Volunteers are the core and heart of Oregon Adaptive Sports. It takes on average, 1-2 volunteers to assist each instructor depending on the sport. As a volunteer you will come across exciting challenges, meet some cool people, learn and improve new outdoor skills, contribute to your community and have fun!


We welcome enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to join our team. There are many outdoor volunteer opportunities in 10 sports year round and some indoor volunteer opportunities working on events and office tasks.  All volunteers are subject to a background screening.

Volunteer roles

Volunteer Program Assistant

On average, each instructor needs the support of 1-2 volunteers for a successful lesson. Volunteer assistants work closely with an OAS instructor to handle equipment, aid the participant and join in on the activity. Assistants will follow the lead of an instructor to best support the student. Occasionally, assistants work independently as a “buddy” to more experienced participants in the designated activity.

Volunteer Instructor

Instructors are trained individuals, assigned to assume responsibility for a student, working closely with them to provide guidance towards their skill development with the support of volunteers. The Instructor’s role is to teach a lesson while facilitating independence. These are volunteers with significant experience and training.

Office/Outreach Volunteer

Being on the mountain or the water not your thing? We still need you! Volunteer opportunities are communicated periodically via email with an online sign up. Off hill volunteers are crucial to the success of OAS and involve everything from being an ambassador for OAS at fun events, to helping out with office tasks and lots of little things in between.

1. Read volunteer resources

Those wishing to volunteer should read the volunteer manual prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for them, it is currently being updated. We encourage everyone to take a look at the handouts on disability etiquette and people first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.

2. Fill out a volunteer application

New to our database? Fill out an application here, even if you have volunteered prior we need everyone to sign up through our new system.

Need to update information or event attendance? Sign in here.

3. Attend and orientation

All new volunteers must attend an Intro to OAS orientation to learn about who we are, who we serve and what we do. Orientations for summer and winter are equivalent. Orientations are offered at the beginning of every season, and occasionally throughout the season as needed. Off hill volunteers are only asked to attend this training.

4. Attend program assist training

All individuals wishing to volunteer on programs are asked to attend a Winter or Summer Program assist training. This training goes over the fundamentals of how to be of help on an OAS program – no matter which sport you wish to participate in, and is different for winter and summer.