As a land trust, the primary mission of the Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) is to protect the Wolf River watershed through conservation easements, land acquisitions, strategic partnerships and outreach and education. Funding comes primarily from private donations, membership fees and WRC-sponsored events. Most programs could not be offered, if it were not for an active volunteer force, including WRC River Guides. The future of most service organizations often rest with the skill and initiatives of its volunteers. The WRC is no different.
Those WRC members interested in becoming Certified WRC River Guides may apply to the WRC River Guide Program. Once accepted, river guide candidates will receive a copy of the requirements checklist, the training manual and other related materials. On behalf of WRC, trainees must aspire to educate themselves, become knowledgeable, not only in leadership paddling skills, but understand the internal workings of the organization itself. The website contains a great deal of information along this line. Trainees should study the River Section Descriptions, the training manual, maps, and photographs and also become familiar with the river itself through experience.
The River Guide Certification Program is a self-guided, set-your-own-pace program. The amount of time needed for certification depends on the candidate's past experience, how much effort one can put into assisting other guides and personal motivation. The WRC staff time is limited, which likely will necessitate following your own initiatives. Some certification events are held only once a year, making it hard to complete the program in less than one year. We recommend candidates set a goal of one to two years to finish the requirements. For additional guidance, trainees may find it helpful to paddle with experienced, already certified river guide . River guides will also be encouraged to mentor graduates of the Wolf River Conservation Corps and to become familiar with this program. Some check-list items can be accomplished by volunteering in the other WRC programs, like the Conservation Corps events.
The WRC recognizes it's certified river guide program as a vital direct link, with members, donors and future volunteers. We sincerely would appreciate your helping us move forward with the WRC mission and the education of those you come in contact with. As questions arise, please feel free to contact our Director of Outreach, Dale Sanders, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 452-6500.