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Volunteer of the Year 2019 – Gary Olson

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is successful because of many people and organizations. Our Volunteers are a vital part of that success, the meat, and bones, the heart and soul of our program. They make things happen with our students and in the background.

Your time, skill, devotion and energy are some of our most valuable assets!

We welcome your participation and eagerly look forward to a fun-filled and rewarding time for all!

Volunteer Opportunities

Outdoor Operations:
Teaching and assisting teaching people with disabilities to ski and snowboard in winter or learning new skills on summer adventures. Skiers, snowboarders, fishermen, kayakers, climbers, outdoors-people, handy-people…anyone with the appropriate skills who’s willing to work (and have fun) is welcome to apply.
Second Chance Thrift Shop:
Our retail store has become a significant part of our organization, and has been growing and growing since it was first opened. If you love racking up sales in a super fun, fast-paced environment, you’ll love being part of this exciting team!
Fundraising:
We have several opportunities for volunteers to help with our fundraising efforts. You could assist with fundraising events such as our Island Extravaganza event or Reach the Peak email campaign, or volunteer to help with fundraising for our National Wounded Warrior Center. Contact us to see what is the best fit for you!
Qualifications:
 Both skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to volunteer with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. All Winter Program volunteers should be strong intermediate to advanced skiers who can demonstrate a balanced stance, (hips over feet, knees over toes). Snowboard volunteers who do not meet the skiing criteria may still volunteer if they have prior professional snowboard instruction experience.Volunteers receive a complimentary lift ticket for use on the day they teach and a transferable, complimentary ticket for every 6 hours worked. Volunteers also receive access to on-snow training clinics during the season and are encouraged to become a certified adaptive instructor. Alpine and Snowboard Volunteer Instructors must attend a 2-day (returning Instructors) or a 3-day (new Instructors) training session in November or December and complete appropriate paperwork a background screen prior to training.Nordic Volunteers should be strong intermediate to advanced skiers who can demonstrate a balanced stance and have the capability to assist another individual. Nordic Instructors must attend a half day policies and procedures module and a 1-day on snow training scheduled in the fall or early winter and complete a background screen.Volunteers interested in winter opportunities should submit their applications in fall. On snow volunteers new to DSES are asked to pass a skills assessment during the first day of training to ensure they can safely and competently instruct skiing or snowboarding students. The background screen is not required prior to the skills assessment, but should be initiated upon successful completion of the assessment. Applications received after start-up trainings are complete will be forwarded to the following year’s trainings.Summer Program volunteers should have a general knowledge of summer outdoor activities. Skills including camping, hiking, rock climbing, boating-fishing, kayaking, nature, etc. will be helpful. Some training will be provided. Volunteers interested in summer opportunities should submit their applications in spring. Applications received after start-up trainings are complete will be forwarded to the following year’s trainings.For General Help Year-Round – General Help volunteers should have handyman, fix-it type skills or office skills and be ready to work! We will consider anyone with special skills. Volunteer hours can be counted as community service hours. 
Background Checks:
 Background screening is required to assure the safety of our students and staff. DSES utilizes the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to conduct this screening. DSES will provide you, as a volunteer, with a self-registration ID number. You can then simply go to their secure website and input your information. This may take 10 to 15 minutes. In approximately 10 days your screening will be complete and a designated member of our staff will receive a message regarding your screen that will be either a green light or a red light. If you get a green light, you are good to go and no further action will be required. If you receive a red light, you may be asked for more information from NCSI. Upon completion of your screen we will then determine if you are eligible to be a volunteer. We might require additional information from you. At no time will we receive any of your personal data, other than what may have caused a red light to appear. Your screen will be good for three years, at which time we may ask you to perform another screen to get everything up to date. You will need to have a completed background check prior to attending winter/summer start-up training. A completed background check means we have received the green light from NCIS so you need to complete the online portion of this at least two weeks prior to your scheduled start-up training session. The cost for this screen is $36.25 which we ask you to pay. If you have an issue with providing your information over the internet, there is an option for hard copy service which can be submitted by mail, although this will take a few more days to complete. There is an additional $5 fee for paper applications. More information is found here or call the DSES office 760.934.0791. 
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2019-2020 Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

I or my minor child or conservatee (collectively, “I”, “my”, or “me”) have voluntarily applied to participate in programs, related events, and activities of DISABLED SPORTS EASTERN SIERRA (the “Program”). I acknowledge that participation in the Program, including skiing, snowboarding, summer outdoor sports, any related winter and summer activities, and any use of the facilities associated with those activities are HAZARDOUS. I have made a voluntary choice to participate in the Program despite the inherent risks that it presents which include, but are not limited to, variations in terrain, snow conditions, weather conditions, visual perception, moguls, cliffs, rocks, forest growth, debris, man-made and natural objects, and other users of the facilities. I also agree that there may be other risks not known to me or not reasonably foreseeable at this time. In consideration of my participation in the Program, I agree to ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH associated with the Program, including all mountain transportation such as lifts.
I agree that prior to participating, I will inspect to the best of my abilities, or if a parent and/or legal guardian, I will instruct the minor participant to inspect to the best of his/her abilities, the facilities and equipment to be used. If I have any concerns about the equipment or facilities, I will immediately advise Disabled Sports of any such condition and refuse to participate.
Notice to MONO-SKI and BI-SKI SKIERS: To get up the ski hill, all skiers use a chair lift. As a sit-down skier, you will ride the chair lift in your mono-ski or bi-ski and will, with assistance, unload the lift by dropping down as much as three feet onto the unloading ramp. In this unloading process, your hips and back must be able to sustain the “jolt” or jarring that will occur. Falling is an inherent risk of skiing. In this case, your arms, shoulders, and back must be able to sustain the jolting or jarring that will occur. If you believe either unloading or tipping onto your side may cause you pain or injury, consult your doctor and discuss with Disabled Sports before attempting this activity.
In consideration for being permitted to participate in the Program, I AGREE TO RELEASE FROM ANY LEGAL LIABILITY AND AGREE NEVER TO SUE Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area LLC, June Mountain Ski Area, the United States of America, Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service, special event organizers, sponsors, and all of their successors, heirs, assigns, directors, officers, partners, investors, shareholders, members, agents, employees, owners, landowners, parent and subsidiary companies, and affiliated companies and ski areas (collectively herein, “Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra”) for injury or death resulting from my participation in the Program and/or from the use of the facilities of Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, and/or Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, including, but not limited to, the use of buildings and premises, chairlifts, equipment, instruction, special events, and search and/or rescue (hereafter collectively referred to as “Use of the Facilities”), regardless of the cause, including the alleged NEGLIGENCE, breach of warranty, implied liability, or any other legal theories of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. I further AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra for any claims, lawsuits, damages, attorney fees, costs or judgments arising out of my participation in the Program and/or my Use of the Facilities.
I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY THAT IS VALID FOREVER, and will apply whenever I participate in the Program. I understand that this RELEASE OF LIABILITY will prevent me, my minor child or conservatee, or my heirs and assigns from filing suit or making any claim for damages in the event of injury or death to myself or to any person or property which may result from my participation in the Program. Additionally, in the event I file or my minor child or conservatee or any legal representative files a claim or a lawsuit arising out of my participation in the Program or my Use of the Facilities, I AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra for any damages, attorney’s fees, or costs arising out of such a claim or a lawsuit. With a full understanding of this agreement, I nevertheless enter into this agreement freely and voluntarily and agree that it is binding upon me, my minor child or conservatee, my heirs, assigns and legal representatives.
I hereby authorize Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to copyright, use, or reproduce my image and/or likeness in photographs, video tapes and films in which I, the undersigned, or the minor participant, appear while enrolled in any of their programs for any purpose, without compensation or restriction and without incurring any debts or liabilities to me of any kind.
I understand that by signing this Agreement, I agree to be legally bound by its terms, which limits my legal rights and supersedes any other agreement or representations by or between the parties hereto. I understand and agree that this agreement is severable and that if any clause is found to be invalid, the offending clause will be stricken and the balance of the contract will remain in effect and will be valid and enforceable. This contract is intended to provide a comprehensive release of liability, but is not intended to assert any claims or defenses which are prohibited by law. I agree that any action will be brought in the County of Mono, State of California. Any disputes will be subject to and determined under the laws of the State of California.