Crew Leaders are a special corps of stewards who are trained in leading volunteer groups in the Wissahickon, building & maintaining trails, restoring habitat, and sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. They work directly with FOW staff to plan and lead volunteer work days throughout the park.
With the constant natural and human stresses on the park, Crew Leaders play an integral role in keeping the Wissahickon beautiful and sustainable for generations to come. If you love the Wissahickon, working outdoors and meeting with people who share your interests, consider becoming a Crew Leader and be a part of FOW’s conservation mission!
Training for the 2022 class will be a hybrid with both virtual and in-person training sessions, which will run from mid-February through late-March. If interested in joining this corps, please fill out this application. The deadline to apply is December 31.
If selected to join the team, you will take part in a thorough training which will cover the following areas:
- FOW History, Mission and Goals
- Human & Natural History of Wissahickon Valley
- Habitats & Wildlife of the Wissahickon
- Watersheds of the Wissahickon
- CPR & First Aid
- Volunteer Leadership
- Trail Work
- Habitat Stewardship
At the end of training, you will be prepared to lead small groups on maintenance projects throughout the park.
Along with learning new skills and making great new friends, one of the best parts of being a Crew Leader is completing a task – whether building a new trail, removing invasives & planting natives, or improving existing trails – and being able to look back at the positive impact you’ve had on the park. The work you do directly helps our conservation mission, and earns a spot in the wild & wonderful history of Wissahickon Valley Park!