First Descents receives a high number of volunteer applications each year and cannot guarantee any individual a spot on a program.
Most of our volunteer spots will be open and filled on a yearly basis beginning in February or March. If you are not selected for a program, you are eligible to be added to a waitlist for any last minute openings during the program season.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Applicants must be able to cover their cost of travel to the selected program.
Please make sure you understand the roles and expectations on our website before submitting an application. Applicants must be willing to perform the duties of their job and can expect to forgo getting on the water/rock with the participants when support is needed elsewhere.
If you are a returning participant who would like to volunteer at a program, First Descents requires alumni to wait one calendar year from their weeklong program before applying to be a volunteer. Please reach out to FDHQ for any questions about this policy.