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Become an Outdoor Program Trip Instructor

Here at the OP, we are always looking to take students at the College on new and exciting adventures. To do that, we work with outdoor enthusiasts from our student body to lead trips into Idaho’s outdoors and beyond. The program offers ample training and mentorship along the way, so no prior experience is necessary. Follow the link below for a deeper dive into the questions and processes interested students will embark on to become a Trip Leader.

Trip Instructor Progression & Training (PDF)

Once a student has become a trip instructor, part of their role includes developing future trip ideas for the program! Especially those that they would be interested in leading, be it climbing, rafting, backpacking or something entirely new. Come on to help us shape and broaden the future Outdoor Program trips for our incredible student body and start working to become a trip leader today.

A Sneak Peek into the Trip Instructor Progression and Training

Future Trip Instructors will need to complete all the necessary trips, demonstrate leadership and skills, complete trip instructor trainings, as well as the specialized trainings related to the activity areas you choose. 

Progression Milestones 

  • Interested Students:  
    • Go out & participate in 3 or more OP Trips  
    • Meet the Team  
    • Schedule an Informational Session with OP Professional Staff 
    • Fill out an OP Trip Instructor Application 
  • Applicants: 
    • Engage in an I-Team Interview 
    • Develop your Instructor Timeline 
    • Pick two Adventure Activity areas of focus 
    • Commit to and attend Fall and Spring Trainings 
  • Instructors in Training: 
    • Joining Trip Planning Teams & Gain Experience in the Field 
    • Attain a Wilderness First Responder Certification 
    • Become a College of Idaho Certified Driver 
    • Demonstrate competence as an Assistant Trip Instructor and Get Paid! 
    • Demonstrate Competence as a Lead Trip Instructor 
  • Lead Trips! 

Please feel free to contact the OP Staff or current Trip Instructors to learn more.