VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteers are an integral part of our operations, and we are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to join our team. There are multiple ways help with our year-round outdoor recreation programs, fundraising events, and more.

Start by expanding the tabs below to review getting started and volunteer activities. After you have reviewed this information, you can sign up as a volunteer on our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@outdoorsforall.org or 206.838.6030 x 208.

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VOLUNTEER BENEFITS

Enriching Lives
Volunteers help enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation by supporting our programs and events. Read more about some outstanding success stories here.

An Incredible Community
With over 2800 participants and 800 volunteers annually, our community consists of passionate supporters and outdoor enthusiasts who care deeply about our mission. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, gain new mentors, learn new skills, expand your perspective, and more. Meet some members of our community here.

Volunteer Appreciation Events
We host fun seasonal parties for our volunteers, one at the end of winter programs in March and one at the end of summer programs in September.

Volunteer Recognition
Outstanding volunteers are nominated by Outdoors for All staff, participants, and fellow volunteers, and they are highlighted throughout the year in various ways. We also select a volunteer to honor at our annual Gala Auction each fall.

Pro-deals and Discounts
Volunteers are invited to Expert Voice where they receive pro-deal pricing (30–70% off) on over 200 outdoor brands. This is available to volunteers who have completed volunteering at six or more program or event days in a calendar year. Occasionally, we may often be able to offer other local discounts for volunteers.

Winter Season Pass
Winter instructors who volunteer for a full seven-week series are eligible to purchase a highly discounted season pass for the mountain they volunteer at.

VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER

If you would like to stay in the loop about upcoming volunteer opportunities, join our Volunteer Opportunities e-mail. Additionally, you can join our eNews list to receive general updates from Outdoors for All.


ORIENTATION & TRAINING

New Volunteer Orientations
All new volunteers who plan to volunteer in a multi-day program series must attend an initial New Volunteer Orientation. New Volunteer Orientations are not required for one-time fundraising events or custom events as we provide an event orientation, typically the day-of the event or week prior to the event. Sign up for New Volunteer Orientations under our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.

Program Training
Other training requirements vary per program for both new and return volunteers. Program specific training requirements are listed under each program below. Sign up for program training under our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.


REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Age
Our programs and events require volunteers who are 14 years or older, and for some programs/events or specific roles, the minimum age may be older.

All age requirements are listed below under each program activity, and they will also be listed per role on our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.

*The best opportunities for youth who are 14–16 is our Day Camps during the summer and our Assistant Instructor/Race Crew roles (for downhill skiing and snowboarding only) in the winter. Additionally, many of our fundraising events (including our Spirit of Twelve, Seahawks home games) accommodate volunteers who are 14 years and older. 


Paperwork

Release of Liability
All volunteers are required to sign a Release of Liability before volunteering. When you register for a specific volunteer opportunity, you will sign an electronic Release of Liability in the registration form.

Background Check
All new volunteers working with participants in a multi-day program series are required to complete a background check authorization form and clear a background check. When you register for a specific volunteer opportunity, you will fill this out electronically in the registration form.

Other Paperwork
Some programs and events may require supplemental application materials or additional paperwork, which will be listed under our registration page.


Skill Expectations
Typically, our program series require either a general background or basic to advanced skills based on the program and volunteer role. These expectations are outlined under each program activity below.

Example of skills required:

  • In our winter programs, you must be an intermediate or advanced downhill skier or snowboarder to be an Instructor.
  • In our winter programs, you must be an advanced skier or snowboarder to be a Sit Ski Instructor.
  • In our rock climbing series, you need to have previous belaying experience.

Example of general background:

  • In our cycling programs, you need familiarity and background in riding bikes, but do not need to be a expert cyclist.
  • In our kayaking programs, you need to be familiar with water sports and be comfortable out on the water, but do not need to be an expert paddler.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS

Outdoors for All welcomes group volunteers to support our fundraising events, special projects, and program days. Whether you have a group of coworkers, friends, family, teammates, etc., we are happy to see if there is a fit for your group in a volunteer capacity.

Fundraising Events
Typically our group needs range from 5–15+ volunteers, but we have capacity for larger groups in this category as we often need 50+ volunteers for some of our larger scale events.

  • Spirit of Twelve – Seahawks Home Games (August–December)
  • Gala Auction (3rd weekend in October)
  • SPREEFEST at Alpental (2nd weekend in March)
  • Springfest at Stevens Pass (3rd weekend in April)
  • Other Beneficiary Events (Year Round)

Special Projects
Typically our group needs range from 5–15 volunteers.

  • Micro-volunteering/work parties for events (Year Round)
  • Gear Maintenance (September & April)
  • Facility Projects (Year Round)

Programs
Typically our group needs range from 5–10 volunteers.  

  • Custom Events (Year Round, more commonly needed in spring/summer than winter)
  • Day Camps (June–August)
  • Adult Adventure Days (June–August)

To learn more about setting up a group volunteer day, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@outdoorsforall.org or (206) 838-6030 x 208.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM ACTIVITIES


DOWNHILL SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

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Each winter, we need over 400 volunteers to support our seven-week Winter Program Series at the Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass as instructors and other support roles with our downhill skiing or snowboarding lessons.

In addition to the 7-week series, we also offer special Custom Events that are one-time downhill ski and snowboard lessons, typically open only to our current winter volunteers.


Winter Program Series

Volunteer Roles:  Volunteers are needed as Instructors, Assistant Instructors, Race Coaches, Race Crew, Drivers, Vehicle Chaperones, Equipment Managers, Lodge Assistants, Lead Volunteers, and Clinicians.

Time of Year:  December–March; Wednesday Nights, Friday Nights, Saturdays, Saturday Nights, and Sundays

Location: The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Winter Volunteer Information for 2020 will be posted here in September 2019.
  • In the meantime, you can review our 2018–2019 Winter Volunteer Registration Information to get a sense of our winter program schedule, positions, training requirements, benefits, season pass information, FAQs, and position descriptions.

Sign Up

  • Registration is open each year from early October to early December under our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.
  • If you missed our registration and winter training in December, please consider joining us in 2020.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

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Each winter, we need over 400 volunteers to support our seven-week Winter Program Series at the Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass as instructors and other support roles. We need volunteers to support our cross-country skiing or snowshoeing programs at the Summit at Snoqualmie in our Saturday series between January–February.

In addition to the 7-week series, we also offer special Custom Events, typically open only to our current winter volunteers.


Winter Program Series

Volunteer Roles:  Volunteers are needed as Instructors, Assistant Instructors, Race Coaches, Equipment Managers, Lodge Assistants, Lead Volunteers, and Clinicians.

Time of Year:  December–February, Saturdays

Location: The Summit at Snoqualmie

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Winter Volunteer Information for 2020 will be posted here in September 2019.
  • In the meantime, you can review our 2018–2019 Winter Volunteer Registration Information to get a sense of our winter program schedule, positions, training requirements, benefits, season pass information, FAQs, and position descriptions.

Sign Up

  • Registration is open each year from early October to early December under our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page.
  • If you missed our registration and winter training in December, please consider joining us in 2020.

CYCLING/BIKING

Outdoors for All’s fleet of adaptive cycles is one of the largest in the country, with over 200 cycles and about 70% of them adaptive cycles. 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 205 mile Seattle to Portland ride. Our main programs include Learn to Ride a Bike Series, Cycle Camps, Cycle Team, and Custom Events.


Learn to Ride a Bike
This 4-week series is designed to help participants (ages 5 and older) gain the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently.

Volunteer Role: Volunteers are needed as Instructors, where you will be working with participants on cycling safety, rules of the road, balance on the cycle, braking, handling skills and advanced cycling techniques.

Time of Year: Saturday morning series in April, May, June and September (4 consecutive Saturdays)

Location: Parking lot or parking garage in Seattle area (program locations vary each summer)

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: Must be 16 years or older
  • Skills: Familiarity with riding bikes
  • Commitment: Ability to commit to all four program days strongly needed and encouraged; at times, we offer part-time volunteer opportunities (two of the four days)
  • Equipment: Bikes and helmets provided

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Adaptive Cycle Training

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Cycle Camps
This week long camp (AM and/or PM) is designed to help participants (ages 5 and older) gain the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently.

Volunteer Role: Volunteers are needed as Instructors, where you will be working with participants on cycling safety, rules of the road, balance on the cycle, braking, handling skills and advanced cycling techniques.

Time of Year: July–August; week long camp Monday–Friday typically between 9 AM–3 PM

Location: Parking lot or parking garage in Seattle area (program locations vary each summer)

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: Must be 16 years or older
  • Skills: Familiarity with riding bikes
  • Commitment: Ability to commit to all five program days strongly needed and encouraged; at times, we offer part-time volunteer opportunities
  • Equipment: Bikes and helmets provided

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Adaptive Cycle Training

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Cycle Team
Outdoors for All offers injured and wounded active duty service members and recovering veterans the opportunity to take part in a cycling team. The team rides in regular training rides and also have the opportunity to participate in community challenge rides.

Volunteer Role: Volunteers are needed as ride leaders and support riders to 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.

Time of Year: March–September

Location: Rides typically take place in the greater Puget Sound

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: Must be 18 years or older
  • Skills: Must have experience cycling and be able to ride 40 miles at a consistent pace of 12 mph or higher; we need 1 Ride Leaders and 2 Volunteer Support Riders per ride
  • Must be able to ride the distance on selected ride with personal bike. Volunteers must be independent riders and know basic on-route maintenance. Intro maintenance classes can be provided if necessary.
  • Commitment: various roles of commitment
  • Equipment: Volunteers must provide their own cycling equipment

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Custom Events – Cycling
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, make adjustments to the bike, and guide participants as they ride. Please review our CUSTOM EVENTS tab below on this page for more information.

KAYAKING

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We offer a kayaking program series during the summer months in addition to Custom Events for our community partners. We also offer kayaking days during our camp programs.


Kayaking Program Series
Enjoy all the benefits that an afternoon on the water can provide while assisting participants advance their paddling skills.

Volunteer Role: Kayaking volunteers will act as captains of tandem kayaks and provide overall supervision of participants on the water. Participants are both youth (5 and older) and adults.

Time of Year: June–August; Typically mid-week in the evenings

Location: Lake Washington out of Magnuson Park

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 16 years or older
  • Skills: Previous experience with water sports and comfortable out on the water
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the full three week series (one evening a week for three weeks)
  • Equipment: No equipment required, as we provided kayaks, paddles, PFDS, and all other kayaking gear

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Water Safety Training

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Custom Events – Kayaking
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. Please review our CUSTOM EVENTS tab below for more information.


ROCK CLIMBING

Rock ClimbingOur two main programs include Introduction to Rock Climbing Series (indoor) and Summer Rock Climbing Series (outdoor). Additionally, we often offer Custom Event rock climbing programs for our community partners.


Introduction to Rock Climbing (Indoor) 

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers support with belaying, help with fitting harnesses and helmets, assist with hand and foot placement, and provide encouragement and supervision to participants both on and off the rock walls.

Time of Year: May–June and September–November; typically offered as a three week series in AM on weekends or mid-week in the evenings

Location: Magnuson Park

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 16 years or older
  • Skills: Familiarity with rock climbing and ability to pass a belay check
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the full three week series (one day a week for three weeks)
  • Equipment: Harness and rock climbing shoes; if you do not have your own equipment, often times volunteers can utilize our equipment; all other rock climbing gear is provided (belay devices, rope, etc.)

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Rock Climbing Training

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Summer Rock Climbing Series (Outdoor)

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers support with belaying, help with fitting harnesses and helmets, assist with hand and foot placement, and provide encouragement and supervision to participants both on and off the rock walls.

Time of Year: June–September; typically offered as a 4 week series mid-week in evenings

Location: Exit 38, Deception Crags

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 16 years or older
  • Skills: Familiarity with rock climbing and ability to pass a belay check
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the full four week series (one day a week for four weeks)
  • Equipment: Harness, helmet, and rock climbing shoes; if you do not have your own equipment, often times volunteers can utilize our equipment; all other rock climbing gear is provided (belay devices, rope, etc.)

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Rock Climbing Training

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Custom Events – Rock Climbing
In addition to the series, we offer several rock climbing days to our Custom Event partners throughout Washington state.  Please review our CUSTOM EVENTS tab below for more information.

CAMPS

Outdoors for All offers two types of summer camps: Day Camps for participants ages 5–17 and Adult Adventure Days for participants who are 18 years or older. Both camps incorporate various outdoor activities, including cycling, kayaking, rock climbing and more. We also offer Cycle Camps, which you can read more about under our CYCLING/BIKING tab above.


Day Camps
This program provides an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5 – 17. Campers will be on the move enjoying activities that may include rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, cycling, hiking, trips to the zoo, and visits to local parks.

Volunteer Role:  Each of our camps are staffed with two to four Outdoors for All summer staff. Volunteers will support staff throughout the week with camp activities and participant supervision.

Time of Year: Summer months (June to August), mid-winter break (February), and spring break (April). Camps run Monday through Friday from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM.

Location: Three camp locations to choose from: Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle, Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and Seward Park in South Seattle

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 14 years or older
  • Skills: none required
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the full week (Monday–Friday)
  • Equipment: None required

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Day Camps Orientation (held Monday morning of the first camp program day before camps start)

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Adult Adventure Days
Adult Adventure Days are week long camps for adults with disabilities who are 18 years or older. Participants enjoy activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, cycling, and local field trips that help them grow in life skills such as team building, communication and more.

Volunteer Role:  Each of our camps are staffed with two to four Outdoors for All summer staff. Volunteers will support staff throughout the week with camp activities and participant supervision.

Time of Year: Summer months (June to August), mid-winter break (February), and spring break (April). Camps run Monday through Friday from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM.

Location: Three camp locations to choose from: Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle, Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and Seward Park in South Seattle

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 16 years or older
  • Skills: none required
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the full week (Monday–Friday)
  • Equipment: None required

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Adult Adventure Days Orientation (held Monday morning of the first camp program day before camps start)

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OTHER VOLUNTEER ROLES

CUSTOM EVENTS

Custom EventsOutdoors for All partners with a variety of community organizations, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, and schools throughout western Washington to offer customized program days with activities such as cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, weekend excursions, and more.

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers are needed in various roles depending on the activity. Often times, we need volunteers who already were trained and participated in one of our program series to support these days. Additionally, we often need group volunteers to support these one time events.

Time of Year: Year Round; typically a one day event (mid-week or weekend days) or full weekend excursion (Friday–Sunday)

Location: Various program locations throughout western Washington

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 18 years or older
  • Skills: Previous experience in the program activity or current Outdoors for All volunteer in a program series with the same activity
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed for the full day
  • Equipment: Varies per program and will be listed under our sign up page once the volunteer event is posted

Required Program Training

  • Varies per program

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MILITARY PROGRAMS

For more than 20 years, Outdoors for All has been enriching the lives of veterans through outdoor recreation. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled Sports USA, Washington State military bases, and Seattle area partners, Outdoors for All provides year-round adaptive recreation for veterans with disabilities, injured active duty military, transitioning military and their families. We offer specific programs only open to participants with disabilities and military backgrounds, which includes a Mountain Biking Program Series, Military Family Days, Cycle Team, and Downhill Snowboarding and Skiing on Friday Nights and Saturday Nights at the Summit at Snoqualmie.


Mountain Biking Program Series
Outdoors for all currently offers multiple six week summer mountain biking series. These are 6–week sessions designed for those who are new to mountain biking. Skill based lessons will work on a progression starting in a park setting and moving to single track trail riding. Skills include but are not limited to proper body movements, proper vision, proper bike handling, mountain bike etiquette, basic bike maintenance, and care.

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers are needed as lead instructors and support riders.

Time of Year: May–September; typically a six week series held on consecutive weekend days

Location: Trail locations change throughout the series

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 18 years or older
  • Skills: Previous mountain biking experience
  • Commitment: Volunteers are needed full time for the six week series
  • Equipment: Must be able to provide your own mountain bike and helmet

Required Program Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation (new volunteers to Outdoors for All)
  • Mountain Biking Training

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Military Family Days
These are one day events open to participants with military backgrounds and their families. Activities range from ropes course, tubing, cycling and more. Volunteers are needed to support these event days. Please check our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page throughout the summer or subscribe to our volunteer newsletter to stay updated about any opportunities.


Cycle Team
Outdoors for All offers injured and wounded active duty service members and recovering veterans the opportunity to take part in a cycling team. The team rides in regular training rides and also have the opportunity to participate in community challenge rides. To learn more about volunteering, please open our CYCLING/BIKING tab under this page above.


Winter Volunteer Opportunities
Downhill skiing and snowboarding is offered to participants with military backgrounds specifically on Friday Nights and Saturday Nights at the Summit at Snoqualmie during a seven week series between January and February each winter. Please review our DOWNHILL SKIING/SNOWBOARDING tab above to learn more about winter programs.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

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Outdoors for All has multiple fundraising events throughout the year that are in need of hundreds of volunteers. The benefits to volunteering at our fundraising events includes helping raise thousands of dollars to support our participants in our adaptive recreation programs and often includes the ability to attend and enjoy the event before or after your shift at no cost.

Current Fundraising Events

  • Spirit of Twelve – Seahawks Home Games (August–December)
  • Gala Auction (3rd weekend in October)
  • SPREEFEST (2nd weekend in March)
  • Springfest at Stevens Pass (3rd weekend in April)
  • Other Beneficiary Events (Year Round)

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers are often needed the day-of the event to support event based roles (examples include: registration, greeters, event-set up, data entry, tech support, and more)

Time of Year: Year Round

Location: Typically in Seattle

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: Typically 14 years or older, but varies per event and role
  • Skills: Varies per role but often times none required
  • Commitment: Typically from 3–6 hour shifts

Required Training

  • None required; we provide event orientations the day-of the event

Sign Up

  • Registration is open year round (typically about 2–4 months prior to the event date)
  • Sign up under our FUNDRAISING EVENTS section under our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Help Outdoors for All to spread the word about our mission, programs, volunteer opportunities, events, and more by becoming a member of Outdoors for All’s Speakers Bureau.

Volunteer Role:  Volunteers are needed to support local outreach events and often table on behalf of Outdoors for All. 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.

Time of Year: Year Round

Location: Typically in Seattle

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age: 21 years or older, unless accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Skills: Experience with Outdoors for All either as a former volunteer, participant, board member, etc; good public speaking abilities
  • Commitment: Flexible commitment
  • Equipment: We will provide all the outreach materials in advance (tables, banner, flyers, etc.) and also make sure your outfitted with Outdoors for All attire

Required Training

  • We will provide an orientation to being on the Speaker’s Bureau

Sign Up

  • Flexible Year-Round
  • Contact Kate Speak, Events and Marketing Coordinator, at kateS@outdoorsforall.org or at (206) 838-6030 X 290


VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Help us to recognize our amazing volunteers. Over 800 dedicated volunteers put in over 20,000 hours this past year, and we need your help to recognize them with our Volunteer Spotlight. Volunteer spotlights are highlighted in our Community Connections page, eNews, and social media.

Submit a volunteer spotlight today!