What kind of work can I expect on a SBFC trip?
When you sign up to volunteer with the SBFC you are actually a Forest Service volunteer. As such you will sign the Job Hazard Analysis and be covered under the Forest Service workers compensation program if you are injured. As a Forest Service volunteer you're also expected to put in an 8 hour workday while on trips. Most of our trail maintenance projects involve the use of primitive tools such as cross-cut saws, axes, Pulaskis, hand saws, shovels and loppers. Your SBFC crew-leader will show you how to properly use the tools to accomplish the work up to USFS standards. Volunteers are also expected to help out with camp chores such as cooking and cleanup.
What kind of supervision will we have on a project?
A SBFC crew leader will lead and train you on for the duration of your project. Sometimes, USFS personnel will assist with leading the work project as well, depending on availability. Our crew leaders are USFS crosscut certified and are highly experienced in trail maintenance. SBFC crew-leaders have received in-depth training in safety protocols for camping in bear country, Leave No Trace ethics, and are knowledgeable about the area that you'll be working in.
what does a typical day look like on a volunteer project?
7:00am hot coffee/tea
7:30am breakfast, pack a lunch and fill your water bottle for the day
8:00am morning stretch circle and safety talk
8:30am hit the trail; hike to the nearby worksite and begin working
10:00am mid-morning 15 minute break
12:00pm lunch in a shady spot
2:30pm afternoon 15 minute break
2:45-4:30pm continue to work
4:30pm arrive back at camp for snacks, swimming, relaxing, fishing
6:00pm dinner and cleanup
6:45-on campfire, relaxing