Our volunteers do everything from general office duties, IT, design, leading training courses to maintaining gear. Volunteers staff our events and tables, stuff our envelopes, and help us develop our marketing, fundraising and training programs. Contact us, we’ll be sure to find a use for your skills! We greatly appreciate all the support our volunteers give us.
There are many different ways you can help:
Every third Wednesday of the month, from 6-9pm, we have a Discovery Session where those interested in BAWT come to find out more about our organization and ways to get involved. Meet and connect with like-minded folks and tackle important projects that help get kids outdoors. Projects include repairing gear, helping us spread the word about BAWT through mail campaigns, and other essential (and fun!) odd jobs. Please RSVP before coming. FREE PIZZA AND BEVERAGES!
If you enjoy working with your hands and playing with outdoor gear, consider becoming a one-time or ongoing member of the Gear Corps. Almost every Wednesday night from 6-9pm, Gear Corps members work on everything from inventory and gear repair to assisting youth workers with gear pick ups and drop offs.
Be a part of the movement for equity and access to the outdoors for low-income youth and youth-of- color. Bay Area Wilderness Training is seeking passionate and energetic people with resources and connections to serve on its Board of Directors. This is an opportunity for professional growth, leadership development, community engagement, and service. Involvement at the board level gives you a bigger-picture perspective on BAWT as an organization and offers significant opportunities for personal and professional expansion. BAWT is entering a significant period of strategic impact and capacity building so we need leaders like you to help guide us!
BAWT has a range of volunteer-driven committees including a Programs Committee (gear libraries, trainings and other programs support), Marketing Committee, Development Committee and a Climbing for Kids committee. Our committees usually meet once a month and tackle important, strategic decisions. The program committee is more hands-on work, while the development and marketing committees spend more time planning and strategizing.
BAWT interns make our mission possible! Our internships are 3-6 months and are unpaid. There are a lot of other perks, though, training, gear and the like! Check out the internship page for more information.
Offer Your Skills and Time to BAWT
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Front-End Web Development (Contact Scott)
Help us as a front-end web developer. Work on our websites and other HTML5-based application platforms, part-time on an as-needed basis. See our postings on Craigslist.org and idealist.org for more information.
WordPress / PHP support (Contact Scott)
Help us harness the power of WordPress! Help solve issues, and implement new features to our websites.
Graphic Design (Contact Lilli@bawt.org)
There’s lots of design and production work to be done at BAWT, that make for great portfolio material. Tasks range from designing web banners to creating whole identities for events. Contact Lilli@bawt.org for more info.
Where: telecommute anywhere, or if you’d prefer some company, at the BAWT offices.
When: whenever you have time, for as long or as little as you have time for.
Video production and editing (Contact Steve)
Tag along on trainings and shoot video, or edit web-length videos of material shot by others. Guidelines and design assets provided.
Tabling and Outreach (Contact Scott)
Help BAWT be more visible in the community. Spend 2-4 hours on a Saturday or Sunday on outreach for BAWT programs.
Where: At volunteer fairs, events such as Earth Day and at any of REI’s Bay Area locations: Berkeley, Concord, Fremont, San Carlos, Saratoga, Corte Madera, Santa Rosa, San Francisco. Other locations as well.
When: Weekends, throughout the year
Data Entry (Contact Steve)
Help keep our data records up-to-date. Training provided.
Where: BAWT office, Oakland
When: Flexible schedule, Monday through Friday
Events (Contact Scott)
Work with a sub-committee to plan and produce BAWT events such as donor parties, retreats, and fundraising kick-offs! Organize the details from A to Z, with support from staff.
Sleeping bag washing (Contact Aaron)
Do you own a front-loading washing machine? Help us by washing sleeping bags!
Where: your laundry room