• Wildflower Guide Volunteers

Job Title: Wildflower Guide

Reports to: Education Director

Purpose: We need your help sharing the beauty of wildflower season in the canyons with the public! This rewarding volunteer opportunity gets you out on the trail, learning countless plant species and connecting the Salt Lake community to their public lands. Wildflower Guides can have one of two roles during the Wasatch Wildflower Festival: Roving Guides lead public walks along Big and Little Cottonwood trails during the festival and have the opportunity to host special group walks in the months of June and July. During walks, they educate participants on different wildflowers encountered along the way and share information about our watershed, Leave No Trace principles, and other facts specific to local wildlife, trees, geology, and history. Stationary Guides are posted at particular points of interest along wildflower walking trails during the Wildflower Festival, educating those who pass by about wildflowers in the area. Both types of guides further CCF’s mission to continuously improve the environments of Big and Little Cottonwood and Millcreek Canyons, specifically through education. The program culminates at the Wasatch Wildflower Festival on July 13th, 14th, 20th, & 21st.

Age Requirements: 13 + (Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the duration of their volunteer work).

Key Responsibilities:
– Roving Wildflower Guides lead public tours along trails throughout the Tri-canyon area, helping connect participants to the natural world around them. Guides will have opportunities to lead tours both at the Wasatch Wildflower Festival and during the months of June and July leading up to the festival.

– Stationary Wildflower Guides educate the public about wildflowers out on the trail during the Wasatch Wildflower Festival.

– All guides attend training sessions to ensure the solid breadth and depth of knowledge needed for the festival.

– Attend training sessions focused on tools and techniques for effectively delivering an engaging individuals of varying ages and backgrounds.

-Seek out further information from reliable sources in order to bolster knowledge base.

– Interact with participants in a professional, engaging, and non-political manner.

– Represent CCF in a positive manner when interacting with participants, public, and partners.

– Deliver educational content that is factual, non-political, and in line with CCF’s mission and vision.

– Identify and avoid potential safety hazards posed while leading tours.

Length of Appointment: Seasonal. Wildflower Guides start training in the middle of May, on Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. From early June and continuing through mid-July, guides hone their skills at “Wildflower Wednesdays” from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Appointment ends at the conclusion of the Wasatch Wildflower Festival in late July. After the festival, Wildflower Guides are welcome to explore other volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

– Complete online Canyon Naturalist training and quizzes (~3 hours)
– Complete Summer Naturalist training (One 2-hour Wednesday evening training)
– Complete a Tour Run-Through with Education Director (One 1-hour Wednesday evening training)
– NEW Roving Wildflower Guides attend at least 5 out of 7 two hour Wildflower Wednesdays (June-July) leading up to the Wasatch Wildflower Festival.
– NEW Stationary Wildflower Guides attend at least 2 out of 7 two hour Wildflower Wednesdays (June-July) leading up to the Wasatch Wildflower Festival.
– RETURNING Wildflower Guides attend at least 2 out of 7 two hour Wildflower Wednesdays (June-July) leading up to the Wasatch Wildflower Festival.
– Guides sign up to lead tours for at least 2 days of the Wasatch Wildflower Festival.

Required Qualifications:
– Comfortable with public speaking and leading tour groups in an outdoor environment.
– An enthusiasm and desire to learn.
– Capable of hiking over varied and uneven terrain, and able to identify and avoid potential safety hazards that exist in the wilderness.
– Basic computer skills, including ability to use email, online volunteer portal, and scheduling software.
– Pleasant manner, dependable.
– Able to keep personal views and opinions out of educational tours.

Support: Training for this position will be provided, through Orientation, Canyon Naturalist Training, Summer Naturalist Training, and Wildflower Wednesdays. In addition, the Education Director, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Botanist will be available for questions and assistance.

Work Location: Wildflower tours and training sessions are held at varying locations and trails throughout Millcreek Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Wasatch Wildflower Festival is held over 4 days, with each day hosted at each of the 4 Cottonwood resorts–Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude. Locations for training and tours are posted in the Volunteer Portal at least one week beforehand.

Dress Code: Wildflower Guides come to training and tours prepared with sufficient layers, footwear, and gear to comfortably hike on mountain trails in weather that is often unpredictable. Backpacks, water, hats, sunscreen, walking sticks, and breathable, protective layers of clothing are recommended. Guides will be provided with a T-shirt specifically for the Wildflower Festival.

– Experience working with a great team of staff and volunteers.
– Training and experience in environmental education and effective interpretive techniques.
– The chance to learn about a broad range of subjects related to our canyons.
– References for jobs, internships, and other career opportunities.
– Invitations to special events and activities.
– Reward for number of hours of service given.
– The opportunity to make a difference and have a positive impact on our canyons.
– The chance to get up close and personal with the multitude of gorgeous wildflowers in the canyons!

NOTE: Roving/stationary volunteer assignments will be made at CCF’s discretion.

Have additional questions? E-mail our Community Engagement Coordinator at volunteer@cottonwoodcanyons.org