Volunteer Recognition Awards
NBTC Lifetime Achievement Award
NBTC Volunteer of the Year Award
NBTC Unsung Hero Award
Since 1963 volunteers have been the driving force behind the Bruce Trail. Volunteers assume many different roles. Some are responsible for contacting land owners, for marking the route, or for ongoing trail maintenance. Others plan hikes in their communities, promote the trail at events, or simply help out as needed in occasional activities. Today, more than 1,500 volunteers support the work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, serving as caretakers of the Bruce Trail.
This is your chance to help secure the Bruce Trail, share your experiences and develop lasting friendships. Volunteering with the Niagara Bruce Trail Club (NBTC) allows you to choose from a variety of opportunities with various levels of commitment. From the boardroom to the Trail, volunteers typically commit between 4 to 16 hours a month to their positions.
We currently have openings for Six Land Ambassadors. Our landowner ambassadors help us to maintain relationships with our local Landowners. We are looking for personable, friendly people who can connect with our landowners along the trail. Your interaction with landowners includes delivering tokens of appreciation and dealing with issues/concerns that may arise.Read more about this rewarding role here.
We also have the following openings:
Land Stewardship Director: The Land Stewardship Director is responsible for the regular care and maintenance of BTC properties located within the jurisdiction of the Niagara Club in accordance with the BTC Land Stewardship policies and procedures. They are responsible for the recruitment, training, and development of Land Stewards and they represent the Niagara Bruce Trail Club at the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s Land Stewardship meetings.
Director at Large: The Director-at-large takes part in ad-hoc or recurring committees or special projects on a regular basis. Ideally, this person will also train to eventually take over another board role when a board member retires.
AGM Planning Committee Volunteers: The AGM planning committee is looking for two or three volunteers to be part of the planning for the club’s Annual General Meeting. The planning is already underway for this year’s meeting, so the time commitment is not too onerous. Most meetings will held through Zoom.
Logistics & Supplies Coordinator: You may have noticed our tent, posters, signs, merchandise, etc., at several events. It takes coordination and physical labour to move all these items to various locations so we’re looking for one or two individuals to assist our Media Relations team with this task. You would assist in transporting and setting up these items at the various events the club participates in throughout the year. This is a great way to meet people.
A Brief Description of Some of the Volunteer Roles
Board Members - meet once a month (except July & August). Act in the best interests of the club with a focus on promoting the values of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
Trail Captains - Trail captains are assigned to a small section (approximately 2-5km) of the trail to clear for hikers to pass. You would be expected to trim branches and shrubs, re-paint blazes and report any large downed trees or any other trail concerns. The Trail Captain must complete an Online Status Report for their section every spring and fall.
Trail Monitors - Trail monitors are assigned small sections of the trail. They act as a second set of eyes on the trail. They can do minor maintenance but report larger problems to the Trail Captain.
Landowner Ambassadors: This new role is an important one for developing good relations with our ever important Landowners. We are looking for personable, friendly volunteers who would connect with our landowners along the trail. Your interaction with landowners include delivering tokens of appreciation and dealing with issues/concerns that may arise.
Hike Leaders - Show your joy of hiking by leading members and non-members around the Niagara Peninsula. As a new hike leader you will be trained through Hike Ontario. You may select the route, pace and terrain of your hikes. We encourage leaders to take on at least a couple hikes per quarter.
Land Stewards -Each year the BTC spends from $1 to $2 million on land purchases, preserving hundreds of acres of Escarpment landscape and Bruce Trail corridor forever. As a Land Steward you would be expected to walk (twice a year) and assess some of the most vulnerable landscapes to ensure that they are looked after.
Public Relations - From time to time we are invited to have a table at various events around the Niagara Peninsula. If you would like to spend some time talking to others about the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Niagara Bruce Trail Club and all things Bruce this is the job for you.
Trail Angel - We often receive requests to help out small groups of hikers who need a car shuttle. It involves meeting the hikers at the end point of their hike at a specific time, then driving them to the start of the hike. Trail Angels get to meet new hikers, be wonderful ambassadors for the Niagara Bruce Trail Club and feel good about helping someone. In lieu of compensation, we suggest hikers make a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
Social - As a social volunteer, you can show off your cooking/baking skills. You would be called on to help as a check-point volunteer for our event hikes, supplying food for hungry hikers. You may also help out club social functions by providing food or helping in the kitchen.