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.

• Lead outdoor adventure based programs, of the activities listed above.
• Responsible for the logistical planning and implementation of programs and the policies and procedures of the Rutgers Outdoor Recreation Program.
• Must maintain a strong interpersonal and professional commitment when working with peers and groups.
• Holds themselves and others to the highest degree of respect, promotes diversity, creates an environment that supports and encourages individual differences regardless of race, sex, religious, background, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic conditions.
• Responsible for maintaining the knowledge and skills of adventure based programs and will facilitate only within their current level of training. They will continue to train and work to improve their current skill level under the appropriate standards.
• Facilitators assist in the repair and upkeep of equipment that is being used and rented and will be required to conduct a monthly inventory.
• Maintain the highest level of physical, emotional, and mental safety for all participants.
• Must abide by the philosophies of both the full value contract and challenge by choice.
• Will abstain from the use of alcohol, consciousness altering drugs, and sexual activity or misconduct with participants or other staff members during outdoor recreation trips and programs.

• Good Academic Standing
• Must attend 1 staff training per semester and 1 meeting per week
• Must facilitate or assist on at least 4 programs per semester
• Defensive driving
• Valid Driver’s license

Angel Weng


Hi! My name is Angel and I’m a senior with a double major in Cell Bio Neuroscience and Public Health. This will be my third year as a GO facilitator, which has been crucial to shaping me and my college experience. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, rock climbing, and kayoga-ing. When I’m not being outdoorsy, you can find me playing Ultimate Frisbee, cycling, or at your nearest sushi joint.

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!

Brendon Pearsall

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Hello! I’m Brendon Pearsall and this is my first year as a facilitator for GO outdoors. I’m a junior currently studying Agriculture and Food Systems, and my wife and I hope to own a small farm someday. My travels have included hiking in Portugal, cycling in Ireland, and caving in Cuba. I look forward to many more exciting trips with GO. In my free time you can find me woodworking in my home shop, or tending my garden. Hope to see you on the trails!

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.

Emily Fontanella

Hi I’m Emily and I’m a senior studying Environmental Economics in the School of Environmental and Biological Science. This fall will be my second year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and being apart of this program has been extremely fulfilling during my college career. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, kayaking and backpacking. If I’m not leading a trip you can catch me binge watching Netflix, listening to music or giving tours on campus.

Barbora Hroncova


My name is Barbora, originally from a small Slovakian village. This coming fall I will be a senior studying environmental science. My passions lie in making this earth more sustainable, traveling, hiking, coffee, camping, dogs, and hammmocking. I can’t wait to be a GO facilitator this year and meet all the adventurous souls out there.

Meet Our Facilitators

Cassidy Burt


Hey, I’m Cassidy and I’m currently the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for the 2016-2017 academic year! I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology and this will be my third year with GO Outdoors. You can catch me facilitating one of your kayaking, hiking, and camping trips. When I’m not in base camp on Cook Campus, I like to spend my time chugging coffee, meandering around the Pine Barrens, and making a mean vegetarian chili.

Ben Kraun


My outdoor adventures began in 2009 with a 112 mile canoe trip on the Delaware River. In addition to canoeing, my outdoor interests include hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. I am a senior geology major hoping to work for the National Park Service one day. I am a semi-professional ice cream scooper and certified funky radio DJ on 90.3 The Core. This is my second year as a GO facilitator and I couldn’t be more excited to go on some great trips!

Megan Lacasse


Hi I’m Meg, I’m currently a third year student at Rutgers studying economics in the school or arts and sciences. This will be my second year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and I’m super stoked to lead more trips and eat s’more s’mores this semester. My favorite outdoor activities include skiing, kayaking and log rolling. My favorite color is orange and in my free time you can usually find me completing puzzles or climbing at the rock wall.

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!

Erin Dippold

Ayyy, my name is Erin Dippold and I’m a senior Chemical Engineering major. I like turtles, eating my way down Easton Ave, and long walks on the beach (well more like long walks in the woods, but beaches are nice too!).  This is my first year as a GO Outdoors facilitator and I really wish I had joined sooner because it has already been such a fun and rewarding experience!

Katie Jakubowski


Hi I’m Katie!  Im currently a junior studying Public Health and Human Resource Management.  I work at a golf course in the summer time and as a ski instructor in the winter.  My hobbies include skiing, playing golf, hiking, kayaking and running triathlons. My favorite food is ice cream and in my free time I like to exercise or play with my dogs.  Im super excited to be part of the GO Outdoors program and can’t wait to explore with you!

Sasha Leidman


Hi I’m Sasha, I’m a first 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.