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LEAF interns work at Black Cap trail in the Green Hills Preserve © Megan Latour

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire

Volunteer for Nature

Make a difference in the Granite State

Do you love exploring one of our many preserves on a regular basis? Do you want to help protect and care for the nature preserve in your community? Turn that love into action by joining our core team of volunteers that support the stewardship and maintenance of the lands in our care here in the Granite State.

Let’s get started! Complete the Volunteer Information Form so we can learn more about you and where you would like to volunteer.

The Nature Conservancy is actively recruiting volunteers to fill positions in several areas. While a time commitment of 6 months to one year or longer is preferred, we will work with you to achieve a commitment that works for everyone! 

QUESTIONS? 

Mike Crawford
Northern New Hampshire Land Steward
(603) 356-8833 (office)
(814) 330-8584 (cell)

Volunteer Options

Preserve Monitors

  • Volunteering can be as easy as taking a walk in the woods!

    Stop by your favorite Conservancy preserve once a month to check the trails and report any problems. Your feedback will help us keep the Conservancy’s nature preserves in top shape for everyone's enjoyment.

     

    Full Volunteer Position Description

    Purpose: The Nature Conservancy owns and manages over 26,000 acres of land in New Hampshire spread across 29 preserves spanning from the Canadian border to the NH seacoast. The preserves contain well over 100 miles of hiking trails, and we rely on volunteers to help with stewardship and monitoring. Preserve Monitors visit a preserve on a regular schedule -- monthly or more often -- and report back to the Land Stewards. Their findings help the Land Stewards prioritize work and address urgent issues.

    Duties: Volunteers choose a preserve to visit at least 2 times per year, and check on parking areas, signs, trails, and natural features, as well as look for damage from all-terrain vehicles, evidence of dumping, vandalism, etc.

    1. Make inspection by walking various areas of the preserve, especially parking areas and trails, to observe the general conditions. Try to walk different areas of the preserve on each visit, but check on areas with ongoing problems more frequently.

    2. Perform basic maintenance such as removing litter from parking areas and trails, and re-supplying trail maps in register boxes where applicable.

    3. Send in a Monitoring Report as soon as possible after each visit. Include any misuse of the preserve, any significant natural sightings and any other observations of note. Include the location of any problems and show roughly what areas of the preserve were observed during each visit. Photos are also helpful.

    4. Contact Nature Conservancy staff in the Concord Office at (603) 224-5853, the North Conway Office at (603) 356-8833, or the Great Bay office at (603) 659-2678 to report any issues that should be addressed immediately (i.e. illegal hunting, safety concerns, vandalism, etc.)

    Skills/Abilities:

    • Must have own transportation and be in good physical shape to hike trails; 

    • Ability to read maps; 

    • An enthusiastic and respectful attitude toward nature and people.

    Time Commitment: 6 months, but preferably 1 year or longer.

    How to get started:

    1. Complete the Volunteer Information Form online.

    2. The Preserve Steward will contact you to discuss monitoring responsibilities and designate preserves that need monitoring.

    3. The Preserve Steward will meet you at a preserve and provide you with a “Friends of the Preserves” volunteer cap, garbage bags, preserve maps and other necessary information. Preserve Monitors are needed at several preserves throughout New Hampshire.

Adopt-a-Trail Program

  • Do you have a favorite trail on one of our preserves?

    The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire has a trail system that is well over 100 miles in size and we need your help! Trail Stewards will focus on their favorite trail, helping to maintain a safe and enjoyable experience. 
     

    Full Volunteer Position Description

    Purpose: The Nature Conservancy owns and manages over 26,000 acres of land in New Hampshire spread across 29 preserves with well over 100 miles of hiking trails, and we rely on volunteers to help keep our preserves in top shape. Our Adopt-A-Trail Program volunteers help to make the trails safe and accessible, thereby improving the visitor experience. Volunteer work days will be scheduled for larger projects.

    Duties:

    • Make at least 2 visits per year (spring and fall). Note erosion, fallen trees, or safety hazards;

    • Prune back overhanging limbs, clearing branches and debris from trails. Specific guidance will be given when volunteers enroll in program;

    • Replenish trail maps;

    • Post/replace signs as needed;

    • Remove litter;

    • Immediately report inappropriate uses to the Preserve Steward. Contact Nature Conservancy staff in the Concord Office at (603) 224-5853, the North Conway Office at (603) 356-8833 or the Great Bay office at (603) 659-2678 to report any issues that should be addressed immediately (i.e. illegal hunting, safety concerns, vandalism, etc.)

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to safely use hand tools such as lopping shears and pruning saws.

    • Must have own transportation.

    • Must be in good physical shape to hike trails.

    • Ability to read maps.

    • Some natural history experience helpful, but not required.• Engage with public in a friendly manner. Demonstrate an enthusiastic and respectful attitude toward nature and people.

    Time Commitment: 6 months, preferably one year or longer

    Benefits: As a Trail Steward, you will help maintain an active trail system for the community to enjoy -- today and into the future.

    How to get started:

    1. Complete the Volunteer Information Form online.

    2. The Preserve Steward will contact you to discuss responsibilities and designate preserves that need maintenance.

    3. The Preserve Steward will meet with you for an orientation visit to a preserve and provide you with preserve maps and other necessary materials.

Volunteer Preserve Stewards

  • Are you willing to take on the challenge? The Volunteer Preserve Steward does it all!

    We understand that most volunteers don’t have the ability to commit as much time as they would like but for those who do have the time, we challenge you to take on the Volunteer Preserve Steward Position. Activities may include trail maintenance, upkeep of preserve boundaries, removing invasive plants, ecological monitoring, and more!

     

    Full Volunteer Position Description

    Purpose: The Nature Conservancy owns and manages over 26,000 acres of land in New Hampshire spread across 29 preserves that include well over 100 miles of hiking trails, and we rely on volunteers to help with stewardship and monitoring. Preserve Stewards visit a preserve on a regular schedule -- monthly or more often -- and actively engage in stewardship tasks and report back to the Land Stewards of findings and tasks completed. Their findings help the Land Stewards prioritize work and address urgent issues.

    Duties: Volunteers Preserve Stewards visit preserve at least once per month, and check on parking areas, signs, trails, boundaries and natural features and look for damage from all-terrain vehicles, evidence of dumping, vandalism, etc. Preserve Stewards will work closely with staff to determine stewardship needs and outline projects.

    1. Make inspection by walking various areas of the preserve, especially parking areas, boundaries and trails, to observe the general conditions. Try to walk different areas of the preserve on each visit, but check on areas with ongoing problems more frequently.

    2. Perform basic maintenance such as removing litter from parking areas and trails, clearing trails of debris, blazing trails, and re-supplying trail maps in register boxes where applicable.

    3. Additional duties: boundary line monitoring and maintenance, invasive species control, ecological monitoring, signage and kiosk upkeep and maintenance, interacting with public, etc.

    4. Send in a Monitoring Report as soon as possible after each visit. Include any misuse of the preserve, any significant natural sightings and any other observations of note. Include the location of any problems and show roughly what areas of the preserve were observed during each visit. Photos are also helpful.

    5. Contact Nature Conservancy staff in the Concord Office at (603) 224-5853, the North Conway Office at (603) 356-8833, or the Great Bay office at (603) 659-2678 to report any issues that should be addressed immediately (i.e. illegal hunting, safety concerns, vandalism, etc.)

    Skills/Abilities:

    • Must have own transportation and be in good physical shape to hike trails;

    • Ability to read maps;

    • An enthusiastic and respectful attitude toward nature and people.

    Time Commitment: 6 months, but preferably 1 year or longer.

    How to get started:

    1. Complete the Volunteer Information Form online.

    2. The Preserve Steward will contact you to discuss stewardship responsibilities and designate preserves that need a dedicated Volunteer Preserve Steward.

    3. The Preserve Steward will meet you at a preserve and provide you trail signs, tools, garbage bags, preserve maps and other necessary information. Preserve Stewards are needed at all preserves.

Volunteer Workdays