Trail Ambassadors are park docents who assist park visitors with anything from directions and first aid to teaching them about the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology. With only a few park rangers on duty in the Wissahickon, Trail Ambassadors serve a much needed role in the park, from patrolling the trails, leading hikes, and staffing information tables in the Wissahickon and the surrounding community.
By joining this team, you will become an expert on the Wissahickon and learn about the history and ecology of the park. You’ll interact with park users and become the eyes and ears of FOW. It’s an important job because it is through Trail Ambassadors that FOW is better able to serve the public and protect the park.
We recruit and train for the Trail Ambassador 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 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
- Trail Shifts, Interacting with the Public, and How to Identify Maintenance Needs
- Leading Guided Hikes & Staffing Outreach Tables
At the end of training, you will be prepared to get on the trail and share your knowledge and love of the Wissahickon with the community. Along with becoming an expert on all things Wissahickon and making great new friends, one of the best parts of being a Trail Ambassador is knowing that you’re making a big difference by connecting with park users encouraging sustainable use of the park. The work you do directly helps our conservation mission, and earns a spot in the wild & wonderful history of Wissahickon Valley Park!