Volunteer Opportunities

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 felicia@bylt.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.

Volunteer Bulletin
Download the Volunteer Handbook
Yearly Release from Liability

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Volunteer Positions

  • 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 terrain. Volunteers work directly with the Land Access Manager and the Trails Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted on BYLT-managed trails in the community.

Help Rebuild Independence Trail!


  • Trail AmbassadorsTrail Ambassadors commit to a season of outreach on local trailheads 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 local trails. Tasks include setting up an outreach booth at a designated trailheads, collecting community health data, and conversing with trail users about the trail and BYLT. Volunteers will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted on BYLT-managed trailheads.

  • 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, and native seed collection, and propagation in the BYLT greenhouse.Volunteers will work directly with the Conservation Coordinator, 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 Environmental Summit 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 BYLT information. Volunteers will work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted on 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 & Events: Outreach & Events volunteers promote BYLT in the community through assisting with tabling, fundraising events and merchandise sales. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who have a passion for BYLT’s mission and want to promote BYLT. Tasks include providing information at tabling booths, selling merchandise and assisting with the annual Gala. Volunteers work directly with the Community Engagement Coordinator and Membership Coordinator. Volunteer days are typically hosted at event locations in Grass Valley, Nevada City and at the BYLT office.



Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Become a PatchWorks Volunteer

Want to make a difference in your community and get an awesome discount at your co-op too? BriarPatch Food Co-op is proud to introduce PatchWorks, an all-new pilot volunteer program for BriarPatch owners. PatchWorks serves to create positive, meaningful and lasting impact on our community through participation and cooperation between BriarPatch Food Co-op, its owners and select nonprofit organizations. BYLT is proud to be a PatchWorks Nonprofit Neighbor.


  • 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 erika@bylt.org, (530) 272-5994 x 202 or Erin Tarr at erin@bylt.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.