VOLUNTEER AT THE GORGE
The Wairoa Gorge was built as a billionaires dream MTB park. As leaseholders the club has inherited over 70km of single track, roads and lodges that all need to be maintained in order to deliver an excellent product for our local NMTBC members and the wider MTB community. The Volunteer Experience is a great way to get involved in the amazing place that is The Gorge. You don’t have to be a highly skilled Mountain Biker or an outdoor warrior, we have jobs to suit all skill levels and physical abilities.
Book your volunteer day! (choose the date and fill out the form)
Every Friday we will be trail checking ready for the weekend. The day will start at 9am, everyone on site will walk a track or route, raking and clearing as necessary. In the afternoon you will be shuttled to the top with your bike to ride down the trail you just worked on. we will rotate through trails each week to share the love. After big winds/ storms there will be more volunteer spaces available.
Working bee weekends
These will happen 4 or 5 times through our season, before key events or when large scale work needs doing. The park will close to riders over these weekends so we can concentrate on getting the trail work done! BBQ and beers will be supplied for the weekend digs and volunteer ride days will be arranged for you awesome humans who give up your time.
Operational Weekends – Volunteer roles
Trail Patrol: This role will aid the Gorge crew in delivering exceptional customer service.Task could be; aiding in responding to incidents, trail maintenance, trail checking and general customer focused task during operations shuttling days. This role will take direction from the Operations manger and the Gorge operational crew. If you’ve got outdoor specific or PHEC first aid even better!!
Custodian: This role will be customer focused helping in the running of the busy shuttle days. Helping the Gorge crew with welcoming, briefing riders and generally making everyone’s day that bit better. This role will take direction from the Operations manger and the Gorge operational crew. Tasks could be; general information giver, coffee making, fire lighter, vehicle and accommodation lodge cleaning. Possible general building maintenance if you are handy. If you’ve got a first aid qualification, awesome! Full training will be given on the trail network etc.
What’s in it for you?
There will be BBQ and beers each day on dig weekends, we will do our best to get whoever wants to ride a lap in at the end of the day. Active volunteers will be offered last minute half price riding on scheduled shuttle days that have seats available, these opportunities will be emailed out every Thursday to anyone who has spent a day volunteering within the current season. We will host a mass volunteer ride weekend in April, after the summer season is done (and when the hero dirt is back).
Stay in the loop by joining the mailing list and our volunteer facebook group.