Become a ROPE Trip Leader!

Welcome to ROPE! Trip leading is a developmental experience through which staff members build leadership, decision making, and outdoor skills while facilitating outdoor trips for the university community.
R.O.P.E. trip leaders are responsible for planning and executing our outdoor trips. Leaders are expected to create and foster meaningful environments for trip participants, while simultaneously ensuring the mental and physical safety of each individual. This position requires interpersonal communication skills, the ability to think critically and the flexibility to work both independently and with a co-instructor. ROPE leadership requires an investment of time and energy, but the results are worth the effort.

What are the Qualifications?

  • Have willingness to learn and practice new outdoor skills and activities
  • Have the ability to think independently and make decisions for everyday and emergency situations
  • Maintain a positive attitude and interact well with ROPE trip participants
  • Have the ability to earn CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications
  • Possess a valid driver's license.

What is the level of commitment?

  • Trip leaders lead at least two trips per semester and one Friday Night Climb.
  • New Leaders attend our Outdoor Leadership Training Trip scheduled the first weeks of January or May according to the academic calendar.
  • Primary training trips occur during January and September each year. Training trips include: backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, emergency response and faciliation skills.
  • Our annual ROPE/OAC re-orientation trip to Surfside Beach!
  • Additional training seminars including: Equipment Maintenance, Van & Trailer Driving, Trip Planning, Leave No Trace
  • Staff meetings to review, plan, and develop our outdoor programming.

What are the benefits?

  • Leaders are awarded stipends according to rank and certification for each trip they lead.
  • Leadership training including group management skills, judgment and decision making, risk management, environmental ethics and expedition behavior.
  • Technical outdoor skills training including kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, caving, backpacking, basic camping skills and wilderness medicine.
  • Access to equipment and outdoor trips (when space is available),& training materials.
  • Leave No Trace Trainer, Technical Skills, and Wilderness First Aid certification opportunities.
  • ROPE outdoor apparel and outdoor pro-deal though College Outside.

How do I apply?

ROPE Trip Leader Applications are due October 30th to lead Spring 2020. Selected applicants will be invited interview with a current leader and program director.
If interested, you are encouraged to experience a ROPE trip as a participant prior to application.
Beginning 2018, applicants who complete LPAP 117 Intro to Outdoor Leadership, with recommendation, will recieve priority consideration.

All new leaders must attend the Outdoor Leadership Training Trip.

Feel free to stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) or reach out to one of our trip leaders directly about their experience.
If you have any questions stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center or email the Assistant Director Kris Cortez, kjc5(at)

Watch for updates here and on our Facebook page - ROPEOutdoors.

Download Your ROPE Trip Leader Applications