Conservation Ambassador – events throughout Washington, March through October 2015
If you enjoy meeting new people and spending time outdoors, we need you! Help us spread the word about the work we are doing in Washington, and reach out to potential members and volunteers to help them figure out how they too can get involved in conservation. We are looking for a team of people who are avid conservation conversationalists and who can represent The Nature Conservancy in a professional manner at community events across the state.
Orientation for this role is scheduled for Saturday March 28th.
“On-call” Government Relations Helper – Based out of Seattle office
With the legislative session in full-swing we are looking for someone in the downtown Seattle area with reliable transportation (could be a bike!) who is willing to be “on-call” for Government Relations. Tasks could include picking up or delivering petitions, delivering supplies to staff, or even setting up meetings.
Marketing Events Manager – Based out of Seattle office
Looking to gain hands on experience in Marketing and non-profit work? We have a desire to get out into the community and hold more events where we meet our supporters, partners and future supporters face-to-face. The volunteer selected for this role will take the lead on all aspects of these events ranging for selecting dates and locations to getting the word out and drawing people to the events and managing RSVPs – and learn a whole lot about TNC in the process!
Reception Assistant – Based out of Seattle office
Be the voice and face of The Nature Conservancy in Washington! We are looking for volunteers with strong organizational and customer service skills to assist with answering phones and routing calls, greeting and directing visitors, setting up meetings, organizing supplies, sorting mail. From time to time, we may also ask for help with additional tasks such as filing, data entry, preparing mailings, etc. Shifts are Monday – Friday from 10am-2pm (each volunteer will be responsible for one shift per week.) Because this volunteer position will take at least one month with which to become familiar and will require a lot of staff time for training, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 6 months of volunteering, once per week, on a set schedule.
Gratitude Team – Based out of Seattle office
Help to warmly welcome the newest members to The Nature Conservancy with a simple, brief, introductory phone call, handwritten note, and/or email. The intentions are only to welcome them to the organization, answer any initial questions that they may have, learn why they joined, provide them with opportunities to get actively involved in the great work we do right here in Washington, and give them an actual human contact point if they have any follow up questions. There is no expectation to talk about contributions or finances, only to make them feel welcome and appreciated. The time commitment is one 4-5 hour shift per month, which will take place in the evening in our downtown Seattle office.
Become an Invasive Weed specialist! Dates vary
As our land base grows we are going to need more volunteers with skills in identifying and controlling invasive plants on our preserves. If you would like to develop these skills and help manage The Nature Conservancy’s preserves in Washington, The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other state and local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the WSDA, they are gearing up for their fourth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. They have invited volunteers to attend one of their trainings in March, April or May. If this is of interest to you please let me know and I will forward you the dates. Once you’re trained follow up with me and we will dispatch you to Nature Conservancy lands.
Coming up: Earth Month activities
April is Earth month and we have many ways for you to get involved! Here’s what we have so far, and we may announce more!
Environmental Priorities Coalition Phonebank – Seattle, Wednesday April 1st 5:30-7:30pm
Mobilize environmental activists around the two main priorities for this legislative session – the Oil Transportation Safety Act and the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act. Dinner is provided!
Fisher Slough Tree Maintenance – Mount Vernon, WA, Friday April 17th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Come see one of the most innovative conservation projects in Western Washington where The Nature Conservancy has brought together farmers, private donors, the local dike district and government agencies all around improving salmon habitat and protecting the local community against flooding.
Learn more about this groundbreaking (literally!) infrastructure project and help us maintain the habitat by tending to recently planted trees and shrubs. Work will include basic pruning and removing protective tubing from larger plants. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided.
Squak Mountain Trail Beautification – Issaquah, WA, Saturday April 18th and Wednesday April 22nd (times tba) (Volunteers may sign up for one or both days)
Celebrate Earth Day by spending the afternoon in a beautiful Pacific Northwest Forest, breathing the fresh air amongst the music of the native songbirds as we clear out invasive ivy and work together to create a new trail for hiking and outdoor recreation in Issaquah!
The Nature Conservancy is organizing a group of volunteers to get dirty at King County’s Squak Mountain and convert an area that was once a private campgrounds into fresh trails for the public. Invasive ivy has been choking out trees and creating hazards to both humans and wildlife, so we’re going to dig it out and restore the forest to it’s natural condition. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Come back and see the fruits of your labor at the Grand Opening on National Trails Day June 6th!
Thank you all for your continued support of our Mission through your volunteer service!
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