OP Trip Leader Apprentice Application

UWM University Recreation: Outdoor Pursuits

Description of Trip Leader Apprentice Position:
The trip leader apprenticeship is a volunteer experience designed to help students experience the role and responsibility of the trip leader position, prior to being considered for a position at UWM Outdoor Pursuits. The apprenticeship is made to be an immersion experience in outdoor leadership, allowing students to be mentored by current trip leaders, program assistants, and the Program Director.

Trip Leader Apprentice Expectations:
Students in this position are permitted the opportunity to attend programs and have fees waived, in exchange for their volunteer assistance for 4-6 weeks of outdoor programming. The apprenticeship consists of many opportunities to assist current trip leaders with trip responsibilities which includes planning, logistics, facilitation, risk management, and instructing. Trip leader apprentices are expected to assist with at least six activities during their apprenticeship, including one overnight trip, two day trips, and three other activities (bike rides, shorter trips, clinics). Apprentices will be required to collaborate with the program director and current trip leaders to schedule staffing in a way that maximizes the learning experience for all of the apprentices involved in the program.

Timeline of Apprenticeship Application Process:
October 1st – January 31st: Application Open for Submissions
February 1st – February 29th: Interviews Offered & Interviews Occur
March 1st – March 9th: Apprenticeship Offers Made

Timeline of Apprenticeship Position:
March 23 – March 27: Apprenticeship Orientation
March 28 – May 3: Apprenticeship Takes Place
May 4 – May 8: Apprenticeship Evaluations
May 4 – May 8: Trip Leader Job Offers Made

Contact Information Regarding Apprenticeship:
AJ Heil ~ Outdoor Pursuits Program Director
414-229-7261  or   heila@uwm.edu

The application for the 2020 Apprenticeship is now closed.
Check back in September 2020 for the 2021 Application.