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. The best place to start is by expanding the tabs below to review volunteer roles and expectations.

After you have reviewed this information, to view specific upcoming dates and to sign up as a volunteer, please visit our UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page. You can also visit our ONLINE CALENDAR for more information. 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 over 2400 children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation annually. Read more about some outstanding success stories here.

An Incredible Community: With over 2400 participants and 700 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, and expand your perspective. Meet some members of our community here.

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

Volunteer of the Year Award: Outstanding volunteers are nominated by Outdoors for All staff, participants, and fellow volunteers. One volunteer will be selected and honored at our annual Ski Ball Gala Auction in the fall and will receive an incredible award.

Pro-deals and Discounts: Volunteers are invited to Expert Voice where they receive pro-deal pricing on various outdoor brands. This is available to volunteers who have completed six or more volunteer 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.


ORIENTATION & TRAINING

New Volunteer Orientations: All new volunteers must attend an initial New Volunteer Orientation. New Volunteers are those who have never volunteered for any of our year-round programs previously. All new winter volunteers must attend a Dryland Training.

Program Training: Other training requirements vary per program for both new and return volunteers. Program specific training requirements are listed under each program below.

Event Volunteers: One-time event volunteers are not required to attend a new volunteer orientation or program specific training. Alternatively, these events will have specific orientations prior to the event, typically the day-of or week prior to the event.


REQUIRED PAPERWORK

Required for All Volunteers

Liability Form: We require a signed liability annually before participating as a volunteer. A new liability is required for all volunteers after October 1st of each year.

Background Check: All new volunteers working with participants in a program series are required to complete a background check. Please complete the following authorization form.

Submitting Forms: If you are attending a New Volunteer Orientation or a one-time event, these forms will be available to fill out then. For all others, please complete and upload the attached forms here at least two weeks prior to the first program day with participants. *A clear photo of the entire form is acceptable to send as long as all text and signatures are clear and legible. 

Other Paperwork

Service Learning Hours Verification: If you will need verification of service hours for your school or organization, please complete the following form.

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form: Help us recognize our outstanding volunteers and nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities. The winner is selected in September but you can still submit a nomination for next year

Some programs and events require supplemental application materials or additional paperwork. Each volunteer activity below may have additional requirements.

Please return all paperwork to our Volunteer Coordinator 2 weeks prior to the first training date or event date.

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GROUP VOLUNTEERS

Outdoors for All welcomes group volunteers! Whether you have a group of friends, family, coworkers, teammates, etc., Outdoors for All would love to have your group help out with our programs! A terrific way for your group to volunteer is with our Custom Events, which are one-day activities for small and large groups on weekends and weekdays.

Examples of group activities include: Adaptive Skiing/Snowboarding with Wounded Warrior Project, Adaptive Kayaking with Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind, Adaptive Cycling with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rafting with New Horizons School and Snowshoeing with Lifelong Recreation.

Sponsoring a Custom Event: In pursuing our mission, we want to provide affordable recreation opportunities to children and adults with disabilities to reduce barriers to participation. Unfortunately many participant groups may not have much funding to afford Custom Events, even with a scholarship from Outdoors for All. Groups have the opportunity to help sponsor a Custom Event.  You may be eligible to receive a tax-deductible donation receipt for your sponsorship as well.

To set 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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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.

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

Time of Year & Locations: Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

Volunteer Expectations

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

Program 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.

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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.

Time of Year & Locations: Lessons are offered at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass January – March.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 13

Program Training:

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

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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 4-week series is designed to help participants gain the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently. 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.

Time of Year & Location: Weekend series April – June (Learn to Ride), Monday – Friday June – August (Cycle Camps) at various locations in Seattle

Volunteer Expectations

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Familiarity with riding bikes (bikes will be provided)
  • Ability to commit to all program days strongly needed and encouraged

Program Training

  • Attend a Adaptive Cycle Training

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. The team ride in regular training rides and also have 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.

Time of Year & Location: March through September throughout greater Puget Sound

Volunteer Expectations

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have experience cycling and be able to ride 40 miles at a consistent pace of 12mph or higher
  • We need both Ride Leaders and Volunteer Support Riders

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  • See more details of the training ride schedule here.
  • Learn more about being a Cycle Team Member Fundraiser here.
  • For additional information, please reach out to Alicia Lyons at alicial@outdoorsforall.org or (206) 838-6030 x 220.

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.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Must be 16 years or older

Program Training

  • Attend a two-day cycle maintenance training at The Brig in Magnuson Park

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.

Dates and Sign Up
Cycling 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 – 17. 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.

We are excited to announce we are now offering Adult Adventure Days for adults ages 18+! By volunteering with Adult Adventure Days, you can help participants enjoy all the exciting camp activities, as well as grow in life skills such as team building, communication and more.

Time of Year: Day Camp operates during the summer months (June to September), mid-winter break (February), and spring break (April). Camps run Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 3:15pm (some activities may require an earlier start). We look for volunteers to help all week.

Location: Day Camps are based out of Magnuson Park in Seattle, Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and Marymoor Park in Redmond. Adult Adventure Days are held at Lake Sammamish State Park and Magnuson Park in Seattle.

To learn more, you can view our Day Camps Guide here.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer with Day Camp is 14
  • Minimum age to volunteer with Adult Adventure Days is 16
  • Ability to commit to one full week

Additional Application Materials

  • Day Camp Application: After signing up for a session, volunteers who are ages 14 – 16 must fill out an additional application here.
  • Reference Letter: Any volunteers who are new and 14-16 years old must provide 1 letter of reference, which can be submitted to volunteer@outdoorsforall.org. *a simple recommendation (couple paragraphs) from a non-family member will satisfy
  • Service Learning Hours Request: Volunteers who plan to submit their hours for service learning must fill out this form. This must be submitted prior to the program start.

Program Training

  • New volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. At the end of the orientations, there will be a specific Day Camp Orientation.
  • Return Volunteers will be asked to complete and online training and quiz prior to the program.

Sign Up

  • To see a list of dates and sign up for a session, check our our Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page. Please sign up for a session before submitting other application materials.


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 Kayaking Series on Lake Washington.

Time of Year: Evenings between June – August. Volunteer for one series or all three!
Location: Lake Washington out of Magnuson Park

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.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 16

Program Training

  • 3-week series and excursion volunteers must attend a Water Safety Training. Training requirements for one time events may vary.

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HIKING

Hiking

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.

Time of Year & Locations: Summer months in various locations

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 16

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ROCK CLIMBING

Rock Climbing

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. Our two main programs include Introduction to Rock Climbing Series (indoor) and Summer Rock Climbing Series (outdoor).

Time of Year & Location: We offer weekend series indoor climbing May – June in Seattle and an outdoor series in North Bend running July – August on weekday evenings.

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

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 16.
  • Familiarity with rock climbing

Program Training

  • Attend Rock Climbing Training
  • Volunteers must be belay checked by an Outdoors for All staff before belaying any participants. 
  • Training requirements may vary for the one-time climbing days.

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MILITARY PROGRAMS

Military Programs Volunteer Opportunities

Mountain Bike Program
– Mountain Bike Lead Instructors
– MTB Support riders
– MTB Bike mechanic
– MTB trail care and maintenance
– Director of Logistics (driving, comms, park liason)

Family Programs
– Family liason
– Drivers
– Activity leads

Ski and Snowboard
– Adult Group instructors
– Child Group instructors

If you are interested to learn more about Military Programs please sign up below and our Program Manager will reach out to you.

CUSTOM EVENTS

Each year Outdoors for All partners with a variety of community organizations, parks and recreation departments, hospitals and schools to bring the fun of outdoor recreation directly to you. A Custom Event means that we design an adaptive recreation program to meet specific needs. Custom Events generally feature adaptive cycling (we have over 40 different kinds of cycles) but can include other activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, adaptive water ski sports, rock climbing and more.

Time of Year & Location: Year-Round

Volunteer Expectations

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 16
  • We look for current volunteers who have already completed a similar program series and program specific training to volunteer at these events
  • We also look for group volunteers to occasionally support these events

Program Training

  • Depending on the activity, there will be a required training

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OTHER VOLUNTEER ROLES


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 volunteer@outdoorsforall.org for more information.