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.

Alex Slater

Yo, I’m Alex! I’m a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science, intending to pursue Physical Therapy. This is my first year as a Go Outdoors facilitator but, as an Eagle Scout, for sure not my first experience outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities include climbing, hiking, scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking. If I’m not outside, I’m usually in a pool, cooking something delicious or singing.

Victoria Swantek

Hey! I’m Victoria Swantek and I’m studying animal science at SEBS. This fall will be my first year as a Go Outdoors facilitator. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. In my spare time you can find me at the barn, sometimes riding but mostly cleaning up horse poop.

Kevin Bornkamp

Hi! My name’s Kevin and I’m a senior majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics. I’ve always had a love for the outdoors, even though I am allergic to pretty much everything in it. From spelunking in Mexico to hiking in Costa Rica and camping in Maine, I’ve had great opportunities to go new places and do new things. I hope to continue that trend within GO Outdoors, and inspire people to do the same!

Joe Digregorio

Hi, my name is Joe! I am currently a junior here at Rutgers studying Biological Sciences and plan on going to dental school after graduation. This will be my first year as a student facilitator with Go Outdoors and I am very excited to get people involved and passionate about the outdoors like myself. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, finding new restaurants and relaxing with friends. I hope to see you on our trips!

Sanja Patel

Hey! this is Sanja. I am a junior majoring in molecular biology and biochemistry.
I always like to try new stuff, be it food, sport or travel. I joined GO because every trip here is a new adventure and it is an amazing way to invest outside of school.

Alexis Stewart

Hi, I’m Alexis Stewart and I’m a junior majoring in biotechnology. This is my first year as a facilitator and I couldn’t be more excited to experience nature in ways I couldn’t before this club. In my free time I enjoy keeping fit, exploring my local parks, and playing video games. Biology and Earth is beautiful and I look forward to experiencing awesome adventures with everyone!

Jordon Phillips

Hey, I am Jordon and I am a third year student studying History. This fall marks my second year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and leading trips for this program has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had during my time at Rutgers. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, climbing, and kayaking.  When I’m not leading trips I like to spend my time exercising, climbing at the rock wall, or reading.

Ryan Kostrzewa

My name is Ryan Kostrzewa and I have been in the outdoors since my parents took me on my first hike when I was a month old and rock climbing at 3 years old.  I am proud to say I have become an Eagle Scout and gained a greater understanding of how to be prepared.  Since then I have planned many of my own adventures such as scuba diving ship wrecks, hiking the Grand Canyon, and completing a 60 mile backpack/canoe trek down the Delaware River. I have three seasons I follow a year; snowboard season, hiking season, and football season. Go Eagles! This will be my fifth year at Rutgers studying Bio-Environmental Engineering and I have been on many trips through “Go Outdoors” but will begin my first year as a facilitator.

Hailey Conrad

Hey! My name is Hailey Conrad and I am a junior majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and I plan on pursuing a career as a researcher. Not only do I love studying nature, but I love being in it too! I grew up by the beach so I spend a lot of my time doing marine-oriented outdoor recreation- swimming and kayaking are my favorites! This will be my first year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and I’m excited to explore more terrestrial outdoor activities.

Sasha Leidman

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.

Esha Rao

Aspiring to become a submarine officer and astronaut, I have always been curious and adventurous which is why I became a GO Outdoors facilitator. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Astrophysics and Mathematics as well as a Midshipman with the Rutgers Naval ROTC Unit. Some of my hobbies include hiking, watching Netflix, scuba diving, and eating chicken. With the time that I have on Earth, I want to explore as much of it as possible with others, so make sure to come along with us on one of our trips.

Nadia Saponara

Hi! My name is Nadia and I’m a sophomore majoring in environmental policy, institutions, and behavior. This will be my first year as a go outdoors facilitator. I love rock climbing, kayaking, running, and finding cool plants. My favorite foods are ice cream and raspberries. I also have a cat named scruffy who likes the woods even more than I do.

Anna Yu

What’s good! I’m Anna and my involvement in the outdoors started from a very young age. Road trips have been my thing for a while now, and I’m always looking for a rad adventure. Go Outdoors has allowed me to keep on exploring throughout my college experience at Rutgers, providing opportunities for professional advancement in outdoor recreation as well as creating a tight-knit group of outdoorsy people like me. This is my senior year and I’m proud to say I found my home away from home within this program. Come explore with us!

Tim Bransford

Howdy, I’m Tim Bransford and I’m a PhD candidate in the Biological Anthropology program. Besides studying wild orangutans in Borneo, I love to explore our natural treasures here in the US!  My favorite outdoor activities include hiking and backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, and of course the occasional motorcycle trip. GO Outdoors helped me discover some of the areas best kept secrets, and now I am excited to share similar experiences with others, whether you are trail-worn or a newbie!

David Hlubick

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.