Minimum age 16
We need volunteers in many areas! We hope you’ll find your “niche” in the descriptions listed below. You can specialize in one area, or do a little bit of everything! You don’t have to be well-versed in your area of interest before signing up. You will be paired with a staff member and/or an experienced volunteer for training, and will not be on your own until you feel comfortable doing so.
Nature Center Steward (includes office responsibilities)
- Interact with and greets all visitors, dispense information, answer phones, make program reservations, etc.
- Includes some office duties, including word processing.
- Must be outgoing and enjoy working with the public.
- Become familiar with basic Nature Center operations and develop knowledge of the Preserve’s plants, animals, and habitats.
Children’s Program Leader or Assistant (to include school field trips, camps, scouts, etc.)
- May assist staff and/or lead students during activities that may include hikes, boardwalk tours, dipnetting, crafts, etc. Most children’s programs occur on weekdays.
- Assist with any set up of materials and/or equipment necessary for activities.
- Help keep students in a group and assist instructor as requested. Most activities will be outdoors and some will include hiking through various terrains, including mud and water.
- Remain after activity has ended to help clean and put away materials and/or equipment. Must enjoy working outdoors with students of all ages. Must become familiar with various activities to know what equipment and/or materials are needed for each.
Canoe and/or Kayak Assistant
- Help with a variety of public and specialty canoe and kayak outings. These programs include school field trips, family outings, visiting camps and others.
- Programs vary from one to three hours and are offered on both weekends and weekdays at varying times.
- Help with setup and breakdown. This includes unloading boats before outing and getting supplies together for trip, including radios, first aid kit, paddles, life vests, etc.
- May be asked to paddle with children and inexperienced adults
- May act as sweep boat, keeping the group together and assisting with rescues.
- Must be a fairly adept paddler and be able to lift the canoes and kayaks off and back onto storage racks.
- Must enjoy working outdoors and working with the public.
- Must be physically fit.
- Group or independent trail clearing and trail maintenance (may include use of approved herbicide).
- Exotic plant removal and restoration days scheduled 1-2 days per year.
- Patrol Preserve properties. Monitor general condition along trail, and may remove trash, prune and trim brush. Report if any action is needed.
- Become familiar with native and exotic plants and learn to distinguish between the two.
- Monitor preserve areas as assigned to determine plant and animal activities such as what’s blooming, who’s nesting, water levels, etc.
- Must be physically able to do occasional strenuous activities such as hiking in the swamp, digging, chopping, etc.
Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Bush via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to request a volunteer application!