Join the VOAz Leadership Team
Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona caters to busy people who nonetheless want to
volunteer for habitat restoration and trails projects. VOAz volunteer
work events provide you with the opportunity to "give something back," meet
others who share your commitment to environmental stewardship and love of the
outdoors, or just get outside and do a little manual labor.
VOAz aims to provide you with the best possible outdoor volunteering experience
by carefully planning and preparing for each event. This takes a lot of
organization and extra volunteer time. Please consider joining this good looking VOAz
Leadership & Support Team.
Why does Arizona need trained outdoor volunteer leaders?
For one thing, there is an enormous backlog of trails to be built and in need of
repair and many acres of beat up landscapes that could use some hands-on care.
Reductions in Federal funding continue to severely hamper the ability of public agencies to
meet basic resource management responsibilities. VOAz has little difficulty recruiting the
volunteers we need to complete our projects. We need to expand out leadership team so that we can do more.
The term trained means that the nature of our work, and the ingredients
of successful outdoor volunteer events, requires us to do more than just show up
Saturday morning and wing it.
You can do this! Why you can become a VOAz Volunteer leader.
VOAz has developed a process to enable even busy
people to reliably plan and manage the components that go into a
successful outdoor volunteer project. This includes volunteers who do not have
the time to serve in a leadership capacity more than a couple of times each
year. We do this by breaking the job of event planning and management down into
its logical components and assembling a small team for each event. We don't expect one person
to do everything. VOAz also provides training and support from our most
experienced leaders. The VOAz web site includes tools (not visible to the public) that
facilitate pulling all of the pieces together and managing communications from
any web connection.
If you want more information or are interested, please let us know. Just send an email to
The leadership and support jobs we are recruiting to fill include:
VOAz works with public and non-profit land managers to develop projects with
clear goals for which we believe we can recruit and manage the volunteers needed
to achieve the goals. Project leaders work with (or are themselves) a Project
Technical Advisor to estimate the number of events and the time needed to
complete the project. A few projects can be completed with just one event; some
may last for several years. The Project Leader must determine what resources
will be needed and how they will be obtained, if they are not already in hand.
Once a project is accepted for the VOAz calendar, Project Leaders are involved
in selecting managers for each event. They usually lead some events for their
own projects. We expect our agency partners to be available weekends for site
visits, if that is necessary. This is a good position for those who would like
to see VOAz undertake a project near and dear to their heart.
Once an event is scheduled, an Event Manager takes on the job of detailed
planning, recruitment of additional staff, and coordination of all the pieces
that go into planning a successful event. The Event Manager is supported by a
Technical Advisor who handles all of the detailed work planning and field
supervision on the day-of and a Web Tech who makes sure all web functions that
support marketing, registration, and event related communications are in place.
The Even Manager oversees the flow of activities on the day-of.
Technical Design for Projects
The technical guidance on the work to be done for a project is provided by our
agency partners to varying degrees. VOAz does not accept a project unless we
have the capacity to provide technical supervision or we are assured the
availability of such supervision from an agency partner. Even when the agency
has solid technical knowledge, they are not expected to understand how VOAz
needs to manage the work to make it safe and productive for volunteers.
Therefore, we always have a our technical person (or persons), who are called
Technical Advisors, review the work plan and supervise VOAz Crew leaders on the
Crew Leaders play a critical role at VOAz because they are the most prominent
representative of VOAz with other volunteers at events. Crews typically include
four or five volunteers plus a Crew Leader. Much of the event preparation work
is done to enable a Crew Leaders to concentrate on insuring that the members of
have a fun, safe and productive experience. Prospective Crew Leaders are asked
to attend at least two VOAz trail events and then enter into the training and
VOAz normally provides at least one meal per event day. The meals taken together are
one of the best parts of a VOAz event. Each event has a Food Services Manager
who is usually supported by one or more additional members of the food services
There is always at least one assigned event photographer. Volunteers enjoy
seeing their pictures posted at the web site, and they are useful for publicity and
Day-Of Event Assistant
There are usually a few special jobs at an event that may require someone to
arrive a little early, go to the warehouse to pick-up gear, and so forth. These
tasks do not preclude participation in the actual work of the event. Anyone who
indicates they might accept such an assignment may be contacted by the Event
Manager after they have registered for an event.
Emergency First Aid
VOAz is not able to provide on site first aid or emergency response resources.
We normally locate the nearest emergency services and appoint a Safety Officer
whose job it is to handle communications should an emergency arise. Individuals
who work in the health care field are ideal candidates for this position.
While most of our volunteers come to us through the web and personal
referrals, we need to constantly pursue other methods of getting the word
out about VOAz and getting the volunteers in. Relevant experience helps and
a lot of positive
energy is needed. This work is guided by our Outreach Committee.
Fund raising skills and comfort in asking are what is needed here. The
Development Committee needs people to help conceptualize and implement
approaches to the corporate community and the general public. We need people to
research grant resources and to help write grant applications.
Soliciting In-Kind Donations
Food, gear, and drawing prizes can often be solicited from local merchants.
Computer Systems Hardware/Software
VOAz uses Windows XP computers and Windows Office and Adobe software.
We maintain our accounts with QuickBooks. We file a 990 and state
Digital Photo Albums
Nearly every event has photo album. Albums are posted at our website using Google tools
(Picasa and Web Phto Albums).
OutdoorVolunteer is a service of VOAz for all volunteers and all organizations looking
for volunteers for trail and habitat projects. There are certain administrative tasks that can be done
by volunteers from home. This work involves screening new agencies, screen new events, and uploading images and documents to the website.
High speed internet connection is helpful. You do not need to know HTML coding. To work with images you will need to
image management software, which is free. We will provide training.
The VOAz web site is based on HTML and ASP.NET 2.0. We need people who can work
as Web Techs to help put together HTML project pages for events. We would like
to find a volunteer who can reduce our reliance on our paid web consultant for
ASP page modifications.
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