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While we are not currently hiring or conducting training activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning ahead and look forward to resuming hiring and training as soon as possible. We will announce on this page when hiring can resume. In the meantime, stay tuned for available online events and activities from the Wisconsin Union

 Outdoor UW Operations Staff (open to students/Graduate Students)

If you are looking for an experience that is equally challenging and rewarding, consider being a part of our summer operations team at Outdoor UW. Our team is passionate about outdoor recreation and provides support for all programs including Wisconsin Hoofers, Wisconsin Basecamp, and rental operations to a diverse audience. Our environment is full of energy and skills attained through this position are foundational for most career disciplines. Previous outdoor experience not required.


We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 summer! If you are interested please email your resume/cover letter to ouwmanager@union.wisc.edu.

Outdoor UW Paddling Instructors (open to students/non-students)

We are looking for experienced, energetic, and flexible students (non-students may apply and be considered as well) to assist with our private and group experiences program. We provide safety and facilitation training, but you bring the necessary paddling skills to assist in taking out groups of all ages on Lake Mendota during summer mornings. This position is perfect for those with flexible mornings and are interested in a fun and rewarding experience!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 summer! If you are interested, please email your resume/cover letter to arremus@wisc.edu.

Hoofer Sailing Club Instructor (open to students/non-students)

Spend your summer on our beautiful Lake Mendota teaching sailing! The Hoofer Sailing Club is hiring talented sailors to join our team of instructors for the year. Positions will be filled for spring, summer and fall seasons. Hours are flexible week to week and pay is competitive. This is one of the best jobs in Madison; don't miss out!

Position Description and Application Instructions

 If you have interest, email Mills at headofinstruction@hoofersailing.org for position openings and more information.

Snowshoeing Leader (Open To Students/Graduate Students)

Snowshoeing Leaders will be responsible for leading 2-3 hour snowshoeing trips for groups of 2-25 people. The trips will take place primarily on frozen Lake Mendota, but also in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve (Picnic Point) and the UW Arboretum. Snowshoeing leaders will be responsible for carrying out the logistical and programming aspects of these trips, as well as facilitating bonfires and s’more making. This position reports to the Outdoor UW Outing and Ski and Snowboard Adviser. This is a part-time position with a highly variable schedule. The number of hours available to work will depend upon the number of snowshoeing excursions that are booked.

 If you are interested for the 2020-2021 Winter, please email your resume/cover letter to arremus@wisc.edu