Volunteer Work Day at Herrick Fen
Volunteer Work Day Volunteer Work Day at Herrick Fen © H. Garris

Stories in Ohio

Volunteering in Ohio

Have a positive impact on the environment and meet new people with similar passions!

Welcome to TNC Ohio’s Volunteer Program!


Thank you for your interest in helping to protect and preserve nature on our spectacular preserves all over Ohio!  We need your help and we want you to be part of our conservation community. When you sign up to volunteer for The Nature Conservancy, you will be welcomed into a family of dedicated individuals committed to protecting our state's finest natural areas.

Whether you are interested in getting your boots dirty on our trails or organizing data at our office, the days you spend volunteering help protect and enrich the communities in Ohio.

Contact us today to join our effort!  Angela Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, (614) 339-8114,  angela.burke@tnc.org

Get Started: Use this Volunteer Information Form to tell us about your interests and let us know the best way to reach you.  Send this form to our Volunteer Coordinator. You will then be added to our volunteer email list and will receive updates on events in your area.  Learn more about our volunteer program by reading our Volunteer Handbook.

Sign-up for a Project: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and indicate the project location(s) and date(s) you’d like to attend. Once you sign up for a project you will be provided all necessary details to participate.  

*You must sign up for a project before getting more information such as location and where to park.

Join us for a day in the field:  Our stewardship program manages natural areas throughout Ohio and your help is instrumental in completing the seasonal “to-do” list. Join us for a volunteer workday to remove invasive plants, improve trails, or collect seeds. Most workdays take place from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Visit our volunteer event pages below or through the 'Get Involved' tab at the very top of this page to choose which you would like to join.

Help out with a special ongoing volunteer project: We have a few opportunities for individuals to take ownership of some projects.  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in any of the following and would like more information:

Northwest Ohio

  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Demonstration Garden maintenance. Weekly, March-November, Flexible schedule.
  • Community outreach at local preserves or special events. Flexible schedule.
  • Hike Leader and naturalist. First Saturday of each month May-October.
  • Prescribed Fire Team Member (various preserves). Spring and Fall. Minimum 8 hours/day, 3 days/year. Training required.

Northeast Ohio

  • Nature Center staff volunteer at The Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center. Year round, Flexible schedule
  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Demonstration Garden maintenance. Weekly, March-November, Flexible schedule.
  • Community outreach at local preserves or special events. Flexible schedule.

Central Ohio

  • Biological Monitoring of pollinators at Big Darby Headwaters. April-October
  • Trail and Natural Play Area Maintenance at Big Darby Headwaters. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants at Big Darby Headwaters. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • General Office Assistance at TNC-Ohio Main Office location in Dublin. Year round, Flexible schedule.

Southern Ohio

  • Trail Maintenance at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Regular preserve stewards to maintain prairie openings and restoration sites. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Prescribed Fire Team Member (various preserves). Spring and Fall. Minimum 8 hours/day, 3 days/year. Training required.