Volunteer Assistant Crew Leader (ACL) Application
Most Active Region
Central West (Seattle/Tacoma)
Eastern Washington (Spokane)
Northwest (Bellingham/North Cascades)
Southwest (Vancouver/South Cascades)
Our leaders help shape the experience of participants on our work parties and are representatives for WTA on trail and off. WTA is shaped by these leaders and we depend on them to set a standard of excellence in our trail program. Please fill out the following so that we may understand your leadership style and experiences.
Why do you want to be an ACL? What aspects of the role will you find the most challenging? Most rewarding?
The assistant crew leader role is primarily to create a positive work experience for participants and support the chief crew leader in leading volunteer events. What does effective leadership look like? Describe a situation in your past where you displayed positive leadership qualities.
Explain a time where your leadership style was challenged and needed to be modified for success. How did you know you had to change your approach to the situation?
Culture of feedback is an important part of every WTA work party. Part of an ACL's role is giving feedback to peers. Think about a time an ACL supported you on trail, and a time you were unsupported (we know it happens!). What feedback would you give the ACLs in those situations?
WTA is committed to creating an inclusive space and welcoming all individuals who wish to participate in WTA's mission and activities. This includes people from all walks of life and of all ages, races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds. If you haven't already looked at
WTA's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
, please do so now. How will you contribute to an inclusive work party experience as an ACL?
How can we best support you to become the leader you wish to be in our community?
Trail maintenance requires a variety of skills that need to be performed with little to no supervision. As a leader you will be in charge of a small group of individuals with diverse experience. There are multiple opportunities to grow these skills each year and learn with others through hands-on experience and WTA classes. Please rate your knowledge in the following aspects of trail maintenance:
Could teach a class on it
New trail construction
Leave No Trace
We ask that our ACLs respond to at least three work parties a year that need assistance. We also require initial attendance at an orientation and at Crew Leader College. Please indicate your interest in participating in the following and what time periods you can participate:
I am willing to participate in:
Weekday day trips
Weekend day trips
Youth work parties
Backcountry response teams
Thank you for your time! Once submitted, applications will be reviewed semi-annually. If selected, you will receive an email about attending the initial orientation in your region.
If declined an invitation, would you like to receive feedback about how we would like you to grow as a leader?
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