Become a Trip Leader

Become an Outdoor Excursions (OE) Trip Leader

Share the great outdoors as an OE Trip Leader! We’re looking for those interested in personal development through adventure.

As an OE Trip Leader, you will…

  • Belong to a group of friends and coworkers with strong leadership skills and common interests.
  • Elevate your self-esteem.
  • Increase your sense of purpose.
  • Gain confidence to handle challenging situations.
  • Cultivate a willingness to take risks, and push beyond your comfort zone.
  • Build competence in teamwork and communication.
  • Develop transferable skills that lead to career success.
  • Be a role model, and make a difference in people’s lives.

Added benefits include resume experience and discounts on OE equipment rentals.

How it Works

Training usually takes a minimum of six weeks to complete. An OE Peer Mentor will partner with you to answer questions, offer resources and meet for lunch, social events and outdoor adventures.

Questions? Contact or (951) 827-7040.

Phase One

This phase can be completed within a few weeks.

Attend OE Trip Leader Meetings
Attend OE Trip Leader meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the OE Shop.
Then join our OE Trip Leaders Facebook page to connect with other OE Trip Leaders, and receive training and workshop announcements.

Complete a Recreation Student Employment Application, and write a short essay about yourself. Submit both to

Get Certified
Complete Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training. WFR registration can be made at the OE Shop. It costs approximately $750, and includes WFA curriculum and certification. WFA registration can be made at Wilderness Medical Associates or Wilderness Medical Institute. Costs range from $200-$300, and includes American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification.

Take the Next Step
You can become a hired leader-in-training once you’ve registered for WFR at the OE Shop, or WFA off-site, and shown proof of auto insurance. If you’ve already passed a LiveScan background check (as noted in Phase Two), you can become an OE Trip Leader for activities that do not require you to drive the OE van. Keep in mind that your training will need to continue to become a full Trip Leader (Level 3).

Phase Two

This phase will take a minimum of four weeks to complete.

Get a Background Check
(Complete instructions for this process are given during the hiring appointment.)
Schedule a LiveScan background check appointment at the UC Police Station. Bring your passport or Social Security card, California ID, Student ID and proof of auto insurance. Once the results are in (up to two weeks), you can work as an OE Trip Leader or leader-in-training.

Job Shadow
Assist other OE Trip Leaders on a handful of day and weekend trips. A written peer and self-evaluation of your performance will follow each excursion. This process allows us to track your progress, and helps you to focus in on your goals with Outdoor Excursions.

Attend Outdoor Leadership Series Level 2: Leader Expedition
This four-to-eight-day experiential training will improve outdoor, interpersonal and teaching skills. Transportation, campsites, gear rental and permits included. Meal and camping costs are shared. You can become an OE Trip Leader before attending the Leader Expedition, but it must be completed within one year of your hire date.

Get Feedback
Receive a positive skill evaluation from peers and supervisors. This should closely match your self-feedback, which demonstrates self-awareness.

Attend Outdoor Leadership Series Level 3
You can be an OE Trip Leader or leader-in-training while completing this experiential training.

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