Grassy Waters Volunteer Program

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We need volunteers in many areas! We hope you’ll find your “niche” in the descriptions listed below. You can specialize in one area, or do a little bit of everything! 

NOTE: Must be a minimum of 16 years old to volunteer.

Nature Center Steward (includes office responsibilities) 

  • Interact with and greets all visitors, dispense information, answer phones, make program reservations, etc.
  • Includes some office duties, including word processing.
  • Must be outgoing and enjoy working with the public.
  • Become familiar with basic Nature Center operations and develop knowledge of the Preserve’s plants, animals, and habitats.

Canoe and/or Kayak Assistant

  • Help with a variety of public and specialty canoe and kayak outings. These programs include school field trips, family outings, visiting camps, and others.
  • Programs vary from one to three hours and are offered on both weekends and weekdays at varying times.
  • Help with setup and breakdown. This includes unloading boats before outing and getting supplies together for trip, including radios, first aid kit, paddles, life vests, etc.
  • May be asked to paddle with children and inexperienced adults
  • May act as sweep boat, keeping the group together and assisting with rescues.
  • Must be a fairly adept paddler and be able to lift the canoes and kayaks off and back onto storage racks.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors and working with the public.
  • Must be physically fit enough to lift boats and tow occupied struggling canoes.

Trail Stewards

  • Group or independent trail clearing and trail maintenance (may include use of approved herbicide).
  • Exotic plant removal and restoration days scheduled 1-2 days per year.
  • Patrol Preserve properties. Monitor general condition along trail, and may remove trash, prune and trim brush. Report if any action is needed.
  • Become familiar with native and exotic plants and learn to distinguish between the two.
  • Monitor preserve areas as assigned to determine plant and animal activities such as what’s blooming, who’s nesting, water levels, etc.
  • Must be physically able to do occasional strenuous activities such as hiking in the swamp, digging, chopping, etc.

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