Interested in getting out on the land, learning new skills and meeting new people? Come volunteer with Bear Yuba Land Trust! Stop by the office to pick up a copy of the Volunteer Handbook or download below. If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss volunteer opportunities, please contact Felicia Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 272-5994 x 207. Otherwise, sign up to volunteer by visiting the Volunteer Bulletin- be sure to fill out a Yearly Release from Liability form, which covers you for the entirety of the volunteer year- September of the current year to September of the following year.
- Trail Stewardship Team: The Trail Stewardship Team builds new trails and maintains over 45 miles of trails in Nevada and Yuba Counties. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who seek to learn new skills, work out in nature and contribute positively to outdoor recreation opportunities. Tasks include using loppers, shovels, rakes, saws and McLeods to build and maintain trail corridors. Volunteers will be working outside in rugged terrains. Volunteers work directly with the Land Access Manager and the Trails Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted on BYLT-managed trails in the community.
- Trail Ambassadors: Trail Ambassadors commit to a season of outreach on one local trail to gather recreational use data and promote BYLT. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who have a passion for hiking and getting out onto the land and want to promote a local trail. Tasks include training to become a Trail Ambassador, setting up an outreach booth at a designated trailhead, and conversing with trail users about the trail and the Land Trust. Volunteers will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator, Co-Executive Directors, and the Land Access Manager.
- Restoration Crew: The Restoration Crew is responsible for the stewardship and revitalization of BYLT’s conserved lands. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who are passionate about cultivating native landscapes through removal of invasive species and re-introduction of native plants. Tasks include site preparation and planting of native species, fence building, native seed collection, and propagation of native plants in the BYLT greenhouse.Volunteers will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator, Co-Executive Directors and Stewardship Manager. Volunteer days are typically hosted on BYLT Preserves and at the BYLT Greenhouse.
- Youth Programs: Youth Program volunteers help facilitate and provide expert knowledge for the Community BioBlitz Day and youth field trips. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who are fascinated with local ecosystems and organisms, have expert knowledge in a specific environmental topic or have a desire to teach youth about the environment. Tasks include assisting with youth field trips by helping identify unknown organisms, providing supervision, and presenting. Volunteers will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator, Co-Executive Directors and Land Access Manager. Volunteer days are typically hosted on one of the BYLT Preserves.
- Administrative Assistant: Administrative Assistants help perform office duties for BYLT. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who seek to support BYLT in an office setting. Tasks include sorting, stuffing and sending letters during a mass mailing event, calling BYLT Members, and general office assistance such as filling papers and organizing. Volunteers work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Membership Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted at the BYLT office.
- Outreach and Events: Outreach and Events volunteers promote BYLT in the community through assisting with tabling and fundraising events and the annual Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who have a passion for BYLT’s mission and want to promote BYLT at outreach events. Tasks include providing information and/or fundraising at tabling booths and assisting with the annual Gala fundraiser. Volunteers work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted at event locations in Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Volunteer hours and rewards are accrued during a singular volunteer year- September 20 of the current year to September 21 of the following year. Hours cannot be accrued for multiple years in a row, and rewards cannot be transferred to other volunteers. At the end of the volunteer year, you will have up to a month to retrieve your volunteer award(s). If not retrieved or acknowledged after a month, you forfeit your claim to any volunteer awards, and you will have to volunteer the required number of hours during the next volunteer year to become eligible for rewards again.
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Other Volunteer Opportunities:
- Become involved with BYLT on the Board of Directors! The Board facilitates the operation of BYLT and acts as the organization’s governing body. If you are interested in a Board Position, please contact Erika Seward at email@example.com, (530) 272-5994 x 202 or Erin Tarr at firstname.lastname@example.org, (530) 272-5994 x 205
- Become a Trail Adopter! More information about the Trail Adoption Program can be found HERE.
- Become a Bird Monitor with Gold Country Avian Studies! More information about the Bird Monitoring Program can be found HERE.
Support land conservation and outdoor recreation in our community by volunteering with Bear Yuba Land Trust. Direct volunteer support helps BYLT accomplish the mission to help protect beautiful landscapes, local agriculture and open space in our community.
Please note: pets are discouraged from attending BYLT workdays with their owners.