Evergreen Audubon has been built by volunteers. Without so many dedicated people, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish nearly as much in conservation and education. Consider becoming a volunteer and helping us as we continue to grow. We’ve got opportunities for people with a wide variety of skills and interests. Some volunteer positions are behind the scenes, some are seasonal, and others require regular scheduled commitments. Descriptions of our various volunteer positions are found below.
Why Volunteer With Us?
- Gain a sense of satisfaction from helping protect our environment and expose others to the value of conservation
- Learn even more about the natural world
- Create great friendships with like-minded people
- Learn new skills that are transferable to other activities in your life
- Participate in annual field trips created and provided just for volunteers
- Get a 20% discount at the Evergreen Nature Center gift shop and for programs with fees
- Attend volunteer dinners and award ceremonies
How to Become a Volunteer
To become a volunteer for Evergreen Audubon, you will need to complete our application and meet with a board or staff member. Download the application HERE. Then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to us at Evergreen Audubon, PO Box 523, Evergreen, CO 80437. Additional meetings will be scheduled after your application is reviewed. For those wishing to work at the Evergreen Nature Center or as an Educator or Program Leader, background checks will be conducted.
Behind The Scenes Opportunities
- Citizen Science: Assist with nest box surveys (help record number nests, eggs and fledglings); Assist with the Breeding Bird Atlas Study (help identify and track species breeding in specific areas of the watershed); Lead or participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count groups.
- Communication: Contribute articles to the Evergreen Audubon Website and Dipper Newsletter; Proof-read the website and the Dipper; Maintain Facebook pages and Twitter; Organize and maintain electronic photo files; Distribute flyers for special events; Post events to local news sources including newspapers and on-line calendars.
- Development and Fundraising: Stuff and sort mailings; Assist with fundraising events (solicit silent action items and sponsorships; Set up and tear down; Research new sources of funding and help prepare grant proposals; Provide on-site help during the Evergreen Triple By Pass bicycle event; Sell Dam Duck Derby ducks and help out on Dam Duck Derby day; Sell and distribute Christmas wreaths; Construct and sell bluebird and chickadee nest boxes.
- Social: Greet member and guests at chapter meetings and special events; Set up/take down refreshments and snacks at chapter meetings; Help organize food and activities for the annual membership picnic; Assist with organizing the Tally Rally (December pot-luck dinner) and the Annual Meeting (January catered dinner and program).
- Special Task Forces: Coordinate database design and data entry for membership; fundraising, volunteer and program participation records; Provide financial and organizational consulting for the possible launch of an Evergreen Audubon endowment.
Public Engagement Opportunities
- Visitor Assistant at Nature Center: Our biggest need throughout the summer is volunteers opening, staffing, and closing the nature center for the 24 hours we are open during the week from Thursday to Sunday. Hundreds of people a week stop into the nature center to learn something new or because they just happened by on accident. The Visitor Assistant helps all visitors learn new and exciting things about the nature of the Bear Creek Watershed. This opportunity requires commitment of 12 hours of volunteering at the ENC during the open season. Volunteers are required to attend three training sessions to become skilled at staffing the nature center.
- Educator/Program Leader: We offer custom and designed programs for a variety of groups from youth groups, scouts, 4-H, school groups, and adults. Leading a tour or a program for these groups requires someone outgoing, comfortable speaking to large groups, knowledgeable, and willing to learn more. If you have a desire to teach or lead groups this could be a great opportunity to get even more people exposed to nature and becoming better stewards of the land.
- Exhibit Assistant: Every year the Nature Center likes to change up exhibits so that there is always something new and different to see. We like to create interactive exhibits that get people thinking and doing new things. If you have a creative streak, are skilled with graphic design, or are handy with power tools, consider helping with the new exhibit creation. This is often done starting in September through the winter season but planning happens during the summer.