Volunteer Information

A work day is a fun chance to bond with co-workers, friends or other members of your community!

The North Carolina Chapter needs volunteers of all ages and ability levels to help with our conservation work around the state. Some projects are one-time only and others are ongoing; times and hours vary and can include weekdays and weekends. The minimum age for volunteers is 12. Volunteers aged 17 and under must have parental permission and any volunteers younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent.

For one-day field work, the supervisor for the activity at the field location will orient and train all volunteers. For office work, a supervisor will orient and train each volunteer. Some volunteer opportunities are available in our main office in Durham. These include performing general office work or assisting our communications, government relations or philanthropy conservation staff. If you have a specific talent to share, let us know!

Group Volunteering

TNC seeks motivated groups to develop a lasting relationship through service or research. Do your students need a field project? Would your social group like to set up a recurring service project at one of our preserves? Social groups, community groups, religious groups and school groups are all welcome.

Prescribed Fire Burn Crew

TNC has training for our burn crews once a year in the fall. Space is limited for these trainings. Volunteers for prescribed burns must be at least 18 years old and able to pass a fitness test, in addition to undertaking classroom and hands-on training in use of the equipment, proper procedures and techniques. The actual amount of participation thereafter varies. Most of our controlled burning takes place in the Sandhills and Southeast Coastal Plain.

Volunteer Locations


For general information about volunteering in the Sandhills or about wiregrass seed collection opportunities, contact Gretchen Coll at gcoll@tnc.org or  (910) 246-0300. 

Outer Banks/Nags Head Woods

The Nags Head Woods office periodically has work days to help with our oyster reef restoration projects and other things. Volunteers are needed to bag oyster shells, build oyster mats and oyster reef as well as plant marsh and upland plant habitat. If you are interested in getting involved with this or any other opportunity, please email Kate Murray at the Nags Head Woods office at kmurray@tnc.org or call (252) 441-2525.


Our Asheville mountains office has spring and summer volunteer work days, which include activities like trail maintenance and invasive species removal. For information on volunteering, email Mtns_Volunteers@tnc.org.

Southeast Coastal Plain

For information about volunteering, contact Zach West at zwest@tnc.org or (910) 395-5000. 

Volunteer Contacts
  • TNC Volunteer Coordinator - Neal Cheek, ncheek@tnc.org or (919) 794-4371
  • Prescribed Burns - Maura High, mhigh@tnc.org or (919) 794-4377

Interested in an internship?

Find information on summer internships for high school students as well as diversity internships for college students on our Careers page.


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