Who Can Volunteer for


Whatever your level of experience, if you are physically fit and healthy, one of our projects should be right for you. The minimum age to participate is 18 years old or 16-18 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Assess Your Fitness Level

We welcome your questions and encourage you to fill out the application form as completely and honestly as possible so we can determine if the project is right for you. All projects require physically fit participants who are willing to work at conditioning to be in shape before the trips begin. We want our projects to be safe and enjoyable for all volunteers, and that means picking the right one for your fitness level!

Find what's right for you.

Project Difficulty Ratings



Shorter backpacks, car-camping or lodge/dormitory living with long day hikes often on uneven ground. Work projects requiring lifting, bending and working several hours each day with tools. These trips are for people in good shape and ready for a full day of activity.


Long backpacks on established trails. Also, car-camping or lodge/dormitory trips with long day hikes and demanding physical work. These trips are for energetic, fit people and may involve high altitude and remote areas. The work projects may include heavy lifting, lots of bending, shoveling, picking, chopping, and/or sawing.


Strenuous with longer backpacks, off-trail backpacks, sometimes with significant elevation changes. Also trips with camping and work at elevation, or canoeing with portages. These trips are very challenging and require excellent aerobic conditioning, past experience in outdoor settings and familiarity with backcountry camping. Not for beginners.

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