Become a Trip Leader

Thank you for your interest in PSU’s Outdoor Program!

WiLD logo: Graphic image of a river and trees extending into the background.

Thank you for your interest in PSU’s Outdoor Program! Since 1966, the Outdoor Program (ODP) has been helping PSU students and the community access and enjoy the outdoors. The ODP provides a wide variety of services like outdoor trips, an equipment rental center, and Campus Rec’s Climbing Center. A highlight of the ODP is the outdoor trips 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 depends on PSU students to lead these outdoor adventure trips and places great value on the experience that students gain from these wilderness activities. Engaging in rock climbing, whitewater paddling, and hiking can build mental strength through problem solving, perseverance and teamwork. This is the type of community that is fostered at the ODP – a group of dedicated and passionate outdoor enthusiasts who are excited to learn and teach other students.

Most students join the ODP through a leadership development program that gives them the opportunity to learn and practice their technical and interpersonal skills. The Wilderness Leadership Development (WiLD) program is a year-long sequence designed to train and empower PSU students through experiential education in an outdoor setting. Through the WiLD program, students will gain experience in teaching, facilitation, public speaking, communication, conflict resolution and risk management in addition to technical outdoor skills.

We will be accepting applications for the next WiLD cohort in September 2019. Please check back for more information on the application process and deadline.


If you are a PSU student who has several years of documented, professional guiding experience, you may be considered for a “Fast Track” Trip Leader position. Please see the application (DOC) for details on how to apply.