Wildlands Restoration Volunteers


Become a WRV volunteer leader! Help manage projects, be a technical advisor, lead a crew, design restoration solutions, cook, manage tools, or help us with your first aid or photography skills.

Bring your skills with you or learn with us. WRV offers leadership and technical training, feedback and skill enhancement programs, and mentoring by experienced leaders. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. The desire to be a leader is the only requirement.

Training Schedule

Leader Resources Area

Youth Leadership


WRV Leader Roles


Project Leader

The Project Leader ensures that all aspects of a project are taken care of prior to and during the project. The Project Leader works with the project leadership team, agency staff and WRV staff, but he or she is the single person with the comprehensive “big picture” view of the project. The Project Leader leads and facilitates a team of volunteer leaders to ensure project completion and an outstanding volunteer experience. A good Project Leader takes full advantage of the talents of the entire project team to see the work gets done. More info

Technical Advisor

The Technical Advisor is a bridge between WRV and the land management agency for the technical aspects of the project. The Technical Advisor works with the agency to create or clarify the project’s technical goals, creates a work plan, and communicates the technical needs to the crew leaders. More info

Lead Cook

The Lead Cook is the designer and driver behind the camp setup, menu creation, meals, meal cleanup, and food-related support for volunteers on a project. The Lead Cook works with the project leadership and cook team members to create a healthy menu that fits the budget, number of helping hands, meat and vegetarian needs, and food safety requirements. More info

Tool Manager

Tool managers are responsible for selecting, organizing, transporting, and managing tools and equipment for projects and returning them to WRV clean and organized. More info

Crew Leader

Crew Leaders motivate, guide, and instruct volunteers in effective, safe and enjoyable ecological restoration projects. WRV provides the training for each Crew Leader to fulfill our mission to heal the land and build community. More info


Related Leadership Roles


Leadership Assistants

WRV often needs leadership assistants, most often assistant project leaders and assistant technical advisers. Assistant positions are a great way to try out a leadership role and learn by doing. Each leader and their assistant work out the division of effort for each project.

Volunteers with Medical Training

Our volunteers include those with certified training in first aid, first responders, EMTs, RNs, doctors, and others. WRV (or the land management agency) provides stocked medical kits, the risk assessment and emergency response plan, and radios for quick response in the event of an incident.


Photographers and videographers document the techniques employed, the progress of the work, and the joy and satisfaction of the volunteers. The photos are used by the WRV staff to document every project.

Project Hosts/Greeters

The project host greets volunteers at the check-in table and helps say thank you and goodbye to them at the end of the project. A project host might also be the trail host, educating the public about the volunteers’ work that day. The project leader selects the project host (if any) for a given project.

Agency Contact

During a project, the agency contact is the primary point of contact with the sponsor agency. The Agency Contact is normally a staff person employed by the sponsoring agency. The Agency Contact communicates the desires of agency to the project team, negotiates the project scope, and coordinates the provision of agency services necessary for the implementation of the project. More info

WRV Staff Liaison

The WRV Staff Liaison (WSL, pronounced “whistle”) is a staff position. On each project, the WSL supports the project leader and project team so they have a positive and successful volunteer experience that contributes to WRV’s organizational mission and goals.