Anyone can do it
Cascade events are made possible by volunteers, through roles both big and small. And thanks to the diversity of volunteer roles available, anyone can contribute, without any previous experience.

You can participate and volunteer
Most day-of-event volunteer roles are broken up into shifts, typically 60-90 minutes long, meaning that you can usually participate in the event and volunteer on the same day!

Perks for you
Volunteers get volunteer points! Use your points when pre-registering for future CascadeOC events, and orienteer for free! (3 points = 1 free entry)

Benefit the club, benefit you!
Volunteers ensure that CascadeOC events run smoothly. When events run smoothly, then CascadeOC is able to add more events to the calendar!

Ready to sign up now? We’d love to have you! Sign up to volunteer for an upcoming event at the registration site.




The next level

Are you able to spend some time helping the club in between events? There are many tasks happening behind the scenes which can always use more volunteers to make light work.

If you’re interested in any of these roles, send mail to, we’d love to have you join the team!

Keep others accountable to a schedule, solicit updates, layout and edit content.

Permanent Courses
COC has permanent courses located at many parks across Puget Sound. Occasionally markers are vandalized, removed due to construction, or otherwise in need of repair or replacement. Can you adopt a park or two? Even simply monitoring for issues is helpful!

Comfortable working in WordPress? You can help provide support for series directors and others posting items to the website. We’re also in search of a site administrator to help with updates and light edits to the custom theme (PHP/HTML).

COC gets requests from various groups (scouts, schools, etc) for one-off orienteering trainings. Do you have general availability and would you be willing to help with these requests? Typically this would involve finding a park where a permanent course already exists and providing roughly the same level of instruction as day-of-meet beginner instruction.

Course Design
We’re always looking for more course designers. We typically hold a course design seminar every year or two, and we’re happy to pair you with an experienced designer if you’d like some support!

Epunch / Results
The e-punch team is always looking for new members. You’ll need to be tech savvy to learn the results software and processes and be able to commit to helping at events throughout the year. Sign up to be the finish line data entry volunteer to get a taste if you’re interested!

and more!
Have skills you think are applicable but not listed here? Let us know! We also have a few paid contract positions such as event director and land use coordinator listed on the about page.

Day of Meet Volunteer Role Descriptions


  • Check-in day-of-event registrants and pre-registered participants
  • Collect money and give change

This role is great for learning people’s names!


  • Maintain the time and flow of participants at the start
  • Verify that everyone has cleared their e-punch and taken the correct map
  • Give a short briefing to each start wave

Be a part of the start line energy!

Clear or Start Monitor

  • Ensure that all participants punch the clear or start box

Save someone from a bad day.

Finish Assistant

  • Enter day-of-meet registrations
  • Type in corrections

Help our finish crew focus on processing results!

Newcomer Instruction

Hang out near registration and provide basic instruction to newcomers. Use a beginner course map to show newcomers what a map and course look like.

Cover the basics of:

  • Punching the start, a control, the finish, and downloading
  • Orienting the map, thumbing your location, and choosing a route
  • Understanding the map colors and symbols
  • Safety information, such as course closure and how to use a whistle

Make newcomers feel welcome.

Control Pick-up

At course closure time, ask the Meet Director to determine which controls you can pick up and bring back to the registration area.

A great way to do some more orienteering!