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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H0038 / Outdoor Trip Leader
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 07

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under indirect supervision, leads assigned outdoor educational, recreational, and/or cultural trips for clients of the UNM Recreational Services Getaway Adventure program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and leads outdoor excursions and activities in one or more assigned areas of interest, such as special-interest hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, navigation, or water-related activities.
  2. Advises participants of program policies and procedures, as appropriate to the event; answers questions and concerns from participants during and after the outing.
  3. Coordinates and assists with performing post-trip evaluations, and assists with post-trip communication to participants, as required.
  4. Ensures that participants adhere to safety and injury prevention policies and procedures, as appropriate to the activity; attends as required to cases of accident and/or injury, and prepares necessary accident reports.
  5. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Recognized skill and competency in relevent field of outdoor and/or cultural expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the specific activity required for various related adventures.
  • Effective communication and basic instructional skills.
  • Knowledge of educational methods and techniques in assigned area of specialty
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR and Basic First Aid Certificate

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017