How to become a volunteer

Step 1: Complete application

  • Complete and return a Volunteer Application to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to confirm your application was received, or find out when the next orientation is available by viewing the Volunteer Calendar below.
  • Attend a new orientation meeting as soon as possible.

Step 2: Attend a new volunteer orientation

This orientation is similar to that which you would receive as a new employee. Items that will be covered during your orientation are:

  • Background of the Reserve
  • Overview of Available Opportunities
  • Volunteer Rights and Benefits
  • Volunteer Responsibilities
  • Volunteer Sign Up
  • Tour Environmental Education Center

Step 3: Reporting to your assignment

Job description archive

Administration – The GTM Research Reserve utilizes volunteers in virtually every facet of the operation. We appreciate and encourage those interested in helping with administrative duties (i.e. data entry, clerical assistance, and more!) to become involved on a regular or occasional basis depending on the job and needs. Click here for a list of current and future administrative projects.

Education – The GTM Research Reserve sees over 5,000 students per year in its K-16 environmental education programs in addition to the variety of community education presentations, teacher workshops, and other special events or outreach activities. We use volunteers in virtually every facet of the education program from curriculum development to program facilitation to summer camp helpers, and beyond!

Research – The GTM Research Reserve conducts biological monitoring and research in a number of projects that vary from year to year and time of year. Some are led by on-staff biologists and others are volunteer-led programs. Listed below is a sampling of programs that take place at the reserve. Click here for a list of current and future research activities.

Stewardship – The GTM Research Reserve strives to provide the conservation of natural and cultural resources. In order to do so, a variety of stewardship and resource management activities are in place. Many are volunteer lead and organized. Click here for a list of current and future stewardship activities.

Volunteer alerts

For information about volunteering please review the Volunteer Handbook and other resources listed on this page. If you are still interested, fill out a Volunteer Application. 

Resources for current volunteers

Volunteer Tools, Project Homepages, and other resources, are located at the GTM Research Reserve Volunteer Resource Center.

Please find a few shortcuts here for use by current GTM Research Reserve Volunteers.