the intention of providing positive and lifelong experiences and promoting participants’ social interaction, self-awareness, personal growth, team-building, and leadership skills.

Core Values: Inclusion, Care, Excellence

What will you get from the Training Series and leading trips at the Outdoor Program?
Our Training Series are intended to train you into an effective beginner outdoor leader and educator. We teach transferable leadership skills such as group development and conflict resolution, as well as outdoor-focused skills such as risk management. This program will expose and help you to develop leadership skills that will benefit you in any job or academic environment.


Rodo Leone –Outdoor Programs Director – (208) 426-5667


Jordan Frank – Outdoor Programs Coordinator — (208) 426-6118