Here is a list of current volunteer opportunities available with the Nature Trust:
Nature Trust Representatives for Public Events
Do you love meeting new people? Are you interested in getting involved with the Nature Trust in your community, helping to spread the word about land conservation, stewardship, and the various ways of becoming involved? The Nature Trust is looking to train volunteers to represent the Nature Trust at public events with an informational booth. If you would like to learn more, please email our Engagement Organizer, Bethany at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boundary Line Monitoring & Maintenance
The Nature Trust is recruiting volunteers to take on boundary line monitoring and maintenance work at various nature preserves between April and June. Teams of volunteers will be sent out to Nature Trust nature preserves across the province to locate boundary lines, update boundary markings, and monitor for any issues. The YSC Forest Products Marketing Board and volunteer Rob Neish will be partnering with us to deliver a free boundary line monitoring and maintenance training workshop on Saturday, March 25th near Fredericton to prepare volunteers for the job. Volunteers will learn how to use a map and compass to locate the boundary lines, techniques to find old evidence of boundary markings, proper blazing techniques for upgrading boundary markings, and will learn about the Nature Trust’s stewardship and land use policies. No previous experience necessary but volunteers will need to be prepared to trek through rough terrain and thick brush. Volunteers will be compensated for mileage. All interested volunteers, please contact Stewardship Assistant, Kaela Neil, at email@example.com or 506-453-4886.
Volunteers Needed for Species Data Organizing
The Nature Trust is in the process of developing a new species database and need volunteers to help organize all of the species data we have collected from our nature preserves over the years from botanical inventories, ornithological surveys, scientific research reports, etc. Volunteers will need to go through various forms of surveys and reports to find relevant species data that will be transferred to an excel spreadsheet. All interested volunteers, please contact Stewardship Coordinator, Richelle Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 506-453-4886.
Trail Monitoring and Maintenance Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to walk our trails and report back on their condition and any maintenance needs. We are also looking for volunteers to help us maintain our trails, which involves upkeep for trail markers and signage, clearing branches and vegetation from trail, and cleaning up garbage. If interested, please contact Richelle at email@example.com.
Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program
We are looking for birders to help monitor marsh birds on several of our nature preserves as part of the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program. For more information, contact Richelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for volunteers to help with surveying of flora and fauna on several of our nature preserves this spring. If you would like to learn more, please email our Stewardship Coordinator Richelle at email@example.com.
Community Stewardship Group Leaders and Volunteers
Are you interested in getting involved with the Nature Trust in your community? The Nature Trust is developing stewardship groups for a number of our nature preserves throughout the province, and we are searching for individuals to become dedicated stewards in their own regions. If you would like to learn more, please email our Stewardship Coordinator Richelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Management Plan Writing
We are looking for assistance in writing and updating the management plans for our nature preserves. This task includes interpreting and documenting the ecological, geological and historical features of our properties, as well as identifying directions for action in the future. If you would like to learn more, please contact Richelle at email@example.com
Pro bono legal and accounting advisors/volunteers
Nature Trust is dedicated to the highest standards when it comes to governance and operations of the organization. We are looking for a legal council in regards to new development of policies for the organization. If you are willing to help please contact Renata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors Committee Member
Opportunities are available to join one of the Nature Trust’s board committees, such as stewardship, finance, and more! Participating with us in this way can lead to learning more about the organization, as well as potential for serving on the Board of Directors. For more information, contact Trustee Emeritus Lynn MacKinnon at email@example.com.
If none of these opportunities suit you, the Nature Trust is open to many ideas and suggestions. Also, the organization is often seeking self-starting volunteers to get involved with the following:
- Organizing, or joining, workdays for nature preserves
- Monitoring nature preserves
- Biological inventories
- Fundraising and promotion
- Researching land protection issues
- Desktop publishing
- Graphic design
- Stuffing envelopes
- Trail maintenance
(Updated: February 2017)