Washington Trails Association's volunteer leaders empower others to make a difference for trails, and help make every work party a safe, fun, inclusive and rewarding experience for everyone. To help our volunteer leaders succeed, WTA provides trainings in leadership, trail maintenance, risk management, and offers ongoing support.
By educating and inspiring new volunteers, WTA's on-trail leaders ensure the continued success of WTA’s mission.
They help create the experience that first sparked their love for building and maintaining trails, and teach new volunteers skills that empower others to make a meaningful impact on trails.
Know someone who would make a great leader on work parties? Encourage them to apply!
Become an Assistant Crew Leader
Being an assistant crew leader involves different responsibilities than a green hat. Read the assistant crew leader position description, which includes qualifications and the commitment required. You might also take a look at what one of our longest-service ACLs has to say about being an effective, supportive assistant crew leader.
Fill out an application to be an assistant crew leader by December 31, 2022.
Applications are accepted June - December. All applications are reviewed in early spring, and applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected in March or earlier. In the meantime, applicants are encouraged to ask current ACLs and CLs for advice and leadership opportunities on work parties.
All new ACLs are required to attend a 2-3 hour orientation session.
Crew Leader College
Applicants are asked to attend Crew Leader College. This is a two-day training session offered annually each May, where ACLs and crew leaders from across the state learn trail maintenance and leadership skills.