What is an OP Student Trip Leader?

An Outdoor Programs volunteer trip leader is a student passionate about the outdoors who is willing to spend his/her time and energy helping other students engage in various outdoor experiences. Student trip leaders enjoy working with others and are competent in one or more outdoor activities. OP trip leaders receive satisfaction from sharing their knowledge, developing lasting friendships, providing adventure, education, and discovery to the University community through positive outdoor experiences.

Student Trip Leader Responsibilities

Being an OP student trip leader comes with many responsibilities. Trip leaders are not only responsible for themselves, but the physical and emotional well being of others in dynamic outdoor environments. This responsibility requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy and patience. However, with that responsibility also comes a tremendous opportunity to learn about oneself, develop important leadership and life skills, create life-long friendships, and make connections with the natural world, while having fun with fellow students in astounding outdoor settings.

Trip Leader Commitments

Trip leaders are expected to commit approximately 30 hours per month to trainings, activities and leadership development, as well as plan and lead a minimum of one trip per semester. Trip leaders also serve as OP and Campus Recreation ambassadors to the rest of campus at events, and at local and regional conferences.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted in August before Fall Semester

Applications are accepted during the month of August. If you have questions you may contact Greg Davis, Trip Program Coordinator, at greg.j.davis@usu.edu.



170 degrees

Trip Leader 2012-2014

"Many students do not graduate college saying they led others in the backcountry on their weekends and vacations. These trips have made me a unique individual professionally and gave me skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. Not to mention, bringing me to some of the most beautiful places I have been." 


170 degrees

Trip Leader 2013-2015

"What I gained was so much more. The people I met will be my friends long past school and some of us have already been making plans to visit each other as we start venturing around the world. OP leaders aren’t close just because we have similar passions, but because of trust the OP cultivates between its trip leaders."