VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

 

Volunteers are an integral part of Outdoors for All’s operations and we are always looking for additional enthusiastic and reliable people to join our team. There are multiple ways to get involved including helping in our year-round outdoor recreation programming, fundraising events, and more. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@outdoorsforall.org or 206.838.6030 x200.

Take a look at the different ways to get involved with us by expanding the tabs below. To view specific upcoming volunteer opportunities or to sign up to volunteer, please visit our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.

Many of Outdoors for All’s activities require volunteers to attend training before they can actively volunteer in programs. Training requirements vary from program to program and more information can be found below. You can also visit our ONLINE CALENDAR for more information and details on training.


DOWNHILL SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

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Help others experience the rush and the joys of downhill skiing or snowboarding! Volunteers in our downhill programs serve as ski and snowboard instructors during a 7-week lesson series.

Downhill ski and snowboard instructors provide a safe, fun and positive learning experience for Outdoors for All’s program participants. As an instructor, you will use lesson plans and outlines to help participants improve their skills on the snow, complete regular progress reports to track their successes, and comply with all program safety regulations. Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

Minimum age to volunteer is 13. Volunteer instructors should be an intermediate level skier/snowboarder.

In addition to the 7-week series, we also offer special one-time downhill ski and snowboard lessons to our Custom Event partners.

Training: First year downhill instructors are required to attend one Dryland training (typically offered in October and November) and four days of on-mountain training (two consecutive weekends in December) as well as complete an online training. Training requirements decrease with volunteer experience.

Learn more about volunteering in our winter programs and this year’s training dates by viewing the WINTER VOLUNTEERING page.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

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Help others get in the outdoors and on-snow by volunteering as a cross-country ski or snowshoe instructor. Instructors provide a safe, fun and positive learning experience for Outdoors for All’s program participants. As an instructor, you will use lesson plans and outlines to help participants improve their skills on the snow, complete regular progress reports to track their successes, and comply with all program safety regulations. Lessons are offered as a 7-week series at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

Minimum age to volunteer is 13.

In addition the 7-week series, we offer a number of one-time cross-country ski and/or snowshoe events to our Custom Event partners. Keep on eye on the UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page to see what may be available. Training and age requirements may vary from event to event.

Training: First year instructors are required to attend one Dryland training (typically offered in October and November) and two days of on-mountain training  in December as well as complete an online training. Snowshoe instructors have one day of mandatory on-mountain training. Training requirements decrease with volunteer experience.

Learn more about volunteering in our winter programs and this year’s training dates by viewing the WINTER VOLUNTEERING page.

CYCLING/BIKING

Outdoors for All’s fleet of over 100 adaptive cycles is one of the largest in the country. There are a number of ways to get involved in our cycling programs ranging from working with beginners to helping wounded veterans train for the STP to maintaining our fleet of cycles.

Learn to Ride a Bike: This 3-week series is designed to help participants gain the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently. NEW in summer 2017, we will be holding 3 week long Learn to Ride a Bike camps. As a volunteer, you will be working with participants on cycling safety, rules of the road, balance on the cycle, braking, handling skills and advanced cycling techniques.

This series is held in the fall, spring, and summer at Magnuson Park and on the Eastside. Minimum age to volunteer is 16. A training will be held before each series and attendance is required to volunteer.

Cycling Team: Outdoors for All offers injured and wounded active duty service members and recovering veterans the opportunity to take part in a cycling team between March and September. The team rides in regular training rides and also has the opportunity to participate in community challenge rides. Volunteers are needed participate in training rides while assisting in group management, teaching cycling skills, aiding with maintenance needs, and offering general support to the veterans on the team..

Minimum age to volunteer is 18. Volunteers must have experience cycling and be able to ride 40 miles at a consistent pace of 12mph or higher. There will be a mandatory training on Saturday, March 5 from 8:30am – 2:30pm or Sunday, March 18 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at Magnuson Park. To view more information sheet about volunteering with cycling team and/or base camps, click HERE.

Adaptive Cycling Center: During the summer months, we provide adaptive cycle drop-in rentals at Magnuson Park, including demos and assessments. Volunteers are needed to assist Adaptive Cycle Center staff with cycle maintenance and may lead participants on rides throughout Magnuson Park.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16. If you are interested in volunteering in the Adaptive Cycling Center, we encourage you to attend a two-day cycle maintenance training in The Brig at Magnuson Park, dates TBA.

One-Time Events/Demo Days: We host numerous one-time cycling days to our Custom Events partners as well as Demo Days where participants can come try our cycles for free. Volunteers are often need to help setup cycles, assist participants in selecting a cycle, making adjustments to the bike, and guiding participants as they ride. These events are offered throughout the year, check out the UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page to view specific opportunities.


DAY CAMPS

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Outdoors for All Day Camps provide an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5 – 21. Campers will be on the move enjoying activities that may include rock climbing, cycling, hiking, trips to the zoo, and visits to local parks. Volunteers will support campers in these activities and throughout the day. Day Camp operates during the summer months (June to September), winter break (December), mid-winter break (February), and spring break (April).

Minimum age to volunteer with Day Camp is 13. Camps are based out of Magnuson Park in Seattle, Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and Marymoor Park in Redmond. Camps run Monday through Friday from 8:45am and 3:15pm (some activities may require an earlier start). We look for volunteers to help all week or just a day or two.

Training: New Day Camp volunteers are required to attend one Volunteer Orientation & Information session (dates listed above). All Day Camp volunteers (new and returning) are required to take an online training. Volunteers are added to the online training course after they register and they must complete the training before beginning to volunteer with Day Camp.


KAYAKING

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Enjoy all the benefits that an afternoon on the water can provide while assisting participants advance their paddling skills. Kayaking volunteers will act as captains of tandem kayaks and provide overall supervision of participants on the water. We offer three 3-week lesson series on Lake Washington running June – August. Volunteer for one series or all three!

In addition to the 3-week series, we offer several kayak days to our Custom Event partners on waterways throughout Washington state. We also hold one to two weekend excursions that include camping and kayaking day trips.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Training: New volunteers are required to attend one Volunteer Orientation & Information session (dates listed above). 3-week series and excursion volunteers must attend a Water Safety Training on Thursday, June 22 OR Thursday, July 20 5:30-8:30pm at Magnuson Park. Training requirements for one time events may vary.


HIKING

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The Pacific Northwest offers some of the most beautiful and diverse hiking in the country. Join us as a volunteer on our hikes and physically assist participants while providing general supervision of the group to ensure safety and fun for everyone.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Training: New volunteers are required to attend one Volunteer Orientation & Information session (dates listed above).


ROCK CLIMBING

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Outdoors for All rock climbing programs require volunteers to serve as belayers, help with fitting harnesses and helmets, assist with hand and foot placement, and provide encouragement and supervision to participants both on and off the wall.

We offer a 6-week lesson series on an outdoor wall in North Bend running July – August.

Additionally, we offer numerous one-time indoor and outdoor climbing events to our Custom Event partners.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Training:  New volunteers are required to attend one Volunteer Orientation & Information session (dates listed above). Volunteers must be belay checked by an Outdoors for All staff before belaying any participants. There is a mandatory training and belay check for 6-week series volunteers on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8pm at Exit 38 in North Bend. Training requirements may vary for the one-time climbing days.


FUNDRAISING EVENTS

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Are you an energetic person who likes to lead the party? Outdoors for All has multiple fundraising events throughout the year that are in need of fun-loving and charismatic volunteers. Major events include our gala auction in October, SPREEFEST in March, and breakfast in May. Interested in helping plan these events? Contact events@outdoorsforall.org to join an event planning committee.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Help Outdoors for All to spread the good word on programs, volunteer opportunities, and its mission in general by becoming a member of Outdoors for All’s Speakers Bureau. You will be part of a group of volunteers who go out to share experiences and help Outdoors for All be more known in the community. As a volunteer speaker, you will get updates on speaking opportunities and the chance to choose an event in your area that works with your schedule. Contact JackieMolzhon@outdoorsforall.org for more information.