Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

FAQ

Can my group/corporate group participate in a WRV Project?
I’m injured or otherwise unable to work on a project crew. Are there other ways to volunteer with WRV?
When will I receive project details?
Is transportation to projects provided?
How do I find out who the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL) for my project is?
Can I complete community service hours with WRV?
I have a potential project idea for WRV. How can I let WRV know?
When does the project schedule for next season come out?
Can I purchase WRV merchandise?
What’s with all of the acronyms?
How did WRV get started?
What skills do I need to volunteer?
How do I register for a project?
How do I register a group for a project?
How do I get to an event?
How physically challenging is the project work?
Are children welcome?
What is a ‘family friendly’ project?
My child is below the minimum age. Can they still come?
What is a youth service learning day camp?
Can I bring my dog?
What does it cost to volunteer on a project?
Do you offer training?
Are there training fees?
What do the training fees cover?
How do I qualify for a discount?
What if I’m not a current member or volunteer and I want to get the discount?
Do you offer scholarships?
What is your cancellation policy for fee-based trainings and other events?
Is my volunteer work tax-deductible?
What is WRV’s employer identification number (Federal Tax ID)?
How do you fund your projects?
Can I volunteer in the office?
General Contest Guidelines
Harassment Policy
Smoking Policy
Quite Hours Policy
Alcohol Policy
Illegal Substances Policy

Can my group/corporate group participate in a WRV Project?

Yes. Please see Corporate Groups for details and fill our our group project form.

I’m injured or otherwise unable to work on a project crew. Are there other ways to volunteer with WRV?

Yes. Depending on your capabilities, there are often roles such as greeter, photographer, cook, etc. that are less physically demanding on a project. We also have in-office opportunities for volunteers. Please email us info@wlrv.org and we can let you know what opportunities are available.

When will I receive project details?

You should receive project details five-seven days before the start date of your project. If you have not received details within five days of your project, check the spam or junk folder of your inbox. If you still cannot find your project details, email your WRV Staff Liaison (WSL), or info@wlrv.org.

Is transportation to projects provided?

Generally, we do not provide transportation to projects. However, in your project details you will find a link to our carpool forum and the password for your project. Please post on the forum site if you need or can offer a ride.

How do I find out who the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL) for my project is?

Your WSL will email you five-seven days before the project with project details. If you must contact your WSL before that time, email info@wlrv.org to get connected.

Can I complete community service hours with WRV?

Yes, we are happy to sign off on your community service hours. Please let WRV staff know in advance of the project if you will be completing community service hours with us by emailing your WSL directly or info@wlrv.org. If your community service hours are court-mandated, please bring your community service log, a government issued ID, and the contact information of your court supervisor.

I have a potential project idea for WRV. How can I let WRV know?

We send out project forms to agency contacts, partners, etc. every fall. If you would like to receive a project form, let us know and we will send one to you. Check Tell Us About Your Project for details.

When does the project schedule for next season come out?

We build our project schedule during the winter. Check in around February for the completed schedule and the opportunity to register. If you are a volunteer who receives emails, check your inbox around that time. If you are a member, we will send you our complete project schedule and registration links a week before we send out to the general public.

Can I purchase WRV merchandise?

Yes. Stop by our Boulder or Fort Collins offices for official WRV merchandise. We also try to bring merchandise to all social events, and some project events.

What’s with all the acronyms?

We use a variety of acronyms for many of our leadership roles on projects:

  • WSL: WRV Staff Liaison – The staff lead on any given project or training
  • PL: Project Leader – The staff member or volunteer managing a project
  • CL: Crew Leader – Volunteers or staff trained in leading crews of volunteers on projects
  • TA: Technical Advisor – Volunteer or staff responsible for the technical restoration planning and logistics of a restoration project
  • TM: Tool Manager – Volunteer or staff member trained in managing the tools, kitchen gear, and vehicles associated with a project
  • LC: Lead Cook – Volunteer or staff responsible for all meal planning and preparation on a project
  • CTM: Cook Team Member – Volunteer or staff assisting the Lead Cook with meal planning and preparation

For leadership training information, check out our training schedule.

How did WRV get started?

Please see our Milestones section under About Us.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

For most events you need some degree of eye-hand coordination. Seriously, we provide any orientation and training you will need, unless we advertise for specific skills. We take special pride in helping newcomers learn the ropes so they can make a real contribution from the get-go.

How do I register for a project?

Click here to see our project schedule. Click “Register for this project” for the projects that interest you. For a step-by-step how-to, click here. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Full details about what to bring and where to meet are sent five-seven days prior to each event.

How do I register a group for a project?

We welcome groups to attend most projects. If you wish to bring family members, just bump up the “number attending” when you register. If you wish to bring friends or organize a group of colleagues, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411. We will add a group registration, and you can have your individual group members then sign up under that group name.

How do I get to an event?

Transportation is usually not arranged by WRV except when necessary to get volunteers from a gathering point to a work area. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to the designated gathering point. However, for many events, we offer an opportunity for volunteers to arrange carpools with others attending the same event. Even better, invite a friend with wheels to register!

How physically challenging is the project work?

It varies, but most events can accommodate a wide range of abilities. Project descriptions will include this kind of information. Generally, the high country trail projects are the most strenuous and our seed collection projects are least strenuous. And, there is plenty in between. We need people to help with event management and cooking, which might suit you if you like to get out but prefer not to do too much physical labor.

Are children welcome?

We try whenever possible to include children. The minimum age varies from project to project according to the difficulty and safety issues. On most projects, children in small numbers can be accommodated. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an authorized adult whose primary responsibility is their supervision.

What is a ‘Family Friendly’ project?

The “Family Friendly” designation is used to indicate projects where children under the age of 12 are permitted to participate in the restoration work along with a parent or guardian. These projects tend to be safer and easier than other projects, but may still involve camping or full-day events. However, project days can be long for young children, so “tag-teaming” is always recommended when bringing children ages 8 and under. “Tag-teaming” means that children come with two parents/adults that can take turns supervising the children and participating in the restoration work. We find that this creates the best project experience for both children and adults. If you have questions or concerns about bringing a child to a particular Family Friendly project, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411.

My child is below the minimum age. Can they still come?

Most WRV projects have a stated minimum age. This indicates approximately the youngest child we anticipate can readily complete the work tasks involved in this project. This minimum age also takes into account other factors such as weather exposure and difficulty of access to the work site. Every child is unique, with different propensities for outdoor work and general hardiness out in the elements. If parents are willing to tag team, so at least one person can focus on the needs of the child, and the parents are comfortable in the outdoor setting of the project, then there is a very good chance you can bring a child who is younger than our stated minimum age and have a fantastic experience. Please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411 to discuss how we can accommodate the needs of your family. We love having family participation! For more information, see the FAQ above about “Family Friendly projects.”

What is a Youth Service Learning Day Camp?

Youth educational day camps are sometimes, but not always, held in conjunction with family friendly projects, and if so, will be listed at the bottom of the project description with an age-range on the WRV website. Day camps provide opportunities for children to participate in age-appropriate environmental activities and service while adults and teens volunteer on the larger project at the same location. Participation in these camps requires separate registration from the larger volunteer project, so check the project description for specific instructions on who to contact.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, no. We have nothing against pets. It’s just that pets can become a safety risk as well as a negative impact to wildlife and vegetation in the areas where we work.

What does it cost to volunteer on a project?

Your own transportation, a good pair of work gloves and shoes, and food that the event does not provide are your obligations. There are no fees.

Do you offer training?

Yes, WRV offers a wide variety of leadership and skill trainings. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming trainings.

Are there training fees?

Some trainings are free while others have fees. We offer a discounted price to current members and current volunteers.

What do the training fees cover?

Our training fees cover materials, food (if provided), professional trainers’ time and often rental of space. We have worked hard to make these fees bare bones so that all may attend.

How do I qualify for a discount?

To qualify for a discount on a WRV event, you need to be a “current” volunteer or member. If you became a member in the last 12 months or renewed your membership, or volunteered on two projects in the past two years, you are eligible for the member/volunteer discounted pricing.

What if I’m not a current member or volunteer and I want to get the discount?

You can become a member now, then return to complete your registration for the fee-based event or training. Or you will receive the discount if you have attended two full-day projects in the last year. Finally, after attending two full-day projects this year, you can contact WRV for a refund of the difference between the price and the discounted price.

Do you offer scholarships?

Limited scholarships are available for WRV volunteers. Contact WRV at 303-543-1411 or info@wlrv.org for more information.

What is your cancellation policy for fee-based trainings and other events?

If you need to cancel a registration for a fee-based event, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411.

  • If you cancel more than 14 days prior to an event, 50% of the fee will be refunded to you.
  • If you cancel within the 14 day period prior to an event, we cannot provide a refund.
  • If you register WITHIN the the two weeks prior to the event, and then cancel, we cannot provide a refund.

The portion of your fee we keep will be considered a tax-deductible donation.

Is my volunteer work tax-deductible?

Mileage and material costs are federally tax-deductible, but donated labor is not.

What is WRV’s employer identification number (Federal Tax ID)?

46-0505155. This number is needed for some donations such as putting WRV in a will.

How do you fund your projects?

WRV obtains funding from a wide variety of sources, including foundation and government grants, fees for services, corporate donations, individual donations, and memberships. WRV appreciates our many Sponsors and Partners.

Can I volunteer in the office?

Yes, there is plenty to do in the office to support our projects and programs. Office volunteer positions and occasional internships are available. We’d love to discuss these opportunities with you.

General Contest Guidelines

General Contesting Rules
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) conducts its contests as described in these general contesting rules. By participating, each participant agrees as follows:

  • Prize(s). The prize(s) that may be awarded to the eligible winner(s) are not transferable, redeemable for cash or exchangeable for any other prize. All prizes must be redeemed within thirty (30) days of the contest end date unless otherwise stated in the contest’s official rules. If a winner cannot be contacted or is disqualified for any reason, the WRV reserves the right to determine an alternate winner or not to award that winner’s prize, in its sole discretion.
  • Eligibility and Limitations. Employees of WRV, WRV board members and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.
  • Release. By participating in the Contest, each participant and winner waives any and all claims of liability against the WRV, its employees and agents, the Contest’s sponsors and their respective employees and agents, for any personal injury or loss which may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the Contest, or from the use of any prize.

 

Harassment Policy

  1. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) values all people and believes all people can become stewards of their natural environment. We believe the stewardship community is strengthened and improved by the participation and contributions of people with a diverse range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.
  2. In our dealings with volunteers, employees, applicants for employment and all other constituencies, WRV is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all qualified individuals based on individual merit and capability. We do not discriminate against applicants, employees, volunteers or any other constituents on the basis of race, disability, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
  3. This policy applies to all activities of WRV.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is discouraged at all WRV activities. WRV shall affirmatively enforce smoking restrictions where smoking is not permitted by law, or restricted by fire bans. WRV project smokers should exercise due care to extinguish smoking materials safely and should avoid annoying other participants with second hand smoke.

Quiet Hours

Overnight projects are a treasured opportunity to socialize with new and old friends in a beautiful outdoor environment. Many volunteers, however, want to go to bed early to be ready for the next day’s hard work. WRV asks that all project participants be considerate of other project participants and keep noise levels down in the evening and early morning. From 10:00 pm to 6:00 a.m., project participants are asked to avoid making any unnecessary noise that will carry to sleeping areas.

Alcohol Policy

  • Alcohol may be provided on some projects by WRV. On overnight projects, participants are allowed to bring their own alcohol, contingent on this being acceptable to the applicable land management agency. If alcohol is going to be served at a project, other non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Drinking is allowed only after work is complete for the day. If project participants consume alcohol, they are requested to drink moderately and responsibly to avoid illness and injury, and as a courtesy to other volunteers.
  • WRV project participants are reminded that under section 12-47-901(1) Colorado Revised Statutes, it is unlawful for any person: (a) To sell, serve, give away, dispose of, exchange, or deliver, or permit the sale, serving, giving, or procuring of, any alcohol beverage to a visibly intoxicated person or to a known habitual drunkard; (a.5) (I) To sell, serve, give away, dispose of, exchange, or deliver or permit the sale, serving, giving, or procuring of any alcohol beverage to or for any person under the age of twenty-one years.
  • Underage drinking is not permitted. If alcohol is going to be served at a project, to the extent possible, notice will be given to any youth groups planning to attend the project. WRV leadership shall take affirmative actions to prevent consumption of alcohol by minors on WRV activities.
  • If WRV holds a function at which it intends to sell alcohol by the drink, it will procure an appropriate license as required by applicable law.

 

Illegal Substances Policy

Illegal substances are not permitted on WRV projects. Marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law.