High School & Younger Volunteer Opportunities
Who should apply?
We are seeking volunteers who are interested in a career dealing with animals. Volunteers will assist with organizing and cleaning animal areas while learning grooming, feeding, and exam techniques. Weekly commitment needed for every Saturday morning for three to four hours.
Counselor In Training (CIT) (for upcoming summer and school year)
Students aged 14-18 can volunteer as a counselor in training and assist TNC's professional education staff with Nature Day Camp in the summer and year-round. Help prepare, lead and clean up camp crafts and activities. Must love working with the little ones! Gain valuable leadership experience and it looks great on a resume!
Help us have a friendly and knowledgeable presence in the community at a wide variety of tabling events. Lend a hand at earth day festivals, local street fairs, and at open houses for other nature organizations on the weekends. Representatives of TNC provide information about the nature center, our programs, and sometimes sell raffle tickets. Volunteers need to be able to carry and set up a card table and folding chair.
Public Programs & Special Events Assistants
Volunteers will assist education staff with preparation and execution of annual events and programs such as: Canoe Day, Apple Cidering, Haunted Forest, Seasonal Campfires, etc. Duties may include setup and breakdown, preparation, decorating, etc. Potential events are mostly held on nights and weekends.
Public Programs & Special Events Photographer
Professional and amateur photographers are needed to photograph TNC's events, grounds, flora, and fauna. Maintain the nature center photo collections and files.
Adult volunteers are needed for a one to two hour weekly commitment to help care for our Barred Owls and Red-tail Hawk. This job entails care, feeding, cleaning and maintenance of the aviaries. It is a messy job and you must love birds! Ages 18+
Land and Facilities Management
Gardening and Maintenance
Join master gardeners and other volunteers to help maintain our native plant gardens and landscape plantings. Gardeners will keep our bird feeders filled, plant, mulch, weed, and trim as they maintain and beautify this space for the public enjoyment and educational programs. Our garden is a Master Gardener’s approved site for volunteer hours.
Natural Resource Management
Help keep our trails looking good by removing invasive plants throughout the property. Join other volunteers on our annual boundary walk where you will help pick up litter around the nature center property edges.
Reforestation/Habitat Restoration Projects
Help keep our habitats healthy by removing excess vegetation from Pfister’s pond and assisting staff with other restoration projects.
Trail and Property Maintenance
(Interested volunteers should contact the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference to learn more). Handy individuals with light carpentry skills are needed to help keep our trails looking good by distributing wood chips, repainting blazes, and repairing broken signs.
Office/AdministrativeData Entry/Office Assistant
Volunteers are needed to perform many administrative duties including mailings (stuffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing and the delivery of our promotional literature to various locales in the community. Individuals with a cheerful, friendly attitude, professional and efficient, great communication skills, and experience in customer service help welcome visitors. Greet hikers, show off our exhibit animals, answer phones and questions about the nature center. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about wildlife, meeting new people and being a tremendous help to our staff.
Publicity & Public Relations
We are currently in need of volunteers who are willing to assist the Communications Assistant with a variety of tasks that will help publicize upcoming programs & events. If you have experience in marketing, communications or public relations we need your talents!
I am interested in volunteering at TNC. What do I do?
Volunteer opportunities are limited. Availability is determined by the seasons, weather, skills offered and supervision/leadership available. Volunteers that are able to come weekly are extremely valuable to us. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!