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Volunteer Property Monitors

Do you like to hike and explore the outdoors? Are you observant, energetic, and adventurous?

Property Monitors combine leg power and sharp eyes to ensure long-term care and protection of conserved lands.

Woman photographing a woodland path


  • 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.
Hiker stepping over rocky stream


  • 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.
Hiker walking up a wooded path in autumn

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.

Three people reading a map in the woods

Optional Responsibilities

  • 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.

Tools for Current Property Monitors

After you’ve received your monitoring assignment, you may download a monitoring form or photo sheet here.

Kestrel Monitoring Report Form
Download PDF

Monitoring Report Photo Sheet
Instructions PDF | Template (Word)

Submit Your Report

When you are finished with your monitoring visit and report, you may submit it by email here.

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