Long Term and Recurring Volunteer Opportunities

This page lists opportunities to earn volunteers hours that don't necessarily fit well on our Online Calendar calendar. Our partners have provided us with information about their needs and you can start a dialog with them about how you, as a Nebraska Master Naturalist, can fit into their plans. They value Certified Master Naturalists with the science-based knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to support their efforts to conserve Nebraska’s natural legacy.

If you know of additional opportunities that should be listed on this page contact us at 402-937-8601 or naturalist@unl.edu

The Nature Conservancy at Platte River Prairies

Looking for A Longer-Term Commitment? Need to build experience for a career in conservation? Looking for a summer get-away that allows you to give back to the world? Want to increase your knowledge of prairie ecology or natural history?

If you answered 'yes!' to any of these questions, consider volunteering with The Nature Conservancy at the Platte River Prairies in Nebraska! We are looking for a few dedicated people who are willing to give a month or more of their time between May and October each year. You can assist us with seed harvesting, native plant nursery work, invasive species control, fence repair and maintenance, research data collection, and inventory/monitoring of plant and animal populations. In most cases, we can provide housing during your stay, so your primary expenses would be limited to travel to our prairies and food.

We can tailor your experience to fit your individual needs and preferences. If you're a student looking for practical job experience, we will make sure you get hands-on practice with a wide variety of tools and techniques and can network with our partner organizations. If you're more interested in some components of our work than others, we'll do what we can to accommodate that. We can also help set up individual research or other projects if you want something more in-depth, or need something like that for college credit.

Anyone interested in volunteering with us can contact Mardell Jasnowski at (402) 694-4191 or by email for more information. We will ask for a resume and references, and will sort through applicants to find a slate of volunteers who match up well with our needs and capacity to provide a good experience for both parties. There is no deadline for applications - we will begin evaluating them as they come in.

Naturalists in the Park Program

Nebraska Game and Parks has a dozen or so paid Naturalists on staff around the state. Several are also certified Nebraska Master Naturalists. Some work seasonally and others work year round. They all could use your help as volunteers whether for a few hours or a whole season. The variety of of activities you could help with in great locations around Nebraska is endless! Below is a list of contacts across the state:

  • Devin Rounds - Lincoln Region and Rock Creek Station SHP- devin.rounds@nebraska.gov
  • Tanna Dittmar – Two Rivers SRA– tanna.dittmar@nebraska.gov
  • Zach Kelley - E.T. Mahoney SP - zach.kelley@nebraska.gov
  • Michael Bates – Platte River SP– Michael.bates@nebraska.gov
  • Doug Wells – Platte River SP– dwells4@unl.edu
  • Bobbi Holm – Fremont State Lakes & Fort Atkinson SHP- bobbi.holm@nebraska.gov
  • Maria Korver – Ponca SP– maria.korver@nebraska.gov
  • Alison Bleich – Lake McConaughy & Lake Ogallala – Alison.bleich@nebraska.gov
  • Amanda Filipi – Wildcat Hills SRA & Fort Robinson SP– amanda.filipi@nebraska.gov
  • Holly Green – Fort Kearney SRA– holly.green@nebraska.gov

Ian Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary

Rowe Sanctuary "Project list" http://signup.com/go/BPRodAb

Rowe Sanctuary keeps projects that need to be completed online at the following link. Volunteers can browse the list of these projects at home or at the sanctuary. If you find one that is interesting sign up online, email Cody at cwagner@audubon.org, or give us a call 308-468-5282. This list is constantly changing so check back if there isn't anything that is of interest to you.

Visitor Center Assistant:

Are you interested in spending a relaxing day at Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary?

Essential Functions: -Availability on a Sunday afternoon from 12:30-4:30 -Volunteer needs to be able to run cash register with training and use of cheat sheets -Talk to people from all over the country and world -Ability to work alone
To schedule your training
Contact: Cody - cwagner@audubon.org
Telephone: 308-468-5282

Volunteer Discovery Leader for Rowe Sanctuary's School Programs: Do you enjoy working with children and have time to volunteer during the weekday? Being a discovery leader at Rowe Sanctuary is easy and fun. We provide the training and all you have to bring is your enthusiasm for being outdoors and a willingness to help children make their own discoveries in nature. All of our field trips are facilitated and our Discovery Leaders explore right alongside children. Ideally we like to have one Discovery Leader for every eight children. Programs vary in length.

Contact: Cody at cwagner@audubon.org or Beka at byates@audubon.org

Telephone: 308-468-5282

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Volunteer Wish List for the Wildcat Hills Nature Center Education Department:

Environmental Education/Interpretation Programs:

Help present educational program, teach sessions, topic based presentations, Normally during weekdays (specific times/dates can be provided to those interested)

Environmental Education/Interpretation Resources:

Help fabricate, design, built interpretation/environmental education resources

Park Resource Management

Help with park management, trail maintenance, habitat restoration, pollinator garden etc.

Contact: Amanda Filipi, Education Specialist
Email: amanda.filipi@nebraska.gov
Telephone: 308-436-3777

The Crane Trust

The Crane Trust is a non-profit dedicated to protecting and maintaining migratory bird habitat on the Platte River. We love our volunteers! The majority of the work gets put in throughout March when the cranes are here and we are all very busy.

Crane Tour Guide:

Our blinds are run by volunteers who get up early or come after dinner to play a video to our guests and lead them into the blinds for a magical experience watching thousands of sandhill cranes come in or leave the roost on the Platte River. Guides will get information about cranes and training on use of the Visitor Center. Who wouldn't want to get to go in the blinds for free? But this is not always for the faint of heart. Sometimes you have to play 'cop' so the guests have a good experience, and walking to and from the blind is required (10 minutes each way at a slow pace). Warm clothes necessary.

Visitor Center Volunteer

Looking for an indoor way to contribute? We have greeters who just say hello, guide guests around the VC, and provide driving route or blind tour information. Gift shop assistance is great! It really helps to have someone there to tidy up or answer questions. Checking out is really easy with our new computer system! We also have a volunteer run snack bar.

Maintenance and Clean-up

Like working with your hands? Trained on machinery? Just want to keep active? We always need help mowing trails, doing trash removal, washing windows, and odd maintenance jobs around our offices.

If any of these sound like a dream come true, please fill out our volunteer application form at cranetrust.org/volunteer or contact the Crane Trust Volunteer Coordinator at 308-382-1820

 

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