The Western North Carolina Alliance is always in need of volunteers to help out with administrative duties, special events and festivals, water quality monitoring, invasive plant removal and many other helpful tasks.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us, look over the great opportunities listed below and then check the box on this form. WNCA Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Camilleri will contact you to get you started on helping out our awesome organization — and having FUN while doing it!
Click the “Sign Up Genius” button to the left for the most current volunteer opportunities, or check out our regular, ongoing volunteer opportunities below.
ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER: Volunteers assist with general clerical tasks, including mail sorting, answering phones and taking messages, making copies, filing papers, updating contact information in our database.
Responsibilities: Helping to build a useful and current database of interested contacts
Skills/Experience Required: Computer proficiency
Training and Support for Volunteer: Will be provided on site
Date(s) Needed and Time Commitment: Flexible schedule and can work remotely on an as needed basis
Benefits to Volunteer: Supports WNCA with outreach and building the membership.
FORESTKEEPERS: The Forest Keeper Program is intended to recruit, train, and empower outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to take an active role in caring for the places they love. The program will offer training, resources, and service learning events to build the skills of participants. Volunteers will participate in trainings, workshops and will use their knowledge and skills to address environmental issues they encounter in their regular personal outings.
Responsibilities: Attendance of at least three Forest Keepers events per year and regular outdoor recreation. Documentation of erosion problems, invasive species, poaching, or other environmental issues when encountered in the course of recreation.
Skills/Experience Required: Volunteers should have a love for the outdoors and be physically able.
Training and Support for Volunteer: Four to six service learning events will be scheduled annually. WNCA staff will be available to provide expertise and assistance.
Date(s) Needed and Time Commitment: Minimum one year commitment.
Benefits to Volunteer: Education is the greatest benefit offered to participants. Free food and drink may be provided on occasion. Participants will receive a hat or other identifier of the program after long-term participation.
Work as part of a team of volunteers, employ mechanical and chemical removal strategies on non-native invasive plants.
Responsibilities: Identify target species and utilize proper removal techniques.
Skills/Experience Required: Enthusiasm and interest in mountain native ecology. Familiarity with local non-native invasive plant species helpful, but not required.
Training and Support for Volunteer: Training on the identification of target species and on the proper use of herbicides will be given by supervisor. Tools and gloves will be provided for volunteers.
Date(s) Needed and Time Commitment: Dates flexible between now and the first week of August. Morning, afternoon, or whole-day shifts can be scheduled.
Benefits to Volunteer: Volunteers will learn how to identify 10+ non-native invasive plants and will discuss strategies to control infestations and restore native ecosystems. Volunteers will also receive a field guide for the identification of non-native invasive plants in southeastern forests.
Other: Volunteers will need to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy boots. Poison ivy is present in the area, so volunteers will need to take the proper personal precaution regarding exposure. Please bring personal water and a lunch (if working a full day) and any medications necessary to treat allergies to insect stings. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver releasing WNCA from responsibility for accidental injury before beginning work.
Responsibilities: This volunteer will support staff at events and festivals by helping with signup sheets or registration, answering questions about WNCA, and loading and unloading materials and equipment as needed.
Skills/Experience Required: Good people skills, a willingness to help, and familiarity with the event, festival, or activity
Date(s) Needed and Time Commitment: Will depend on type of event or festival
Benefits to Volunteer: Volunteers can attend events and festivals for free or at a reduced fee, support the work of WNCA, and make new friends.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING VOLUNTEER: Volunteer tasks include working in streams–supplied with the proper equipment from the Alliance–to take water samples and determine whether or not streams used for swimming are safe for this use.