Large group of volunteers with bag of collected prairie seed.
Volunteers at Kankakee Sands Seed collecting at Kankakee Sands © Alyssa Nyberg/TNC

Stories in Indiana

Volunteer in Indiana

Join the dedicated team of volunteers and interns making a difference in Indiana!

This page was updated on October 11, 2022.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, please review each volunteer opportunity or community event on the volunteer calendar for site-specific COVID-19 safety precautions. Thank you.

Volunteering in Indiana

Welcome to the volunteering hub for the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy! We’re delighted that you want to get involved and give your time to help preserve the diverse landscapes and waterways of our Hoosier state. This webpage is intended to be your central resource for finding volunteering opportunities, learning about spotlighted roles and getting in contact with the Indiana volunteer team. To learn more, simply scroll through the sections or select a button that will take you directly to a specific topic. 

Volunteer Opportunities

This volunteer calendar includes TNC workdays as well as Weed Wrangles. Click the link to open it and view opportunities across the state. Each event on the calendar includes details about the event, location and times and how to RSVP. Calendar isn’t working? Email Esmé Barniskis and she’ll get it sorted out. Not seeing what you are looking for? Check out our spotlighted roles for additional volunteering opportunities.

Many volunteers collect seed from tall prairie plants.
Seed collecting Volunteers at the Kankakee Sands seed nursery © Alyssa Nyberg/TNC

Opportunities by Area

There are opportunities to get involved with The Nature Conservancy through volunteering all across the state! Check out these options by region.

Northwest Indiana

  • Seed harvesting and cleaning
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Wildlife and plant surveys
  • Sign and trail construction
  • Maintenance of facilities
  • Visitor education
  • Photography
  • Prescribed fires
  • Data entry and office support

Central Indiana

  • General office support
  • Data entry
  • Marketing assistance
  • Philanthropy assistance
  • Garden care
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Wildlife and plant surveys

South Central Indiana

  • Invasive plant removal
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Signage construction and maintenance
  • Prescribed fires
  • Wildlife and plant surveys
  • Guided hikes

Far South Indiana

  • Invasive plant removal
  • Wildlife and plant surveys
  • Trail maintenance
  • Prescribed fires
  • Native tree planting

Northeast Indiana

  • Invasive plant removal
  • Trail maintenance
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The Nature Conservancy logo on wall in TNC lobby.
Efroymson Conservation Center Efroymson Conservation Center lobby © TNC

Spotlighted Role

Volunteer Office Receptionist

TNC is seeking a dedicated volunteer to serve as an Office Receptionist for our Indianapolis Field Office. Office Receptionists help TNC staff keep our office organized and well-run. Their day-to-day tasks range from organizing office materials to greeting visitors and entering data.

Volunteers will receive experience working in a non-profit office and can connect with conservation professionals.

Responsibilities

Office Receptionist responsibilities may include:

  • Greeting visitors and guests
  • Answering visitor questions
  • Accepting package deliveries
  • Addressing and stamping envelopes
  • Sorting and filing documents
  • Cataloguing photographs and video files
  • Printing and folding brochures
  • Organizing office supplies and project materials
  • Data entry and file maintenance

Desired skills or strengths

  • Friendly and positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm to work with diverse departments, staff, and visitors
  • Familiar with essential computer software
  • Able to work independently

Time commitment

The expected time commitment is at least one 4-hour shift during business hours Monday-Thursday.

How to sign up

Email your interest to indianavolunteer@tnc.org with the subject line “Volunteer Office Receptionist".

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Volunteers are integral in helping us accomplish our conservation mission to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends, so thank you for your interest. Use this Volunteer Interest Form so that we can better accommodate your skills and interests with our volunteer oppportunities.

Contact Us

Esmé Barniskis (she/her/hers)
Volunteer and Events Coordinator
indianavolunteer@tnc.org
(920) 763-6762