Volunteer Opportunities

Join us! We need your help!

Welcome! Volunteers are integral to the success of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. If you are a current volunteer for the Land Trust, we hope you will continue to be involved. If you are new to our volunteer program, we invite you to read on and consider joining us. For more information about our volunteer program, choose from the following menu of options:

What's Coming Up: Volunteer Workparty Schedule

Become a Land Trust Volunteer: New Volunteer Information

Download - The Steward - Download 2014 Volunteer Newsletter

Download Volunteer Liability Wavier Form

Find a problem on a Preserve? Let us know! (download and email/mail form)

Volunteer Program Overview

The Land Trust is always seeking help with a range of stewardship and outreach activities. Specifically, we're looking for:

Short-Term Volunteers (on-call for workdays)

Throughout the year, we organize groups of volunteers for stewardship and outreach work parties that last from 2-4 hours. Field-based projects include marking boundaries, maintaining habitat, fixing up trails, pulling invasives plants. Office-based projects include stuffing envelopes, putting together newsletter mailings, and preparing for events.

Ongoing Stewardship & Outreach Volunteers (positions requiring a committment of several hours per week or month)

The Land Trust also recruits to fill a range of volunteer positions that require an on-going committment and knowledge of the area and the Land Trust. Time committments range from 1 day/week to 1 day/month. What follows is a list of the long-term stewardship and outreach positions for which we are seeking interested candidates. Click on the position for a full job description.

Stewardship Position Job Descriptions

Land Stewards

Enjoy walking out in the woods? These positions act to serve as the eyes and ears for the Land Trust out in the field... monitoring the conditions on the ground of our conservation properties, easements and trails.

•  Preserve Steward - Annual monitoring of preserve boundaries and interior.

•  Easement Steward - Annual monitoring of easement boundaries and interior.

•  Trail Steward - Monitoring of preserve trails

•  River Steward- Monitoring of riparian corridor and participation in projects.

2-3 hrs/month. Many positions available.

Beech Hill Steward

Beech Hill Stewards serve as monitors of the Preserve and as hosts to visitors to Beech Hill Preserve. Stewards work independently and assist with observing visitor activity as well as condition of trails, signage, and Beech Nut and conveying Preserve guidelines to those inquiring and to those not complying.

Beech Hill Field Hand

Are you a hands-on physical person who wants to help our blueberry and grassland fields thrive? This position includes using power and non-power hand tools to maintain fields. 4 hrs/month. 1-2 positions.

Fernald's Neck Docents

Have you always wanted to engage the public in a natural setting? The position will provide scheduled coverage of the preserve during high use times during the summer. Assistance on maintenance projects will also occur. 4-8 hrs/month. 3-5 positions.

Invasive Species Coordinator

Do you pick your battles? This position coordinates the control of specific infestations of invasive species on our preserves. Duties include scheduling workdays contacting volunteers and training and supervising other volunteers. The position also includes making recommendations for continuing control of the invasive sites. 4-8 hrs/month. 2 positions.

Outreach Position Job Descriptions

Office Docent

We can always use an extra pair of hands at our busy office. Join the hubbub by assisting staff with office maintenance, staffing the front desk, forwarding phone calls, greeting visitors to the office, and helping with miscellaneous projects. 4 hours/week or month.

New Property Buyer's Researcher

If you're looking for an easy way to help a lot, this job is for you! The primary duties of this position are to visit town offices and review their recent transfer tax documents, recording appropriate information and passing your notes along to the Land Trust via postal mail, email, or drop-off. 20 minutes per office plus travel time in January, April, July, October.

Outreach Assistant

This position is for the gregarious outdoor enthusiast. The bulk of this position will be planning and leading monthly informal hikes on our preserves. As time permits, you may also be involved in outreach planning, formal outreach events, and exhibition displays. 2-4 hours/month.

Beech Hill Docent

Are you a history buff? Join the Beech Hill docents and cover Open Houses at Beech Nut throughout summer. The position includes opening Beechnut and providing information to the public on cultural and natural history and current uses of Beech Hill Preserve. 2 hrs/month. 6-9 positions.

How Do I Get Started?

We hope you will consider signing up as a volunteer. It's a great way to get outside, meet new people, and help protect the special places that make this a wonderful community to live in. There are many ways to be involved.

If you're interested in volunteering, please read through the various volunteer positions listed below and then print, complete and send in the New Volunteer Enrollment Form(.pdf) to Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mt. Battie Street, Camden, ME 04843. Once we have received your form, you will be contacted either by our volunteer coordinator or the staff person most relevant to your position of interest.

Volunteer Resources (in .pdf format)

Volunteer Program Handbook (download .pdf)

New Volunteer Enrollment Form (download .pdf)

Upcoming Volunteer Events Calendar
updated May 26, 2015

Coastal Mountains Land Trust is hosting regular stewardship workparties on an ongoing basis. We often work Wednesday and Thursday mornings on a wide variety of trail, boundary, and habitat management projects. To find out more about how to get involved, please contact us at 236-7091 or write to info@coastalmountains.org.

Current ongoing weekly workdays:

Wednesdays: Camden Area Trail Crew - 9am to noon - call for details

Wednesdays: Belfast Area Trail Crew - 9am to noon - call for details

Thursdays: Stover Preserve Invasives Team - call for details

Every other Friday: Ducktrap Knotweed Control Team - call for details

National Trails Day: Basics of Trail Maintenance

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9am to noon

What: Join the Land Trust trail crew to learn about the basics of maintaining trails

Where: Bald Mountain Preserve

What to bring: Work gloves

Who: Led by Stewardship Staff and Trail Crew Leaders

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at volunteers@coastalmountains.org.

Map & Compass Navigation Workshop

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, 3:oo-5:00pm

What: Learn how to use a map and compass to navigate through the woods. Participants of this workshop will learn how to navigate with a compass, read the fine details of a map or survey and measure distance travelled by counting your pace.

Where: Beech Hill Preserve, main parking area

What to bring: Compass (if you have one)

Who: Led by volunteer Hans Bengtsson and Land Trust staff.

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at volunteers@coastalmountains.org.

Planning, Designing and Laying Out New Trails

When: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, 9am to 1pm

What: Join us to learn the basic approach to planning, designing and laying out new trails on Land Trust propety.

Where: Ragged Mountain Preserve. Specific meeting location TBD.

What to bring: Hiking boots.

Who: Led by Land Trust staff and Trail Crew Leaders.

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at volunteers@coastalmountains.org. Space for this event will be limited.

 

 

 

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