Guide Application | St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program

Guide Application

Summer 2021

Application Deadline, 4:30 PM, February 19


Submit via email: or to the Outdoor Program office in Newell

The Outdoor Program hires students that demonstrate exceptional leadership and outdoor proficiency to be Outdoor Program Guides. OP Hadwen Guides lead and teach their peers in the disciplines offered, whether it is on snow, water, or rock. Before becoming a guide for the program, one must complete the Guide Training Course (ODST 3003: Advanced Topics, ODST 3010: Wilderness Medicine), offered Summer Session 1, May 3-June 4.

Job Description:

  • Lead a pre-orientation trip in August before school starts
  • Lead or co-lead at least one trip or workshop per semester
  • Attend one guide meeting per month
  • Contribute meaningfully to the SLUOP community
  • Represent the SLUOP at a high standard while running programs
  • Professionalism both in the field and on campus (this includes your application materials)

Outdoor Leadership, Summer Session I, May 3-June 4

Listing: 1. ODST 3003, Advanced Topics of Outdoor Leadership & Education (Guide Training course) . One unit

             2.  ODST SPTP: Wilderness Medicine. One unit

Units: Two SLU units (7.2 credit hours). Courses Length: 5 weeks

Prerequisites: None, but application required; students must register for both courses

ODST 3003. Advanced Topics of Outdoor Leadership and Education. This intensive, field-based course culminates with a 9 day expedition in the Canadian wilderness during which students apply the leadership and teaching skills learned through lectures and labs during the semester. This is a student-designed and instructor-facilitated experience, in which students develop risk management plans, course itineraries and outdoor education lesson plans specific to a wilderness expedition, and assume direct leadership roles implementing their developed lesson plans. The course is designed for students who will work as outdoor guides and educators in the St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program and other professional organizations.

ODST SPTP: Wilderness Medicine. Students will learn the theory and practice of wilderness medicine. Co-taught by outdoor professionals with years of experience as outdoor leaders, EMT’s and an ER nurse, this course will be hands-on and students who successfully complete the course will receive professional certification as Wilderness First Responders.