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 seasonal or professional guide-work, outdoor education or related WVU courses are encouraged. Candidates must complete a required RPTR course and must have or be willing to obtain an accredited Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification. 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, or 380
- Must have an accredited Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification or be willing to acquire one. Spring RPTR 251 students have the opportunity to acquire one at a reduced price.
- 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.
- $80 daily stipend when leading overnight trips, one time training stipend payments (amounts vary), for hourly assignments: $10.50/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