Employment with Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs has a variety of different job opportunities for students. As always, feel free to stop by the OP Base Camp to learn more about these positions.

  • Climbing Wall Supervisors: The primary responsibility of this position is to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all users of the wall. Duties include educating users on safe and effective climbing practices, teaching belay clinics, and monitoring the climbing wall area for safe use. Ideal candidates will have a basic level of knowledge in climbing technique, equipment and theory, an outgoing and friendly personality, a commitment to learning and teaching, and the skills to support all types of climbers.
  • Outing Center Staff: The role of the Outing Center Staff is to foster an open and inclusive environment focused on customer service and providing support to key areas including but not limited to: providing consultation to and registering people for various adventure trips, clinics, and programs; registering, tracking use, and maintaining database for climbing wall; providing assistance to those renting and returning equipment; and answering questions about Outdoor Programs.
  • Challenge Course Facilitators: The primary responsibility of this position is to work with different groups and academic courses facilitating high and low ropes course experiences. These experiences aim to foster effective communication and teamwork within the group. Challenge Course Staff receive specific training at the beginning of each Fall semester.
  • Trip Staff: Our Trip Staff complete the Instructor Development Program (IDP) before moving into staff positions, which prepares them with technical skills, group and risk management, first aid certification, etc. Trip Staff lead all of our outdoor trip offerings, ranging from day trips to multi-day expeditions, land to river to rock to sea.
  • Summer Opportunities for Trip Staff/First Ascent: We hire trip staff to work the First Ascent backpacking trips that are offered to incoming freshman during the summer. Additionally, Outdoor Programs works with UREC to provide staff for the Adventure Camp that is part of Camp UREC.
  • Graduate Assistanships: We hire 1-3 Graduate Assistants each fall semester that serve in 20 hour per week positions for 2 years.  For more information regarding GA positions, visit Appalachian State's Graduate Assistant Preview Program (GAPP) .  Applications are due before the middle of January each year.

To apply for a position, please fill out:

Download: University Recreation Student Employment Application

Attach any additional employment information you have including resume, cover letter, trip log, certification copies and class schedule. Applications can be dropped off at Outdoor Programs located in the Student Recreation Center.

Past Outdoor Programs Employee Successes: Where Are They Now?

Many of our Outdoor Programs staff have moved on into various professional positions in the outdoor industry.