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  
COMING SOON - The Steward - Download 2014 Volunteer Newsletter  
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 April 1, 2014

New Volunteer Orientation Session - Camden

When : Wednesday, April 2, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.

What : Interested in volunteering for the Land Trust? Join us for an introductory session designed to provide new volunteers with an overview of the Land Trust and the various volunteer positions available, inside and outdoors.

Where : Land Trust office at 101 Mt. Battie Street, Camden

What to bring : Interest in getting involved

Who : Stewardship Project Manager, Jackie Stratton & Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Faunce

To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]

New Volunteer Orientation Session - Belfast

When : Wednesday, April 16, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.

What : Interested in volunteering for the Land Trust? Join us for an introductory session designed to provide new volunteers with an overview of the Land Trust and the various volunteer positions available, inside and outdoors.

Where : Belfast Free Library

What to bring : Interest in getting involved

Who : Stewardship Director, Ian Stewart & Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Faunce

To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Ducktrap River Preserve Stewardship Meeting, Lincolnville

When : Thursday, May 1st, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

What : An information session/update on the Land Trust's stewardship program for the Ducktrap River Watershed stewardship. If you are interested in learning more about the Ducktrap River, its history and ecology, and stewardship, consider joining us. Currently, we are looking to recruit some additional volunteers to serve as Land Stewards, to monitor a given tract of the Preserve, and Knotweed Control team members. Stewardship Director, Ian Stewart will be on hand to provide an overview of the Land Trust's activities and to answer questions regarding the Preserve. This will also be a good chance to meet other people interested in the Ducktrap.

Where : Lincolnville Community Library, Lincolnville Center

What to bring : Yourself

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]

Volunteer Spring Social Happy Hour

When : TBD

What : Get together with fellow volunteers to socialize and reconnect.

Where : TBD

What to bring : Nothing

Who : Land Trust stewardship staff and volunteers.

To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Wednesday Trails & Boundary Crew

When : Ongoing, Wednesdays, 9am to 12:30pm

What : Assist with a variety of priority Land Trust trail and boundary maintenance projects throughout the service region.

Where : Various. Meet at the Land Trust office at 8:45 unless a different location has been communicated.

What to bring : Work boots, gloves, water, snacks, and trail tool (loppers, rake and shovel)

Who : Stewardship Project Manager, Jackie Stratton

To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]

National Trails Day Workparty

When : TBD

What : TBD

Where : TBD

What to bring : Work boots, gloves, water, snacks, and trail tool (loppers, rake and shovel)

Who : Stewardship Project Manager, Jackie Stratton

To let us know you plan to attend (RSVP) or to get more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Stewardship Training Event #1

Chainsaw Training for Stewardship Volunteers

When : TBD, early May

What : Two-day course to be offered for volunteers willing and interested in helping maintain trails and preserves

Where : Aldermere Farm

What to bring : Work boots, gloves, water, snacks, and trail tool (loppers, rake and shovel)

Who : Led by Forester Peter Tracy of Maple Hill Forestry.

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

Stewardship Training Event #2

Field Skills Practicum - Map, Compass & Boundary Marking

When : TBD, May, 9am - 12:30pm

What : Join us to learn how to properly use a compass, find your ways around the woods using a survey, and to understand how the Land Trust maintains the boundaries of its Preserves and Conservation Easements.

Where : Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast.

What to bring : Work boots, gloves, water, snacks, and trail tool (loppers, rake and shovel)

Who : Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

Stewardship Training Event #3

Field Skills Practicum - Identification of Invasive Plants of the Midcoast

When : TBD, June, 6:00 - 7:30pm

What : Join us to learn about the most common invasive exotic plants that we are concerned about impacting native ecosystems.

Where : Land Trust office

What to bring : Pen and paper.

Who : Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

Stewardship Training Event #4

Trees & Shrub Identification Workshop

When : TBD

What : Join us for a field workshop to learn the most commonly found trees and shrubs on Land Trust properties.

Where : TBD

What to bring : Hiking boots, water & snacks.

Who : Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

Stewardship Training Event #5

Conservation Easement Walking Tour, location TBD

When : TBD

What : Join us for a walking tour of a conservation easement property and discussion of conservation easements. This is a chance to learn more about easement while visiting a property not generally open for public access.

Where : TBD

What to bring : Hiking boots, water & snacks.

Who : Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

Stewardship Training Event #6

Stewardship Winter Slide Show

When : TBD

What : Subject TBD

Where : TBD

What to bring : Interest in natural history

Who : Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers

To let us know if you have an interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected] Space for this event will be limited.

 

 

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