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Service Project Leader Training - Online Webinar, AZ (Sep 17th - Oct 10th 2020)

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Due to the pandemic Wilderness Volunteers will be hosting a leader training course this year via 8 hour and a half interactive webinars. The classes are scheduled to be Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm (MST) and Saturday afternoons from 2-3:30pm (MST). Please note that MST is current Arizona time - this is different from MT or MDT as Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. Classes will start Wednesday Sept 16th and will run through Sat October 10th.

This is a different format that we have done before and there are some additional challenges involved but we will still cover everything you need to know become a well-prepared WV service project leader.

You need to be able to attend at least 6 of the 8 online sessions to pass the training (2 excused absences are okay assuming you can watch the recorded class you missed to catch up on the material).

As with regular leader training projects the project fee can be refunded to you after you lead your first WV service project.

This project includes leader training for Wilderness Volunteers trips and is open to prospective leaders by invitation only. We are specifically looking for people who are comfortable and competent in outdoor settings, are people-oriented and feel a strong sense of giving something back.

Besides being the only paid staff for WV, Ashely Northcutt and Aidalicia Swertfeger are longtime Wilderness Volunteers service project leaders with over 50 service projects between them. Topics covered will include leadership and professionalism, group meal planning and preparation, working with panniers/packers, group management, camping logistics, stove operation and safety, backpack procedures and safety, water treatment options for groups, types of trailwork and tips, tool terminology/safety/maintenance, risk management, working with agencies, food safety and bear hangs, first aid basics, how to handle emergencies, and the importance of Leave No Trace.

Once you have successfully completed this leadership course, you will be eligible to co-lead WV projects around the country. After you've led your first trip, you'll also be eligible to receive your registration fee for this trip back. Volunteer leaders do not pay trip fees on trips they are leading and receive modest reimbursement for travel to the projects they staff. Another perk leaders enjoy is being able to sign up for projects that still have openings 60 days out at a significant discount.

This project is rated as a active project.

Check out more photos from previous years' leader training projects in our gallery.


Sep 17th - Oct 10th 2020

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Your own home!

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Active : Sitting for and hour, using a webcam, internet connection issues, pets climbing on your keyboard


Ashely Northcutt
Aidalicia Swertfeger

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