Outdoor Trips Leader Job Description

Campus Recreation is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, and individuals from other underrepresented groups. Application and interview questions will be developed based on the information in this job description.

Additionally, Campus Recreation employees are expected to provide a safe, enjoyable, service-oriented environment for customers/participants at all times.

Definition and Purpose:

The Outdoor Trips Leader reports to the Student Manager for Outdoor Recreation and ultimately to the Director of Campus Recreation. Serving as part of an Outdoor Leadership Team consisting of nine (6-9) individuals, the group is responsible for developing and leading a comprehensive outdoor trips/clinics/classes program for Campus Recreation; such as backpacking, rock-climbing, skiing, kayaking and hiking. The Outdoor Trips Leader is responsible for pre- and post logistics, equipment and trip preparation, lead trips and administrative functions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the planning and development of trips/clinics/classes.
  • Lead and guide day, weekend and extended trips, events, clinics and classes
  • Conduct pre-trip/event meetings with participants
  • Assist in promoting and advertising all Outdoor Recreation and Campus Recreation events
  • Maintain, clean, organize and repair Outdoor Rental Equipment
  • Provide positive public relations, program promotion and policy education
  • Assist and perform pre- and post trip logistics and administrative tasks
  • Scout, inspect and prepare trip locations/sites and necessary equipment
  • Maintain files on each event/trip/clinic
  • Assist in developing an outdoor resource library
  • Respond to and follow all risk management/emergency procedures
  • Submit Incident/Injury report forms with appropriate documentation in timely manner
  • Serve on the Campus Recreation Student Emergency Response Team to assist University in emergency response
  • Adhere to all Pepperdine and Campus Recreation policies and procedures on and off campus during all trips/clinics/classes
  • Stay current on outdoor trends and practices
  • Attend all regularly scheduled meetings
  • Complete and submit End-of-the-Semester reports in a timely manner
  • Provide a friendly, upbeat and customer service oriented environment at all times

Preferred Work and Extra Curricular Experience:

  • Previous outdoor leadership experience
  • Background in leading trips/clinics/classes is desirable
  • Knowledge of specific outdoor focus and Pepperdine Policies
  • Awareness of safety concerns and risk management
  • Experience working in a customer service-oriented environment
  • Ability to provide positive customer service
  • Awareness of, and appreciation for, individual uniqueness and diversity
  • Commitment to student development, leadership and teamwork
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for participants

Required Experience:

  • Participation in Campus Recreation Outdoor Trip Leader Training Program
  • First Aid and CPR certification required
  • Wilderness First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder preferred


Must be a currently enrolled student at Pepperdine University in a minimum of 6 units. All Campus Recreation student staff must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 during employment. Graduate students must carry 4 units/3.0 GPA.

Period of Employment:

Employment with this organization is of an "at will" nature, which means that the Employee may resign at any time and the Employer may discharge Employee at any time with or without cause.

Compensation and hours:

Pay range – Student Base. Maximum 10-20 hours per week