Our goal at GO Outdoors is to provide a multitude of opportunities for outdoor recreation to the university community, while giving students the resources to help them become confident and capable leaders in the backcountry and in their daily lives. The position of Student Facilitator is a volunteer position aimed at developing student leadership skills through immersive experience in outdoor recreation. Student Facilitators are responsible for leading groups of students, faculty, and staff on a variety of outdoor excursions, including but not limited to: hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, and biking. Many of our participants are first-timers or beginners, thus facilitators must have very strong interpersonal skills and an ability to adapt to the needs of any group. GO Outdoors serves not only its student staff but the whole university community, so Student Facilitators must have the skills to facilitate participant development whilst maintaining a safe and positive environment for all involved. Students are compensated for their work though a variety of field experiences, certifications, and trainings. Facilitators are expected to attend and complete all training opportunities offered through GO Outdoors. Applicants for the position of Student Facilitator should know that this is a student development program that should be taken as seriously as any other job. Previous leadership experience is highly recommended and an interest in further leadership and personal development is required. Extensive outdoor experience is NOT required but will be taken into consideration.
Hi! I’m David and I’m a first year graduate student in the plant biology program. I am excited to begin my first year as a GO outdoors facilitator. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, and fishing. I like traveling to National Parks and have visited Acadia, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky.
Hi I’m Sasha, I’m a third year PhD student studying Greenlandic Geography at Rutgers. This will be my first year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and but I worked as a backpacking, sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting guides for six years in California. My favorite outdoor activities include mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, and ice climbing. If not outside adventuring, you can usually find me making maps and studying up on the effects of climate change. I’m excited to be a part of GO and get the chance to explore the East Coast some more.