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Why Work at CORE? 

Here at CORE, all of our programs are run by an incredible group of student staff, and we are always on the lookout for great new people to come join our program! Here are just some of the benefits of being a part of CORE:

  • Build your résumé with practical experiences using transferable skills such as leadership, communication, collaboration, and adaptability
  • Opportunities to learn and develop outdoor recreation technical skills through trainings and clinics
  • Being part of a community of passionate outdoors people
  • Free or discounted rates on CORE trips
  • Free outdoor equipment rentals from CORE
  • Access to discounts for purchasing personal outdoor equipment
  • Eligibility for professional development funding for certifications, conferences, etc.

Employment Opportunities

There are two primary employment opportunities at CORE: Trip Leaders and Equipment Specialists. Trip Leaders are in charge of facilitating the many different outdoor adventures that we put on for Clemson community. Equipment Specialists work in our rental office and/or bike shop taking care of the gear and helping people with all of their outdoor equipment needs.


Applications for both positions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Most students will apply to be an Equipment Specialist and then work up to becoming a Trip leader through participation in our Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) program courses, though it is possible start as a Trip Leader if one possesses enough experience. It is also possible to work as an Equipment Specialist without working towards being a Trip Leader.


While coming in with outdoor experience is preferred, you don’t have to be an expert when you arrive! The WILD program will provide you with the opportunities to learn and grow as outdoor leader so that you are fully prepared and confident in your role at CORE. What we value most when looking for new staff is a passion for serving our Clemson University community by getting them into the outdoors!


For those who are looking for even more, CORE also offers an Internship through Clemson’s UPIC office as well as opportunities to move into leadership positions as Outdoor Recreation Managers.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to CORE, you can submit an application online using the link below. Applications are accepted year-round, but application reviews and interviews will be conducted based on the following schedule:

Fall Start: Applications reviewed in March-May; Interviews conducted in April-June

Spring Start: Applications reviewed in October; Interviews conducted in October and  November

Summer Start: Applications reviewed in March; Interviews conducted in April


APPLY HERE