Volunteer

The opportunities for volunteer participation at Shaw Nature Reserve are many and varied. We appreciate your interest in working with us and look forward to hearing from you. We are very happy to share Shaw Nature Reserve with you!


Volunteer Positions

Ecological Management: Help with gathering and sowing native plant seeds and habitat management through invasive species control, prescribed burns and glade restoration. On the job training.

Horticulture: Work in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden includes seed collecting, greenhouse propagation, planting, and maintenance of the garden. Volunteers are also needed for plant sales, special events, and data entry. On the job training is offered.

Teacher-Naturalist: Teach children outdoors, September through May. Classes are hands-on with a focus on sensory awareness and ecological concepts. Other duties may include assisting with adult and family classes and special events. This work involves a minimum of one day per week during the school year and a monthly training session. Initial training is given and required.

Tour Guide: Conduct Wilderness Wagon and bus tours of Shaw Nature Reserve on an as needed basis. Training is offered seasonally.

Visitor Center: Provide information and directions for visitors as they arrive at the Visitors Center. Collect admission fees and answer the telephone. Computer skills would be helpful, but not necessary. Must be personable and enjoy people.

Building Maintenance-Carpentry: Assist the Construction Manager with a variety of construction and maintenance projects. Help maintain all structures on the grounds. Jobs might include painting, window and door repair, building shelves and other shop work in a fairly well-equipped wood shop. Knowledge of building trades and/or woodworking is helpful.

If you are interested in volunteering at Shaw Nature Reserve, call: (636) 451-3512  for more information about positions.

Please complete an application to be considered for a volunteer assignment and we will contact you.