Gain outdoor skills, along with leadership and teaching experience. Apply for the Outdoor Education staff training program.

About the Training Process

    The full training experience is nine months of experiential lessons, weekly classes, trips, and apprenticeships that bring you together with other highly engaged and diverse first-years and sophomores. Students who complete the training program are eligible to be hired as Outdoor Education student-staff to teach physical education classes and backyard adventures, 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.

    See this informational sheet for more details on the structure and costs associated with the program:

    2021–22 INFORMATION SHEET

    Review the linked calendar for all training program dates and classes:

    2021–22 CALENDAR

    See What Training Looks Like

    All images are from Outdoor Education staff training and other programs.

    Application Dates, Deadlines, and Process

    Applying as a Sophomore Applying as a First-year

    Info session

    Friday, August 27 4:15 p.m. at Basecamp

    Though not required, sophomores are strongly recommended to attend this info session. If you cannot attend and still plan to apply for staff training, email boliver@colgate.edu

    Info session

    Wednesday, September 8 5:00 p.m. at Basecamp

    First years are required to attend this info session before applying for Staff Training. If you absolutely cannot attend, and still plan to apply for staff training, you must email boliver@colgate.edu for additional information before applying.

    Applications due

    Monday, August 30 10:00 a.m.

    Applications are due, via email, to boliver@colgate.edu

    Applications due

    Monday, September 13 10:00 a.m.

    Applications are due, via email, to boliver@colgate.edu

    Large Group Interview

    Monday, August 30 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Anyone who submits an application should attend the Large Group Interview in the Hall of Presidents inside the James C. Colgate Student Union.

    Large Group Interview

    Monday, September 13 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Anyone who submits an application should attend the Large Group Interview in the Hall of Presidents inside the James C. Colgate Student Union.

    Small Group Interview

    Wednesday or Thursday, Sept 1 or 2 4:30 or 6:00 p.m.

    Applicants will be notified in advance if they are invited for a second round interview. These sessions will take place in Basecamp. Applicants will be sent a google form to indicate which of the 4 interview slots you can attend. These sessions will last approximately 1 hour.

    Small Group Interview

    Wednesday or Thursday, Sept 15 or 16 4:30 or 6:00 p.m.

    Applicants will be notified in advance if they are invited for a second round interview. These sessions will take place in Basecamp. Applicants will be sent a google form to indicate which of the 4 interview slots you can attend. These sessions will last approximately 1 hour.

    Individual Interview

    Monday Sept. 6-Thursday Sept. 9

    Applicants will be notified in advance if they are invited for a third round interview. These sessions will take place in Basecamp. You will be sent a google form to sign up for an interview slot. These session will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

    Individual Interview

    Monday Sept. 20-Thursday Sept. 22

    Applicants will be notified in advance if they are invited for a third round interview. These sessions will take place in Basecamp. You will be sent a google form to sign up for an interview slot. These session will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

    Staff Training Decision sent out via email

    Friday, September 24

    Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance into Outdoor Education Staff Training. For sophomores, there will be a long wait between individual interviews and decisions due to the need to interview first-years before final  acceptances can be offered.

    Staff Training Begins

    Monday, September 27

    Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance into Outdoor Education Staff Training. For sophomores, there will be a long wait between individual interviews and decisions due to the need to interview first-years before final  acceptances can be offered.

    How to Apply

    All applications must be submitted as a PDF and emailed to boliver@colgate.edu by the deadline listed above. Please do not complete/submit the application until after you have attended one of the info sessions.


    APPLICATION


    Questions? 

    Ben Oliver
    Director of Outdoor Education