Crew Leaders are a special corps of stewards who are trained in leading volunteer groups in the Wissahickon, building & maintaining trails, restoring habitat, and sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. They work directly with FOW staff to plan and lead volunteer work days throughout the park.
With the constant natural and human stresses on the park, Crew Leaders play an integral role in keeping the Wissahickon beautiful and sustainable for generations to come. If you love the Wissahickon, working outdoors and meeting with people who share your interests, consider becoming a Crew Leader and be a part of FOW’s conservation mission!
We recruit and train for the Crew Leader program once a year. It is currently too late to apply for the 2019 Winter training sessions. If interested in joining this corps, start by coming out to some of our Volunteer Service Days! For more information on applying for 2020, email Volunteer Manager Shawn Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If selected to join the team, you will take part in a thorough training which runs over the a two-month period. You will be trained in the following areas:
- FOW Mission and our Sustainable Trails Initiative
- Human & Natural History of Wissahickon valley
- Ecology of the Wissahickon
- CPR & First Aid
- Volunteer Leadership
- Trail Maintenance and Tool Safety
- Habitat Stewardship and Plant Identification
At the end of training, you will be prepared to lead small groups on maintenance projects throughout the park.
Along with learning new skills and making great new friends, one of the best parts of being a Crew Leader is completing a task – whether building a new trail, removing invasives & planting natives, or improving existing trails – and being able to look back at the positive impact you’ve had on the park. The work you do directly helps our conservation mission, and earns a spot in the wild & wonderful history of Wissahickon Valley Park!