Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed

Included below are upcoming volunteer opportunities with our sponsoring agencies and other organizations that may be of interest to our members.

These may be both short- and long-term volunteer opportunities and may require training to participate.

 

Friends of Pocahontas
Volunteer opportunities with FoPSP are posted on Meetup.com.  You can find specific information for each event, RSVP, and view the calendar of events. Weekly opportunities include:
  • Firewood Stocking: Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. (Contact FoPSP for meeting location.)
  • Invasive Plant Control:  Help remove invasive plants at this weekly session. Infomation is on Meetup.
  • Adopt-a-Highway Litter Pickup:  Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Meet at Horner Forest Trail parking lot on Qualla Rd. Bring your own gloves. Bags and safety vests are provided.


Nature Center Volunteers
Pocahontas State Park
Contact the park office at (804) 796-4255 or Andi Clinton at
(804)-796-4484 (O) adrianna.clinton@dcr.virginia.gov
 
Rockwood Nature Center
Contact  Lisa Trapp (lmtrapp13@gmail.com),
Director of Rockwood Nature Center,
by email or call (804) 745-8360.


Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2)
The second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas is a survey of all bird species breeding in the state. Data collected will help map the distribution and status of Virginia’s breeding bird community in order to better inform our natural resource and conservation decisions. Volunteers collect information not only on the identity and number of birds they observe, but also evidence of breeding behavior. The Atlas use a series of breeding codes to describe the different types of breeding behavior that may be observed (See  Handbook and Materials  for more details). Survey data will be entered into the Atlas' eBird portal.

  

Pocahontas Chapter Projects
 
Follow the links for each project below to learn more and contact the project leader.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PSP Nature Center/CCC Museum Assistant
July 29th, August 12th, or August 19th * 9:45am - 4:30pm

(You can sign up for either one 3 hour shift, or for the whole 6 hour shift.)
CONTACT: katharine.bryan@dcr.virginia.gov
Help staff the Nature Center or Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum at Pocahontas State Park. All you need is a love of nature and/or history and the willingness to share that love with others.  Duties at both facilities include: Greeting park guests with a smile, providing park information, and answering questions related to Pocahontas State Park. We provide training and manuals to help you along with staff eager to share what they know.

Both facilities are open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes early. At the Nature Center, you may have the opportunity to give brief educational talks on the live animal exhibits. Again, eager staff, training and additional information is provided.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for creating many of America's national and state parks, including Pocahontas. This museum dedicated to the group is the only of it's kind in Virginia and holds many interesting artifacts and stories. We have plenty of resources, trainings, and manuals which can assist you with further research.

VMNs may record volunteer hours under the approved project "Pocahontas State Park - Education."


Presquile Island Fall Field Day, September 30th

On September 30th, the Chapter is participating in the Presquile Island Wildlife Refuge Fall Field Day.  If you are not familiar with this event, it is one of the few days a year the island is open to the public.  Visitors take the pontoon boat ride over to the island to hike, canoe the wetlands, visit the education center and enjoy interpretive programs.  Here is the link.  https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147513258

We have been asked to provide two nature walks, provide education on pollinators and help out with the parking.  We have all the materials for the programs, just need you! 

I'm looking for up to 5 volunteers to support this event.  The time is from 8:30 to 3:30ish.  Due to logistics I am asking for at least a 3 hour commitment. 

The nice thing about working this event is you DO get to enjoy the island and the activities.  If you haven't been there, it is a great place to visit.   Oh, if you are lucky, on the pontoon ride to and from the island, you may get to see the Sturgeon jumping! Soooo Cool...

If you would like more information or to volunteer, please email me at Karenbodan@gmail.com or call me 804-243-2338.  


Kiptopeke State Park, Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.—noon

The Nature Conservancy is partnering with Kiptopeke State Park* for Public Lands Day and we’re in need of volunteers to help clean up the beaches and coastal dune trails. Join park ranger guides to pick up litter and learn about some of the natural, historical, and cultural wonders of the Eastern Shore. There is free parking/admission for this day and families are welcome to participate. Stay after the workday for some fun activities in the afternoon (maybe fishing, crabbing or wildlife observation!).

*meet at the Kiptopeke Pier

If you plan to participate please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer manager at jdalke@tnc.org or call/text 540-335-1302.


Tom’s Cove Campground, Chincoteague - Sat, Oct 7: Tom’s Cove Campground, Chincoteague

We are seeking four volunteers with strong hands and backs to help gather discarded oyster and clam shells to be recycled in the Conservancy’s restoration efforts around the Shore at the 45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival. Tasks include placing bushel baskets with “TNC Shell Recycling” signs throughout the event, monitoring baskets to make sure garbage doesn’t get mixed in and carrying and dumping full bushel baskets into our trailer. Mild heavy lifting and lots of carrying is involved. Closed toed shoes are required. Materials and training will be provided as needed—volunteers may need additional training to become Youth Qualified. 

Contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c) to sign up.


Kiptopeke State Park, Sat, Oct 7

Saturday, Oct 7: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 7: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

While the Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival is going through some changes and down-sizing, the family day at Kiptopeke State Park is ever growing. The Nature Conservancy is looking for two volunteers per shift to staff a booth with a hands-on kids activity that includes a replica of a beach scene and will focus on a game for guessing which beach nesting bird species belong to which nests. Volunteers will pass out Conservancy materials, greet the public, walk visitors through the hands-on activities, and answer questions as best they can. Materials and training will be provided as needed—volunteers may need additional training to become Youth Qualified. First shift volunteers will be in charge of pick-up of materials and set-up, and second shift volunteers will be in charge of break-down and return of materials. Sign up for one or both of these shifts:

To sign up for a volunteer shift, call or email Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).


Park After Dark - October 21 - 6-9 PM, Pocahontas State Park

This is a very fun event and a great opportunity to bring the community out to the park. We will be drawing heavily again this year on the support of our volunteers to make this event a success. We have increased the number of needed volunteers for each station since last year and will again be utilizing a "floater" section. This will allow people to take breaks, get some food/coffee, and explore the event a little without having to leave their post unattended. Dinner, snacks, drinks, and dessert will be provided. 

We're also asking people to arrive an hour early (by 5:00pm) to get oriented and stay thirty minutes after the event (until 9:30pm) to clean-up.

For more information, contact Andi Clinton at adrianna.clinton@dcr.virginia.gov


Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center, Cape Charles - Sat, Nov 25

We are seeking three volunteers with strong hands and backs to help gather discarded oyster and clam shells to be recycled in the Conservancy’s restoration efforts around the Shore at the Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center. Tasks include placing bushel baskets with “TNC Shell Recycling” signs throughout the event, monitoring baskets to make sure garbage doesn’t get mixed in and carrying and dumping full bushel baskets into our trailer. Mild heavy lifting and lots of carrying is involved. Closed toed shoes are required. Materials and training will be provided as needed—volunteers may need additional training to become Youth Qualified. 

Contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c) to sign up.


Notes from Nature
This is a great web-based citizen science project year round!

Participants will transcribe label information from high-resolution images of herbarium specimens using an online interface at NotesfromNature.org . The herbarium specimens are from Virginia and include both native and non-native species.

Specifically, the participant will use a web browser and navigate to http://notesfromnature.org.  They will click on the link for “Plants” and then click on “Plants of Virginia”.  NotesfromNature.org may cycle various expedition themes within the Plants of Virginia section, such as “Ant Plants of Virginia” or “Pollinator Plants of Virginia”.  Once you are within the Plants of Virginia section, an image of an herbarium sheet will be displayed and the participant will need to transcribe the data from the label into the web form as specified within NotesfromNature.org.  It is recommended to create a username and password for the site where the participant can track what they have done throughout the project.

There will be opportunities for local and in-person transcription events.  These events will most likely be arranged by a local herbarium involved with the herbarium specimen imaging project.  When these events occur, communications with event information will be disseminated on how master naturalists can participate.

Prior to participating in this project, volunteers must complete the Continuing Education Webinar training, Digitizing Virginia’s Herbaria for Research and Education (14 October 2016). Instructional documents are provided as part of the online training.

Record volunteer hours in the VMS project: Notes from Nature: Plants of Virginia