Volunteering is a vital component of our organization. Volunteers make it possible for us to achieve more work with our limited field staff, and volunteer hours help to pay off grants with matching funds for hours worked. Volunteering your time to work on a trail will give you an empowering sense of respect and ownership for the trail, and you will be reminded of that experience every time you use it.
For volunteer opportunities please check our volunteer and event calendar, or view or social media feed on our Home Page. To RSVP, please email Madeline Logowitz (email@example.com). Link to email.
Volunteering in the Age of COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, we have new protocols in place to safeguard our crew members and our volunteers.
Please, if you have had any symptoms related to COVID-19 during the last 14 days, do not volunteer at this time. Please see this questionnaire for a list of symptoms and considerations:
New requirements for volunteers:
• RSVP: Please let us know that you’re coming so that we can make sure that our group size does not exceed 10 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• All volunteers will be asked to drive personal vehicles to the identified meeting location.:
• Practice Social Distancing: Please keep a minimum of 6 ft between yourself and others at the worksite. This should be easy given that everyone will be working primarily on their own project near the group.
• Wear a Facemask: Volunteers are required to have a mask with them and to wear it when a minimum of 6 ft of social distancing cannot be attained.
• Use Assigned Tools: At the beginning of the work day, you will be assigned a set of tools for the day’s project. You will be asked to only use the tools assigned to you and not share with any of the crew. If a different tool is needed, the crew will be in possession of sanitation items to clean the tool before it is transferred.
• Volunteer Teams Encouraged: If someone in your household unit is also interested in volunteering, consider coming as a 2-person team. Some projects, such as rock-work, require two people working in close proximity to one another. Creative team names are encouraged.
What To Bring & Wear for Volunteering
Our trail projects involve hiking, lifting rocks and logs, and using hand tools to dig, move, and sculpt soil. Be prepared to get dirty! Volunteers are welcome to help for either a half day or full day.
What To Wear
- Work gloves
- Close-toed shoes that are comfortable for hiking
- Long pants
- T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt
- Jackets and layers for changing weather conditions. Temperatures and wind change quickly, and the desert can be cold.
- Sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen)
What To Bring
- Facemask and hand sanitizer
- Day pack
- 2 Liters (or more) of water
- Lunch (if necessary)
Grand County Trails is committed to educating volunteers about stewardship in the desert environment. Please visit our Education page to learn more.