Volunteer Property Monitors
- Visit designated conserved lands held to help Kestrel meet its annual monitoring obligations.
- Complete 1–4 property visits per year and inspect the designated lands by trails and bushwhacking as needed.
- Document property conditions and any concerns (encroachment, dumping/littering, vandalism, non-native invasive plant species, etc.).
- Fill out and submit a property monitoring report for each visit, including photos as needed.
- Interest in spending time outdoors and a commitment to conservation.
- Access to personal transportation and ability to travel independently to monitoring locations.
- Willingness to review written information about properties and master the necessary skills to monitor.
- Reliability in completing visits and submitting monitoring reports.
- General knowledge of local flora and fauna is helpful but not required.
Typical Time Commitment
Reviewing property information, completing a property visit, and filling out the accompanying report may take 2-3 hours. This varies depending on the size, location, and characteristics of the property. Time is shortened as familiarity with the property increases.
- Note and report observations of wildlife and plant communities.
- If desired, participate in Kestrel’s special events or projects such as clean-ups, large-scale invasive species removal, etc.
- If needed, recruit and train additional volunteers in consultation with Kestrel staff.
Tools & Training Provided
- Annual training offered on the principles of property stewardship, the steps of monitoring, and basic navigation tips and techniques.
- Forms; property maps & information; option to borrow Kestrel equipment such as GPS unit, camera, compass, or safety vest.
- Other skills as required for special projects.