Trainings and Employment
Field Staff Positions and Trainings
Trip Leader Positions
As an assistant trip leader, you will work alongside a trip leader to oversee groups of students in wilderness based environments. Assistant trip leaders start out learning the background logistics of running a trip, and practice the skills necessary to become a trip leader. EPIC Adventures trips include, but are not limited to backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, skiing and snowboarding, dogsledding, and more. Beyond learning the technical skills to effectively lead groups in the wilderness, our trip leaders and assistant trip leaders become well equipped with real world soft skills including working with people inside and outside of a workplace, facilitating communication amongst a team, conflict management, and more.
The following are prerequisites to becoming a trip leader:
- AssistantTrip Leader Training with Positive Evaluation
- First Aid and CPR Certified or Higher
- EWU and EPIC Driver Training
Offered every fall quarter, our Assistant Trip Leader training will prepare you for the basics of how to lead other students on our outdoor adventure trips. This weekend-long backpacking training will cover camp-craft, gear, leadership, risk management, decision making, and judgement in the outdoors. After completing this training, assistant trip leaders will automatically be enrolled to take part in a skill specific training (rock climbing or whitewater rafting) in the spring. To apply for this training, visit EWU's employment portal, Handshake, to see the job posting.
Trip Leader Technical Skills Trainings
To become an EPIC Adventures trip leader, you must choose to take one of our two technical skill specific trainings in the spring. During Raft Guide Training, you will learn how to guide a raft down class III rapids on different rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest. With a focus on technical skills, group management and safety practices, this course is the first step towards becoming an EPIC Raft Guide and a licensed guide in Washington State. Students who take one of our trip leader trainings in the fall will have priority during training registration. If EPIC trip leaders do not fill all spots, we will open up spots to students looking to become a raft guide for EPIC Adventures. This training typically takes place during spring break.
Customer Service Lead Position
Equipment Lead Position
This section is currently in progress. Check back for updated descriptions of each position!
Professional Certification Courses
This three day course is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Offered in the spring quarter, EPIC will host this course through a certified SPI provider.
The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. The SPI has rigorous pre-requisites that you can find on the AMGA website.
Dates: Usually offered in Spring Quarter, this course will be scheduled depending on the need. Stay posted on our website for details.