Volunteer with DREAM!

Volunteers are the backbone of DREAM!

Over 150 volunteers generously donate their time to DREAM programs, events, and administrative tasks throughout the year. Thanks to our dedicated volunteer team, approximately 1,200 lessons and opportunities are provided annually. Every season, demand for our programs grows, as does the number of opportunities provided by DREAM. We are always looking for more help and can’t wait for you to join the team!

Do you need previous adaptive sports experience or experience working with people with disabilities?

Absolutely not! All DREAM Volunteers receive special training to learn about the individuals we serve and the adaptive equipment used to ensure a successful experience for everyone involved!

What programs and events could you volunteer for?

  • Alpine Ski and Ride Program
  • Nordic Ski Program
  • Military Winter Program
  • Water Sports Program (paddle boarding, flatwater kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding)
  • Mountain Bike Program
  • Fundraising and Outreach Events

What are the Volunteer perks?

  • Help others access the incredible outdoor opportunities in this area
  • Join a terrific group of individuals who share a passion for the outdoors, for helping others, and for making the Flathead Valley more accessible and inclusive
  • Flexible volunteer commitment based on your schedule
  • The opportunity to attend training clinics in topics such as disability awareness, adaptive equipment, and personal skill improvement
  • Access to industry pro-deals based volunteer days and commitments
  • Receive lift tickets, park access, trail passes on the day(s) you volunteer
  • Opportunities to obtain professional instructor certifications, first aid/CPR and Wilderness First Aid certs

Apply to Volunteer:

All prospective volunteers are asked to please read the DREAM Adaptive Volunteer Handbook prior to joining our team.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and empowering environment, volunteers with our programs must complete annual sport protection training. To learn more about this program, its’s importance, and why we require it please click here.

Returning Volunteers

Please click the Login button below and follow the registration steps.

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New Volunteers

Please click the Create an Account button below and follow the registration steps.

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Volunteer Application Steps:

STEP 1

log in or
create an account.

Please log in or create an account with us using the buttons above.

STEP 2

visit the
volunteer portal.

Once logged in, go to the drop-down menu that asks “What would you like to do?” and select “Volunteer Portal

STEP 3

complete the
volunteer application.

Follow the directions in the Volunteer Portal to complete the volunteer application, waiver, background check, and online training

Knowledge is power!

All prospective volunteers are asked to please read the DREAM Adaptive Volunteer Handbook prior to joining our team.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and empowering environment, volunteers with our programs must complete annual sport protection training. To learn more about this program, its’s importance, and why we require it please visit our Sport Protection page.

The following additional resources are provided to expand your knowledge on disabilities, disability awareness, and sport-specific training. These resources are recommended but not required:

Disability Awareness – People First Language
United Spinal Association – Disability Etiquette
First Aid for Seizures – General seizure first aid
Concussion Information – Concussion Training
Sport Specific Resources — Volunteer Resources

Additional Volunteer Information

Please read our handbook prior to joining our team – DREAM Adaptive Volunteer Handbook.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and empowering environment, volunteers with our programs must complete annual sport protection training. To learn more about this program, its’s importance, and why we require it please visit our Sport Protection page.

Overall Qualifications & Training

  • Potential Alpine Ski and Ride volunteer instructors must be comfortable skiing or riding on intermediate (blue) terrain.
  • You must have your own equipment, including a helmet, all in good working order.
  • Attend mandatory early-season training sessions; You do not have to be an expert to learn to teach basic ski and snowboarding skills. Training provided!
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed

Through a combination of clinics, training, and lesson shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on each person. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are here the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.

Returning Volunteer Instructor Requirements

  • Complete all registration paperwork, application, and background check
  • Complete annual Sport Protection Training (online)
  • Attend one classroom training (1hour 15minutes)
  • Attend WMR on snow all instructor training (3 hours)
  • Attend at least one additional on-snow training of your choice (DREAM will help you register for these)

New Volunteer Instructor Requirements

  • Complete all registration paperwork, application, and background check
  • Complete annual Sport Protection Training (online)
  • Attend one classroom training (1hour 15minutes)
  • Attend WMR on snow all instructor training (3 hours)
  • Attend first year on snow training (6 hours)

Questions? Email programs@dreamadaptive.org or call (406) 862-1817

Please read our handbook prior to joining our team – DREAM Adaptive Volunteer Handbook.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and empowering environment, volunteers with our programs must complete annual sport protection training. To learn more about this program, its’s importance, and why we require it please visit our Sport Protection page.

Qualifications & Training for Volunteer Instructors

  • Potential volunteer instructors working with the Chet Hope Youth League or with any of our private stand-up lessons should be comfortable skiing on classic skis.
  • Instructors working with adaptive sit-ski athletes may prefer skate skis, but classic is acceptable as well.
  • Instructors must have their own equipment, in good working order.
  • You don’t have to be an expert or have previous coaching experience to work with our adaptive program. Training is provided!
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed.

Training Requirements for Nordic Volunteer Instructors:

  • Complete all registration paperwork, application, and background check
  • Complete annual Sport Protection Training (online)
  • Attend one classroom training (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Half-day on-snow training, dates and times TBD

Questions? Email programs@dreamadaptive.org or call (406) 862-1817

Please read our handbook prior to joining our team – DREAM Adaptive Volunteer Handbook.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and empowering environment, volunteers with our programs must complete annual sport protection training. To learn more about this program, its’s importance, and why we require it please visit our Sport Protection page.

Qualifications & Training

  • We welcome volunteers with previous experience in paddle sports, water sports, and mountain biking.
  • As a general skill level requirement – we ask that you are comfortable with your own skills (intermediate level) so that you can place your focus on helping others.
  • For mountain biking, you must have your own equipment in good working order. DREAM can provide paddle equipment and water sports equipment as needed.
  • Attend sport-specific training sessions; You do not have to be an expert to become a volunteer instructor! Training provided for a variety of roles for each program.
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed.

Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow/assistant position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from shadowing to a lead instructor depends on a variety of factors; the volunteer’s goals, desires, time commitment, skills, etc. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more time you spend with us, the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.

Questions? Email programs@dreamadaptive.org or call (406) 862-1817

We have many non-sport related volunteer roles as well which includes but is not limited to:

  • Administrative tasks
  • Events/Fundraising
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Photography/Videography
  • Sign Language interpreter

Contact Julie Tickle for more information. Email jtickle@dreamadaptive.org or call (406) 862-1817.