The Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator is a full-time exempt position responsible for creating a diverse and inclusive recreational environment that serves the University of San Diego community. This position works collaboratively with departments across campus and works closely with the Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures to implement day, weekend and extended trips with an emphasis on well-being, leadership development and environmental justice. This position supervises student staff and volunteer student leaders. It provides an opportunity to explore environmental justice in a border region, water rights in southern California and offer programs in the most biodiverse county in the country. (salary $5,200/month with excellent benefits).

Trips Program

Coordinate, manage, and lead a variety of outings throughout the year including scheduling, staffing, marketing, route selection, transportation, food, equipment, trip operating budget, and post-trip record keeping.
Trips are focused on serving the USD community, supporting Envisioning 2024 strategic plan and educating students about environmental justice. This involves leading programs totaling about 60 days in the field (expected working days include weekends, evenings and holidays).

Leader Training

Assists the Assistant Director in the recruitment and development of student trip guides by participating in the design and delivery of training programs and training staff and student outing guides in a variety of leadership and outdoor skills.
Training typically takes place during evenings and weekends. Responsible for tracking training and operations of the Guide Development Program. Training may also include Residential Life or other staff members.

Operation and Administrative

Supports the daily operations of Outdoor Adventures through ongoing administrative responsibilities that include rental and retail operations, permit acquisition, scheduling, handling University financial transactions and participating as a member of the Student Wellness staff within the Division of Student Affairs.


Serves as a liaison to Residential Life, Living Learning and Second Year Experience Communities, Office of Sustainability, Out of State Student Network, student organizations, and University departments. Manages Love San Diego day trip program specifically for resident students.
A strong emphasis is on reaching out to underrepresented students that have been excluded from outdoor recreation to support the Horizon Project and support other departments in their retention efforts. Responds appropriately (after training) to on-campus safety and health emergencies as needed.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Bachelor's degree in recreation administration, outdoor management/recreation, public health or equivalent work experience.
Previous experience with a college/university outdoor program, commercial guide or outfitter, or instructional experience with NOLS, Outward Bound, SCA, WEA, or comparable organization is highly desirable.
Current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certificate.
California commercial Class C License for 15 passenger van wi

About University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Application Instructions

We are currently accepting applications for our Program Coordinator in Outdoor Adventures - Campus Recreation (posting #4062) and to view the full job description and application process, please visit: https://jobs.sandiego.edu/cw/en-us/job/495840/program-coordinator