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JOIN THE COMMUNITY CREW:
Share Your Love of the Land!

Does nature inspire you? Do you want to be part of something fun while giving back to the land you love? Then the Kestrel Community Crew is the place for you.

Community Crew volunteers work with our Community Engagement and Fundraising team to help nurture a love of the land in the community and promote land conservation in fun and engaging ways. Community Crew volunteers help organize and coordinate public events, share information about Kestrel at community events, and help communities connect with the land through the arts, history, and culture. They may also help out at the Kestrel office with organizational support like mailings, record-keeping, and other organizing tasks.

As a part of the Community Crew, you’ll contribute to creating memorable experiences for diverse audiences, bringing more people into the Kestrel Land Trust community.

“Volunteering for Kestrel has made me much closer to my community, allowing me to establish deeper relationships with local landscapes, people, and wildlife.”

Cathy Keough, Hadley

Happy runners starting 5K for Farmland race

Typical Community Crew Activities

  • Help out at events such as the 5K for Farmland, concerts, or festivals.
  • Assist with publicity for events and workshops.
  • Help set up or host workshops, book groups, and informational presentations.
  • Host an information table for Kestrel at festivals and farmers’ markets.
  • Provide support at monthly hikes and special outings.
  • Educate neighbors and community members about Kestrel’s land protection work and upcoming events.
Seniors cutting ribbon on new raised bed garden

Volunteer Qualifications

Anyone is welcome to join the Community Crew! No formal background in the natural sciences required: Just a love for the land and an interest in supporting Kestrel’s mission in your community, plus:

  • Interest in nature, recreation, or land conservation.
  • Ability to participate at special events and community activities.
  • Willingness to work as a part of a team.
  • Willingness to interact with the public if needed.
  • Reliable access to email and transportation.
Woman painting a picture on Mt Holyoke summit

Tools & Training

Kestrel will provide volunteers with:

  • information on the organization’s mission and other talking points to help in their outreach activities.
  • task-related training or guidance for specific events and activities.
  • social media training, if desired.
3 young girls making funny faces

Typical Time Commitment

  • The time commitment is dependent on the events and activities Crew members choose to participate in. It’s flexible and can work with your schedule!
  • The Community Crew will meet two to three times throughout the year for optional trainings and social gatherings. It’s a great way to meet new people and become a part of the Kestrel community.
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