A message from the Board President of the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail
“The Betsie Valley Trail is an amazing and widely admired resource which Benzie County citizens are fortunate to have, but it cannot thrive without contributions – both monetary and volunteer – from people like you. Our long term plans for the Trail are robust and the future is bright – but we’re dependent on your support and participation. Please step-up and help to keep this community resource beautiful and safe. Send us your volunteer interest form. I look forward to hearing from you.”
Trail Care Coordinator: The Trail Care Coordinator is our MVP and for the past four years, John Rothhaar has served the Trail well in this position. Unfortunately, John is looking to transition out of the TCC role by next year, so now would be a great time for a potential replacement to work into the position gradually or at least to investigate what is involved. Review a full job description along with a list of the regular maintenance activities managed by the TCC.
Trail Steward (Inspection & Reporting): As one of our Trail Stewards, you will periodically go on the Trail and report any situations that need attention to the Trail Care Coordinator. We encourage Trail Stewards to be on the Trail at least once per week. Training is provided.
Trail Maintenance: There is a broad range of activities required to maintain a beautiful and safe Trail — from simply walking the Trail and picking up debris, to significant work with power equipment to clear downed trees and cut back brush. The significant work is typically scheduled on an ‘as-needed’ basis. As a Trail Maintenance volunteer, you’ll receive emails from the Trail Care Coordinator indicating the date, time, location, type of work planned, and any tools or equipment needed. We don’t work in bad weather and the activity is usually no more than a couple of hours. Training is provided.
Trail Construction: From time to time we build retaining walls, place signposts, and make minor repairs to the Trail and bridges. These projects are directed by the Trail Care Coordinator and are described in email notices to the volunteer list. Notices indicate if special skills are needed, like carpentry, or if particular tools are needed.
Volunteer Coordinator: Work virtually with the Trail Care Coordinator to register volunteers, and to communicate and coordinate volunteers as needed and directed by the TCC. This critically important position requires no more than a couple hours of virtual work per week during the Trail season.
Fundraising Director: We need someone to focus on our fundraising efforts, including: partnerships with local businesses, community events, newsletter mailings, donor development, and more. This year-round role requires five hours per week on average.
Grants Manager: Doing the research necessary to identify available grant monies and then applying for those grants is a position with the potential to really make a significant impact on our mission! If you have experience writing grants and want to help make a better Trail, please let us know! We are happy to have you serve on a single project or on an ongoing basis.
Outreach & Events Coordinator: Work with other staff members to create and manage various fundraising and volunteer drives throughout the year. Activities include: event planning and coordination, contacting members, purchasing supplies, and attending events. The hours needed to devote to this role vary greatly depending on what activities are happening. Some in-season weeks may require a few days to devote to an event.
Communications & Public Relations Director: In addition to being guided by the Friends mission, you would work with the Board and other staff members to develop needed messaging. You would manage all aspects of an effective communications and public relations strategy. This year-round role is critical to our ongoing success. Plan to spend at least five hours per week on various communications-related projects and ongoing channels.
Communications Assistant/Intern: We’re offering Communications Internships to interested local students 16 years of age and up. This is your opportunity to help make a better Trail for our entire community and at the same time, gain valuable experience working with the knowledgeable staff of the Friends of the Trail. Read a full description of this Internship Opportunity and how to apply.