The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run could not exist without the efforts of over 70 volunteers. Event organizers are always looking to welcome new volunteers….can we count you in?

The unofficial motto of the Mail Run is “ALL THAT’S GREAT ABOUT THE CARIBOO IN THE WINTER”

The Mail Run can involve getting up close to active working sled dogs, with opportunities to become involved as dog handler and to meet and befriend the participants who travel to Quesnel from many interesting places

Volunteer involvement may require travel to locations away from Quesnel. Checkpoints (where the action happens) are located between Quesnel and Barkerville and the event is run over a three day period

Some volunteer positions may require travel on a snowmobile over the Mail Run trail

Some volunteer tasks require extra physical effort, a chance for a workout in the great outdoors

Volunteer positions include involvement with the development, sale, hand cancelling and packaging for delivery of the famous Mail Run envelopes

Volunteers help with publicity, registration, awards, food preparation and greeting visitors

Volunteering offers an opportunity to participate in a unique living history event that celebrates an exciting part of our Canadian heritage while enjoying ALL THAT’S GREAT ABOUT THE CARIBOO IN THE WINTER

Official Mail Run volunteers are rewarded just like registered participants…after all, everyone is participating in their own way. Lead Dog Volunteers will receive a 2017 mug, patch and certificate. Team Dog volunteers will receive a 2017 Patch and special participation certificate.

Appropriate safety gear must be worn at all times. Certainly when outdoors, warm winter clothing is required and if your volunteer task involves working with machines or equipment, accepted safety procedures will be followed. Fluorescent safety vests will be worn by all outdoor volunteers during the Mail Run, which will also serve to identify you as a Mail Run volunteer.

The Mail Run is a family event, participants of all ages are welcome. It is also a challenging outdoor event that travels over harsh terrain in difficult conditions. No alcohol will be consumed by volunteers or participants during the running of any “on trail” or outdoor events.

"To volunteer for the Mail Run, please email Melody - click here "

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updated April 6, 2017

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"To volunteer for the 2018 Mail Run, please stay tuned for more info". Below you can see samples of positions needed.

Vacant Positions:

We will be needing volunteers to hand cancel envelopes on the evenings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 23, 24 and 25, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. (subject to change as volume may cause delays in the schedule) at the Quesnel Main Post Office.”  From “This is a fun-filled job……”  

Positions needed to be filled urgently:

Trail Co-ordinator Tim Patchett is looking for snowmobile volunteers to assist with trail preparation and marking and to provide safety back-up on one or more of the three days of the Mail Run (January 26 - 29, 2017).  Volunteers are asked to use their own machines, fuel will be provided)  You can email Tim click here, or call him at 250 992-5082

We are looking for one or two people to help with the Venues Set Up  and Take Down, Parking and Crowd Control.  Does this appeal to you?

This job entails working all three days of the event, Friday, Saturday  and Sunday outdoors.  You would be helping the experienced men who  have done this job for several years.  Basically it involves setting  up banners, signs, fencing etc. before and taking them down after the  events each day.  You will be given a safety vest for the time you are working.  There will be valuable participation awards (crest and a certificate) and free food on both Friday and Sunday.