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Student Staff Training

If you are looking for adventure and an outlet for your leadership abilities, apply to join us on the Outdoor Education staff.

About the Training Process

Applications for the 2017-2018 Staff Training program are now available for members of the Class of 2021. There will be a required info session on Thursday, August 31st at 4:30 PM at Basecamp.

The full training experience is nine months of experiential lessons, weekly classes, and seminars that bring you together with other highly engaged and diverse first-years and sophomores. Students who complete the training program are generally hired as Outdoor Education student-staff to teach physical education classes, lead Wilderness Adventure trips, and provide team building opportunities for the Colgate community.

In addition to weekly classes, you will participate in numerous weekend trips to the Adirondacks and other destinations to strengthen technical skills, learn about risk assessment and management, promote a passion for the natural world, and to develop teaching and leadership skills. Previous outdoor experience is not required, but an eagerness to learn, a sense of adventure, and a strong desire to teach your peers are all paramount.

2017–18 INFORMATION SHEETSee this informational sheet for more details on the structure and costs associated with the program:

Important Dates, Deadlines and Calendars

2017–18 CALENDARReview the calendar for all mandatory training program dates and classes:

Tuesday, August 29th

Applications will be available on this site.

Thursday, August 30th at 4:30 pm

REQUIRED information session at Base Camp. If you miss this and still want to apply for staff training, email boliver@colgate.edu

Sunday, September 3rd by midnight (12:00 AM)

Applications are due. Applications must be submitted as a PDF to boliver@colgate.edu

Monday, September 4th – 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hall of Presidents

Mandatory group interview for all applicants. Everyone who submits an application will get a reminder email during the day on the 4th reminding them to show up that evening.

Wednesday, September 6th & Thursday, September 7th

Small group interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Sunday, September 10 - Thursday, September 13

Individual interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Friday, September 15th

Accepted applicants will be notified.

Monday, Septeber 18th

First class - see training calendar for full training schedule

How to Apply

All Applications must be submitted as a PDF and emailed to boliver@colgate.edu by MIDNIGHT (12:00 AM) on Sunday, September 3rd.



Ben Oliver
Phone: 315-228-6015