Do you love the Preserve and want to help out? We're always looking for volunteers to help out with office work, trail work, and other positions! Or maybe you have special talents in graphic design, IT, or marketing and advertising would like to give an independent nonprofit nature preserve a hand. Whatever your skills, we'd love your help in keeping the Preserve running, and protecting the beauty of the Lake Myosotis watershed. There are lots of roles volunteers can take at the Preserve.
Fill out the form below to be added to the volunteer email list, and when opportunities arise you'll be emailed about them! For specific inquiries about the positions below, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Bird Count This once a year event is part of a country-wide effort to study winter bird populations. We typically host our bird count on the first Saturday in January. Come count birds on foot or by car with us – no birding experience required!
Trail Assessments Heading out on the trails and want to help us out? Or did some hiking and noticed a tree down or part of a trail overgrow? Please fill out our trail assessment form and email it to email@example.com to help us keep our trails in excellent shape!
Trail Stewards Hike the trails and complete trail assessments while using small hand tools to do minor trimming of branches and weeds that may impede trail walkways. This role is almost exclusively outdoors and available only in the spring, summer, and fall. Volunteers can perform trail assessments by using the assessment form (available online) at any time, or can pick a section of trail they regularly hike and become that section’s guardian – regularly clipping small branches and reporting larger problems to buildings and grounds staff.
Office and Administrative Roles
Photography Hike the trails and take photos of the landscape and animals? Please send them to us! We love to have pictures to share! We also occasionally need volunteer photographers at our events, which frees up staff for other roles while making sure we photographs for social media and exhibits and displays!
Graphic design Have graphic design experience? Please consider helping us out redesigning flyers, posters, and brochures from time to time! Project based work available from time to time on your schedule.
Advertising & Marketing If you’ve got experience with advertising and marketing and a few hours to spare, we’d love your help with reviewing our flyers, brochures, and other materials! We’re also looking for someone with experience with Google Ads campaigns to improve the usage of our Google Ad Grant. Please contact us for details!
Education program and outreach positions Throughout the year the Preserve has tables at festivals and events around the region. Volunteers staffing these tables hand out brochures and other items and encourage people to join our email news list. Volunteers may answer basic questions about the Preserve – where we are, what the trails are like, and what programs we offer – and chat with event visitors about the Preserve. These volunteers are asked to work our event table for a few hours (2-4) typically on weekends during the event, and may set up or break down the table and display board.
Help Preserve staff with festivals at the Preserve by acting as greeters, welcoming guests and handing out programs and brochures, directing traffic, staffing children’s craft tables, or other roles depending on the event. Special events are held a few times a year, and include the Winter festival, Bird festival, and Annual benefit, among other one-time events.
We are also looking people to act as support and teaching assistants for school field trips in the spring and fall, and for helping with guided hikes throughout the year.
Guided Hike Leaders
Were looking for people interested in leading guided hikes on any topic of their choosing to help with our hike program. Know birds, insects, trees, flowers, history, or something else you just love to talk about? This is a great opportunity to share your passions! If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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