Outdoor Adventures Leader

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The Recreation and Wellness’ Outdoor Adventure program seeks knowledgeable and experienced students in the activities of backpacking, biking and rock climbing to help engage and grow an active outdoor community at GVSU. The Outdoor Adventure Leaders plan and facilitate outdoor and adventure-based activities as a part of the broader work of the Outdoor Adventures Collective. 


  • Paid training
  • Valuable life skills practiced through the lens of backpacking, bicycling, & rock climbing: leadership, communication, team work, risk management, creative problem solving)
  • Various discounts for Recreation & Wellness programs & services


Start Date:  Training:   |   Work: 


Commitment: 5-10 per week; Some nights/ weekends required

Location: GVSU Allendale Campus,

Qualifications / Requirements

Ideal applicants are passionate about leadership and have a sincere interest in growing an active community of people at GVSU who responsibly enjoy the outdoors. 


  • Have experience and a solid understanding of fundamental skills in either Backpacking, Biking (road or mountain), or Rock Climbing. 
    • Backpacking: basic camp-craft (fitting/ packing a backpack, tent setup, fire building, stove use, basic knots) & basic first aid

    • Biking: rules of the road/ trail etiquette & basic bike maintenance

    • Climbing: Equipment for top-rope and sport climbing, anchor building, cleaning a sport anchor, rappelling & belaying 

  • Commitment to student development, leadership, and teamwork  

  • Meet the GVSU requirements for student employment 


  • Previous outdoor leadership experience 

  • Pursuit of a career in an outdoor related field 

  • Are dependable and comfortable talking to strangers 


Specific responsibilities of the student staff include: 

  • Coordinating outdoor gear rentals and maintenance 

  • Leading the planning and facilitation of recreational and educational programs 

  • Creating resources for the Outdoor Adventures Collective 

  • Assisting students with creating appropriate trip plans 

  • Assisting with marketing and promotion efforts, including but not limited to updating website(s) and social media groups 

  • Attending all scheduled meetings and trainings 

  • Adhering to all GVSU policies and procedures during all programming, on and off campus 

  • Fostering an upbeat and friendly environment at all times 


Pay for this position will start at Step A, Class 3 of Student Employment's established wage rate schedule ($10.37 as of Jan. 2021)