University Recreation
Outdoor Adventure Recreation

Get Involved

  • How to Get Involved 

    Participate: Sign up for the OAR list serve by emailing You will receive an email every Monday about upcoming events and trips happening in or related to the program. After that, you just need to sign up and show up*!

    Support: Have some extra funds that need a good home? Put that toward a participant scholarship or student leadership opportunity. Donate here.

    Lead: Become a contributor to the program and facilitate our trips or events! Every spring we hire for the following year's leadership team. See below for more details.

    *Our trip leaders are trained to reduce and manage the inherent risks of outdoor recreation. Participants are expected to cooperatively engage in matters that concern the safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of themselves and the group.

    Want to be an OAR Leader?

    Joining the Outdoor team is an outstanding way to gain hands-on experience in leadership roles. All OAR leaders have had at least 70+ hours of training in group facilitation, situational leaderships, risk assessment and management, trip planning and operational procedures, outdoor skills, and incident response protocols.

    OAR leaders are an enthusiastic and committed group, looking forward to getting you off campus, connected to each other and our natural environments.

    This is what past trip participants have to say about OAR leaders (made with Wordle- the larger the word, the more frequent it was mentioned on the trip evaluations).

    The Coordinators are the core leadership team for the Seattle University Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) program; there is one coordinator for each of our 6 programming areas: Bike, Climb, Service, Snow, Trail and Water. Their primary functions are to provide strategic leadership for their area and the overall program, lead outings, to be trained in wilderness emergency response skills and safety management while in the field, and to teachl environmental sustainability practices.   Positions open for 2015-2016: Climb, Service, Trail, Water

    Trip Lead
    Trip Leads are the facilitators of our day and overnight outings, and additionally support OAR's campus activities and events. Their primary functions are to serve in leadership roles for outings as needed, to be knowledgeable of and teach wilderness skills and safety management, to apply knowledge to reduce risks while in the field, and to teach environmental sustainability practices. 

    *** See below in "Related Documents" below for more information and application materials.***

    Commonly Asked Questions about becoming an OAR Leader:

    Do I have to be Sir Edmond Hillary to apply for a Coordinator position?

    No, Coordinators need to be at least moderately experienced in their respective areas with the desire to become skilled at risk assessment and management, to be trained in emergency wilderness response, to work with and inspire other leaders, and most importantly to bring lots of energy to the area that you will be responsible for.

    Do I need to already have wilderness emergency medical training (Wilderness First Aid or above) to apply to be an OAR Leader?

    No; if hired you will be trained according to the certifications required for your position. OAR will cover the costs of necessary training or certifications.  

    Does this mean if I apply for the Trail Coordinator position, I can only do trail trips?

    No; your primary responsibility is to the Trail area as the go-to person since you will have advanced, area-specific training. But there are lots of trips to be had and you are encouraged to lead other non-trail trips provided you are meeting the minimum trip number for Trail.

    My schedule doesn't give me a lot of free time, is there a position for me?

    Yes, while we seek people who are fully committed to being active and engaged in the OAR community, some schedules just don't allow for you to be outdoors every weekend (It's a crime!). As a Trip Leader you are required to lead three trips a year, attend quarterly OAR training retreats, attend six Outdoor Skill Sessions of your choosing (hosted throughout the year), and lend a hand in facilitating events such as Camp the Quad or Gear Swap. The retreats are at the beginning of Fall and Winter Quarter and at the end of Spring Quarter; typically when your work load will be lightest. However, enthusiasm and commitment are paramount so you are encouraged to lead as many trips as you would like.

    Do I need to have gone on an OAR trip to apply?

    No, but being a participant does help you see what it is like to be an OAR leader and shows us that you are interested.


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  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

    ~ Mark Twain