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2023 FYT Student Staff Dates & Commitments



Who attends?

Thursdays from 2-5 p.m.

during the Spring Semester  

RPTR 251 Leadership in Experiential Education

(3 credit academic class)

All trainees

Feb 4-5

FYT Leadership Retreat

(Sat-Sun overnight, food & transportation provided)

All trainees and returning staff

March 31 - April 2

RPTR 251 Field Weekend (food & transportation provided)   

All trainees

SUMMER Season Commitments



May 15 – Aug 15 

Summer Commitment

All FYT staff are required to be available for training and work during these dates. Specific assignments and exact training/work dates are not available until April 2023.

May 15 – June 15


Starting May 15, all FYT staff participate in a variety of additional trainings depending on positions assigned and skills needed. Those trainings may include:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Challenge Course technical trainings and certifications
  • Site visits & technical skill practice days
  • Training Trips (7 days overnight)
  • Required WVU employee training modules
  • Other trainings as needed

Staff will receive a training stipend for the weeks of training. Except for the training trip, trainings are day programs and staff will need to provide their own overnight lodging.

June 16 – Aug 12

Summer Trips

First-Year Trips run every week of the summer until Move-in day on Sat, Aug 12.

  • Trip Leading Staff can expect to be assigned to lead 3-5 trips over the course of the summer. Trips run weekly either Sat-Thurs (6 days, Odyssey and Explore model trips), or Mon-Fri (5 days, Quest model trips)
  • Students who work positions other than/in addition to trip leading will work more regular, hourly work each week- each staff members’ schedule varies based on programs and positions assigned. Other positions available/possible include:
    • Program Support Staff (gear, food, and logistics support for trips)
    • Climbing Site Managers (guiding and managing technical climbing for trips)
    • OEC Work: Facilitating programs and events (FYT and otherwise) at our Outdoor Education Center challenge course and canopy tour
    • Destination Basecamp: Leading overnight programs for students attending on-campus NSO at the OEC facility

Aug 7 – 12 &

Aug 13-15

Early Move-in Trips

& Welcome Week

The final two weeks of the summer are FYT’s busiest weeks of work.

  • Staff will be assigned to work during these two weeks; the exception is for a few staff who are in Band or are RAs.
  • Most staff will additionally be assigned to daily-programming activities for WVU’s Welcome Week Aug 13-15.

Note that from Aug 7-15 it is extremely busy and we expect staff to be available. Conflicts during this time may be a 'deal breaker' for hiring and/or overall summer staffing.