The Guide Recruitment Process
Thank you for considering becoming an SC Outfitter Guide. By filling out this guide application, you’re taking the first steps in joining a select group within the SC Outfitters and USC community. To become a guide, complete our Guide Application, due by 11.59pm on March 24rd (email to email@example.com). In addition to the application, we also ask that you submit a picture of yourself as well. To submit your application, use this link or click the button below. Any questions can be emailed to our recruitment committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2015 New Guide Applications will be announced (posted here) by February 3rd.
- Guide Recruitment laid-back Q&A on Tuesday, March 3 at 9pm in TTH 101 following our general member meeting.
- Tentative Guide Recruitment Mixer on Saturday, March 7: Time and location TBD.
- Interviews will be conducted from Saturday, March 28th to Sunday, March 29th. You will receive an email with more information once we receive your application.
- Quick Links: Guide Application | Submit Application
Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Commonly Asked Questions
Q. What is an SC Outfitter guide?
A. SC Outfitter guides are the core of our organization and are the ones who lead our trips for the SC Outfitter community and the Trojan family. Our guides are expected to attend our weekly guide meetings, as well as organize and lead two day tips or an overnight each semester.
In addition to these responsibilities, some of our guides also take on additional leadership roles on our executive board and help us manage various responsibilities including our website, public relations, training, finances, gear, and our new membership program. Being elected to our board is not a prerequisite to take on more responsibility.
Q. What are you looking for in a guide applicant?
A. As cliché as it sounds, we are not looking for a certain type of person to become guides. Our guides come from a diverse background of talents, skills, and experience levels. What we are looking for are individuals who are passionate about the outdoors, who understand the goals and purpose of our organization, and who are motivated to run their own trips each semester.
Q. What level of commitment is required to be an SC Outfitter guide?
A. Our guides are expected to be able to attend our weekly guide meetings (usually Wednesdays at 9pm), our retreats at the start of each semester, and lead two day trips or an overnight each semester. Guides are expected to commit to however long it takes to plan, lead, and follow up on a trip.
Q. Can I apply for the fall semester if I am currently abroad this spring?
A. Yes! We will likely set up a meeting over Skype or Google Hangouts in place of a face-to-face interview.
Q. Can I apply to be a guide if I am planning on going abroad in my first year as a guide?
A. Yes! Although we have a very intensive first-year guide training program that we want to make sure you complete, we also do not want to discourage you from going abroad in the Spring semester.
Q: What happens if I’m not invited to be a guide?
A: We encourage everyone to apply, but unfortunately, we often have to turn away qualified applicants due to the small size of our organization. Applicants are more than welcome to re-apply the following year, and we currently have many great guides who’ve been asked to reapply in the past.