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.



Enriching Lives: Volunteers help enrich the lives of over 2800 children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation annually. 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, 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 one at the end of summer programs in September.

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 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.


New Volunteer Orientations: All new volunteers must attend an initial New Volunteer Orientation. For volunteers who initially volunteered in spring/summer and attended this orientation, they are required to attend the 2nd half of New Volunteer Orientation if volunteering for winter.

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 for All Volunteers

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. The form is a part of the volunteer registration form. Event volunteers will not be asked to complete this form.

Other Paperwork

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.

Some programs and events require supplemental application materials or additional paperwork.



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.


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.




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 Positions, Training, and Expectations

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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 January – March.

Volunteer Positions, Training, and Expectations

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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.


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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

Program Training

  • New volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation and a Camp Orientation. Camp Orientation will take place on the first camp day at 8:00 AM.

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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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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

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 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.


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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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.


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.