Adaptive Ski Instructor with visually impaired participant and volunteer

Volunteers are the core and heart of Oregon Adaptive Sports.  It takes on average, two volunteers to assist each instructor depending on the sport.  As a volunteer you will come across exciting challenges, meet some cool people, learn and improve new outdoor skills, contribute to your community and have fun!  Or perhaps you’d like to lend a hand in the office or at one of our many exciting outreach and fundraising events.



We welcome enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to join our team.  There are several outdoor volunteer opportunities and some indoor volunteer opportunities that may suit your passion, abilities and recreational interests. You can learn more on how you can get involved by attending a general volunteer orientation. Please visit our online calendar for orientation dates and other training opportunities or see below. RSVP is required.


Volunteering with OAS has many perks!  Before working with our participants we would like to get to know you beforehand.  All volunteers will be required to:

  1. Read our Volunteer Manual + Handbook and agree to comply with all information outlined.
  2. Submit an online Volunteer Application.
  3. Attend one of our orientations generally offered at the beginning of each season.
  4. Program volunteers will be expected to attend program operations trainings for the program they want to help with.
    • i.e.  For an instance, if you want to become an adaptive cycling volunteer, you are encouraged to attend a cycling specific training.
  5. Complete a National Background Check before working with our participants.


How did OAS become what it is today?  What does volunteering with OAS look like?  Get up to speed on our fancy terminology!  This is the starting point for all volunteers, the basis of OAS.  All volunteers must read and comply with information lined out in the attached manual (must have adobe reader to access).



SUMMER HANDBOOK*currently being updated 




It's a snowy day! OAS instructor on skis tethering behind a stand up skier who is a child learning how to ski. The child skier is following a OAS volunteer on skis down the hill.

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On average, each instructor needs the support of 1-2 volunteers for a successful snow lesson. On Snow Assistants and works closely with an OAS Instructor. Each Assistant will follow directions given out by Instructor regarding support, comfort and guidance for student. Occasionally work independently as a “ski buddy” to more experienced adaptive skiers/riders without an Instructor.  



Volunteer on skis wearing a bright orange OAS bib. Volunteer is holding sit ski frame intending to guide sit skier participant down the slopes. Both stopped on the slopes for a photo pose and are all smiles.


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Instructor will assume responsibility to one or two students as assigned by Program Director. Each Instructor will work closely with student(s) and provide guidance towards their skill development with the support of a trained OAS volunteer. The Instructor’s role is to teach a ski/snowboard lesson while facilitating independence.  








OAS 10 x 10' Tent with OAS banner in the background and a table centered in the middle. Patrons standing in front of table asking two OAS representatives questions.


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Each month on average, OAS needs the support of 20 volunteers for successful outreach, program administration and fundraising efforts. Volunteer opportunities are communicated periodically via email with an online sign up. During functions volunteers will follow directions given out by OAS staff regarding tasks ranging from check-ins, database entry, helping with coordination of special events, or doing outreach work at a local festival on behalf of OAS and more. 


Kayaker in a tandem boat with volunteer kayaker on the water smiling


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On average, each instructor needs the support of 1-2 volunteers for a successful summer lesson.  Summer Assistants work closely with an OAS Instructor to handle equipment, aid the participant and join in on the fun activity. Each assistant will follow directions given out by Instructor regarding support, comfort and guidance for student. Occasionally, assistants work independently as a “buddy” to more experienced participants in the designated activity.  Sports may range from paddling, road cycling, mountain biking, golf, climbing, yoga and hiking depending on your skill set.  


New Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering with OAS, your first step is to fill out our volunteer application. Once you submit your application, an OAS representative will get in touch with you to discuss volunteer opportunities and trainings available.  




Did your contact information change?  Have you been out of touch for a while?  This is merely a way of making sure we have the most updated contact information and are up to speed on your goals for this season!



All volunteers are subject to a background screening.  Returning volunteers are also subject to background screening on regular intervals (appx. every 2 years).  Results of your background screening may impact your ability to volunteer with OAS.  Details on how to complete a background screening will be sent to volunteers after they are accepted into the program.


*All NEW program volunteers must attend an OAS Volunteer Orientation and a Sports Specific Training relative to the programs you want to get involved with prior to working with our participants.  If one cannot make the necessary trainings, we may be able to accommodate on a case-by-case basis with make up training opportunities.  


1. Volunteer Orientation:

All new volunteers must attend an orientation.  Returning volunteers are encouraged to come for an refresher!  Location and time are to be determined.  Please save the date!


  • Wednesday May 23
  • Monday, June 25

2. Sports Specific Training:

All volunteers, new and returning need to attend the necessary sports specific trainings.  For an instance if you want to help with the climbing program, you need to complete a Climbing Training.  Locations and times are to be determined.  Please save the date!

  • Visual Impairment Guide Training: Thursday, May 31
  • Climbing Training: Tuesday, June 12
  • Water Safety Training: Friday, June 8
  • Cycle Training: TBD


*Once we have the location and times finalized, we will have an online sign up available, please come back to check in May!*




Volunteer Resources

Volunteers are encouraged to attend as many trainings as possible.  These are advertised via email once you have completed your volunteer application.

New to working with individuals with disabilities?  United Spinal Association has produced a guide on disability etiquette: (must have Adobe Reader).

Have a skill or knowledge base you’d like to offer to other volunteers?  Contact OAS staff to inquire about facilitating a training event.



OAS volunteers are the heart and core of our programs. See what volunteering on the hill during the winter with OAS may look like with this below video.  

We are excited you are interested in joining our community!