About

Join the Achieve Tahoe team to help provide access to outdoor recreation that builds health, confidence, and independence in people with disabilities. Each year, over 250 volunteers generously donate over 10,000 hours of their time, energy, and expertise to ensure that our programs run smoothly and safely. 

Our team of staff and volunteers are trained in the latest adaptive teaching methods, equipment, and safety techniques to provide the best experience possible for each participant. With an individualized approach to every lesson and experience, our instructors find success with participants of all abilities and seek to build independence in each individual.  Our volunteer team spends over 3,000 hours training each year. Many of our snowsports instructors go on to earn Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors certifications.

Opportunities

Winter Adaptive Snowsports Instructor

Instructors provide specialized adaptive instruction for people with disabilities. They work on a personal level to help students successfully learn to ski or snowboard. Candidates must be intermediate skiers or higher, must be comfortable working with people with diverse backgrounds, and must be physically fit and able to lift a student multiple times during the course of a lesson. Professional ski instruction experience is preferred but not required. Achieve Tahoe provides free training and support. Instructors are asked to commit a minimum of 10 days over the snowsports season, running from December to April. For more details about the current volunteer opportunities, follow this link. Applications accepted until late October.

Please note: In order to best protect our participants and the Achieve Tahoe community, all Achieve Tahoe staff and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in summer programs. Proof of vaccination (a photo or scanned copy of your vaccine card) is required.

Contact [email protected] or 530-581-4161 x 5.

Summer Sports Volunteer

Our summer programs include water skiing in the Sacramento Valley; flat water kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding (Sierra Summer Sports) at Donner Lake; hiking and archery throughout North Lake Tahoe; equestrian in Tahoe Donner; sailing on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe; and indoor rock climbing in Truckee. A typical day lasts six to eight hours, and you may be in and out of the water all day. Summer program volunteers are required to volunteer at least 4 days throughout the summer and attend 1 day of required training. For more details about the current volunteer opportunities, follow this link. Applications accepted until mid-June.

Contact [email protected] or 530-581-4161 x 5.

Fundraising and Leadership

Individual donors are critical to our success. Become a donor and help us acquire new donors via your networks. Achieve Tahoe is always looking for motivated and dedicated members of the community to join our Board of Directors. Applications accepted year-round.

Contact Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director at 530-581-4161 x1; [email protected].

Special Events

Special events are a vital source of funding and support, as well as a great way to get the word out about our programs. Volunteers staff committees and events, help secure silent auction prizes, solicit sponsors, help decorate, hang banners, distribute flyers, prepare food, sell event and raffle tickets, and help with event setup and breakdown. Applications accepted year-round.

Contact Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director at 530-581-4161 x1; [email protected].

Equipment Maintenance and Repair (Winter and Summer)

Clean, maintain, and repair our large inventory of adaptive equipment. Applications accepted year-round. Contact Scott Behrens, Program Coordinator, at 530-581-4161 x8; [email protected].

Internships

We accept applications for our winter internship in late summer/early fall, and encourage anyone with a focus (academic or otherwise) in recreation therapy, recreation management, adaptive physical education, outdoor leadership, health sciences, or other related fields to apply. We are seeking committed, highly motivated, hardworking, flexible, self-starters to fulfill our internship positions. Our friendly and dedicated staff is eager to work with the next generation of adaptive recreation professionals. 

CLICK HERE for more information. Contact Laurel Howe, Program Coordinator, at 530-581-4161 x11; [email protected].

FAQs

Who can apply to be a volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 16.

When does volunteer training start?

Mandatory volunteer training takes place at the beginning of each program season. For snowsports, training starts in November. For summer sports such as water skiing and paddling, training starts in May. Please check the volunteer job description for the program you are interested in for specific dates.

What if I can't attend the training day?

Training is mandatory for the safety and well-being of our participants and the experience we provide. Sometimes there is an option to find an alternate training date, but that is not guaranteed.

Do I have to have experience teaching people with disabilities?

No! Volunteers all share a passion and commitment to increasing access to outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. You will learn the necessary skills at training.

How often do I have to volunteer?

The volunteer commitment varies based on the program. Snowsports volunteers must commit to 8 days through the winter season. Summer program volunteers must commit to 5 days through the summer season.

I submitted my volunteer application. When will I hear back?

You will receive an email from the Volunteer Coordinator within a week of submitting your application.

Is everyone accepted as a volunteer?

No. All volunteers will complete a phone interview with a program staff member. The size of the volunteer team is limited, so if there is not space for a program during one season, you may be asked to join us the following season.

Is transportation provided for volunteers?

No. All volunteers must have their own, reliable transportation to arrive at each program location.

Can I get school or community service credit for volunteering at Achieve Tahoe?

Yes! We are happy to sign off on all hours that you volunteer with the program.

Are volunteers required to complete a background check?

Yes. Organized sport can be an environment at high risk for misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. Achieve Tahoe is committed to the safety of all those who participate in our programs. We have implemented a strong Sport Protection Policy to better protect our participants. Our Sport Protection Policy increases our community’s knowledge base, creates stronger detection and protection systems for our programs, and establishes barriers to entry for abusers. This policy is specific to all services provided directly through Achieve Tahoe, including special events, sports and outdoor recreation programs, and related activities.

What other training is required?

In addition to the background check, volunteers are required to complete an online training course provided by US CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT. If you would like more information about these policies, click HERE.

Do I need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to volunteer?

Yes. All Achieve Tahoe staff and volunteers who interact with participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is required.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Please email or call [email protected] or (530) 581-4161 x5.

How To Apply

Step 1: Complete a volunteer profile on MyImpactPage.

Step 2: An Achieve Tahoe staff member will contact you once your profile has been completed.

Applications are accepted year-round, however there are some deadlines based on program needs and training dates.

All volunteers must:

  1. Complete a volunteer profile.
  2. Be 16 years old or older.
  3. Have reliable transportation to and from program and event venues.
  4. Have the personal equipment needed in some program areas (e.g. skis, helmets) and, in some cases, a minimum proficiency in the sport.
  5. Complete all required training and fulfill a commitment to a minimum number of hours or days of service (varies by activity).
  6. For some programs, pay a nominal administrative and training fee once selected to volunteer.
  7. Complete an Insurance Waiver and Release of Liability form once selected to volunteer.
  8. Pass a Criminal Background Check once selected to volunteer.
  9. Complete the SafeSport online training course.
  10. Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.