the guide recruitment process

Thank you for your interest in becoming an SC Outfitters guide! This page should serve as your primary resource for all things recruitment-related.

application timeline

  • February 27, 2018: Application is live!! CLICK LINK HERE Please download the application and email the completed app as a word document to

  • TBA: Informal meet-and-greet with current guides and leadership – not mandatory, but definitely recommended!

  • April 2-4: First round of interviews

  • April 6-8: Final round of interviews

  • April 16-18: Applicants will be notified of recruitment decisions

  • Note: due to the high volume of applications we receive, not all applicants will participate in each interview round. Our Recruitment Director will be in touch with you throughout the application process, and let you know how to proceed at each point.

recruitment faq

Q. What do SC Outfitter guides…do?
A. Guides are at the core of our organization – without guides, there are no trips, and no SC Outfitters. Guides plan, organize, and lead our monthly trips, as well as dedicate extra time to events and projects that further our mission.

Q. What are you looking for in applicants?
A. Our guides come from a diverse background of skills and experience levels. However, planning and leading trips require a level of personal responsibility not necessarily demanded of a participant – perhaps the biggest distinction between the two components of our organization. We’re looking for students who are comfortable leaders and will commit the time and energy to delivering our organization to its full potential. None of this requires extensive experience in the backcountry (our training will equip you with the hard skills necessary to lead trips). Most importantly, we want individuals who are passionate about the SC Outfitters mission and excited to share it with the USC community. All USC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply.

Q. What level of commitment is required for guides?
A. Guides are expected to attend weekly meetings, fall and spring leadership retreats, and lead a minimum of three days of trips per semester. New guides must also complete training during their first fall semester, typically an extra hour a week before regular meetings. Strong applicants will be excited about the program and unconcerned about meeting the minimum requirements.

Q. Can I apply for the fall semester if I am currently abroad?
A. Yes! While new guides are selected in the spring, their commitment does not begin until the following fall. Our Recruitment Director will coordinate with you throughout the application process, and interviews will be conducted by video or phone.

Q. What about if I will be abroad next fall?
A. Because new guide training is conducted in the fall, we recommend applicants studying abroad in the upcoming fall semester wait a year.

Q: What happens if I’m not invited to be a guide?
A. Unfortunately, we have to turn away qualified applicants every year. Applicants are welcome to re-apply the following year – several of our current guides were asked to re-apply before being accepted.

If you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to email us at