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The School of Adventure Leadership is your entry into working at the Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP).  It is a year-long training program, during which staff will train and work in the Program’s rental shop and climbing wall, and serve as an apprentice instructor on various outdoor recreation-based trips.  In the fall semester, students will meet regularly to discuss leadership theories, earn a certification in Wilderness First Aid, work in the rental shop, and participate in trips and clinics. During the spring semester, students will take a more active role in trips and clinics and earn a certification as a Climbing Wall Instructor. Over spring break, students will design and run a backpacking trip to Utah which will be the program’s capstone experience. 


After successful completion of the School of Adventure Leadership, students may be given the opportunity for long-term employment at the ORP. This also includes access to higher-level staff trainings such as Whitewater Raft Guide School and Rock Climbing Instructor School, among others.  The emphasis of the School of Adventure Leadership is on developing each member’s leadership skills, which will allow them to be the best possible employee during their time at the ORP, as well as engaged and committed leaders in their chosen career fields and home communities. 


Applications are due September 13th. Applicants will be asked to participate in a first-round group interview process, and then a second-round sit-down interview, after which successful candidates will be offered a position in the School.  Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to pay $400 to cover the cost of your certifications. Both full and partial scholarships are available, an online scholarship request form can be found here:

For more information about required dates and trainings: Required/Important Dates

For a cost breakdown of where the 400$ cost of the program and how much you can expect to earn: SAL Cost and Earnings for the First Year.

Resumes will be only be accepted from Late August to Early September each Fall.