Volunteers are critical to setting the mood of the GWTA and establishing a warm sense of community. Our volunteers must be friendly and outgoing, enjoy dealing with people and able to work as a team.
Volunteer Role Descriptions
Thank you to everyone who applied. We have now have secured the 2017 team!
We are no longer accepting applications for cycling volunteers for the 2017 GWTA - check out the role descriptions below.
Cycling guides: Are experienced riders willing to serve as ambassadors and help ensure the safety and enjoyment of the participants. They know the rules of the road, are familiar with all or a part of the Waterfront Trail route, are fit enough to handle the physical demands of riding for 5 consecutive days of over 100km a day, as well as lifting 50 pound bags. They must have a valid driver's license and be prepared to drive when/if needed. Specific duties will include: marshalling the route, taking your turn as lead, rover, or sweep rider, provide mechanical and basic first aid support, assist participants with wayfinding, help load and unload the luggage truck. The Cycling Volunteers will be chosen in December each year.
Driving Team Volunteers: These experienced drivers are over 25 years of age with an excellent driving record. Are comfortable driving 15-passenger vans or a 24' cargo truck. Duties for driving volunteers include:
Support Van: Filling water jugs and providing support to participants; encouraging and cheering on participants at stop points along the route. Shuttle cycling participants as needed. May be required to marshal the route. Carefully load bikes into support vans. Must have excellent sense of direction and navigation, skills as well as a willingness to explore new places, meet new people, and have some fun!
Luggage Truck driver: Primary duties are to drive the luggage truck from base camp to base camp, and help set up the information tent and associated rider amenities.
Ideal candidates have the following:
- Be available for the scheduled tour dates
- First Aid/CPR
- Basic knowledge of bicycle mechanics
- Ability to read maps, understand/learn logistics and safety aspects of a guided tour
- Be available for a training session before the GWTA
- Have great customer service attitude experience
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Initiative to perform tasks where needed
- Excitement & enthusiasm about cycling, the waterfront & adventure
- Volunteer at a promotional event between February and June (ie: Bike Shows, community events, etc.)
All volunteers will receive:
- Major discount on an end to end registration fee.
- Accommodations (camping as part of the tour)
- Be a part of the GWTA, experience new communities and meet new friends!!!
How to Apply to be a Volunteer:
- Download the application form that is found below
- E-mail completed form to tourdirector (at) wrtrust.com
- Applications for 2018 will be accepted between August and October 2017
- The volunteer team for 2018 will be selected by December 2017
All volunteers must complete a waiver form in order to participate in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure.