August 26, 2016

Volunteer Registration – Start, Restart, Trail, and Other

Register for Anchorage, Wasilla, Willow & Trail

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Note: Preference may be given to Members.
If you are not a Member yet and would like to learn more about it, click here.
Some volunteer positions are granted only to ITC Members.

Visitors to Alaska Complete the Following

Arrival:
Departure:

Race Headquarters - The Lakefront, Anchorage, A Millennium Hotel
Please check the areas you wish to work

 yes Volunteer Registration Desk
 yes Assist with Educational Events
Questions - Contact Education Director Diane Johnson.
 yes Call Center: Customer Service, Technical assistance, Race Information
Questions - Contact Phone Room coordinator Cheryl Zachary.
 yes Lakefront HQ Sales
 yes Dropped Dogs. Questions: Contact coordinator Kate Swift.

Anchorage Start, Saturday
Please check the areas you wish to work. Start Coordinator: Karl Heidelbach.

 yes Musher Parking - Early Saturday Morning
Provide early morning security and assist Mushers in locating their staging/parking place.
 yes Trail Guard - Public Relations/Safety, Start Day (Saturday)
Positions available from 4th Ave to BLM Headquarters. Duties include keeping trail clear of pedestrians; adding snow back to the trail at roadway/trail crossings.
 yes Security - Public Relations/Safety
Duties include keeping public separate from race participants, staffing public crossings of staging areas and keeping the trail open within the staging area.
 yes VIP Liaisons - Public Relations
Assist Idita-Riders and family members in locating their mushers. Provide escort to Public Officials and Honored Guests.
 yes IditaRider Program Volunteers - Assist with the Friday IditaRider meeting and as needed, may include some assistance on Saturday.
 yes Dog Handlers, Special training & certificate required. Volunteers should be physically fit! Volunteers will assist mushers from parking space to Starting Line on 4th Ave. Questions - Contact Dog Handler coordinator Rae DeLey.

 Yes Check here if already certified (MUST be 18 years or older). If you are not certified and would like to take the Dog Handler class, contact Sara Lamont to register. Class is filled on a first come basis. Limit 75.

 yes Wherever Needed, Start Day
 yes End of Anchorage Start at the BLM
BLM Volunteers needed in multiple positions: Dog Handlers, Security, Trail Guard, and VIP Liaison. Volunteers should be familiar with Anchorage and have transportation.

Willow Re-start, Sunday and Monday
Please check the areas you wish to work. Restart Coordinator: Darrell Davis.

 yes Volunteer Check-in, 6am first shift - 4pm last shift.
Check in and registration of volunteers as they arrive for duty. Includes verifying registration status, dispensing armbands, and helping volunteers locate their assigned position. (Restart Day: Sunday)
 yes Load Truck - Wasilla ITC
 yes Unload Truck - Wasilla ITC
Involves loading all equipment and fencing at the storage facility and transporting it by truck to Willow and unloading it. This takes places on Saturday. The equipment is then reloaded on to the truck on Sunday evening after the event and transported back to Wasilla, where it will be unloaded and returned to storage Monday morning.
 yes Early Morning Setup/Musher Parking, Restart Day/Sunday
Provide early morning security and assist Mushers in locating their staging/parking place. Includes assembly of fencing to secure staging and chute areas as well and set up of other equipment required at the event. These activities may occur on the day before or the early morning of the Start and/or Restart.

 Yes Check here if you have any physical restrictions that would prevent you from walking through potentially deep snow or impair your ability to lift/carry heavy objects

 yes Trail Guard
A trail guard is an individual that would be placed at a street or road crossing to control vehicle as well as pedestrian traffic. These locations typically are somewhat further away from the re-start line. The goal being to ensure the safety of both dog teams as well as spectators. You might have to walk thru deep snow or lift and carry heavy objects or be required to add snow back to the trail at crossings that are heavily trafficked.
 yes Security - Public Relations/Safety
Typically positioned at public crossings in and around the chute and staging area. Their goal is to keep the public separated from the competitors, controlling the flow of spectators passing through those crossings, maintaining the integrity of fencing, and keeping the trail cleared for the competitors.
 yes Traffic Control/Parking
 yes Dog Handlers - Special training & certificate required. Volunteers should be physically fit! Volunteers will assist mushers from parking space to Starting Line. Questions- Contact Dog Handler coordinator Sara Lamont.

 Yes Check here if already certified (MUST be 18 years or older). If you are not certified and would like to take the Dog Handler class, contact Sara Lamont to register. Class is filled on a first come basis. Limit 75.

 yes Tear Down, Evening after Restart

Race Communications and Stats
Communications Coordinator: Molly Farr.

 Yes Headquarter Comms at Lakefront Anchorage
 Yes Checkpoint Comms (Trail dates depend on checkpoint assignment)
 yes Race Stats at Lakefront Anchorage

Before Race Week

 Yes Make Foot Ointment - Wasilla HQ
 Yes People Food Drop - Airland Transport, Anchorage.
 Yes Straw Drop - Airland Transport, Anchorage.
 Yes Musher Food Drop - Airland Transport, Anchorage.
 Yes Hauling Food Drop Load Out - Willow Airport, Anchorage
 Yes Jr. Iditarod - Wasilla. Contact Jr. Iditarod through Joanne Potts.
 Yes Media Conference
 Yes Banquet Hostess. Questions- Contact Banquet coordinator Debbie Doherty.

Additional Needs During the Year

 Yes Office Help - Wasilla HQ
 Yes Ballot Counting, 7am, Last Saturday in June
 Yes Help at Volunteer Picnic - Wasilla HQ
 Yes Unloading Trailers at ITC - Date to be announced (after the race, about 2nd week of April)

Veterinarian Care: THIS AREA is filled in advance by trained volunteers for the most part. This is the area volunteers for the following positions sign up: ECG/Blood work program, chip checking at the start, working at checkpoints with dropped dogs, trail veterinarians and the P-team.

 Yes I have been accepted as a Vet Tech (February to early March) working with the head vet technician.
 yes I have been accepted to work dropped dog on trail at one of the hubs working with the dropped dog coordinator.
 yes I am a member of the chip checking team.
 yes I have been accepted as a member of the the P Team working with Dr. Craig.
 yes I am Veterinarian working with Dr. Nelson.
 yes I have not been accepted in one of the above areas but would like to be considered should there be an opportunity. (Please share information about yourself in the comment section.)

Checkpoint Trail Positions
Checkpoint Trail positions for volunteers are limited. These volunteers are generally responsible for set-up, maintenance and dis-assembly of the Checkpoint. Assignment to these positions is most often based on previous experience and current skills. Many positions are held by volunteers who live along the Trail Route. These positions require long hours and work is performed outside in the winter weather during the Race. The time availability requirement for these Checkpoint Trail positions is a minimum of 6 days and some assignments can be as long as 16. To be considered for a Checkpoint Trail position, experience as a volunteer in other areas of the Race is a must.

 Yes Checkpoint Trail Position

Additional Information

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Important: Before you can continue with the application process, you must declare your acceptance of the terms outlined in the Release Form (PDF 44k)*. If your application is accepted, you will be required to sign the Release Form before or while checking in at Iditarod Race Headquarters at the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel for assignments.

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