Guide Application | St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program

Guide Application

Application Deadline, 4:30 PM, Friday, October 26th

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: Advanced Topics), offered in the spring semester.

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

Course Description:

ODST: Advanced Topics is an intensive course designed to prepare participants to teach outdoor and leadership skills. With the nearby mountains and rivers of the Adirondacks as their classroom, students focus on furthering backcountry and outdoor skills and teaching. Through readings, discussion, and lab, students will explore the issues and topics related to leadership, group dynamics, decision-making and heuristics, risk management, backcountry travel and etiquette, winter recreation, teaching principles and techniques, and considerations and concerns related to specific outdoor pursuits such as climbing, kayaking or skiing.

The course is the foundation for training Outdoor Program student staff, known as Hadwen Guides. Hadwen Guides are paid student staff who work for the OP in a wide array of jobs, including backcountry trip leaders, teaching assistants, facilities staff, and skills instructors for the rock, ice, paddling, and ski programs. Individuals participating in ODST: Advanced Topics should be motivated, enthusiastic, have a desire to lead, and possess fundamental backcountry skills. Previous experience in outdoor education and/or leadership is desirable, but not required to participate in the ODST: Advanced Topics.

Classroom sessions begin March 25th, Monday and Friday from 2-4pm and several weekends. Students are expected to have no other commitments during that time.