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Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program


Mike Young

(208) 732-6340

Program Overview

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program is designed for students who would like to develop the skills to lead others in challenging environments. Students will gain technical skills in wilderness travel, whitewater boating, rock climbing, and snow travel. The courses in this program are primarily field based with hand-on opportunities for learning. Students will get ample time meeting with and learning from professionals in the outdoor industry. Once they complete the program, students will be able to start careers in the guiding industry, wilderness therapy, winter recreation, wildland fire, trail crews, and outdoor education.

Admission Requirements

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Climbing guide
  • Climbing instructor
  • Mountain bike guide
  • Raft guide
  • Ski patrol
  • Ski instructor
  • Yurt maintenance
  • Trail crew
  • Hiking guide
  • Wildland firefighter
  • Wilderness therapy guide
  • Adventure photography
  • Other adventure industry jobs

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at