Trip Leader

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Student Affairs
Campus Recreation
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Campus Recreation is seeking Penn State students to fill the position of Trip Leader. Trip Leaders are responsible for leading outdoor/adventure trips and activities including (but not limited to) hiking, backpacking, caving, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and mountaineering. This includes driving University vehicles and trailers, teaching technical skills, facilitating positive group development, managing risks, supervising meal preparation, and communicating effectively with co-leaders. Planning and preparation for trips including developing a trip itinerary, menu planning/food prep, requesting/packing equipment, communicating with participants, and completing all paperwork. Complete post-trip tasks including proper cleanup and return of all equipment, post-trip reports, and giving and receiving peer feedback. Must attend mandatory bi-weekly staff meetings and participate in ongoing staff development workshops and trainings. Must successfully complete the 10-day Outdoor Leadership Training Course and possess a valid Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR (or higher) certification. (WFA and CPR certification may be obtained within 1 semester of hire date.) Prior outdoor/adventure leadership experience encouraged but not required. Individuals should possess a desire to learn new skills, develop leadership abilities, and interact with others in dynamic and challenging settings. Hours vary depending on trip schedules, but Trip Leaders should expect to work 1-2 evenings per week and 5-6 weekends per semester. Trip Leaders are also expected to work at least one shift (2-3 hours) per week in the Rental Center. Campus Recreation is a department within Student Affairs that provides fitness, wellness, and recreational programs to the campus community through the operation and administration of the new expanded and renovated 200,000 sf Intramural Building, the McCoy Natatorium, the 700-acre Stone Valley Outdoor Recreation Area, a Tennis Center including six clay courts and four indoor courts, the White Building, Outdoor Adventures, Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness Programs, and Intramural Sports.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088