Adaptive Ski Instructor with visually impaired participant and volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for OAS!  We not accepting anymore 2016-17 winter volunteer applications.  Our winter volunteer program will reassume in late October 2017.  Over this summer we will be offering a range of programs from mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, golf, hiking and more.  If you have the skill set in one or more of these sports please consider volunteering your time with OAS.  Our webpage will be updated mid May for summer volunteer opportunities.  If you have any questions in the meantime or would like to receive a notification on summer volunteer opportunities when it becomes available, please shoot us a message at

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 are currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to help. We have many indoor and outdoor 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

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 two trainings for the winter season.
    • i.e. Intro to Adaptive Skiing and an On Hill Operations & Training
  5. Contribute to the Volunteer Administration Fee.
  6. Complete a National Background Check.

Overview on Volunteering with OAS

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).





Volunteer Opportunities



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.




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.








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, maintenance of office space, helping with coordination of special events, capturing photographs, making videos, or doing outreach work at a local festival on behalf of OAS and more.

Volunteer Administration Fee

OAS is asking all volunteers to pay what they can up to $10 to offset added costs of background screenings and increased trainings in 2016/2017.  Fees are not required but it will help OAS continue to maintain a premier volunteer program.

If you have any questions about this fee please do not hesitate to email Pat Addabbo, Program Director, at  OAS does not intend to discourage anyone from volunteering due to asking for this fee.


Volunteer Application

**We are no longer accepting 2016-17 winter volunteer applications.  We will be updating our webpage mid May to reflect summer volunteer opportunities.  If you have any questions in the meantime or would like to receive a notification on summer volunteer opportunities, please shoot us a message at

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.




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!


Background Screenings

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.

Volunteer Training and Support

*All NEW program volunteers must attend all of the below.  If one cannot make all three, we may be able to accommodate on a case-by-case basis with make up training opportunities in January.  Please review training dates below and sign up. 




  1. OAS Orientation at OAS:
  • Required for all new volunteersPlease sign up for one.
    • Thursday December 8th – 10:00am-Noon
    • Wednesday December 14th 5:30pm-7:30pm CANCELLED

OR attend the orientation in Eugene at the Hilyard Center 

    • Tuesday December 13th 8-9:30 pm
    • Thursday December 15th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Tuesday January 3rd  7 – 8:30 pm


  1. Intro to Adaptive Skiing at OAS:
  • All New Program Volunteers must attend one.
    • Thursday December 8th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Thursday December 15th from 5:30pm-8:00pm


  1. On Hill Operations & Training:
  • All New Program Volunteers must attend one.
    • Saturday December 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Bachelor
    • Sunday December 18th from 9:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Bachelor
    • Friday, January 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at Hoodoo CANCELLED
    • Sunday, January 8 from 10 am to 4 pm at Hoodoo


Required for RETURNING Volunteers:

  • On-Hill Update and Refresher
    • Attend one:
      • Saturday December 17 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Bachelor
      • Sunday December 18 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Bachelor
      • Friday, January 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at Hoodoo CANCELLED
      • Sunday, January 8 from 10 am to 4 pm at Hoodoo

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 with OAS may look like.  

We are excited you are interested in joining our community!