The Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s volunteer program gives everyone an opportunity to help us protect land!
The work Land Trust volunteers do allows staff to spend more of their time directly protecting vital lands on Whidbey and Camano Islands. Volunteering also offers positive and rewarding experiences for those who want to make a difference in their community. Without our committed volunteers, the work we do would not be possible.
Every year, we hold a volunteer luncheon to recognize and celebrate the time, energy, and talents our volunteers have shared.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Land Trust, read through the opportunities below. If you are interested in one of the jobs, click on the name of the staff member to send them an email. Describe the job you’re interested in and the staff member will contact you to make sure it is a good fit and, if so, put you to work.
The Land Trust hosts at least three major events each year in addition to seasonal field trips to protected properties. Volunteers help plan and prepare for the events as well as assist in various ways during the event itself. We also welcome volunteers who want share their expertise by leading field trips.
Volunteers can provide much-needed administrative support to the Land Trust. Common volunteer office tasks include filing, copying, and answering phones.
Research is a critical step in many of our projects. The tasks vary from those that might need someone with legal experience to tasks that just need someone willing to make phone calls or conduct research on the Internet.
Educating and involving the community in the Land Trust’s work is an important part of our work. We need help with:
- Researching guidelines for displaying our brochures and flyers in public information outlets (e.g., chambers of commerce, on the ferry, kiosks).
- Updating media lists and compiling information on media outlets.
- Staffing displays at community events.
- Distributing brochures to public information outlets and keeping them stocked.
Writing and Editing
We produce newsletter articles, press releases, web page information and more! If you have writing or editing skills you can share, we could use your help. We always have more ideas and needs than we have staff – give us a call.
The Land Trust offers a number of ways for volunteers to get out on the land. All skill levels and abilities are welcome in volunteer activities ranging from site work to data collection and research. Check our events calendar often for upcoming work party announcements.
Protect a property’s conservation values by helping us clear away invasive non-native species such as Himalayan blackberry and Scot’s broom. Maintain conservation lands by picking up trash and installing signs. Enhance conservation values by re-establishing native plant communities. A willingness to get down and dirty is all that is required for these activities. Check our events calendar to see the dates of upcoming work parties.
Volunteer to be a local Site Steward for a property. Volunteers are trained and then assigned to a specific land trust property. You will visit the property at least six times per year, keeping watch and often participating in stewardship planning and activities on that site.
We need help conducting surveys of flora and fauna for each of our properties. If you have a particular area of expertise that will help the land trust make management decisions — such as forest ecology or bird identification — please let us know.
Education and Outreach
Lead natural history tours of our properties and help train other volunteers for specific stewardship activities.