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Tualatin Riverkeepers Trips and Tours Volunteer Trainings

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Tigard and Tualatin

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This multi day training will help you:

  • Increase your knowledge of the Tualatin River and the wildlife that surrounds it
  • Understand the different positions trip leaders and trip assistants play during paddle trips
  • Strengthen your paddle safety and CPR knowledge
  • Gain confidence and skills to lead and assist with paddling trips throughout the summer

Volunteer trip leaders and assistants are required to attend all trainings in March and April, or request to shadow an experienced trip leader if they cannot make a training.

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Volunteer Trip Leader/Assistant Position Description:

Volunteer Trip Leaders and Assistants help lead or assist with our canoe/kayak trips on the river, greet participants, fit life vests, check in participants etc. If you have a vehicle with a trailer hitch, help us haul our canoe fleet to our trip locations. Our trip leaders and assistants also help maintain TRK's canoe/kayak fleet and gear.

Principal Duties

1. Coordinates with TRK staff pre-trip to ensure adequate staffing 2. Ensures that all roles are adequately covered and verifies that volunteers understand their assigned roles (including safety boat positions) 3. Directs “drop-in” volunteers to roles where thru assistance can be best utilized 4. Exercises decision-making authority regarding area safety (parking, staging, etc.) 5. Makes final safety-based call on whether trip is to proceed or not 6. Takes a boat/head count upon departure and arrival 7. Assists with embarkment/disembarkment, as able 8. Assists other team members as needed 9. Return completed Trip Leader Report Form, via email, to TRK staff after the trip

The follow duties can be performed by the Trip Leader or by the Registration Volunteer. 1. Gathers all participants together before entering the water 2. Introduces all the volunteers to the participants 3. Delivers TRK Welcome and Purpose Speech 4. Interacts with participants at the end of trip (membership reminders, feedback, thanks them for attending and supporting TRK)

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership capability
  • Enthusiastic about working with volunteers
  • Owns personal canoe or kayak preferred
  • Strong paddling skills
  • First-aid and CPR certified preferred

Time Commitment:

After attending the Trips and Tours Volunteer Training, Trip Leaders and Assistants are required to lead at least 3 trips in the summer, and assist during our annual Discovery Day community paddle on the last Saturday of June.

Contact: Sandra Amolo sandra@tualatinriverkeepers.org 503.218.2580

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