Fall 2021 Semester | Bucknell University

OEL Trip Leader

Please Note: This position now encompasses both the former Outing Club trip leader position and the former Buckwild trip leader position.
OEL Trip Leader

When & Where

Fall 2021 Semester
Bucknell University, 710 Moore Ave, Lewisburg, PA 17837

About the Experience


Outing Club, Buckwild


The OEL Trip Leader position is volunteer in nature, and will allow students to lead participants on various wilderness excursions. These students will complete an intensive wilderness training, which could include Leave No Trace principles, Wilderness First Aid, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, caving, road & mountain biking, etc…  prior experience in these outdoor activities is welcome but NOT REQUIRED. These trainings will be provided free of charge in exchange for a commitment to the program. You will be required to facilitate group activities, participate in meaningful discussions with fellow Trip Leaders and participants, and aid in creating an overall positive atmosphere for the group.


Student leaders will be expected to lead a certain number of Outing Club trips throughout the duration of the school year. Trip leaders will have the opportunity to help design and select trips that they are interested in leading. Trip leaders will be responsible for working closely with the admin team to assist in planning the logistics of their trip, and making sure it runs smoothly. Most weekend trips fall within a 3-6 hour window, but there are a few exceptions including overnight trips and fall/spring break trips.

After training and experience is acquired, student trip leaders will have the option to express an interest in leading a trip for Buckwild, the wilderness pre-orientation program run through Bucknell Outdoor Education and Leadership. This program is a five-day, immersive wilderness experience offered to incoming Bucknell first years. If leaders choose this training track, they will receive additional training in facilitation and leadership methods, which are then expected to be implemented throughout the duration of the Buckwild experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for this position should have an appreciation for the outdoors, leadership and/or educator abilities, as well as comfort in an outdoor setting.

Application Deadline

December 1, 2021

How To Apply

Interested applicants may apply by using the OEL Employment/Volunteer Application. This serves as a general application for all related OEL opportunities. When completing this application, you will be prompted to select which areas of OEL you are most interested in working for. Interested OEL Trip Leaders should select the option associated with this position and the Outing Club and Buckwild programs.

To access this application, click the SIGN UP/APPLY button and fill in your contact information and submit. Check your e-mail for a confirmation message which will share a link to our online application.