Course Monitor

You must be 18 or older to volunteer for this task.

May 27, 2023

Details

Do you love spending time in solitude out of doors? Do you enjoy backcountry adventures and helping others have a good experience on the land? Then this is the opportunity for you! Big Sur Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help monitor four in-person trail courses in Carmel Valley. These courses will be open on April 1 from 7:30am to 3pm for registered participants to run during their chosen time slot.

Course monitors are stationed out on the land within the 7am to 3pm timeframe for single-day or half-day time commitments. An orientation will be provided over Zoom the week before. Course monitors will arrive up to an hour before their shift for a day-of orientation and transport or hiking onto the trails, depending on assignment. Course monitors are responsible for radio communications along the lengths of the courses, helping keep runners on the correct path during their race, and helping our team address issues that might come up during the event. This is a special opportunity to immerse yourself in natural areas usually closed to the public while helping make these incredible race courses a success!

Qualified volunteers are comfortable spending extended time in backcountry wilderness areas and can easily hike 4+ miles on hilly terrain if asked. First aid/CPR or WFR certification and/or AED training is a plus. Course volunteers are encouraged to consider volunteering for whole-day shifts. Course volunteers who volunteer for half-day shifts will be more likely to be placed on the Fun Run course. Volunteers will be gifted a free basic Race for Open Space entry (self-guided access to Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve) when at least 5 hours of volunteer work are committed, and a free Adventure Course or Guided Hike entry when at least 9 hours of volunteer work are committed. Snacks, water, and coffee will also be offered prior to leaving and returning from shifts. Volunteers will be required to prepare all other supplies and equipment they may wish to have in the field (e.g., packed lunch, water, hat, hiking shoes, camping/backpacking chair if desired...)

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park, San Jose Creek Trail, Santa Lucia Preserve, Mitteldorf Preserve

Parking Attendant

May 27, 2023

Details

Help trail participants have an adventure out on the land by being a parking attendant! Big Sur Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help direct traffic and parking during the live Race for Open Space "Adventure Courses" beginning at Palo Corona Regional Park. These courses will be open on April 1 from 7:30am to 3pm for registered participants to run during their chosen time slot.

Parking volunteers are stationed near the front of Palo Corona within the 6:30am to 11am timeframe. Attendants will arrive up to an hour before their shift for a day-of orientation and walking to their stations. Parking attendants are responsible for coordinating parking spot availability over radio, directing Race for Open Space participants to open parking spots, ensuring participants stay on trail from the parking area to the check-in table, and answering basic questions to help participants get to the check-in table. This is a low-key opportunity that makes a world of a difference for participants who will be experiencing long-distance trail courses in the backcountry of Palo Corona!

Qualified volunteers are comfortable standing and walking for extended periods of time, and should feel comfortable talking to people and proactively directing vehicles to open parking spots. Parking Attendant volunteers will be gifted a free basic Race for Open Space entry for self-guided access to Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve. Basic snacks, water, and coffee will also be offered prior to leaving and returning from shifts. Volunteers will be required to prepare all other supplies and equipment they may wish to have while volunteering as a parking attendant (e.g., packed lunch, water, hat, comfortable shoes, camping/backpacking chair if desired...)

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park

Course Sweep

You must be 18 or older to volunteer for this task.

May 27, 2023

Details

Are you an avid trail runner? Do you feel comfortable running solo over long distances and hilly terrain? Are you passionate about leave-no-trace principles? Then this is the opportunity for you! Big Sur Land Trust is seeking volunteers to sweep four in-person trail courses in Carmel Valley that overlap each other. These courses will be open on April 1 from 7:30am to 3pm for registered participants to run during their chosen time slot.

Course sweeps are given four hours to sweep between 13-15 miles of trail within the 12pm to 4pm timeframe. They will pick up any trash and remove flagging tape and other lightweight course markers along the way. An orientation will be provided over Zoom the week before. Course sweeps will arrive up to a half hour before their shift for orientation, preparation, and transport to the trailhead where they will begin sweeping. A radio will be provided for periodic communications with race staff. This is a special opportunity to immerse yourself in natural areas usually closed to the public while helping make these incredible race courses a success!

Qualified volunteers are comfortable spending extended time in backcountry wilderness areas, are self-sufficient runners (i.e., who run prepared with their own hydration, nutrition, etc.), and will have capacity to run 15+ miles on hilly terrain by April 1 should it become necessary. Course Sweep volunteers will be gifted a free basic Race for Open Space entry for self-guided access to Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve. Snacks, water, and coffee will also be offered prior to leaving and returning from shifts. Volunteers will be required to prepare all other supplies and equipment they may wish to have in the field (e.g., appropriate trail running footwear, any preferred nutrition, water, hat...). Note that there will be creek crossings and that you might consider bringing a change of shoes/socks.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park, San Jose Creek Trail, Santa Lucia Preserve, Mitteldorf Preserve

Photographer

May 27, 2023

Details

Are you a skilled action photographer looking to give back to the community, or perhaps a budding photographer looking to build your portfolio? Help capture the thrill of race day and magnificence of running on the land by being a race photographer! Big Sur Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help photo-document the live Race for Open Space "Adventure Courses" beginning at Palo Corona Regional Park. These courses will be open on April 1 from 7:30am to 3pm for registered participants to run during their chosen time slot.

Photographers will coordinate with race staff to determine where photos should be captured and to divide the areas that should be covered. Volunteers will be stationed either out on the trails or near the front of Palo Corona within the 7am to 3pm timeframe for single-day or half-day commitments. Attendants will arrive up to an hour before their shift for a day-of orientation and transportation to their stations, if needed. Photographers will be responsible for following Big Sur Land Trust's volunteer photographer guidelines and will be required to sign an agreement regarding ownership of photos, granting of license to use photos, and self-promotion. Guidelines and agreement will be provided once your volunteer registration has been received.

Qualified volunteers are comfortable spending extended time in backcountry wilderness areas and can easily hike 4+ miles on hilly terrain if necessary. They also have some prior experience shooting event photography. Photographers are encouraged to consider volunteering for whole-day shifts. Volunteers will be gifted a free basic Race for Open Space entry (self-guided access to Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve) when at least 5 hours of volunteer work are committed, and a free Adventure Course or Guided Hike entry when at least 9 hours of volunteer work are committed. Snacks, water, and coffee will also be offered prior to leaving and returning from shifts. Volunteers will be required to prepare all other supplies and equipment they may wish to have in the field (e.g., camera equipment, packed lunch, water, hat, hiking shoes, camping/backpacking chair if desired...)

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park, San Jose Creek Trail, Santa Lucia Preserve, Mitteldorf Preserve

Check-In Assistant

May 27, 2023

Details

Help trail participants have an adventure out on the land by being a check-in assistant! Big Sur Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help registered participants check in and receive race bibs during the live Race for Open Space "Adventure Courses" beginning at Palo Corona Regional Park. These courses will be open on April 1 from 7:30am to 3pm for registered participants to run during their chosen time slot.

Check-in assistants are stationed at the Palo Corona Discovery Center within the 7:00am to 10:00am timeframe. Assistants should arrive a half hour before their shift for a day-of orientation. Check-in assistants are responsible for checking in registered participants, providing them with their assigned race bib, encouraging participants to visit the start/finish aid station to fill up on water and snacks before they begin their race, answering basic questions to help participants get to the race starting line or shuttle pick-up zone, and referring more detailed questions to race staff. This is a low-key opportunity that makes a world of a difference for participants who will be experiencing long-distance trail courses in the backcountry of Palo Corona!

Qualified volunteers are comfortable engaging with people for extended periods of time. Check-In Assistant volunteers will be gifted a free basic Race for Open Space entry for self-guided access to Glen Deven Ranch and Mitteldorf Preserve. Basic snacks, water, and coffee will also be offered during your shift. Volunteers will be required to prepare all other supplies and equipment they may wish to have while volunteering (e.g., packed lunch, water, hat, comfortable shoes...)

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