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Assistant Trip Leader Application

Assistant Trip Leader applications are currently CLOSED.

Adventure Outings (AO) offers the Chico State community a wide range of services. Each semester, AO leads a variety of adventure trips including rafting, kayaking, backpacking, climbing, caving, mountain biking, and more. We also provide custom trips for groups and clubs, host wilderness medicine classes, operate an equipment rental center, and operate the WREC indoor climbing wall.

As one of the leading student-run outdoor programs in the nation, we are always looking for quality people to join our staff. Since its inception, AO has been a premier program run by the Associated Students and continues to be an integral partner in the education of Chico State students. Our goal is to provide professionally organized adventure-based trips to the students and community of Chico State.

All trip staff begin as Assistant Leaders. The Assistant Leader position is an unpaid internship position, designed to train staff in outdoor education and programming, increase the technical skills necessary to lead trips, and to learn about AO policies and procedures. In most cases, Assistant Leaders advance to paid Trip Leaders after interning for 2-3 semesters and obtaining appropriate experience. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please review the following expectations.

Expectations of Adventure Outings Assistant Trip Leader Candidates:

  • Must be a current CSU, Chico student and enrolled in at least 6 units
  • Must have at least 2 semesters remaining as a student
  • Must be able to attend an in-person interview (if applicable)
  • Must be able to attend 3 pre-trip meetings in the weeks preceding the new staff training
  • Must be able to attend a 5-day Foundations of Outdoor Leadership trip with an associated cost of $100 – $150. (Scholarships may be available.) Dates are TBA. 
  • If selected for the Assistant Leader program, you will be expected to meet the following expectations:
    • Ability to attend staff retreats (1-2 days), which typically occur the first weekend after classes begin in the spring and fall semesters
    • Ability to attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays at 5-6pm
      Willing to assist in leading at least 1-2 Adventure Outings trips each semester
    • Willing to obtain and maintain certification in First Aid, Adult/Pediatric CPR, and Epinephrine Auto-Injector
    • Willing to enroll in a 2-unit internship class that will require: 2 (1-page) papers, 2 experiential activities, and volunteer hours each semester
    • Willing to make progress towards becoming a Trip Leader, including obtaining a California Class C Commercial Driver’s License
  • If you are interested and able to join the AO family, please complete the online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A committee of AO trip staff will conduct interviews. If you have further questions about the application process, please come by our office in the BMU. Thank you for your time and happy adventures!

Office Hours & Location


Currently closed due to campus closure.


BMU 008A (in the basement of the BMU)
W. 2nd and Chestnut St. • CSU, Chico

Equipment Rental Center


Monday 11am-4pm (drop off) & Friday 11am-4pm (pick up), by appointment only.


Inside the WREC
(Just past the swimming pool and MAC court.)

Contact Us

Phone: (530) 898-4011


Associated Students Adventure Outings 763
California State University, Chico
400 W 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929

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