It takes a team to make our programs work. For every participant, we need a minimum of one volunteer in addition to our staff instructors. Volunteers are needed for both summer and winter seasons. No prior experience is necessary. If you think you may be interested in becoming a volunteer, please review the information below and then fill out our Volunteer Application online.
To be considered for any of the following positions, you must like to work in a team environment, and be interested in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities by providing outdoor adventure activities. All instructors must be at least 18 years of age. Base Area and Field Assistants must be at least 16 years of age.
Instructors and Guides: Instructors and guides are selected by the Executive Director based on a combination of knowledge, skills, and experience in specific activities offered by the CCASC. In-house certifications are required along with a letter of reference and resume. Additional certifications may be required from other organizations such as PSIA, AMGA, ACA, and ARC/AHA. All instructors/guides need to acquire CPR and first aid certifications from a nationally recognized source.
Winter Field Assistant: As a Winter Field Assistant, you will put on a pair of skis or snowshoes in order to assist an instructor and participant in a lesson. Loading sit-skis onto the chairlift, taking photos, and acting as a “sweep” for your participant on the mountain are common duties of a Winter Field Assistant. Winter Field Assistants are invited and encouraged to attend instructor-led clinics provided throughout the season in order to improve their own skills.
Winter Base Area/ Office Assistants: Base Area Assistants helps staff the desk in the front office. Answering the phone, providing guests with information, ensuring that participant documents are completed and organized, and becoming knowledgeable of general day-to-day procedures are common tasks performed by the Base Area Assistant. In addition to working in the front office, Base Area Assistants may become involved with field activities in the base area.
Summer Field Assistant: Summer Field Assistants provide support to the instructors and guides with activities such as hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, and kayaking. Helping to set up camp, prepare participants and equipment for activities, and assisting with transfers are common duties of a Summer Field Assistant. Summer Field Assistants are invited and encouraged to attend instructor-led clinics provided throughout the season in order to improve their own skills.
Summer Office Assistant: Summer Office Assistants will help us with ongoing upkeep of our participant documentation and schedule. In addition to working in our Shaver Lake office, Summer Office Assistants may become involved with logistics for summer program operations.
Fundraising: We always need help raising funds and collecting items for our silent auctions and raffles. This task can be performed from anywhere!
Event Support: CCASC fundraising events such as “7 Hours on the Razor” and “An Evening in the Sierra” occur throughout the year. Volunteers are essential to the success of these events. Working with the Events Coordinator, common tasks include registration, event set-up, monitoring silent auctions, course marshaling, distributing food and drink, disseminating information, and staffing the CCASC booth.
If you are signed up to help on a volunteer workday, please refer to our volunteer workday checklist for recommended personal gear.