Volunteer with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
Do you want to make a difference for our environment? Become a Conservancy volunteer! You can help out at events, outdoor cleanups, hikes, and more (view our stewardship volunteer calendar for an idea of upcoming outdoor work days). If you want to have fun, meet new people, and share your skills and passion, learn about our volunteer opportunities and sign up today!
Why should I volunteer with the Conservancy?
As a volunteer with the Conservancy, you will join over 150 other community members of all ages and backgrounds who are helping to protect open spaces by donating their time, energy and expertise.
We provide volunteers with training, education and support and always make sure to celebrate their service with volunteer-only events and materials. We can help you earn community service hours or fulfill the requirements of an internship program. We also work with groups like businesses, scout troops, school clubs and more.
How do I become a Conservancy volunteer?
Click the button above and fill out a Volunteer Application Form!
If you have questions about volunteering, contact Kent Harlow at (518) 436-6346 ext 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the many ways you can volunteer with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy:
- Trail Maintenance
Love the outdoors? Join an upcoming workday! Help us pick up litter, cut back invasive vines and shrubs, and maintain trails at our preserves in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery Counties. Land stewardship activities are great for groups that want to volunteer. Email us to arrange a group volunteer stewardship day.
- Become a Preserve Steward
Volunteer as a preserve steward and help us monitor and maintain one of our 20 public nature preserves. Walk the trail networks weekly or monthly, complete light maintenance, and notify us of any significant maintenance needs or vandalism. Training will be provided to all volunteers.
- Become a Rail Trail Ambassador
Join the Friends of the Rail Trail (FORT) Committee on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail volunteering as a Trail Ambassador to guide visitors, patrol, and serve as trail custodians.
If you love the Conservancy and want to tell everybody about our preserves and easement program, consider volunteering at a local fair or festival. Outreach volunteers hand out educational materials and talk to people about our local area and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s work. Even if you’ve never been an outreach volunteer before, we can pair you with an experienced volunteer.
- Event Support
MHLC hosts several large events each year, including the fall fundraiser, Hike-a-Thon, annual dinner, and new preserve openings. Volunteers help set up and take down these events, managing a variety of tasks that make these events a success.
- Hike Sweepers
Want to volunteer while attending one of MHLC’s guided hikes? Being a hike sweeper means ensuring the group stays together on the hike, taking photos, and reporting back to the office with a few details about the excursion.
If you prefer to help indoors, we can use your time and skills in the office assisting with our mailings, data collection, and distribution of other promotional materials.
Want to learn more? Read about some of our current volunteers on our blog! We suggest beginning with an interview with Kathy Meany, Bozen Kill Preserve Steward.