Becoming an SMU OA Leader

2011 Staff

SMU Outdoor Adventures (OA) is one of the Best Leadership Development Programs on Campus!  We change lives and positively impact others. SMU OA transcends recreation and focuses on preparing future leaders for life after SMU.  Whether designing and delivering outdoor recreational trips and workshops, mentoring and instructing peers, or working shifts at the Rental Shop and Climbing Wall, the SMU OA Leader is positively impacting the lives of others.  We get to do this using fun, exciting and challenging activities like rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, caving and more.  And did we mention it's paid?

Outdoor experience is not the most important qualification; what is important is true motivation, a passion for the outdoors and the desire to teach others.  Training and development opportunities are made available.  Leadership opportunities are available year-round (if desired) extending throughout the university career or as long as is desired and is beneficial to the individual and the program.  Leader training takes time, energy, commitment and dedication to the Leader Mission:

We, as Leaders of the SMU Outdoor Adventures program, strive to enrich ourselves, the SMU community and the program.  We role model leadership by constantly building and maintaining interpersonal, educational and outdoor skills, a high level of self-awareness, and an atmosphere of excellence.  We create an environment that improves lives and reaches beyond the program and ourselves.

Applications are accepted year-round, however, hiring of leaders will be determined by program needs.  Vacancies will be advertised.

Interested in gaining life-long transferrable leadership skills?

Application Process:

  1. Submit an online application.  Applications submitted incomplete will not be considered.
  2. Application review by the Hiring Committee.
  3. Interview by Hiring Committee.
  4. Interview by program administrators.
  5. Trip Leader applicants must complete the Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) trip.




For any questions please contact the Outdoor Adventures Office at 214-768-9918 or email


Recreational Sports is a department in the Division of Student Affairs.