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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 search for trip leaders twice a year.
During Fall, we start the hiring process in September and during Spring we start in February.
Thank you for your interest. You are always welcome to stop by at the Outdoor Rental Center to learn more about the opportunities the program has to offer.

2017 Training Series

Fall: Outdoor Leadership

November 18 to 22 – Owyhee Canyonlands (Overnight Training)
Four classroom sessions: Sat Oct 21, 28, & Nov 11 (9:30am to noon) & Tue Nov 14 (9pm to 10:30pm)
Fees: $65

2018 Training Series

Spring: Raft Guide School

May 13 to 19 – Location to be determined based on water level conditions (Overnight Training)
Four river day sessions: May 24 & 25 (8am to 9pm)  & June 1 & 8 (1pm to 10pm)
Pool session: May 10 (8:30am to noon)
Two classroom sessions: Sat April 14 & 21 (9:30am to noon)
Fees: $95

All classroom, pool, and river day sessions are components of the training and mandatory to attend to pass them. 

How to apply

Applications are open all year long. Apply and complete the online application form.
We keep your application on file for two semesters.  We contact and invite everyone that apply to be part of the hiring process. Our hiring processes consist on attending an info session and meeting with our staff. From your application and the personal interaction we have with candidates on the info session and meetings, we invite the final selected candidates to attend to a group participation session. There, we go through team-building and initiatives activities with all the applicants to get to know them better in their interactions with others.

Fall 2017 Hiring Dates Sessions
Info session: Sep Tue 19 & Wed 20 – (6pm to 8pm) Only one session is required to attend
Group participation session: Sat, Sep 30 (9am to noon) Only for final candidates that are invited to participate

Spring 2018 Hiring Dates Sessions
Info session: TBD
Group participation session: TBD


The Trip Leader Training Series 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 application and hiring process.


The training series have associated fees in order to cover the basic expenses of transportation, meals, technical gear, and instruction.


Commit to being an active staff of the Trip Program for at least four consecutive academic semesters (i.e. taking training in the fall 17, commitment for Spring 18 Summer 18 – Fall 18 & Spring 19).
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

Care, Excellence, and Inclusion.

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. As part of the Trip program, an average of 120 hours of training is offered by year. We are committed to helping you to find the best of you and help to develop the transferable and employability leadership skills that will support your academic experience to get you ready for your future endeavors.

Becoming a Trip Leader

The two entry trainings (Outdoor Leadership & Raft Guide School) are the starting point of your journey as part of the Outdoor Program as a Trip Leader. You will get ready to start leading trips after each training. As we work with you through the series and other training course offerings, 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
  • Communication
  • 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) 426-1946
Jordan Frank – Outdoor Program Coordinator – (208) 426-1946