What’s Involved

Volunteers are welcome to join any ICO outing.  Assistance is always needed and appreciated!  Volunteers accompany the hikes, interacting with the kids and supporting the leader. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and have fun!

General Hike Logistics
Hikes occur throughout the week, but mostly on Saturdays.  Although there are some longer hikes and over night trips, most hikes are day hikes and are approximately 1.5 to 4 miles in length.

The 4 Steps To Becoming an ICO Volunteer

  1. Join the Sierra Club!
  2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation.
    All meetings are held at the Sierra Club Office:

    8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 101
    San Diego, CA 92111

    Review our calendar page for dates and times.

  3. Complete the ICO Application Packet.
    (available in both PDF.)

    Send it to our Volunteer Coordinator:

    Bill Tayler
    1804 Garnet Ave., No. 505
    San Diego, CA 92109

The following table illustrates the detailed requirements for volunteering, becoming a leader, assisting, and being a guest on an ICO outing.

Requirement Volunteer Leader Assistant Guest
Be At Least 18 Years of Age Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sierra Club Membership Yes Yes Yes No
Signed Volunteer Application Yes Yes Yes No
Signed Code of Ethics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signed Volunteer Agreement Yes Yes Yes No
Background Check Yes Yes Yes No
Good driving record (DMV record) Yes Yes Yes No
1st Aid /CPR or Wilderness 1st Aid No Yes No No
SD ICO Leader Training No Yes No No
Qualified in skill for trip No Yes Yes No
Assist on at least two trips No Yes No No
Lead ‘checkout’ trip No Yes No No