Hike Leaders & ShepherdsFriends’ volunteer hike leaders and shepherds make our guided hike program possible. They enjoy sharing their knowledge, passion, and stewardship ethic for the Gorge on every hike they lead. Because of friends like these, our hike program is set apart from the rest as every outing has an educational focus or theme.
Hike Leader & Shepherd Documents
How to Become a Hike Leader or Shepherd
- Submit a completed Volunteer Interest Survey to let us know more about your interests and experiences (new volunteers only);
- Attend at least two Friends outings as a participant. View current schedule at gorgefriends.org/hikes;
- Attend a Hike Leader & Shepherd Training at least every three years, offered each spring and fall;
- Read the Hike Leader & Shepherd Manual entirely and sign the agreement at the end of the document;
- Co-shepherd (shadow) at least one outing;
- Get certified in basic First Aid & CPR* (required). Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is more extensive and can be taken in place of basic First Aid, though not required.
- Now you're ready to lead or shepherd outings on your own!
*Friends will subsidize fees for all hike leaders and shepherds to get First Aid & CPR certified. We expect that you will lead or shepherd three or more outings within the two years your certification remains current. Maximum allowance of one subsidy every two years, per person.
- Basic First Aid & CPR
- Friends subsidizes the full cost when you register for a Friends-sponsored basic First Aid & CPR course.
- Friends will reimburse you up to $60 if you take an outside course. You must submit a copy of receipt and certification.
- Wilderness First Aid + CPR
- Friends subsidizes $60 of the fee when you register for a Friends-sponsored WFA + CPR course. Request discount code for registration.
- Friends will reimburse you up to $60 if you take an outside course. You must submit a copy of receipt and certification. Note: if it does not also include CPR, you still need to get CPR certified.
Questions? Contact Outdoor Programs Coordinator Kate Lindberg: