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Trip Leader (Poly Escapes) (Position open until 9:00 pm on February 20) 

About the Organization Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) provides Cal Poly students with opportunities to experience life outside of the classroom through the wide variety of programs and services offered at the Cal Poly Recreation Center, Julian A. McPhee University Union, Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center, and Cal Poly Sports Complex. Cal Poly students and full-time staff members have the opportunity to work on campus to create quality programs and services for all students. Whether you are looking for a position that supports your academic/professional goals, need to support yourself while at Cal Poly, or are looking to develop your leadership skills, ASI offers a unique and fun work experience for all of our employees. Apply to join our team today!
EOE Statement The Associated Students, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Trip Leader (Poly Escapes)  
Open Date 1/30/2023  
Close Date 2/21/2023  

Trip Leader (Poly Escapes)

Definition and Purpose

Under the supervision of the Coordinator - Outdoor Recreation, the Trip Leader is responsible for
planning, organizing, and safely leading outdoor trips for the Cal Poly campus community. This position
requires a commitment to the ongoing training and development of oneself and others in the program.
This position is expected to help maintain trip equipment inventory and work closely with the Poly
Escapes Student Manager on all trip equipment needs, repairs, and replacements. The Trip Leader is
expected to assist all other Poly Escapes employees in their mission of providing student development
opportunities through outdoor recreation programming and education.

ASI is committed to supporting the aspirations of the University Learning Objectives. Our employees are
expected to make reasoned decisions based on ethics, respect for diversity, and an awareness of issues
of sustainability. Additionally, they will work productively as individuals and in groups while
communicating effectively.

Educational Requirements and Qualifying Experience

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Cal Poly with a minimum of 6 units. All ASI student staff must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at Cal Poly. Graduate students must carry 4 units/3.0 cumulative GPA at Cal Poly.
  • Wilderness First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder certified
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Experience teaching, leading, or managing a group
  • Organizational abilities and experience
  • Experience planning, facilitating, and evaluating outdoor trips
  • Ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of outdoor trip gear


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise and manage all trip participants and ensure a safe environment for all
  • Serve as a role model for all Poly Escapes staff
  • Participate in and contribute to both self-evaluation and the evaluation of others


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete all pre-trip and post-trip paperwork in a timely manner
  • Respond appropriately to all accidents and incidents
  • Provide an inclusive environment for all customers and participants
  • Mentor fellow members of the program as they are on-boarded and trained
  • Attend all staff meetings and training
  • Facilitate and practice proper gear use
  • Demonstrate appropriate limit-setting techniques with participants
  • Respond effectively to participants and co-leader verbal and non-verbal cues and feedback
  • Practice and teach the principles of “Leave No Trace.”
  • Awareness of and appreciation for individual uniqueness and diversity
  • Adhere to all ASI departmental policies and procedures
  • Provide quality customer service to all staff and customers
  • Track and return all rental and trip equipment prior to and after each trip
  • Make certain all checkout procedures for equipment are executed according to policy
  • Abide by and enforce all ASI and campus security regulations regarding confidential and private information.
  • Display awareness of all ASI and staff area policies; enforce policies as necessary.
  • Maintain the integrity of the ASI philosophy and brand.
  • Attend all meetings, workshops, and retreats.
  • Maintain a positive work environment through interaction with staff, peers, and superiors.


Specific Requirements

  • Must have a genuine interest in outdoor recreation and education.
  • Experience in organized outdoor recreation programs is desirable with demonstrated competencies in leadership, student development, developing and tracking inventory, and risk management.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Poly Escapes either as a participant or past staff member is preferred.
  • Understand the practical and safe use of all outdoor equipment available at the Poly Escapes Rental Center.
  • Ensure all aspects of Poly Escapes are kept clean and orderly.
  • Be informed on all happenings in Poly Escapes.
  • Attend and participate in bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • Some knowledge of financial and accounting skills is preferred
  • Able to maintain inventory of Poly Escapes Equipment.
  • Awareness of safety and risk management procedures.
  • Able to work closely with the Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation to implement new ideas and maintain the success and integrity of Poly Escapes.


Diversity and Inclusion

  • Recommend and support practices intended to eliminate racial, gender, or any other form of bias in processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own biases, comfort levels, and various aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Demonstrate an effort to understand each person’s individual and collective role in creating inclusive environments.
  • Commit to continuous learning/improvement in DEI and cultural competence.
  • Work with director to review department’s policies, procedures, & practices related to DEI and participate in addressing barriers identified.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in ASI policy as a condition of their employment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Compensation and Hours
Pay Rate: $15.50 per hour; maximum 20 hours per week while attending academic classes. (Maximum
hours are subject to change while leading or participating in trips.)

The Associated Students, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Date revised: 11/28/2022

Number of Openings 6  
Location Recreational Sports  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Position Requirements

This position may require sitting, standing, walking, lifting or carrying up to 25 pounds, driving cars or trucks and walking on uneven ground.


Environmental factors include working inside, outside, humid, hazards, hot, cold, dry, wet, change of temperature,working with others and working around others.

Req Number STU-23-00006  
Shift Details None Specified 

Requires 1-2 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 3-4 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 5-6 hours per day None Specified 

Requires 7+ hours per day None Specified 

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