Volunteer Training


Want to increase your skill set? We offer training sessions and workshops to volunteers each year.


Each year, we partner with Trail clubs and government agencies to conduct workshops for current and new volunteers. Workshops cover basic maintenance, sawyer certification, rock work, winch skills, wilderness first aid, environmental monitoring and more.

Volunteer Ridgerunner Training - Roanoke, VA

  • Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2018
  • Location: Salem, VA
  • Address: RSVP for details
  • Contact: Kathryn Herndon-Powell
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 5409044316

Task Force with MattRATC's McAfee Knob Task Force protects the iconic landmarks of McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth in the face of high visitation. RSVP for this event if you're ready to become a Volunteer Ridgerunner!

Volunteer Ridgerunners engage hikers in friendly conversations about the natural and cultural significance of this area and tips on best practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly. They report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance to prevent small problems from getting worse--like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting. In 2017, 33 Volunteer Ridgerunners logged 1,440 volunteer hours, spoke with over 16,000 visitors and removed 580 gallons of litter!

If you want to join this lively group of dedicated stewards, you must:

--> Join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club ($20/year)
--> Join the McAfee Knob Task Force Meetup group (free: https://www.meetup.com/McAfeeKnob)
--> Commit to volunteer at least one weekend day per month (Fri/Sat/Sun), April through November
--> Attend a Training Day
--> Join an Orientation Hike

Lunch will be provided, so we need an accurate head count. Please RSVP to via meetup or email to [email protected] with any dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian, food allergies, etc). 

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  1. Hugh | Sep 25, 2018
    Thank you!

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    Trail Safe! is a unique safety program designed specifically for National Park Service trail volunteers. It's based on NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the human factor of safety is explored. 

    The following eight lessons should be watched in order. The sessions range from 18 minutes to 40 minutes, or can be "binge watched"in 3 hours. Please report Trail Safe! training completion so we can send you a certificate and SPE/GAR Card. 

    #2 Effective Leadership (20 minutes)

    #4 Mission Analysis (28 minutes)

    #5 Stress and Performance (27 minutes)
    #6 Situational Awareness (16 minutes)
    #7 Decision Making (13 minutes)