Volunteer safety is the number one concern for DLNR. In order to ensure all volunteers are working in a safe environment DLNR recommends the following:
- Wear appropriate work clothes: long sleeve t-shirt, long pants, cleaned boots/ covered shoes, work gloves, and hat. Avoid slippers/ sandals, shorts, and tank tops.
- Pack and drink lots of water: staying hydrated is very important when working out in the sun for hours at a time. Bring at least 2L of water.
- Pack a lunch / lots of snacks: volunteer work days can last 3-6 hours. For these long work hours it is important to keep your blood sugar up to stay alert and energized.
- Take breaks when necessary: let your site supervisor know when you need to take a break.
- Stay on the trail / stick with site supervisor: Going off trail causes erosion, but it could also lead to you getting injured or lost. If lost, stay put and make plenty of noise until help arrives.
- Properly handle and use all work tools: beware of your surroundings when handling sharp tools, and make sure you are wearing appropriate work gloves.
- Make sure your physical condition is adequate before committing to a service project involving hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc.
Being prepared on arrival at a work site will contribute to a safe and fun workday for all volunteers! For more details regarding volunteer work safety, please view the DLNR volunteer waiver and Hiking Safely Brochure below.