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|
|The Steward - Download 2013 Volunteer Newsletter|
|Find a problem on a Preserve? Let us know! (download and email/mail form)|
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Bald Mountain Trail Maintenance Workday
When : Saturday, October 26th – 9am to 12:30pm
What : Trail maintenance on the Bald Mountain trail including water bar cleanouts, blown-down removal and other trail clean-up
Where : Bald Mountain Preserve, Camden, Maine – Barnestown Road
What to bring : Work boots, gloves, water, snacks, and trail tool (loppers, rake and shovel)
Who : Stewardship Director, Ian Stewart
To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]
Stewardship Training Event #5
Chainsaw Training for Stewardship Volunteers
Date TBD, One-day course to be offered for volunteers willing and interested in helping maintain trails and preserves. Let Ian know if you are interested.
Stewardship Training Event #6
Birds of Beech Hill Winter Slide Show
Winter Date TBD: Join Beech Hill steward Brian Willson for as he presents slide of birds and life on Beech Hill from his daily visits through the year.