If you don’t find an answer in our Frequently Asked Questions below, please email email@example.com or call us at (303) 543-1411 x1 weekdays.
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What do I need to know about volunteering with WRV? (Includes any COVID updates) – PLEASE READ
How do I register for an event?
Should I join a WAITLIST?
What skills do I need to volunteer?
How physically challenging is the project work?
How do I sign my waiver?
When will I receive project details?
Is transportation provided?
Who will I be working with?
Can I leave a volunteer project early?
Is transportation provided?
Can I bring my dog?
Can I complete community service hours with WRV?
What does it cost to volunteer on a project?
I’m injured or otherwise unable to work on a project crew. Are there other ways to volunteer with WRV?
Can I volunteer in the office?
Do you offer internships?
How does WRV keep volunteers safe during wildfires?
Do you offer training?
Are there training fees?
What do the training fees cover?
How do I qualify for a discount?
Do you offer scholarships?
What is your cancellation policy for fee-based trainings and other events?
How did WRV get started?
What’s with all of the acronyms?
Can I purchase WRV merchandise?
When does the project schedule for next season come out?
I have a potential project idea for WRV. How can I let WRV know?
PREPARING FOR YOUR EVENT
WHAT TO BRING
For ONE-DAY events, download this checklist or watch this short video on what to bring:
For OVERNIGHT events, download the camping checklist or watch this short video on what to bring. Important points are to bring your own lunches, snacks, and camping equipment. We encourage volunteers to review these Leave No Trace camping principles. If you need to borrow camping equipment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior (supplies limited).
DURING YOUR EVENT
AFTER YOUR EVENT
Visit the WRV Calendar to find an event that interests you. You can use the Slots Remaining filter to display only those events that currently have openings. Use the colored buttons to explore all our restoration program areas and training opportunities. Use the lower search tags to view events by region or physical effort, or to view overnight camping trips and social events. Switch between list and monthly views using the icons at lower right. Find an event and click “Sign Up,” after which you’ll need to create an account or be signed in. If your event allows registration by more than one person at a time it will prompt you for the number of volunteers. You’ll also need to sign an annual waiver. Need more help? View step-by-step instructions on registering. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Full details about what to bring and where to meet are sent 5-7 days prior to each event.
You can also qualify to access reserved spots by training to be a volunteer leader to fill Leader Openings. Volunteers with first aid training are always needed (email your WFA, WFR, EMT or higher certification to email@example.com). Note: if you have qualified for a skilled or leadership role, you have to be signed in in order to view those openings on the calendar.
WRV events are in high demand, but we encourage you to join waitlists for projects you are interested in. Some spots are held for groups or volunteer leader trainees, which if not filled are released 1-3 weeks before each event. We also ask everyone to cancel ASAP if plans change under My Schedule. The next person on the waitlist instantly gets their registration confirmation (cut-off is 12 hrs before day projects & 24 hrs before overnights). For this reason, we ask that you please stay on top of your waitlist sign-ups and cancel if you make other plans so we can skip right to the next person in line!
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.
The level of effort required varies, but most events can accommodate a 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.
Volunteers need to sign an annual waiver. When you register for a project, you will have to agree to the waiver electronically before you can complete your registration. You can also download your waiver, print, sign and bring it with you (required for volunteers under 18). You can view your signed waivers in your account.
You should receive project details five to 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 the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL) for your project, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-543-1411 ext. 1 during business hours.
Generally, we do not provide transportation to projects. However, when you sign up for a project, you will have the option to sign up to carpool. If you do, we’ll share your basic contact information with other volunteers on your project who also want to carpool. You are responsible for contacting them to arrange a ride. Even better, invite a friend with wheels to register!
As a volunteer crew member, you will work as part of a group of 4-8 other people. Volunteers are a mix of veterans and first-timers with a variety of ages and backgrounds, all coming together with a common interest in making a difference. Your crew will be led be a trained Crew Leader. Depending on the project, your Crew Leader will be assisted by various other volunteer leader roles, as well as a WRV staff liaison (WSL or “whistle”) to make sure you have everything you need.
At the beginning of the day, Crew Leaders are introduced and information shared on any differences in the type of work crews will be doing. We then leave it to volunteers to self-select into crews. In some cases, we may ask volunteers to re-distribute between crews in order to even out numbers or to match the tasks at hand. You can always volunteer alongside others you came with, and if for any reason you do not want to volunteer with certain individuals or a particular crew you always have the right to switch to another crew — just let a volunteer leader or your WSL know and we’ll facilitate that for you!
When you sign up for a project, we ask that you please plan to participate for the entire time listed. If there is a possibility to participate for only part of the time (for example, attending only one day on certain multi-day projects), then that option will be clearly listed. Otherwise, please understand that leaving early can negatively impact group morale as well as our ability to accomplish our scope of work for the day. Therefore we highly discourage leaving early for reasons other than health or safety. We do sometimes end a bit early, either because all the work has been accomplished or due to weather conditions, but otherwise please do plan to attend the entire time.
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.
Yes, we are happy to sign off on your community service hours. 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 and your WRV Staff Liaison will sign your form.
There are no fees to volunteer.
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 email@example.com and we can let you know what opportunities are available.
Yes, there is plenty to do in the office to support our projects and programs. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-543-1411 ext. 1. We’d love to discuss these opportunities with you!
Yes. For more information on internships, please visit our Staff and Jobs page.
WRV monitors all wildfire activity in season on a daily basis. Any modifications will be shared with those registered for each event. You can view maps of current fire activity and current air quality and smoke. In general, WRV events will continue to run as scheduled when air quality is Good (Green), Moderate (Yellow), or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange). WRV events will be cancelled when air quality becomes Unhealthy (Red), Very Unhealthy (Purple), or Hazardous (Dark Purple). We recognize that individual tolerance to smoke varies, therefore if you decide not to come due to conditions please just let us know with as much notice as possible by cancelling under My Schedule, emailing email@example.com or calling (303) 543-1411 x1. Thank you!
Yes. Please see Corporate Groups for details and fill our our group project form.
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 contact Amy Ansari at 303-543-1411 ext. 104 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add a group registration, and you can have your individual group members then sign up under that group name.
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.
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 x1.
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 x109 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.”
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.
Yes, WRV offers a wide variety of leadership and skill trainings. View our full training calendar.
Some trainings are free while others have fees. We offer a discounted price to current members and current volunteers.
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.
To qualify for a discount on a WRV event, you need to be a “current” volunteer or member. This means you have either made a membership contribution in the last 12 months or you have volunteered on two projects in the past two years. If you don’t currently meet either criteria, you can become a member now, or you can attend two projects this year, after which you can contact WRV for a refund of the difference between the price you paid and the discounted price.
Limited scholarships are available for WRV volunteers. Contact WRV at 303-543-1411 x1 or email@example.com for more information.
Note: During COVID-19, we are offering full refunds if you are sick. The format of some trainings has been changed to meet or exceed all CDC and local public health guidelines, including limiting class size and moving some sessions online.
If you need to cancel a registration for a fee-based event, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411 x1.
Our standard cancellation policy is as follows:
Any amount not refunded will be considered a tax-deductible donation.
We use a variety of acronyms for many of our leadership roles on projects:
For leadership training information, check out our training schedule.
Yes. You can stop by our Boulder or Fort Collins offices for official WRV merchandise, please call ahead to make an appointment. We also try to bring merchandise to all social events, and some project events.
We build our project schedule during the winter. Check in around March 1 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.
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.
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.
WRV mails and emails fundraising letters to existing stakeholders, such as volunteers, former donors, and people who have requested to join our mailing list. WRV writes grants to government agencies, corporations, and private foundations. WRV requests donations via social media and through our website donation page. WRV requests at least a partial fee for service from training attendees, land management agencies, and private landowners. WRV welcomes gifts of cash, stock, property, and more. WRV promotes legacy gifts from estates, charitable annuities and charitable remainder trusts. WRV occasionally holds fundraising events and auctions. And, WRV asks individuals for gifts in person. WRV’s Executive Director reserves the right to decline a gift based on our gift acceptance policy. WRV may soon request donations via phone or text message.
46-0505155. This number is needed for some donations such as putting WRV in a will.
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.
Illegal substances are not permitted on WRV projects. Marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law.
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.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) conducts its contests as described in these general contesting rules. By participating, each participant agrees as follows: