Outreach and Events: Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala & Awards

Volunteer Registration

Join BYLT for the biggest fundraiser of the year! The Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala joins land stewards together for the continued protection of land in the Bear and Yuba Watersheds, and celebrates local outdoor conservation and recreation heroes.

Volunteers will meet at the Miners Foundry, located at 325 Spring Street in Nevada City; follow the parking signs to your designated volunteer parking area. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled shift so you can check in at the volunteer booth, locate your shift leader, and transition smoothly into your assigned task. There will be a special volunteer lounge with food and beverages; volunteers are encouraged to refresh before or after a shift, but not during. Volunteers will earn a Outreach and Events button for this event.

When you are volunteering at the gala you will be representing Bear Yuba Land Trust; so, it is especially important that interaction with guests are pleasant and friendly! Please bring plenty of water, wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes with good tread, preferably black, and white and black attire (pants, shorts, skirt, blouse, button down shirt, dress NO LOGOS, stripes and patterns okay) that you can comfortably move in.


Event Set-Up- 10:30am-12:30pm

Help with set-up (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) Be available for additional jobs as needed. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds as needed and feel comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Silent Auction Assistant- 10:30am-1:30pm

Assist with displays, staging, and organizing items before the event.

Parking Attendant- 4:00pm-6:00pm

Help manage traffic and guide guests into proper parking areas.

Guest Check-In- 4:15pm-6:00pm

Check patrons into event from will-call list, issue auction bid numbers and other materials.

Bartending Support- 6:00pm-8:00pm

Help organize the bar and serve drinks to patrons. (21+ volunteers only)

Event Assistance- 6:00pm-8:00pm

 Assist staff during the dinner hour, spot bids during Fund-A-Need, oversee the auction process, answer questions about items, and encourage bidding. Be available for additional jobs as needed.

Checkout + Closing- 7:00pm-9:00pm

Help patrons receive the auction items they’ve won and help close the silent auction and break down event. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.