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Become a Volunteer Land Steward

Training sessions provide an in-person opportunity for volunteers to interact, share stories, and meet mentors, new volunteers, and staff.

Volunteer Land Steward Training Session
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Time: 2PM – 5PM
Location: HWLC Conservation Easement property (less than 10 minutes east of Gaylord). Directions provided upon registration.

Registration required.

Call 989-731-0573 or email LBenjamin@headwatersconservancy.org to register.
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Land Steward but not available on May 20th? No problem! Contact Libby at the HWLC office for more information.

You will learn how to:

Volunteer Land Stewards Jerry Smith and Dave Nadolsky

Volunteer Land Steward Position Description

The Volunteer Land Steward will support land management activities on HWLC conserved lands located throughout northeast Michigan. The Volunteer Land Steward will support the monitoring of fee-owned lands and conservation easements. Monitoring field work will involve traversing properties by foot to take photos and make observations about vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, boundaries, and other site conditions. The intern will be responsible for completing monitoring reports that include written observations, maps, and photos. In addition to monitoring activities, the Volunteer Land Steward will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of land management activities such as mapping, infrastructure maintenance, weed control, and ecological surveys. The position will provide training and exposure to environmental field work, land management practices, ecological restoration practices, and land conservation methods and issues.

Volunteer Land Stewards play a central role in the HeadWaters Land Conservancy Conservation Easement Stewardship Program. Trained by HWLC stewardship staff, Volunteer Land Stewards monitor properties, document threats, and assist with on-the-ground management of protect lands. As a Volunteer Land Steward, you are HWLC’s eyes and ears in the field and ambassadors to neighboring landowners and communities.

Land Steward Responsibilities

*Land Stewards work closely with HWLC’s Land Protection Specialist to select a site that matches the volunteer’s interests and abilities. Sites may be fee-owned (HWLC property) or conservation easement sites. **Volunteer events must receive authorization from HWLC prior to planning and implementation.

Requirements

Certification

Land Stewardship Volunteers are so critical to our work that HWLC has created the Land Stewardship Volunteer Certification Program. All Land Stewardship Volunteers are asked to complete a certification process.

To become certified, you must:

 

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