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If you're interested in any one of these positions, please consider contacting the hiring manager to see if there is an opening or to learn more! We typically start reviewing applications for summer jobs at the beginning of the second semester.  Visit our "Meet Our Staff" page to meet the 2019 summer staff! 

 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.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Winter! If you are interested, please email your resume/cover letter to arremus@wisc.edu

 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.


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

We are currently accepting applications for 2020! Email headofinstruction@hoofersailing.org for application instructions. 

Wisconsin Basecamp Trip Leaders (open to UW-Madison students)

Get paid to lead backpacking and canoeing trips with new Badgers! We are looking for active Badgers who are interested in leading multiple-day wilderness orientation trips for incoming students this summer. Are you involved on campus? Do you like mentoring new students? Do you have outdoor leading experience? This may be the perfect fit for you! Leaders will lead up to 5 trips during July and August.

2019 Position Description and Application Instructions 

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