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Student Staff Training

If you are looking for adventure and an outlet for your leadership abilities, apply to join us on the Outdoor Education staff.

About the Training Process

Applications for the 2017-2018 Staff Training program are now available for members of the Class of 2020. There will be an optional info session on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 PM at Basecamp.

The full training experience is nine months of experiential lessons, weekly classes, and seminars that bring you together with other highly engaged and diverse first-years and sophomores. Students who complete the training program are generally hired as Outdoor Education student-staff to teach physical education classes, lead Wilderness Adventure trips, and provide team building opportunities for the Colgate community.

In addition to weekly classes, you will participate in numerous weekend trips to the Adirondacks and other destinations to strengthen technical skills, learn about risk assessment and management, promote a passion for the natural world, and to develop teaching and leadership skills. Previous outdoor experience is not required, but an eagerness to learn, a sense of adventure, and a strong desire to teach your peers are all paramount.

2017–18 INFORMATION SHEETSee this informational sheet for more details on the structure and costs associated with the program:

Important Dates, Deadlines and Calendars

2017–18 CALENDARReview the calendar for all mandatory training program dates and classes:

Monday, March 20

Applications will be available on this site.

Thursday, March 23 at 5:30 pm

Optional information session at Base Camp. Highly recommended if you did not attend the info session in the fall.

Wednesday, March 29 by 12:00 pm

Applications are due. Applications must be submitted as a PDF to boliver@colgate.edu

Monday, April 3 – 8:00-10:00 p.m. at the Hall of Presidents

Mandatory group interview for all applicants. Time/location may change -- everyone who submits an application will get a reminder email which will include any changes to the time location on the morning of April 3rd.

Wednesday, April 5 & Thursday, April 6

Small group interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13

Individual interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Monday, April 17

Accepted applicants will be notified.

Sunday, May 14 - Thursday May 18

Required team building training for all accepted trainees. Please keep these dates in mind as you begin to make your travel arrangements for the end of the semester.

How to Apply

All Applications must be submitted as a PDF and emailed to boliver@colgate.edu by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29th.


Use this application if this is your first time applying to Staff Training.


Use this application if you previously applied to Staff Training last fall.


Ben Oliver
Phone: 315-228-6015