Leadership Development

What is Outdoor Adventures Leadership Training?

The Outdoor Adventures Leadership Development Program is designed to teach Duke Students fundamental leadership skills through unique and inspiring wilderness experiences.  This is a year-long program for a team of 5-10 Duke University students to develop as strong leaders through a series of classroom and experienced based trainings. By exploring different leadership styles and concepts you will learn transferable skills that will develop you both professionally and personally. Through a variety of hands-on trainings you will learn valuable leadership skills such as group management, decision making, self-awareness, situational assessment and technical skills in variety of outdoor activities. The team will put conceptual studies into action while traveling to many different locations throughout the year learning to manage a group on outdoor adventure based trips such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and several others.

Completion of this training will put you into a leadership role within Outdoor Adventures that aligns with your strengths. Additionally, you will be eligible to work as a Trip Leader for Duke Outdoor Adventures Program. Here you will have the opportunity to plan and lead outdoor trips with groups of Duke Students and staff.

Benefits of Program:

  • Developing transferable leadership skills in a unique and exciting way
  • You will work closely with a tight-knit group of peers
  • Preparation for the professional work force
  • A network of professional and student mentors to help guide you
  • A chance to explore North Carolina and the surrounding states through  life-changing wilderness experiences
  • Access to free equipment rentals through the Outpost
  • Employment in other areas of Outdoor Adventures such as an Outpost Gear Specialist and/or Climbing Wall Monitor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must possess the desire to help others in an inclusive and open environment that encourages safety, education, service, and fun.
  • Ability to work with others, communicate clearly, and maintain a professional attitude
  • Commitment to learning and skill development
  • Desire to grow and develop personally, academically and professionally in a leadership role
  • Able to think independently, be creative and work productively in a fast paced environment
  • Some previous outdoor experience is preferred, but not required

Application Deadline: 

Spring 2017 – TBA

How to Apply:

Contact Chris Hendricks at chris.hendricks@duke.edu