Become an Adventure Trip Leader

The Trip Staff Training Program

The Trip Staff Training Program (TSTP) is open to all Texas State students to become leaders among their peers in outdoor recreation settings. This can include short activities here in San Marcos, or longer trips around Texas and beyond.

Experience an immersive outdoor education and instructor development program; no prior outdoor experience is needed to apply! Previous experience can help expedite your training process.

Once trained, year-round trip leading opportunities will be available!

See the below "Trip Staff Training Schedule" for all mandatory dates & events before applying.

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Where/When to Apply

Applications open in August 2023 on Handshake

Experience Questionnaire

Must be attached to your application on Handshake to be considered

Trip Staff Interest Meetings

Come learn what the training program entails, staff expectations, trip opportunities, and more! Attending an Interest Meeting is not mandatory, to be considered for the Trip Staff position, but greatly preferred.

Interest Meeting Dates:

  • To be announced prior to the next hiring cycle. 

Can't attend an Interest Meeting? Look for Adventure Trip leaders tabling on the Quad or Mall the first week of classes! 

Trip Staff Training Schedule

All training dates are mandatory to attend for incoming trip leaders. See below for an example of the training time commitment:

Fall 2023 Semester Training Dates

  • Applications Period 
    • August 1st - September 6th
  • In Person Interview Date
    • September 8th @ 5:00PM - 7:00PM (Sewell Park Outdoor Center)
  • Onboarding and New Hire Paperwork
    • Week of September 25th
  • Classroom Sessions (8-Weeks) (Sewell Park Outdoor Center)
    • October 2nd - November 20th
    • One session per week
      • Day of week and time based on your schedule
  • Winter Break Training Trip
    • Pre-Trip Meeting - November 29th @ 6:00PM
    • Field Training - January 3-7, 2024

Spring 2024 Semester Training Dates (Tentative)

  •  Van & Trailer Training
    • January 12, 2024
  • Field Training
    • January 19-21, 2024
    • February 25, 2024
    • February 28, 2024 (Evening)
    • March 2nd, 2024
  • Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference (TOLC)
    • February 2-4, 2024
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
    • Option 1: April 27-28, 2024
    • Option 2: May 4-5, 2024