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

About the Training Process

Applications for the 2020-2021 staff training program will soon be available for members of the Classes of 2023 & 2024.

Those interested must attend an info session on either:

  • Monday 9/7, 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9/8, 5:15 p.m.

The meetings will take place on Zoom (click link to open Zoom session - Note you must login with your Colgate credentials to join).

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:

2020–21 INFORMATION SHEET

See What Training Looks Like

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

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Calendars

2020–21 CALENDAR

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

Monday, September 7 or Tuesday, September 8 at 5:15 p.m.

Anyone interested should attend one of these information sessions at Base Camp. If you cannot attend either and still want to apply for staff training, email boliver@colgate.edu

Use this zoom link to join either Info Session (click link to open Zoom session - Note you must login with your Colgate credentials to join). You will be placed in a waiting room when you enter.

Wednesday, September 9 by 3:30 p.m.

You MUST fill out this form if you plan to apply. By filing out this form, you will receive an invite to the first round of interviews.

Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, 13th

Small group interviews will be scheduled to take place via Zoom - you will be sent a link after you have filled out the form linked above.

Saturday, September 12 by 12:00 p.m.

Application part 1 is due regardless of when your small group interview is taking place. Applications must be submitted as a PDF to boliver@colgate.edu. Please ensure that your file name includes your name and that your name appears on page one of the application. Please do not complete/submit the application until after you have attended one of the info sessions.

Tuesday, September 15

Applicants invited for second round interviews will receive notification and will be asked to submit Application part 2.

Wednesday, September 16 - Tuesday, September 22

Individual interviews will be scheduled to take place on Zoom. If/when you receive an email from us on the 15th, you will be able to choose a time and be sent a Zoom link.

Saturday, September 19

Application part 2 is due regardless of when your individual interview is taking place. Applications must be submitted as a PDF to boliver@colgate.edu. Please ensure that your file name includes your name and that your name appears on page one of the application.

Friday, September 25 

Training acceptances will be sent out via email.

Monday, September 28

Training begins!

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 Part 1


Questions? 

Ben Oliver
Director of Outdoor Education