Volunteering

Annual service

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60-hour of volunteer service must be given back to the community to become, and remain, certified each year. Trainees have a year from the course start date to complete the initial 60 hours of service. Each year they must earn 60 hours of service on a calendar year schedule. Volunteers are recognized for their efforts by the chapter, Natural Resource Community Partners, and the statewide Association.

Type of service

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Volunteer service is given back to Natural Resource Community Partners recognized by the local chapter. Volunteer experiences must related to 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.

sample volunteer opportunities

Stewardship

Care for and maintenance of the land:

  • Trail maintenance
  • Cactus rescue
  • Wildlife habitat planting
  • Assistance with land management and land management decisions

Citizen science

Also known as public participation in science:

  • Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring
  • Wildlife camera data collection and analysis
  • Native seed counting and organization
  • eBird or other bird counts

Education and outreach

Leading or designing public programs:

  • Interpretive presentations at parks
  • Development of educational materials
  • Hosting hikes or lectures
  • Staffing a booth or table at an event

Educational value

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 Natural Resource Community Partner.