Volunteer Opportunities


What’s Involved
Do you want to help children fall in love with the great outdoors? Do you like hiking? Do you like children?

Volunteers accompany the hikes, interacting with the kids and supporting the leader. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and have fun!  Please click here to see all the activities we need you for!

Getting Started
To get started, simply fill out the Volunteer Forms at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions. Then attend an orientation meeting with the completed volunteer forms.  Orientation meetings are held during the third Monday of each month (March-December).   You will be asked to provide three character references & we run a background check on all adult volunteers. Once you are approved to volunteer, decide which hike to attend then contact the leader to express your interest and arrange when and where to meet.

Attend your First Meeting

  •  Third Monday of every month (March-December)
  • Come at 7:05 – 7:30 pm for orientation
  • Sierra Club Angeles Chapter headquarters, 3250 Wilshire Blvd. #1106.  Los Angeles, CA 90010, (enter from New Hampshire)
  • Parking is $5 cash with Sierra Club validation 

Volunteer contact info is publicized in the ICO Newsletter to all Leaders and Volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to take the initiative in contacting leaders to join in upcoming hikes.

General Hike Logistics
Hikes occur throughout the week, but mostly on Saturdays. Although there are some longer hikes and over night trips, most hikes run from about 9am to 2pm and are approximately 1.5 to 4 miles in length. Volunteers typically meet leaders at the trailhead or carpool there with them.

What to Bring and Wear
Depending upon the weather, you should wear shorts or long pants, shirt and jacket, hat with a brim, and sturdy walking shoes—hiking boots are generally not necessary, but may make the hike more comfortable. You should bring 2 quarts of water, lunch, suncreen, sunglasses, and daypack. You may also wish to bring a whistle, camera, frisbee, ball, or nature books.

Current Hike Scheduling
For safety reasons, the schedule of hikes is posted only in our monthly bulletins. This publication contains a schedule of current outings with contact information for leaders. Once you attend a monthly meeting we can provide you with more information.

Forms for Volunteers: 

Please fill out and email the completed forms to Schuyler Senft-Grupp, or you can bring them to the next meeting.

Volunteer Application [PDF: 41KB] or you can contact Schuyler Senft-Grupp for further information at schuylersg@gmail.com.

Volunteer Code of Ethics [PDF: 12KB]

Volunteer Agreement [PDF: 35KB]

ICO Hikes: Many Possible Tasks and Roles for Volunteers [Word: 47KB]


[Joshua Tree. Photo credit: Vicente Baldwin]