Trail Ambassadors: Training Day!

Trail Ambassadors Training Day!

Do you have a passion for our local trails? Do you love hiking? Are you inspired by Bear Yuba Land Trust’s mission? Become a Trail Ambassador!
BYLT is looking for driven volunteers to serve as seasonal representatives on BYLT-managed trailheads. This year, Alan Thiesen Trail, Litton Trail and Cascade Canal/Orene Wetherall Trail will be targeted. Trail Ambassadors will hit the trails for a season of outreach, from March until October. The purpose of this program is for BYLT to have more of a presence in our community and to gather community health data. Trail Ambassador training will be on Saturday, March 16th at the BYLT office, located at 12183 Auburn Road, and at the trailheads.
Alan Thiesen Trail: 11:00am- 12:00pm
Litton Trail: 12:15 pm- 1:15pm
SPOTS FULL: Cascade Canal/ Orene Wetherall Trail: 1:30pm-2:30pm 

1st half of training- Introductions, go over volunteer requirements, a day in the life of a Trail Ambassador, proper booth set-up and materials, go over script and FAQ about the Land Trust

2nd half of training- Drive to trailhead, see where booth will be set up, where people will park, required use of the trail, go over script again


This is a seasonal commitment- if you cannot make a Trail Ambassador day at your preferred location, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator Felicia Van Hecke at felicia@bylt.org; Trail Ambassadors will become an “expert” on one local trailhead and each trail will have host a Trail Ambassadors booth for six days during the season from 9:30 am-12:30pm

 

March 23rd- Kickoff for Trail Ambassadors, TA at all three trailheads

April 6th- Alan Theisen Trail

May 4th- Litton Trail

June 1st- Celebration of Trails, TA at all three trailheads

June 8th- TA at all three trailheads

July 6th- Cascade Canal Trail/ Orene Wetherall Trail

August 3rd- Alan Theisen Trail

September 7th- Litton Trail and Cascade Canal Trail/ Orene Wetherall Trail

October 5th- End of Trail Ambassador Season, TA at all three trailheads


Trail Ambassador Duties

TA duties include setting up a small information booth at the Trailhead to inform trail users about BYLT, handing out trail maps and conducting surveys about trail use, encouraging trail users to become members of BYLT and gathering data for grant reporting purposes. Additionally, one volunteer will be assigned Trail Ambassador Leader and will be responsible for bringing the tabling supplies to the trail, notifying TA about upcoming events, and delivering surveys and materials back to the BYLT office after each tabling event. Volunteers will also be encouraged to take pictures of their experience out on the trail and of the other volunteers engaging with the public. Volunteers who become Trail Ambassadors will receive a volunteer t-shirt on their first day as well as a Trail Ambassador Button.

Trail Ambassador Leader: Picks up box and drops it off at the BYLT office for each Trail Ambassador day, calls other team members to confirm that they are arriving for their volunteer shift, helps set up and tear down tabling booth, engages with the public in a friendly and personable manner to promote BYLT and collect data, informs TA team about new events to promote, coordinators TA team during the day and makes sure that volunteers are being helpful and representing BYLT well, direct contact with the Community Engagement Coordinator, administers first-aid, and motivates their TA team to do their best job. Being a Leader of a Trail Ambassador Team builds leadership skills and allows volunteers to take on more responsibility as a BYLT volunteer. Trail Ambassadors will also log more hours towards a rewards tier due to the drive time to and from the BYLT office.

Trail Ambassador: Engages with the public in a friendly and personable manner to promote BYLT and collect data, helps set up and tear down tabling booth, takes direction from the Trail Ambassador Leader.

Register for the Trail Ambassador Training Day by using the form below, or email your registration information to felicia@bylt.org. If you cannot attend the training day, but would still like to volunteer as a Trail Ambassador, please email felicia@bylt.org