Volunteers are the heart of Capitol Land Trust. From our volunteer Board of Directors to our dedicated land stewards, from our priceless office volunteers to those who like to get their hands dirty planting trees and removing invasive plants, the work just would not get done without volunteers.
There are many ways to get involved and we can help you find a volunteer opportunity which meets your particular goals. Have a skill you’d like to share that doesn’t fit into any of the categories below? Give us a call!
Restoration work on the land
Interested in participating in restoration work parties on our conserved properties? Check out our events page and subscribe to our e-newsletter The Heron.
Thinking of committing to an ongoing volunteer position? See below for descriptions of our volunteer needs.
Capitol Land Trust is committed to stewarding its conserved lands in perpetuity. Volunteer Land Stewards do much of this stewardship, and can volunteer on any day of the week, including weekends. Land Stewards commit to one or more of the following tasks:
- Accompany another Land Steward on a monitoring visit to a property, once a year or more frequently;
- Visit a specific CLT preserve on their own initiative to remove invasives or trash;
- Help the owner of a privately owned conservation property remove invasive plants.
- Be part of an organized “Friends-of” group for one of CLT’s public-access preserves, whose members will walk and maintain trails, pick up litter and keep an eye on things;
- Help run a “Friends-of” group on one of Capitol Land Trust’s public-access preserves; and/or
- Help plan and run a volunteer event on a CLT preserve.
This is a great opportunity to visit some of our conserved properties that are not generally open to the public, and to help CLT steward the properties it has conserved. For more information, contact Stewardship Coordinator Mike Leigh at email@example.com or at 360-943-3012 extension 8.
Each year Capitol Land Trust hosts students at Bayshore Preserve to provide hands-on environmental education learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FieldSTEM). By following the Next Generation Science Standards, we bring topics and concepts learned in the classroom to the field and allow students to gain and apply knowledge. Join us as we engage students in topics such as macro invertebrates, stream flow, tidal life, and salinity.
Education volunteers commit to a training held at Bayshore Preserve in September and at least one student field day in October and/or March.
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Contact Outreach & Education Coordinator Mary Birchem firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest.
Do you enjoy working in an office environment? Are you looking to build your skills? Would you like to further conservation without getting your feet wet? If so, being an administrative volunteer may be the position for you. Responsibilities can range from filing to data entry to website maintenance to writing and research.
If you’re interested, contact Outreach & Education Coordinator Mary Birchem to discuss options email@example.com.
Committees generally meet once a month and perform additional tasks between meetings as needed. Below is list of the committees with their general responsibilities. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Finance & Personnel Committee – Provides financial oversight for the organization and makes policy recommendations to the Board of Directors.
- Development Committee – Assists in crafting and implementing our fundraising plan.
- Lands Committee – Assesses potential conservation projects for viability and alignment with strategic conservation goals, and provides support for managing conserved lands, including expanding public access.
- Marketing, Communications & Outreach Committee – Seeks opportunities to educate the broader community about the importance of conservation and the role Capitol Land Trust plays in preserving our region’s natural resources.
Board of Directors
Capitol Land Trust is always interested in learning about those who may be interested in becoming board members. To fill occasional vacancies on the board, we seek board members with a wide range of talents and community connections, who are committed to conservation of lands in southwest Washington. Of special interest to us are potential board members with fundraising, community outreach, and business experience and skills.
Our active, dynamic board governs and guides the organization which includes an executive director and eight staff members, with over 70 properties and more than 6000 acres of conserved land. A board member job description can be found here.
If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the inquiry form located here.