Friends of the Wissahickon is Recruiting Skilled Volunteers

Applications for Crew Leaders & Trail Ambassadors due December 31

 Are you interested in stewarding the Wissahickon Valley Park and making some great friends along the way? Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW)  is now recruiting for its next class of skilled volunteers: Crew Leaders and Trail Ambassadors.

The Crew Leader program is perfect for anyone interested in getting their hands dirty working on trails and habitat restoration. Crew Leaders play an integral role in the stewardship of the park by leading volunteers in the field, removing invasive plant species, planting native trees and shrubs, improving the trail system, removing litter, and working closely with FOW staff. Prior knowledge or experience is not required (but certainly welcome).

The Trail Ambassador program is the outreach wing of FOW’s volunteer corps and is perfect for those who are outgoing, love the park, and want to share knowledge about it and FOW events with park visitors. Trail Ambassadors provide park information and visitor assistance at outreach tables and hiking shifts, lead Guided Walks & Talks, and assist at FOW’s Volunteer Service Days. Existing knowledge and/or familiarity with the Wissahickon Valley Park is preferred.

Training for both of these programs will begin in late February and will run through the end of March (specific dates to be determined). The training will be part virtual and part in-person (mostly outdoors). The deadline to apply is December 31. Interviews with eligible candidates will take place in January. The application can be found here.

If you’re interested in learning more about these invaluable corps and other ways you can volunteer with FOW, consider attending a virtual Volunteering Information Session on December, 14 at 6 p.m. Register to attend here.