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Become a Trip Leader

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

To become a Trip Leader the first step will be to apply at

Student Employment

We start the hiring process each February.
Thank you for your interest. You are always welcome to stop by at the Outdoor Rental Center to meet each other

2017 Training Series

Series I: Backpacking & Leave No Trace

May 6 to 9 – Owyhee Canyonlands (Overnight Training)
Classroom sessions: April 22 (8:30am to noon)

Series II: Raft Guide School

May 13 to 17 – Boise National Forest (Overnight Training)
Three River day sessions: May 23 (8am to 9pm) – May 26 (11am to 9pm) – June 2 (8am to 7pm)
Pool Session: May 11 (8am to noon)

All classroom (2), pool (1) and river day (3) sessions are components of the training and mandatory to attend to pass them. 

How to apply

Applications are open now until March 19, 2017. Apply and complete the online application form. We will start contacting applicants on February 15th.


The Trip Leader Training Series 2017 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. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, with selection based on an application and interview process.


The series cost is  $150.00 for those accepted. This includes transportation, meals, technical gear, and instruction.


Stay 6 weeks during summer 17 and be able to lead at least three trips also during summer
Key traits in an ideal Trip Leader candidate include a serious commitment to their own development and the Outdoor Program, passion for working with people, comfortable in the outdoors, a desire to improve themselves and their skills, a supportive and inclusive attitude, and a sense of adventure. We are looking for a diverse set of students who have the desire and capacity to become great leaders. As a starting point, it is not the most important to have outdoor technical skills, extensive leadership experience, or impressive outdoor accomplishments. We encourage everyone to apply, regardless of outdoor experience. We also screen candidates based upon the number of commitments they are undertaking.

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.

Our Core Values

Compassion, Excellence, Inclusion, and Integrity

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.

Becoming a Trip Leader

These first two series on May are the starting point of your journey as part of the Outdoor Program. You will get ready to start leading trips in summer 17. As we work with you through the series and training course offerings within the Outdoor Program during 2017 & 2018, you will work towards fulfilling the requirements to move forward through the different levels of responsibility on the field while leading trips.

Both classroom and backcountry additional series will be offered in the next semesters with the focus on one or more of the following:

  • Group management
  • Facilitation
  • Decision-making process
  • Critical thinking
  • Outdoor living
  • Self-awareness
  • Trip planning
  • Technical skills
  • Teaching philosophy and techniques
  • Risk management
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Skill acquisition in outdoor activities: rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, cross country ski, snowshoeing, canoeing, and winter backpacking.


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