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

    No previous outdoor experience is necessary to be a successful applicant as you will learn everything you need to know during the training program. That said, successful applicants will:

    1. Have a sincere interest in teaching and leading their peers
    2. Possess a positive attitude, even in sometimes challenging situations
    3. Demonstrate a commitment to all aspects of the training program and to working for Outdoor Education after training
    4. Bring a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds, and identities to the group and the larger Outdoor Education community
    5. Appreciate and respect the natural and cultural history of the lands on which we travel and recreate

     

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

    2022–23 INFORMATION SHEET

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

    2022–23 CALENDAR

    See What Training Looks Like

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

    Application Dates, Deadlines, and Process

    Info session

    Thursday, April 7, 4:30 p.m. at Basecamp

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

    Applications due

    Monday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.

    Applications are due via Google Form

    Large Group Interview

    Monday, April 11, 7:30-9:00 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, April 13 or 14, 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, April 18 - Thursday, April 21

    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

    Monday, April 25

    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 19

    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.

    Info session

    Wednesday or Thursday, August 31 or September 1, 4:30 p.m. at Basecamp

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

    Applications due

    Monday, September 5, 10:00 a.m.

    Applications are due via Google Form

    Large Group Interview

    Monday, September 5, 7:30-9:00 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, September 7 or 8, 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, September 12 - Thursday, September 15

    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 sessions will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

    Staff Training Decision sent out via email

    Friday, September 16

    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 19

    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

    Please do not complete/submit the application until after you have attended an info session.

    All applications must be submitted via Google Form by the deadline listed above. 

    You MUST be logged into your Colgate Google account in order to access the application form.

    On the application, you will be asked to fill out some basic questions, including the date of issue of your drivers license (if you have one), so you may want to have that document on hand before starting the application. You will also be asked to answer several longer essay-style questions, and we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to draft answers offline before starting the applications so that you can take your time and save your work as you go, before submitting via the Google Form. You can see a preview of the entire application here. 


    APPLICATION


    Questions? 

    Ben Oliver
    Director of Outdoor Education