Each year CELT receives over 2,500 hours of volunteer support. As a community supported organization, we depend upon volunteers to help manage our properties, to plan and staff our special events and many more essential tasks. Below you will find our current volunteer opportunities. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices at 207-767-6054 for more information.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:
Office Administration Support
Trail Building and Trail Maintenance
Special Events Planning
Property Mapping and Monitoring
Environmental Education Walk Leaders
Editorial Support for our Publications and Website
See below for specific opportunities and volunteer job descriptions.
In addition, we are always seeking donations of tangible items from our Wish List.
CELT 4th Grade Field Trips – Volunteer Walk Leader Description
Join CELT’S Field Trip Team!
The 4th grade field trips in Robinson Woods that CELT offers to the Pond Cove Elementary School students have a rich tradition of being led by various adult volunteers in the community. We are looking for a new generation of leaders to join this effort: volunteers who are excited to work with kids, enjoy exploring the outdoors, and want to give back to their community. Training and good times will be provided.
The time commitment to be a walk leader is about 15 hours between late September and late May:
- Three walks a year in Robinson Woods: fall (approx Oct), winter (approx Feb) and spring (approx May), 2 hours each, mid-mornings on weekdays = 6 hours
- Three <30 minute classroom visits, one before each trip, between 9-2pm on weekdays= Less than 1.5 hours
- Three pre-trip leader group training sessions = 6-7 hours
- Communicating with other leaders via email or phone if schedules change
- Post walk recap/debrief with CELT staff and/or Committee Chair
- Volunteer training provided by CELT
- 4th Grade Field Trip Student Journal
Why be a walk leader?
- Be present for amazing nature experiences in Robinson Woods: previous walk leaders have watched blue jay fights, found salamanders, snakes, and all sorts of fungi!
- Get cool CELT swag- all walk leaders will receive different tokens of CELT’s appreciation for each year they lead walks.
- Hear the “oohs” and “whoas” and “that’s so cool!” of kids, and know that you are facilitating those experiences.
- Inspire the youth of today to love and respect the natural world by helping them have fun while exploring it.
Interested? Contact Linden Rayton, Education Coordinator, at email@example.com!
Previous volunteers say…
“It is so rewarding to see a kids eyes open wide when they see a snake or salamander for the first time or hold frog eggs and better understand the relationships that connect us all.” –Lisa Gent, 10+ year volunteer
“I get so much pleasure out of the children discovering something special in the woods, and then sharing it with their classmates. The wonder and excitement that you as a leader/teacher in the woods is infectious…the kids get so excited to see what we as adults often consider ‘ordinary.” –Suzanne McGinn, 10+ year volunteer