Join our volunteers!
Our activities are only possible because of the involvement of many volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome for activities happening at different times of the year. A volunteer may help for a specific activity once or a few times during the season, or she/he may take over an activity spanning the entire season. It all depends on each person's interest and his/her desired level of involvement.
One group of volunteers is timing races in Fernie: our own ski races in winter and bike races in the summer as a fundraising $$ event. See our Fundraising page.
Nordic Ski Patrol JUST ADDED!
Are you interested in joining?
Four members of the FNS who are also members of the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) Volunteer Patrol at Fernie Alpine Resort will be providing ski patrol services this season on FNS trails at some of our events. As members of the CSP they have taken an advanced first aid course and are experienced in first aid at ski accident scenes and ski events. Training entails a 60-hour first aid course (16 hours are on line) with an emphasis on the practical aspects of first aid including patient evaluation, CPR and accident management. A bridging course of 16 hours of training is available for those who already have a current first aid certificate such as Wilderness First Aid or are a health care professional such as a RN. Training will be held during November/December in time for the winter ski season. If you are interested in joining this group or would like more information, please contact Jim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Heath at email@example.com
Kootenay Cup Race volunteers
A number of volunteers will be needed to support FNS in hosting a Teck Kootenay Cup Race on February 11, 2017 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Non-members as well as club members may join us to make this event successful. This includes volunteers for timekeeping, start and finish lines, food distribution, course marshalling, setting up the stadium area with fencing, signage along the course, etc. An organizing committee plans this event with the help of many volunteers. Help from anyone with a little free time and interest in outdoor sports will be greatly appreciated.
This person is a skier who goes onto the trails to meet with other skiers. The purpose is to greet visitors and members and make them welcome. The volunteer will likely answer their questions and explain what is OK and not OK to do on the FNS trails. Volunteers may also be located at the warming hut. One can sign up easily at SignupGenius and pick a favorite time slot. One board member will oversee the scheduling of volunteers if necessary.
Trail Maintenance and Work Party Volunteers
In the Fall and Spring, volunteers are needed to support the Director of Trails in preparing and maintaining trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Work Parties are organized in advance and announced on Facebook and through the website mailing lists. Volunteers are asked to respond when available and assist in tasks identified by the Director of Trails.
Volunteer coaches are needed for the Saturday morning lessons. Standardized and free training sessions are provided early in the season for new coaches. Volunteers are expected to be available for most of the planned twelve lessons during the season. The head coach oversees the scheduling and the training of coaches. We plan to have one coach for every five kids at the lessons. So the more coaches are available, the more kids may be enrolled in the program.
Signage Artiste JUST ADDED!
One volunteer to oversee the design and production of signage along the trails and at the warming hut. Directional signs and other useful signage are updated and/or replaced when needed under the direction of one board member.
Assists in the recruitment of inventory helpers and manages the distribution and collection of ski gear.
Gear Distribution Helper
Helping with allocating ski equipment to jackrabbit skiers. This involves two or three sessions in early November. The first session is for fitting of gear. The serial numbers of the equipment are recorded on individual cards when it is picked up.
All boots, skis and poles are listed on a spreadsheet. The list is updated at the beginning of the season, at the end of the season and also whenever new equipment is purchased. This volunteer is also involved in assigning the gear to young skiers using the records from the gear fitting session. This task is for someone familiar with simple spreadsheets.
This task consists of updating the website with new content and doing the regular security maintenance of the website which is based on Drupal. Some of the work is done through the web browser. Some basic knowledge of FTP and HTML is necessary. During the ski season the volunteer will update the website several times a week with event information and trail condition updates
The Den Parents are available during JackRabbits lessons through the season to assist coaches and to ensure that young skiers are monitored and kept safe. At least two Den Parents must be present at each Saturday lesson.
Time commitment: Saturdays during winter for 1 hour (does not include training prior to season)
Master Den Parent
Recruits and organizes Den Parents, assigning weekly roles such as parking/traffic control.
Event Volunteer Positions
The Coordinator plans the few events during the ski season, typically three or four. This is done in cooperation with the board of directors and also with assistance from volunteer helpers.
Several volunteers will be needed to help the Event Coordinator with the events. This could be lending a hand in organizing and fundraising for events, or assisting with event details like set up and day-of tasks.
This volunteer position is for someone with basic accounting skills and who can dedicate some time each month to this task. The volunteer will enter all receipts and expenses in order to generate reports useful to the treasurer and the rest of the board of directors using his/her own software. This person is not expected to attend any board meeting.
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