20 Years Out Living It

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General Program Support

Interested in volunteering at an FD program?

General Support Volunteer Role

General Support volunteers attend First Descents programs to assist the staff and participants in anyway possible. They are the people working in the background to ensure that things run smoothly for everyone at the program. The majority of program responsibilities take place in the kitchen – dishes, dishes, dishes! In addition, volunteer will assist with grocery shopping, food prep, cooking and kitchen cleanup.

A Sampling of General Support Duties:

  • Dishes, dishes, and you guessed it, more dishes! Remember how much clean up is required after Thanksgiving dinner? That’s every meal on an FD program.
  • Maintain bathrooms: wipe down countertops with an antibacterial agent, replenish soap, hand towels and toilet paper and remove trash as needed
  • Help run shuttles to and from the airport and the river/rock/ocean

As a volunteer, your number one priority should be the participants! Going kayaking, climbing, or surfing can be one of the perks, and Lead Staff will make an effort to get you out to the activity. Your focus should be on providing the best possible experience for the participants at the program.


The Volunteer and Staff Team


At each weeklong program, First Descents will have:

  • 10-15 participants
  • 2 First Descents Lead Staff
  • 1 Medical Volunteer
  • 1 Volunteer Photographer
  • 2-3 General Support Volunteers


All volunteers are expected to show up for the week ready to support the Lead Staff in facilitating the most safe and impactful experience possible to participants. Volunteering requires long hours, LOTS of dishes, hard work, and does not guarantee participation in any of the activities. 

First Descents will provide meals, lodging, and accommodations for all volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for their own transport to and from the program location.

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