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Winter Skihawks volunteer registration is open! 

Skihawks is a Special Olympics race team that inspires and involves athletes with intellectual disabilities in the winter sports disciplines of apline, nordic, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. 

Registration Instructions 

  1. Browse job descriptions 
  2. Register for programs using the dropdown menus under “Winter Programs”
  3. All volunteers are required to complete in-person and virtual trainings. Training info can be found on the IN-PERSON TRAINING and VIRTUAL TRAINING tabs under each dropdown menu.
  4. Enter a drawing to win a $500 evo gift card by referring a new volunteer into our program. Fill out our volunteer referral form to enter. 
  5. RSVP for our Winter Volunteer Kick-Off Party on November 10th here!
PARTICIPANT PROTECTION POLICIES AND REPORTING FORM

PARTICIPANT PROTECTION POLICIES

SPORT PROTECTION REPORTING FORM

Outdoors for All does not tolerate abuse or neglect of any kind, between any association of staff, volunteers, participants, family members, or caregivers. In Washington State, abuse or neglect is defined as the physical, sexual, or emotional injury of child (or vulnerable adult) by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the individual’s health, welfare, or safety; or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child (or vulnerable adult) by a person responsible for or providing care to the child.

If there is suspected abuse or neglect, or a claim of abuse or neglect, taking place within an Outdoors for All program, or with a participant who is involved in an Outdoors for All program, Outdoors for All has a legal and ethical responsibility to report such suspensions or claims to the appropriate authorities and/or support investigations into such claims of abuse or neglect.

During an investigation, Outdoors for All may limit the participation of individuals involved in the claim. Outdoors for All does not have an obligation to share the details of an investigation with those involved in the claim, to protect privacy and prevent retaliation of those involved.

Staff and volunteers complete yearly training on abuse and neglect prevention and
reporting practices within Washington State.

 

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

SKIHAWKS RACE COACH

Position:

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding (Stand only), and Cross-Country Skiing

Summary:

Coach participants with disabilities during SKIHAWKS programs

Responsible to:

Program Staff

Locations:

Summit at Snoqualmie (Wednesday Nights or Saturdays)

Commitment:

Full Time (7-week series on Wednesdays. 6-week series on Saturday) or Part Time (minimum of 3 program days)

Benefits:

Full Time: Eligible for discounted season pass and prodeals
Part Time: Daily lift ticket (for same day you volunteer) and prodeals

About:

SKIHAWKS is a Special Olympics racing team that provides training and racing opportunities for athletes with developmental or intellectual disabilities. SKIHAWKS coaches assist with winter sports training and competitions, which enhances athletes’ lives by building self-esteem, confidence and independence.

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide a safe, fun, positive and informative learning experience for participants.
  2. Complete participant progress reports and make recommendations for participant’s performance.
  3. For instructional activities, utilize a lesson plan or outline.
  4. Coach participants to set goals for the season and for each lesson; support the participant to achieve their racing goal(s).
  5. Conduct and follow emergency procedures when required.
  6. Complete incident reports when necessary.
  7. Participate in pre-activity meeting with assigned Lead Volunteer or Program Staff.
  8. Report absent participant(s) to staff lead.
  9. Assist with recruiting and retaining other volunteers and participants.
  10. Ensure participants unload and load to their assigned bus/van.
  11. Participate in a minimum of two in-season clinics (strongly encouraged).
  12. There may be additional commitments outside of the Outdoors for All season

Qualifications:

  1. Age requirement: 14 years or older
  2. Must be in your second year or more of volunteering in Outdoors for All Winter programs for Wednesday nights only. Saturdays downhill and Nordic can be first year.
  3. Intermediate ability level or higher in the recreational activity.
  4. Relevant certifications desirable (PSIA, AASI).
  5. Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities, skill levels, and disabilities.
  6. Knowledge regarding people with disabilities and recreational activities.
  7. Leadership, communication, motivation, teaching, mentoring, and people skills.
  8. Ability to commit to all responsibilities and expectations.
  9. Have a positive attitude.

SKIHAWKS RACE CREW

Position:

SKIHAWKS Race Crew

Summary:

Assist set up and break down of SKIHAWKS programs

Responsible to:

Program Staff

Locations:

Summit at Snoqualmie (Wednesday Nights or Saturdays)

Commitment:

Full Time (7-week series on Wednesday, 6-week series on Saturday) or Part Time (minimum of 3 program days)

Benefits:

Full Time: Eligible for discounted season pass and prodeals
Part Time: Daily lift ticket (for same day you volunteer) and prodeals

About:

SKIHAWKS is a Special Olympics racing team that provides training and racing opportunities for athletes with developmental or intellectual disabilities. SKIHAWKS coaches (downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country ski) assist with winter sports training and competitions, which enhances athletes’ lives by building self-esteem, confidence and independence.

Responsibilities:

  1. Duties include hauling gates, banners and drills, shoveling, helping set and maintain the course and safety banner, and breaking down the course at the end of the day.

Qualifications:

  1. Age requirement: 14 years or older for Crew
  2. Must be at least an intermediate level skier/rider and be able to ski/ride while carrying heavy equipment
  3. Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities, skill levels, and disabilities.
  4. Knowledge regarding people with disabilities and recreational activities.
  5. Leadership, communication, motivation, teaching, mentoring, and people skills.
  6. Ability to commit to all responsibilities and expectations.
  7. Have a positive attitude.

VEHICLE CHAPERONE

Job Title: Vehicle Chaperone

  • If you would like to be an on-call chaperone, sign-up for a full-time shift and email volunteer@outdoorsforall.org indicating your preference. 

Job Summary: To ensure that participants remain safe during transportation to Outdoors for All sponsored activities and to assist with emergencies should they occur. 

Responsible to: Program Staff

Benefits:

  • Full-time and Part-Time volunteers: will receive a lift ticket for each day of volunteering and prodeals

Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise passengers at all times in transit, and at pick-up/drop-off points.
  2. Take attendance at each pick-up point
  3. Allow passengers to leave vehicle only when scheduled, or during an emergency.
  4. Keep passengers in vehicle until authorized Outdoors for All Program Staff or volunteers meet them.
  5. Maintain passenger safety including first aid service, if necessary.
  6. Ensure that passengers use restrooms prior to vehicle departure (when available)
  7. Report concerns/behavior problems/safety issue to Staff Lead in timely fashion. Using a cell phone, maintain communication with Program Staff
  8. Using a cell phone, maintain communication with participants/parents/caregivers/group home staff, if arrival at drop-off points is more than 15 minutes behind schedule.
  9. Complete incident reports as required and submit to Outdoors for All office in a timely fashion.
  10. After vehicles are empty, remove all garbage and lost & found items.

Qualifications:

  1. Age requirement: 21 years or older
  2. Ability to facilitate a safe, fun, positive environment to Outdoors for All sponsored activities.
  3. Ability to work with a wide variety of people, disabilities, skill levels, and personalities.
  4. Ability to commit to all responsibilities and expectations noted above.
  5. Have a positive attitude.
  6. Ability to handle anger, stress, and/or conflict in a positive fashion.
  7. First aid and CPR certification required.

Other Expectations:

  1. Complete required in-person and virtual trainings.
  2. Attendance and punctuality for all scheduled work.
  3. Ability to commit to all responsibilities and expectations noted above.
  4. No use or working under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance(s).

 

WINTER PROGRAMS

SUMMIT SKIHAWKS WEDNESDAYS

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Use the volunteer training reference form to view which trainings are required. Or check out our Volunteer Training page. 

20-30 minutes of winter training videos will be sent to volunteers in November. This will be required viewing before on-mountain training. 

20-30 minutes of winter training videos will be sent to volunteers in November. This will be required viewing before on-mountain training. 

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New Volunteers (Downhill)

2nd Year Volunteers (Downhill)

3rd+ Year Volunteers (Downhill)

Skihawks Race Crew


SUMMIT SKIHAWKS SATURDAYS

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Use the volunteer training reference form to view which trainings are required. Or check out our Volunteer Training page. 

20-30 minutes of winter training videos will be sent to volunteers in November. This will be required viewing before on-mountain training. 


SUMMIT SKIHAWKS NORDIC SATURDAYS

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Use the volunteer training reference form to view which trainings are required. Or check out our Volunteer Training page.  


SUMMIT SKIHAWKS SNOWSHOE SATURDAYS

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Use the volunteer training reference form to view which trainings are required. Or check out our Volunteer Training page. 


FAQ

What are your COVID-19 Policies?

Masks are encouraged, but not required. 

 

What if I can’t attend all required trainings?

Please indicate which days you will miss on your registration form and also email volunteer@outdoorsforall.org. You must make-up all missed trainings during the season by attending in-season clinics. More info about in-season clinics coming soon. 

 

What if I miss a day of volunteering?

You must make up missed volunteer days by either volunteering for a Custom Event or another program day. Failure to do so may result in you being charged full price for a season’s pass if you purchased one through Outdoors for All. 

 

How can I get a discounted seasons pass to The Summit at Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass? 

All full-time volunteers who commit to all 7 program days are eligible for a discounted seasons pass at the mountain they volunteer at. Volunteers must also complete their required virtual training. Instructions on how to purchase a discounted seasons pass will be sent to full-time volunteers. Full-time volunteers are not required to purchase a seasons pass. 

Summit at Snoqualmie: $149 plus tax 

Stevens Pass: $249 plus tax

 

How do I receive pro deals? 

Full time and part-time volunteers who commit to this Winter season are eligible for prodeals through ExpertVoice. 

Please follow these instructions. 

 

Which trainings do I need to take? 

Use the volunteer training reference form to view which in-person trainings are required. Or check out our Volunteer Training page. If you are still unsure, please email volunteer@outdoorsforall.org

Virtual Training requirements are listed on the “Virtual Training” tab of each dropdown menu.

 

Are you accepting new volunteers? 

Yes! We are so excited to connect with new volunteers and look forward to seeing several new faces while sliding on the snow.  

 

Are there other ways to get involved? 

Absolutely! If winter sports aren’t your thing, but still want to volunteer this winter please let us know by emailing volunteer@outdoorsforall.org. 


 

CONTINUED EDUCATION

PSIA ALPINE LEVEL 1

Outdoors for All is offering in-house clinics and an exam for volunteers pursuing their Level 1 PSIA certification. The training will be open to a limited number of participants. Selection will be based on a short application process and selected by Outdoors for All staff.

To apply, please submit our online application form.

All of the information regarding PSIA Certification can be found here: https://www.psia-nw.org/education/alpine/. The checklist below is to help you navigate and track towards the exam process through clinics and teaching with Outdoors for All.  Please ensure that you have adequate time to complete these steps taking into consideration your timeline and exam date.

EXAM CHECKLIST

  • JOIN PSIA / AASI – BECOME A MEMBER (Member fees: approximately $121 / year)

Online at:  https://www.psia-nw.org/membership/new-member/

  • ATTEND ALL IN-SEASON TRAININGS (*If you cannot attend all training clinics please inquire about a divisional exam)
    • TRAINING DATES: January 4th, January 11th, January 18th, and January 25th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Makeup day is February 8th. 
    • EXAM DATE: March 18th or 19th at The Summit at Snoqualmie for a full day. Mock exam will be on February 15th 7 PM – 9 PM
  • COMPLETE THE E-LEARNING COURSE – Free:
    • Must be done 2 weeks prior to the on-snow exam.
    • Link will be emailed out to individuals taking the exam
  • PASS THE ONLINE PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE EXAM – $10.00
    • Level 1 MUST be completed 2 Weeks Prior to Exam Registration
    • Link will be emailed out to individuals taking the exam

MANUALS NEEDED FOR ONLINE EXAM:

Alpine Level 1 – Alpine Technical Manual & Core Concepts / Teaching Snowsports

*Some manuals are available at the Outdoors for All office to borrow or make copies.

  • SUBMIT ONLINE TEST RESULTS TO OUTDOORS FOR ALL TRAINER/EXAMINER
  • Email John Stevenson (email address below)
  • REGISTER FOR ON SNOW EXAM (2 weeks prior to exam) – Price TBD

 

Important Dates

December 13th – Applications close

December 16th – Decisions made and notification sent to accepted volunteers

January 4th – First day of training

March 18th or 19th – Exam Date

 

QUESTION CONTACT INFO

PSIA / AASI: PSIA-NW Membership Services – (206) 244-8541 – info@psia-nw.org

EXAMINER & TRAINER: John Stevenson johnericstevenson@gmail.com

Outdoors for All Manager: Tisha Achorn tishaa@outdoorsforall.org

PSIA ADAPTIVE LEVEL 1 - MONO/BI

Outdoors for All is encouraging volunteer instructors to pursue their PSIA Adaptive Bi/Mono Level 1 certification this winter. We will be offering some clinics on Wednesday evening at the Summit at Snoqualmie to help volunteers prepare for this. The training will be open to limited participants.

To apply, please submit our online application form.

Applications will close December 13th 

All of the information regarding PSIA Certification can be found here: https://www.psia-nw.org/education/adaptive/. For exam purposes, PSIA-NW divides disability diagnosis into three (3) specialty categories, or “modules”. This year we are focusing on Mono/Bi.

  • Mono/Bi – Sit down skiers

Candidates are expected to teach mono-ski and bi-ski students (fixed and handheld outriggers) through the Beginner/Novice Zone. Candidates are expected to tether a bi-ski with fixed outriggers on groomed green terrain. Candidates are not expected to ski independently, or to independently load the chairlift, in any of the sit down equipment.

 

EXAM CHECKLIST: The below checklist is to help you navigate and track towards the exam process through clinics and teaching with Outdoors for All.  Please ensure that you have adequate time to complete these steps taking into consideration your timeline and exam date.

  • PREREQUISITE:
    • Must have your Alpine Level 1 certification before attending the Adaptive Level 1 exam
  • ATTEND IN-SEASON TRAININGS
    • TRAINING DATES: January 11th, January 18th, January 25th, February 1st from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Makeup day is February 8th . 
    • EXAM DATE:  March 18 or 19 at The Summit at Snoqualmie for a full day.
  • PASS THE ONLINE WRITTEN EXAM: $10.00
    • To sign-up for the online written exam, visit the Events Calendar and click on Online Exams.
    • After registration, you will receive a link to take your online written exam. You must successfully complete (75% or higher) the online written exam one month (30 days) prior to taking any on snow module
  • DEVELOPMENT LOG:
    • Candidates for Level I Adaptive Alpine must complete a Development Log (found on the adaptive certification page) prior to the on snow exam.

ADAPTIVE RECOMMEND RESOURCES:

*Some manuals are available at the Outdoors for All office to borrow or make copies.

For more information, contact:

Tisha Achorn, Outdoors for All Training Manager, at tishaa@outdoorsforall.org