Organizing & Running Trail Work
This page contains a Hand Book for Park Representatives and describes responsibilities and suggestions for running a vibrant and successful volunteer group with JORBA.
Advocacy and Organizing
Familiarize yourself with IMBA’s Advocacy and Organizing Page. There’s a plethora of great information there.
Minimum Requirements for Chapters
All Chapter Leaders and Park Reps must be paid members of JORBA.
Not only is it proper to support the mother-ship for her support, it’s required by our insurance carrier (JORBA maintains insurance which includes liability coverage for trail work days).
All parks should have a Park Rep leader and a co-leader (or an alternate), as well as other capable people that are willing to take on some responsibility (trail bosses, organizational needs, etc.). The Park Reps must be paid members of JORBA. The reason for this is many:
• Monolithic organizations eventually fail due to boredom and burnout by the “larger than life” leader. JORBA and the chapters should have a leader with many people trained and ready to step in and lead at any time. What is a “monolithic organization”? You’ve seen it before… this is the organization where one person does all the work and volunteers are not (intentionally or not) given and opportunity to lead. As a chapter leader, you NEED someone to help you get through the ups-and-downs that come with this game. If you do not have someone that can help you out, either when you need a break, or you have a conflict, you need to make this a goal this season.
• A chapter leader may not be able to attend and run trail crews every time a trail work schedule is announced. Instead of canceling when the chapter lead cannot attend, let the alternate take the task. as a leader you should feel ok with delegating this task to a trusted individual, once that person is identified.
• Separation of concerns: A large chapter may want to have specializations in trail work bosses and social or ride leaders. Have people ready to step in take on a trail work day, and have other run the social rides. Do you need to do it all? No! Surround yourself with bright passionate people and let them lead and share in the satisfaction of a job well done!