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Volunteer Trail Steward

Do you like getting outdoors? Do you love trails?

Trail Stewards use their love of hiking or trail running to patrol and care for conserved lands that see a lot of public use.

spring woodland trail

Responsibilities

  • Make frequent visits to a specific conservation area and check high-use zones such as trails, parking areas, etc.
  • Note issues such as downed trees, trash, trail maintenance needs, etc.
  • Do light cleanup (e.g., removing trash or moving small downed branches) during the visit.
  • Report issues to Kestrel Land Trust

NOTE: Volunteers may not conduct significant maintenance activities on the land without the explicit permission and oversight of Kestrel Land Trust.

Hand picking up trash outdoors

Qualifications

  • Interest in working outdoors and a commitment to conservation.
  • Ability to hike distances and do light cleanup work.
  • Time and ability to make frequent visits to conservation areas.
  • Ability to travel independently to sites.
  • Willingness to communicate promptly to Kestrel after site visits.
two people walking in woods rainy day

Typical Time Commitment

  • We ask that Land Stewards commit to visiting a single property a minimum of 3 times per year.
  • Volunteers may choose the day(s) that suit their schedules.
  • Individual visits may take 1-3 hours depending on the size of the conservation area
GPS app on cellphone

Tools & Training Provided

  • Property maps and information; option to borrow Kestrel equipment such as GPS unit, camera, compass, or safety vest.
  • Invitations to any special trainings (e.g., tool use, invasive plant ID) Kestrel may provide.
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