Work For OP
OP is always looking for hardworking, open-minded, and passionate students to join our staff. We’re a tight-knit, supportive community that loves to learn about and enjoy the outdoors together, and we’d love to have you be a part of our team!
Check out the job description here. You can fill out our interest form, but we typically hire in the spring, so make sure to check back with us then. When applications go live we’ll let you know via our Instagram – make sure to follow us so you don’t miss the memo!
Our application for the 2024-2025 School Year is OPEN!
Applications Open: January 12
Applications Due By: February 14
Interview Offers: February 15/16
Formal Interviews: February 19-21
Group Interview: February 21
New Hire Class Announcement: February 23
Outdoor Pursuits Positions
Being a part of OP is a fun and fulfilling job. As a part of our team, you’ll work as a trip leader with the opportunity to plan and lead trips ranging from afternoon climbing at Pilot Mountain to Spring Break surfing in Costa Rica. You’ll also get the chance to work at our Rental Center and Climbing Wall during the week.
Interviews are offered to all applicants that can commit to attending OP’s Leadership Trip and to working Wilderness to Wake. For applicants unable to attend these programs interview offers will be considered on a limited basis.
Leadership Trip, May 10-21
OP’s 10-day Leadership Trip will cover all the necessary skills and competencies to lead an OP overnight trip, like a backpacking trip, as well as introduce leaders to the skills necessary to lead rafting and climbing trips. In order to hone these skills we will embark on a 5-day backpacking trip circumnavigating the Linville Gorge Wilderness, a 2 day intro to whitewater and raft guiding on the Nantahala River, and 2 days of outdoor rock climbing and an intro to site management. Other skills covered will include: trip planning & packout, front country and backcountry cooking, risk management, group dynamics, and much more.
Wilderness to Wake, August 10-21 (Program & Training)
Wilderness to Wake is OP’s flagship program, in which OP Leaders welcome 100 incoming freshmen to Wake Forest through 5 days of outdoor adventures and community building in western North Carolina.