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NP Classic Volunteer Positions

The Native Planet Classic, held in the breathtaking North Cascades, is an exciting fun-filled event for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Itís a unique opportunity to enjoy both the great company of the participants AND the charming Western ambience of Winthrop, WA. Thereís also a complete range of accommodations there from tent camping to a sophisticated resort, so it makes a perfect weekend getaway for cyclists, spouses and friends.

Just as important though, is that it is the primary source for funding for Native Planet, an international non-profit organization that facilitates the self-empowerment of traditional peoples worldwide. The pledges raised during this ride provide more than 75% of the funding for our on-site malaria control work and other projects in Indonesia.

You donít need to be a cyclist or a management professional to help us outóall you need is enthusiasm for our cause and the willingness to learn the management and coordination of a ride component for our next June event. We are looking for friendly people who can make a time commitments. Some is hard work, but all our volunteer truly enjoy the experience. Here are the position we need your help for:

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Food Stop Specialists (18 volunteers)

Responsibilities include:
  • Set up the food stops (canopy, tables, etc)
  • Prepare food and drinks for the food stop
  • Warm up and prepare hot coffee (WA Pass only)
  • Greet, congratulate and encourage all the riders
  • Offer riders drinks and food
  • Provide information and directions to the next food stop
  • Share basic info about NP and NPOC
  • Take pictures during the course of the event
  • Help with the disassembly of the food stop and at end of event.
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Vehicle Support Specialists (Drivers) (10 volunteers & 5 vehicles)

Responsibilities include:
  • Driving a support vehicle along the NP Classic route
  • Transport of water and food to food stops
  • Ensure communication between food stops and the barn
  • Offer basic mechanical assistance to riders (i.e. flat tires)
  • Offer encouragements, food , drinks, etc. to riders
  • Transport tired cyclists to the next food stop
  • Transport cyclists with broken equipment
  • Operate as sweep vehicle at the end of the ride
  • Assist with the disassembly and transport of equipment and volunteers at the end of the event.

Note: Drivers who own vehicles able to carry 4 people and two bicycles or more are very welcome, but you don't have to bring your own vehicle to be a vehicle support specialist.

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Kitchen Chef and Assistants (1 chef, 3 assistants)

Responsibilities include:
  • Cook or warm up the dinners at the Barn
  • Serve volunteers' dinner Friday and volunteers and riders' dinner Saturday evening
  • Prepare volunteer's breakfast on Saturday
  • Help clean up all the kitchen and barn at the end of the event (Saturday evening).
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Registration Specialists (8 volunteers)

Responsibilities include:
  • Set up the registration tables on Friday
  • Prepare riders' goodie bags and bibs
  • Register new riders
  • Receive pledge and donation payments
  • Answer basic questions about the ride
  • Collect bib numbers at the start
  • Write down start and finish times
  • Sell NP items (NP kits, water bottles, T-shirts)

Note: 4 people on Friday afternoon are free to ride on Saturday. 4 people on Saturday morning are free to ride the metric century at the end of registration. Drivers or food stop specialists with afternoon shift can do morning registration.

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Accommodation Specialist (1 volunteer)

Responsibilities include:
  • Contact all hotels, motels, lodges, cabins and campgrounds
  • Produce a list of available accommodations to be featured on our website
  • Assist volunteers with accommodations
  • Assist the Sponsorship Manager in negotiating sponsorship and/or discounts for volunteers and participants.

These are done mainly by email and phone. It isnít very time consuming, but starts the fall previous to the event. The Accommodation Specialist would be able to ride the NPC.

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Marketing/PR Specialists

Responsibilities include:
  • Contact all local magazines including Bicycling Paper, Northwest Outdoor Sports, etc., to have the NP Classic event listed in their calendars beginning previous summer
  • Coordinate the printing and distribution of NP Classic event posters and flyers to main cycling shops in Washington State and, if possible Oregon and British Colombia (digital files are designed and ready for printing)
  • Contact cycling clubs and associations to negotiate cross-linking of our website and cross-marketing of our events

These are done mainly by email and phone and may also require some driving and begin in the summer/fall for the following year. This job requires people who are good at PR, marketing and/or have great people skills. The Marketing/PR Specialists would be able to ride the NPC.

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Sponsorship Specialists (5 volunteers)

Responsibilities include:
  • Research and contact potential sponsors for this event including food, energy drinks/foods, hotels, raffle gifts, gifts for top fundraisers, etc.
  • Research sponsorship for the club including cycling equipment and services, etc.
  • Negotiate sponsorship and/or discounts for volunteers

These are done mainly by email and phone beginning in the summer/fall for the following year and require people who are good communicators and have great people skills. The Sponsorship Specialists would be able to ride the NPC.

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