Trainings and Employment
Field Staff Positions and Trainings
Are you interested in becoming a wilderness trip leader through our program? As a trip leader, you and a team of trip assistants will oversee groups of students in wilderness based environments. Through trainings and experience you can become qualified to lead any of the trips EPIC Adventures offers, and be paid to do it! 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 become well equipped with real world 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:
- Trip Leader Training with Positive Evaluation
- Wilderness First Responder Certified
- Technical Skill Training from EPIC (Rock Climbing or Whitewater Rafting)
- EWU and EPIC Driver Training
See our Technical Skill Training Descriptions below for more information.
Technical and Trip Leader Trainings
Our Trip Leader training is a week-long backpacking training that goes deep into topics about leadership, judgement and decision making, technical skills, navigation, risk management, and more. This training is required to become a trip leader and is offered every September before classes start. To apply for this training, visit EWU's employment portal, Handshake, and navigate to an open Outdoor Trip Leader Position.
All of our trip leaders are required to be trained as a rock climbing trip leader or a whitewater raft guide. No experience is necessary to join our technical trainings, but having experience could help you to become a full trip leader for EPIC more quickly than normal. Our technical skills trainings are offered in the spring. You can apply to take part in these trainings on handshake.
Operations Staff Positions
Our Customer Service Staff are the face of our program when you visit our front desk. Our team of students will greet you, help you find a trip to fit your schedule and budget, and get you squared away with the gear you may need for a weekend of adventure.
Visit our customer service staff to ask questions about trips, gear, and local recreation areas!
Do you have great customer service skills? Are you knowledgeable about the outdoors and our program? Come and join our team! As a customer service staff member, you will be trained to serve our EWU community on the frontline. You will engage with students, staff, and community members on a daily basis. To apply for this position, visit handshake at the link on the top of this page.
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.