Volunteer Trip Leader

Venture Outdoors has established a robust Volunteer Trip Leader program that focuses on developing individual’s leadership skills through outdoor recreation.

We offer plenty of training opportunities and an apprentice program to get new leaders up to speed. Becoming a trip leader offers fun, camaraderie, personal growth, and the opportunity to contribute to the Venture Outdoors mission of getting more people outside. Trip leaders are invited to special leaders-only activities, can attend many Venture Outdoors trips free of charge, and enjoy great support from Venture Outdoors staff and other leaders.

Volunteer leaders are absolutely essential to Venture Outdoors’s success, and we highly value the contribution our leaders make. If you love to hike, bike, paddle, backpack–or do anything outside–and want to share your love of these activities with others, please consider becoming a Venture Outdoors trip leader today. Click the link to fill out our volunteer request form.

Trip Leader Expectations

    • Be a current member of Venture Outdoors
    • Have current certifications in CPR (Adult/Child/Infant) and Basic First Aid. Certifications must be from a nationally recognized certifying institution such as Wilderness Medicine Institute, the American Red Cross, or the American Heart Association. (Volunteer trip leaders who hold current Wilderness First Aid certification will be considered to have met the Basic First Aid expectation.)
    • Hold current Child Abuse and Criminal Background Check Clearances
    • Have attended Venture Outdoors Volunteer Orientation
    • Have completed Outdoor Leadership Training—Weekend or Modules (Training scholarship are available by filling out the form)
    • Be in good physical condition to lead the particular activity involved
    • Have some proficiency and experience in the particular activity involved.
    •  Have knowledge of and access to appropriate clothing, footwear, and gear for the particular activity involved
    • Desire to share knowledge with others
    • Commitment to uphold Leave No Trace ethics
    • Act in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a friendly manner
    • Properly complete program paperwork and return to office staff in a timely manner

OUTDOOR News

  • Why Do You Volunteer?

    January 23, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    Whether Trip Leaders, interns, or event volunteers, we have many dedicated individuals working alongside us. We appreciate all of our volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them!

    For today’s blog, we asked the question, “Why do you volunteer with Venture Outdoors?”. Here are some of their answers:

    “Why do I volunteer for Venture Outdoors? Mostly for my eight-year-old daughter. I want Mollie to know that women can be bold and adventurous and just as cool and daring as men. We can hike and kayak and swim and geocache.

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  • Getting to Know Our Staff: 14 Questions with… Vanessa Bashur

    January 16, 2018

    There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into planning your favorite outdoors adventures! Learn about those who work inside to get you outside.This week we’ll be interviewing Vanessa, our Kayak Pittsburgh Director.Vanessa Blog 2

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?

    I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geography & Mineralogy from Montana State University in 2005. I have been with Venture Outdoors for 5+ years and currently serve as our Kayak Pittsburgh Director.

     » Read more about: Getting to Know Our Staff: 14 Questions with… Vanessa Bashur  »

  • Safe Routes to Parks

    January 9, 2018

    By Kevin Hurley, Trip Leader Specialist

    A few weeks ago I had the exciting opportunity to work with two of my favorite groups located in the Hill District: The Jeron X. Grayson Community Center (JXGCC), with 6th to 8th graders, and the Center That C.A.R.E.S. (CTC), with 3rd to 5th graders. I was excited to see them as always, but this time we were going to do something pretty important. We were going to work with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and audit the routes with their program called the “Safe Routes to Parks” initiative. At CTC we worked with Gavin White and provided the children with chalk to mark areas that they deemed unsafe on the way to the park.

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  • Best Boot Forward

    January 2, 2018

    By: Grace Groeger

    Venture Outdoors is fortunate to have many outstanding volunteers. This year we wanted to find a new way to say thank you to our exemplary volunteers and show how valued they are to not only the Venture Outdoors staff but to our Members as well. We came up with the Best Boot Forward Award. The Venture Outdoors community had the opportunity to nominate one volunteer they believe stands out above the rest, someone who is always putting his/her Best Boot Forward. Our FIRST EVER Best Boot Forward Award goes to SHEILA STAGNITTA!

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    Sheila grew up just outside the Pittsburgh area in the Mon Valley.

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  • Getting To Know Our Staff: 12 Questions with Ian Brown

    December 12, 2017

    There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into planning your favorite outdoor adventures! Our staff questionnaire series allows you to learn about those who work inside to get you outside.This week we’ve interviewed Ian Brown, our new Program Director.

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors? 

    Ian Brown Blog 1I grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio, located in the foothills of Southern Ohio. For those who don’t know, Chillicothe is home to the outdoor drama Tecumseh and was Ohio’s First Capital.  

     » Read more about: Getting To Know Our Staff: 12 Questions with Ian Brown  »

Kayak Pittsburgh

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Thank you for another great season!
We’ll see you on the water in 2018!

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Featured Outing

Volunteers Are Vital

Annual Volunteer Meeting
Sunday, January 28
4 – 7 PM

All current and prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend our Annual Volunteer Meeting! The meeting will include presentations on the Venture Outdoors and plan for 2018 and a chance to meet and socialize with other volunteers. Dinner will be served. RSVP is requested by January 24.

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