60-hour of volunteer service must be given back to the community to become, and remain, certified each year. Trainees must complete their initial 60 hours of service by December 31st of the year in which they become trained. Each year they must earn 60 hours of service on a calendar year schedule. Volunteers are recognized for their efforts by the chapter, Chapter Community Partners, and the statewide Association.
Volunteer service is given back to Community Partners recognized by the local chapter. Volunteer experiences must related to leadership, citizen science, stewardship, and education. Volunteer hours may also be recorded for providing administrative service to the local chapter. Service must also be designed to benefit the public rather than private entities or exist for personal financial gain.
Care for and maintenance of the land:
Also known as public participation in science:
Leading or designing public programs:
Leadership does not always looks like leading a team of people outdoors. One can be a leader by designing a new program, assisting Chapter Partners with projects beyond the scope of their basic service duties, and contributing time to organize events or help with chapter-related tasks.
All volunteer experiences must include an element of education of the public. Master Naturalists should not only be able to perform the basic tasks described in the volunteer experience, but also be able to add an element of leadership or education beyond the general requirements of the volunteer job duties. Whether that means they are able to accurately communicate the work they are doing in the field on a citizen science assignment to a passerby, or develop educational content (presentations, flyers, blog posts) in support of a stewardship project, or design and lead an educational program, they must be able to demonstrate value-added to the Chapter Community Partners.