Technical Skills Trainers (TSTs) are key members of the leaders-in-training instructional team. They are OA Leaders who go through additional training to solidify their outdoor technical skill as well as develop skills necessary to be effective teachers. TSTs teach the LNT & Technical Skills course to students going through OA Leader Training. Typically classes occur during Fall Break, Wintersession, Spring Break, and April, and all teaching & curriculum preparation is paid work.
You need to have completed all of OA Leader Training (including an LTT) before becoming a trainer. Preference is for those who have led at least one OA multi-day trip.
Typically, the Technical Skills Trip is combined with some form of Leave No Trace training-- either an LNT Master Educator Course or an LNT Trainer Trip. Both roles require a strong foundational understanding of effective teaching, and then build up their specific skill sets. Succesful completion of the trip will result in being eligible to teach both Technical Skills and Leave No Trace Skills to OA leaders-in-training.
Visit our LNT page for more complete information.
: Technical Skills Trainer Trip & LNT Trainer Trip
Fall Break 2021: Sunday (10/17)- Saturday (10/23). This 7-day commitment will include some on-campus preparations, a few days in the field at the AMC basecamp in the Delaware Water Gap, and teaching & testing new trainees back on campus at the end of the week.