The Guided Trips Student Leaders are a cohort of the best trained collegiate outdoor guides in the nation. Responsibilities include planning, preparation, and leading Guided Trips in front-country and backcountry settings. Trips run locally and regionally with the opportunity to lead break trips. Essential skills are self-motivation, ability to work independently, enthusiasm for teaching and leading beginners, and punctuality. Previous experience and education such as guide-work, outdoor education, or WVU courses are required unless comparable experience is demonstrated and evaluated at coordinator’s discretion. Candidates must have or be willing to acquire Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Leave-No-Trace certificates by the end of the training period. Working hours vary and are reliant on number of programs and special events each semester.
Duty and Responsibilities:
Program planning including writing proposals, budgets, and required gear.
Program support including packing food, equipment, and assisting programs in the field.
Program leading including teaching workshops, guiding hiking, backpacking, camping, paddle sports, biking, and other programs as needed.
Field equipment management such as cleaning, maintaining, and repairing as needed.
Professional development includes the requirement that students attend formal trainings for the specific adventure sports disciplines in which they intend to lead trips
Other duties as assigned.
Must be an enrolled as a full-time WVU student
Must be in good standing with the university and under no academic or behavioral sanctions
Must complete WVU’s Mandated Reporter Training
Must complete required Van Driver Training
Adventure WV has a preferred GPA of 3.0 for all student staff
Must have taken RPTR 251, 325, 326, 380 or similar education/professional experience at coordinator’s discretion
Must be able to attend and commit to all stated training dates and pre-scheduled program events
While not required, students who have technical skills pertaining to specific adventure sports disciplines are preferred.
$75 daily stipend when leading overnight trips, one time training stipend payments (amounts vary), for hourly assignments: $10/hour starting wage
Opportunity to gain exemplary leadership skills
Opportunities and trainings to gain professional outdoor skills and/or certifications necessary to be a climbing guide, raft guide, backpacking guide, etc.
Develop both interpersonal and technical skills
Be a part of an inclusive and supportive team
Invest in the experience of WVU Mountaineers