Become a Lake Tahoe Ambassador

By Shanie Matthews | Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Do you want to represent Lake Tahoe and all of the beauty that she offers?

The community of Lake Tahoe is looking for ambassadors to assist in educating visitors about destination stewardship, litter control and natural conservation. Placer County as well as local businesses created this exclusive ambassador program to help protect Lake Tahoe. Ambassadors will have a monumental role in creating positive change to ever-growing issues we are facing in Lake Tahoe: increased littering and vandalism of our natural landscape. 

Erin Casey, principal management analyst for Placer County, describes the desire for the program: “Our hope is that coordinated clean-up efforts combined with increased trash pickup service and the placement of additional receptacles and signage will evoke permanent change across eastern Placer County. Community outreach and visitor education will further support the infrastructure updates we have implemented to address these issues.”

Ambassadors will assist in various Lake Tahoe conservatory programs including increasing communication surrounding litter clean up, the delivery and handing out of personal protection equipment such as face masks and gloves and trash clean-up. A major role of the ambassadors is to create community outreach and education for visitors in regards to littering, staying safe during COVID initiatives and supporting the area in remaining pristine. Examples of duties include supporting existing community litter control days while also advocating safety to assist in helping local businesses remain open and flourishing. For example, ambassadors will be able to provide hand sanitizer, face masks and yard signs to assist in our community cleanups. 

Jeffrey Hentz, CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, explains: "We recognize the innate need to keep North Lake Tahoe communities safe and local businesses open. Our goal is to provide opportunities for full-time residents to participate in and also educate and activate visitors and part-time residents to support these efforts and get involved with various aspects of destination stewardship — taking care of the environment as if it was their own home.

To learn more about the Ambassador Program, visit the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Volunteers will need to fill out an application and review a short training video. Ambassadors will be provided with proper personal protection equipment and education materials and will be able to select hours and days they want to volunteer. Each ambassador will be asked to log their time each week. The program will run year-round and is open to full-time and part-time residents and visitors.

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About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.