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Frosh Trip Coordinator Positions

Frosh Trip Coordinator Positions Summer 2020

The OA Frosh Trip is the largest outdoor orientation program in the country. It takes a lot of preparation to send 600 frosh and 200 leaders into the outdoors for a week each August. Outdoor Action is hiring OA Leaders to work full-time throughout the summer as Frosh Trip Coordinators. It's a great opportunity to learn how one of the country's largest outdoor orientation program works behind the scenes, develop your trip planning skills, spend time in the outdoors, and contribute something really important to OA and to the Class of 2024. Previous Frosh Trip Coordinators agree that a summer with OA is unlike anything else, in terms of both your impact on the campus community and your own personal development as a leader.  After the conclusion of Frosh Trip, we hope you'll agree with them that "this is the most rewarding summer experience I've ever had."

Frosh Trip Coordinators (FTC)

Job Responsibilities: This is a challenging and extremely rewarding position that requires you to learn and implement many skills including logistics, route and menu planning, equipment inventory and ordering, trip assignments, researching new trip areas and activities. Each coordinator is in charge of 2-3 major trip locations (e.g. Harriman, Shenandoahs, Connecticut, etc.). You will be responsible for all aspects of trip planning for those locations including routes, permits, and transportation. You will also be responsible for managing, inventorying, and ordering for a section of the Equipment Room (e.g. medical supplies). At the end of the summer, it is incredibly gratifying to see the end result of all your efforts come together in the form of another successful Frosh Trip! Being an FTC is a great learning opportunity for anyone interested management and leadership, as well as outdoor education. In addition to the occasional 1-2 days of scouting a specific region, the whole Frosh Trip team spends a few days at the start of the summer on a backpacking trip together.


  • You must have completed all of the OA leader training requirements and, in most cases, led at least one multi-day OA trip. If you have not completed all of leader training, but have demonstrated significant dedication to OA through other involvements (e.g. Command Center staff), you are also eligible. 
  • In addition, you need to be well-organized and a self-starter to take on this position of significant responsibility. 
  • FTCs are eligible to lead Frosh Trip that year, but are not required to be lead (RCAs who are former OA leaders are eligible). 


  • Salary: The Coordinator position is a 10-week summer internship with a salary of $6,500 for the entire summer. Coordinators will be paid every two weeks through the student employment system.

More Information: To find out more email one of the previous FTCs Coordinators (Elliot Galvis '21, Grace Stempel '21, Ben Angarone '21, and Tim Frawley '22)

General Work Information:

  • The job duties average 40 hours per week in June and July. More than 40 hours a week is required during the month of August which will include some evening and weekend hours. These hours are part of the internship and are covered by the fixed stipend.
  • Work hours are typically 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday through most of the summer, and do not include any commuting time. Flex-hours are possible on a limited basis, with advance permission from the OA Director. That is, a student who has an infrequent commitment during the standard Monday - Friday 9-5 hours can be away from the office during part of the day and make those hours up through evening or weekend work.
  • There are some additional hours which are required as part of the summer contract including such things as: Evening conference calls for leader pairings in June, and Thursday evenings in the ER throughout the summer. These hours are part of the internship and are covered by the fixed stipend.
  • Students accepted for this position are required to sign a summer contract that details the work requirements and compensation.
  • FTCs have 1 week (5 days) of vacation. Vacation scheduling must be pre-approved by the OA Program Coordinator to avoid conflicts with program scheduling, and usually falls in July.
  • We are considering offering half-time FTC positions for the summer of 2020-- if you have other commitments (thesis research, etc) and would be intersted in working 20-hours per week for OA, please email Caroline to discuss options.

The full list of responsibilities is outlined in the FTC Summer Contract. If you are accepted for one of the FTC positions, you'll be asked to sign this summer contract.

Priority Application Deadline: Sunday, March 8