Volunteer with Trails and Open Space
A Trail Ambassador is a committed volunteer that hikes, bikes, or runs trails and multi-use paths operated by Athens Clarke County, provides assistance to trail users, and works with Leisure Services staff to keep an eye on trail conditions and possible hazards. This program was created in 2018 with the financial assistance of the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission and Firefly Trail, Inc. All interested volunteers should first create a volunteer profile on GivePulse. Once the profile is created, search for the Trails and Open Space group in Athens, GA. Then, register for a Trail Ambassador orientation with Trails staff. Orientation is required prior to volunteering as a Trail Ambassador! You can browse upcoming orientation sessions below, or on the Trails and Open Space events page.
- Age 18 or over
- Maintain a presence on the trails of your choosing at least 4 hours per month
- Wear a provided green vest and orange backpack filled with supplies
- Provide trail patrons with information, maps, and first aid supplies
- Pick up litter
- Inform staff of any trail hazards
- Attend a short, informative orientation with the ACC Trails and Open Space staff
Thank you for your desire to serve as part of the Trail Team! People of all ages, abilities, and interests are welcome to volunteer with Trails and Open Space. We offer self-directed volunteer opportunities such as the Trail Ambassador program and staff-led trail workdays.
The first step is creating a volunteer profile on GivePulse. All individuals must have one prior to serving as a volunteer with Athens-Clarke County. The second step is joining our Trails and Open Space group and getting registered for upcoming events! Finally, you can browse upcoming opportunities below or by visiting the Trails and Open Space group on GivePulse.
If you have questions or would like assistance creating a profile or registering for an event, please email or call:
With over 40+ miles of trail operated by ACC Trails & Open Space, there are many opportunities to help us improve our trail system. From helping us build trails with hand tools, to completing reroutes, or cutting back encroaching plant growth, there are many ways to help! No experience is necessary- we have tasks for all ages and abilities! You can browse available service opportunities below. To register for a workday opportunity, you must first create a volunteer profile on GivePulse. You can browse upcoming volunteer opportunities below or by visiting the Trails and Open Space events page.