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Volunteers

As a volunteer-run organization, volunteers are the backbone of the Ontario Alliance of Climbers. There are countless opportunities for you to give back to the Ontario climbing community through the OAC; whether you’re looking to participate through event volunteering, running special projects, or keeping the organization running, there’s always a project to crush!

Volunteers that help keep our organization afloat have:

  • An intense passion for outdoor climbing;
  • Integrity, a self-starter attitude, and a passion for managing their own projects;
  • Excellent project management, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • The desire to work in a collaborative team setting; and,
  • An interest in attending bi-monthly volunteer meetings.

OAC volunteers have the opportunity to build skills and give back to their fellow climbers, participate in volunteer appreciation events, and build strong bonds within the Ontario climbing community.

If you would like to get involved, please check out the opportunities listed below!  You can also fill out our General Volunteer Application, and we’ll be in touch when opportunities arise that fit your areas of interest. 

General Volunteer Application

Current Opportunities

Looking for: Secretary

Are you good at project management?  Would you consider yourself patient, good with words, and detail-oriented?  Do you find cat-wrangling fun?  If so, you could be the perfect fit for our next secretary!

We’re looking for someone to take over the role of secretary for the board.  The secretary runs our monthly board meetings: they set the agenda beforehand, keep us on track during, and send out the meeting minutes afterwards.  Being efficient, concise, and a good multi-tasker are great advantages — a sense of humour is a FANTASTIC advantage.  If you’d like to get involved with the OAC on an ongoing basis, and help us get things done, send email to info@ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca for more information!

Looking for: Beaver Valley Climbing Festival Organizer

Have you missed the BVCF?  Because we’ve sure missed you!

We’re hoping to find someone keen to help us run this year’s festival!  Qualified individuals will have experience in event management, be self-directed, organized, and detail-oriented.  This role favours a natural leader who loves working with people and can juggle multiple deadlines at once.  A passion for climbing is of course an asset as well 😉

This is no small task to take on, but you’ll have the power and resources of the OAC behind you.  We have established a relationship with many of the companies we’ll be working with already, but need someone else to take the lead as our core group of volunteers are focused on other access initiatives.

Duties fulfilled by the festival organizer include:

  • Communicating with the host to organize camp sites, parking, toilet locations, vendor locations etc.
  • Verifying insurance
  • Organizing dinner for the event
  • Contacting potential vendors for prize sourcing and hosting tables 
  • Arranging entertainment including an MC and music
  • Working with guiding companies who will offer courses
  • Organizing porta potty rentals
  • Being on-site during the event to manage and coordinate volunteers

As event preparation begins months in advance, we’ll be looking to start preparing for BVCF 2023 ASAP

If this sounds like a fit for you and you’d like to help out, send email to info@ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca for more information!

Looking for: Newsletter Editor

Do you have a passion for communication?  Are you able to take a season’s worth of updates and pare it down to a few concise, fun, yet informative sentences?  And have you been itching to see the OAC be better at updating the community?

Come help be part of the solution!  We’re looking for an editor to compose quarterly newsletters about what’s going on in the Ontario climbing scene.  The ideal newsletter editor will have experience with HTML/CSS and MailChimp, a desire to connect with the climbing community, and a self-starter mindset.  You’ll be responsible for attending monthly board meetings, soaking up information, and then crafting communication once per quarter to encapsulate all the relevant happenings that the community may have missed.  We’ll also look to you for insight on what you think the community needs from us!

This is a role that is best served by someone long term, as we’d like to have a regular cadence and voice.  If you’d like to help move the Ontario climbing community forward, send email to info@ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca for more information!

Looking for: Survey Designer

The annual OAC climbers’ survey provides us with valuable information about the climbing community that we serve. We are looking for someone to lead a refresh of the survey questions, figuring out what we should ask climbers. The OAC has experienced survey designers available to consult, but this volunteer would own the survey design for the 2023 survey. We are intending to run this survey around November 2023, towards the end of the rock climbing season.

Additional tasks that a keen volunteer can also take on are: entering the survey questions into the LimeSurvey tool; and analyzing the resulting data (see our data analyst posting). These tasks don’t have to be done by the survey designer.