Preserve Monitoring Program

Volunteer Preserve Visitation Committee Members
We need your eyes, ears and muscles!  With many preserves to manage around the Commonwealth, it’s not always possible to monitor them as often as we’d like. Our goal is to form volunteer visitation committees at our public access preserves to conduct routine surveys of the preserve and note visitor activities. Committee members will also help to remove debris, fallen branches or overgrown vegetation from trails as needed with hand tools.

We are looking for long-term committed people to monitor between four and six times a year. For a more detailed job description download our Volunteer Visitation Committee flyer (pdf, 610KB).

Positions available at:       

Current committee members download the monitoring inspection form (pdf, 20KB).

Please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer coordinator, at (434) 951-0572 or to receive further information about these committees.

Island Steward: Eastern Shore / Virginia Coast Reserve

The Island Steward is a volunteer position best suited for a person who lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia who visits the Nature Conservancy’s barrier islands by their own means and would like to serve as a Conservancy representative on these occasions OR a person who is interested in volunteering to distribute educational brochures at seaside boat ramps on weekends, especially holiday weekends, throughout the summer.

The steward is an official representative of the Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve program, which manages several islands along the Atlantic coast, and educates island visitors about the sensitive natural resources of the barrier islands by talking with visitors and handing out brochures as needed. The steward’s educational efforts focus on, but are not limited to, breeding shorebirds and colonial waterbirds. Duties include:

  • Attend annual training sessions at The Nature Conservancy office in Nassawadox, typically held in early spring.
  • When on the islands and engaging in stewardship responsibilities, educate visitors about the sensitive natural resources on the islands through casual conversation and distribution of informational literature.
  • Report incidences of use-policy violations immediately to Conservancy staff.

Commitment: No regular island visitation schedule will be set; steward responsibilities will be on an on-going, opportunistic basis, when stewards choose to visit the islands. Stewards interested in volunteering at boat ramps can set their own schedule and report days and hours spent to Conservancy staff.

Qualifications include:

  • Local eastern shore resident
  • Excellent communication skills which can positively and effectively, yet casually, teach all island visitors
  • Desire to help protect the biodiversity of the Virginia Coast Reserve through education of island visitors.
  • Must have transportation to get on and off the islands, as well as familiarity with the local waterways unless only interested in volunteering at boat ramps

If interested please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).


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