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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Outdoor Program at Portland State University!

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program (ODP) has been helping PSU students and the surrounding community find ways to access and enjoy the outdoors. The ODP provides a wide variety of services including outdoor trips, an equipment rental center, and managing Campus Rec’s Climbing Center. A highlight of the ODP is definitely the trips and seminars offered each term, such as rafting, kayaking, backpacking, climbing, and more. In addition, the Outdoor Program offers technical skill seminars like Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Rock Climbing.

The Outdoor Program also provides the opportunity for students to develop their leadership, technical outdoor skills, and teaching potential by being a part of our trip leading staff. The ODP Volunteer Program is designed specifically to train students in outdoor education and programing so that they can move into leadership roles. Through the Volunteer Orientation Trip and other trainings, you will learn the skills necessary to lead trips, get familiar with ODP policies and procedures, and meet other like-minded outdoor individuals. After successful completion of the Volunteer Orientation trip, you will be eligible to be a part of the ODP leadership team as a Volunteer Trip Leader (VTL). As a member of the program you will attend staff trainings & meetings and continue to gain experience within the program. Eventually with appropriate experience and training you can apply to become a paid Assistant Trip Leader or Trip Leader. 

Volunteer FAQ's 

We are not currently recruiting for Volunteer Trip Leaders. Please check back in Fall 2015 for our next recruiting timeline.

If you have additional questions, please contact Reed Mathieson at or come by the Outdoor Program Office at 505 SW Harrison St.