There are many volunteer opportunities on and off the mountain with SOS. In fact, over 1000 adult volunteers give their time to SOS each year! We have opportunities for volunteers in outdoor youth programs, special events, as well as volunteer positions in youth mentoring and administrative support. If you are interested, please read on for short descriptions and send an email with your name, location and program of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential Volunteer Roles at SOS:
No minimum commitment. Volunteers assist office work including sorting inventory, gear distribution, and data entry. Specific roles are based on the needs of each office.
Winter Program Volunteer
One to five-day commitment for on-hill program days. Volunteers work with participants, assist throughout the skiing or snowboarding lessons, and support the SOS Core Values.
Being a mentor is among the most intensive but rewarding volunteer opportunities with SOS. This is a minimum ten-day, season-long commitment that includes five field days and at least five days off-hill. Mentors provide a positive adult influence for our participants, working with youth through the SOS core values, progressing the youth's outdoor activity skills, leadership and career development training, and community service projects. Mentors are placed with a group of participants with which they complete all on-hill and off-hill days, and they are expected to be in phone contact with their group between activity days. Mentors work closely with SOS youth for at least one season (although a four year commitment is strongly encouraged). This position typically averages 100 hours over the season. More details can be found here.
Resort Program Coordinator
Resort Program Coordinators serve as an extension of our full-time staff and oversee our 5-day Learn to Ride and Learn to Ski Programs. Resort Program Coordinator positions are part-time and seasonal, typically from November to March. The position is roughly 40 hours per session, in most cases Resort Program Coordinators will work 1-3 sessions. More details can be found here.
Summer Program Volunteer
One to seven-day commitments are needed for a variety of summer activities that support SOS's goal of introducing youth to outdoor activities. These activities vary by location but may include rock climbing, monument trips, and wilderness trips.
Throughout the year SOS hosts or is involved in a variety of events that require volunteer assistance, including Talons Challenge, the Colorado Eagle-River Ride, and other fundraising events. Please contact the office nearest you for more information on special event volunteer needs.
Climbing Wall Volunteer
At the Eagle County office, climbing wall volunteers serve four hours a month to help belay youth and adults who attend drop-in climbing hours. The program operates Tuesdays and Thursday from 6-8pm. Volunteers select one of these nights and volunteer every other week throughout the year. If you are interested please contact email@example.com.