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Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Carolina Raptor Center
Carolina Tiger Rescue
Eno River Association
Neuse RIVERKEEPER Foundation
North Carolina Coastal Federation
North Carolina Conservation Network
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
Pamlico-Tar River Foundation
Tar River Land Conservancy
Toxic Free North Carolina
Triangle Land Conservancy
Western North Carolina Alliance


Carolina Tiger Rescue


Provides rescue and sanctuary for wild cats, and conservation education to the public through tours and opportunities for volunteering, internships, and community service. Volunteering at CPT is a great way to become intimately involved with CPT and its animals. We rely heavily on volunteers and their special talents. We accept volunteers in all aspects of our operation.

Volunteer Positions:

Animal Care

Construction and Maintenance

Office Work (answering phones, filing)

Gift Shop Staff

Guiding Tours

Fundraising and Marketing

If you have any special talents, please let us know. This includes things such as mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills. We are also always looking for help planning and carrying out special fundraising and marketing events. If you have a talent, we can put it to work!


* There are age requirements at CPT. They are as follows:
* Animal Care and Guiding Tours – 18 or older
* Construction – 16 or older
* Office Work and Gift Shop – 14 or older
* Due to the training involved in volunteering at CPT we have the expectation that our volunteers commit to a minimum number of hours. You must be able to commit at least 8 hours a month (two volunteer sessions) for at least 6 consecutive months. For animal care, you must be able to commit at least 16 hours a month (4 hours a week) for at least 6 consecutive months. We make special arrangements for work groups (school groups, university clubs, civic groups, etc.) to come out and help us at CPT. Work groups are often helping with compound maintenance, construction, and grounds keeping projects.


Carolina Tiger Rescue
1940 Hanks Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919)542-4454 (fax)


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy


Creating a network of permanently protected farm, forest and natural lands, parks and water resources in Henderson, Transylvania and neighboring counties in Western North Carolina.

Volunteer Positions:

Office Assistants
Assist with large copying projects. Assist in putting together project folders. Stuff brochures. Help prepare packets for board members every two months. Assist with fundraising-related tasks. Write thank you notes. Perform other office tasks.

Bulk Mail Assistant
Assist every few months with bulk mailings: fold letters, stuff envelopes, attach stamps and mailing labels, and seal envelopes. Database Assistants
Act as back-up to current data entry volunteer. Work on other database projects. Clean up current database.

Recording secretary
Attend, record proceedings, and take notes at bimonthly board meetings, and then produce minutes. Raise Awareness & increase membership at Speakers' Bureau

Contact local civic, church, and community organizations to schedule the Speakers' Bureau. Work with staff to organize materials for presentation or display   

Give CMLC presentation to local organizations. Speak publicly for CMLC or represent CMLC at community events.

Tabling staffers
When CMLC has a table, stay with table and answer questions about the organization.

Call members who have received renewal notices but have not renewed. A script will be provided-all you need to do is speak clearly and cheerfully!

Hike Committee members
Assist in developing a monthly hike program. Plan and coordinate monthly hikes, including scouting hikes, writing press releases, etc. Lead hikes.

Land Maintenance/Stewardship Assistants
Assist CMLC staff and volunteers in various stewardship activities: trail maintenance, land maintenance, build/repair bridges, removal of invasive species, monitoring of protected areas, etc.

World's Edge Monitoring Program
Visit the World's Edge property quarterly, taking note of invasive species, damaged trails, or evidence of vandalism. Monitors must submit a report.

Newsletter/PR Assistants
Create publicity materials. Help staff with the quarterly newsletter by doing interviews, writing articles, collecting photographs, etc. Help staff with press releases.

Publicity Materials Assistants
Assist staff in development of quality materials that illustrate the work and accomplishments of CMLC.

Organize and manage events/workshops
Host a house party, Introduce your friends and colleagues to CMLC by holding a cocktail party or other event. We can provide an inspiring program about our work.

Hospitality Assistants
Bake and cook items for events. Buy groceries for events.

Event/Workshop Committee members
Assist with putting on various events, including house parties, annual workshops, Annual Meeting, etc. Assist with details including registration of participants and working with vendors.

Membership Task Force
Organize educational and cultural events concerning CMLC's efforts in regional conservation. Be in touch with generous members in special ways and renewed members. Evaluate opportunities for tabling.


If you would like to do your part for conservation and contribute to CMLC as a volunteer, call 828-697-5777, email, or download PDF volunteer application form.

Carolina Raptor Center


Carolina's largest display of resident raptors on public trail with engaging environmental stories. Students learn rehabilitation skills while healing injured hawks, eagles, falcons and owls.

Volunteer Positions:

Visitor Services
* Time Commitment: As Needed Basis
* Minimum Age: 16 yrs old or part of a Jr. Volunteer Team
* Requirements: Orientation
* Supervisor: Gift Shop Manager
* Description: Over 32,000 visitors come through the front doors each year, so if you love talking to people about Carolina Raptor Center this is the place for you! The main entrance brings visitors directly into the gift shop, Eagles' Landing, and they leave through the same doors. This means the gift shop is a critical part of visitors' impression of Carolina Raptor Center, and we need your help to make sure it's a good one!
* Volunteer duties include greeting visitors when they come in the front door, answering questions, directing people to the nature trail and restrooms, and ringing up purchases on the cash register. Volunteers will be provided a "cheat sheet" of the most frequently asked questions, and most volunteers are surprised how quickly they pick up basic facts about birds.
Gift shop volunteers work in an air-conditioned/heated space and are not required to spend an entire day. Volunteer for a few hours a month and you'll spend a pleasant afternoon helping a good cause!
* Shifts include: Weekday: 11am-2pm and 2-5pm Weekend: noon-3pm and 2-5pm.

Grounds & Maintenance
* Time Commitment: As Needed Basis
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or part of a junior volunteer team
* Requirements: orientation
* Supervisor: Chief of Operations and/or Director of Volunteer Services
* There is a constant need for help with landscaping - mulching, mowing, removing weeds; as well as general maintenance work - fixing broken aviaries, building perches, setting up for exhibits. In addition, we need volunteers in this area that will help lead groups during Clean Up Days where we invite individuals and groups to help with projects around the center.
* Grounds & Maintenance volunteers can work a flexible schedule and sign up to handle one specific job or help with the items on our never ending To-Do List.

* Time Commitment: As Needed Basis
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or part of a junior volunteer team
* Requirements: orientation
* Supervisor: Administrative Director
* Like any busy office, Carolina Raptor Center always needs organized individuals to help out administratively. From filing patient charts to helping stuff a mailing to entering names into the mailing list database, there is always plenty of work for an additional pair of hands!
* Administrative volunteers can work a set schedule or sign up to help with certain projects or in a specific area.

* Time Commitment: minimum 30hrs/year once initial training is completed
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or part of a junior volunteer team
* Initial Requirements: orientation, Exhibit assistant training class, Shadowing
* Supervisor: Exhibit Coordinator
* Carolina Raptor Center visits festivals all over the Charlotte area such as Festival in the Park and the Southern Christmas Show. Our exhibits are staffed by at least two people- a Lead is certified to handle birds, and the Assistants are there to talk to the public, answer questions and hand out literature.
* These exhibits are crucial exposure because we get the opportunity to interact with people who have never visited or perhaps even heard of Carolina Raptor Center. You might be surprised to learn that many $500 donors made their donation after talking with volunteers at an exhibit. People are fascinated by live birds, and love to share their own raptor sightings.
* Training is provided to become an Assistant and a Lead on exhibits. When considering helping in this area, please keep in mind that most all the exhibits are held on the weekend.

Docent Program
* Time Commitment: One onsite offering every month
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or part of a junior volunteer team
* Initial Requirements: orientation, Docent One Class, Shadowing
* Supervisor: Docent Coordinator
* If you love raptors and want to share your enthusiasm with our visitors, consider becoming a docent. Docents are lecturers or teachers at museums or universities, or in this case nature preserves! Docents may be stationed along the trail to answer visitors' questions, or may lead Trail Trivia or Behind-the-Scenes Tours. The primary responsibility of a docent is to give accurate, interesting information to visitors, and to convey enthusiasm and positive energy about the environment.
* Docents are trained on the natural history of raptors, Carolina Raptor Center's history, biographies of all resident birds and basic raptor anatomy. In addition, volunteers are provided with interpretive training to do On-site Programs. Docents are scheduled on the weekend and can cover one program or several in one day.

Raptor Rehabilitation
* Time Commitment: minimum one shift (average of 4 hours) every two weeks
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or older
* Initial Requirements: Orientation, Rehab One Class
* Supervisor: Rehabilitation Coordinators and Director of Rehabilitation
* Rehabilitation volunteers are the "ER" personnel: the first ones to help examine a bird when it arrives. They are responsible for providing food, medication and physical therapy for the injured and orphaned raptor patients. They also clean and sanitize cages and kennels, vital to a healthy recovery. When the hard work is done and a bird is ready to return to the wild, it is due to the hard work that happens in rehabilitation, much of that performed by volunteers.
* Rehabilitation is a special field requiring dedicated, dependable, volunteers who are willing to learn the proper procedure for handling dangerous creatures. The rewards are immeasurable.
* Volunteers help cover three shifts / 7 days a week in the Rehabilitation area.
* Shifts: Times may vary due to patient load
Morning: 8am-12pm
Afternoon: 12pm-5pm
Evening: 5pm-7pm

Resident Raptor Keeper
* Time Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours every two weeks
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or part of a junior volunteer team
* Initial Requirements: orientation, RBC One Class
* Supervisor: Resident Bird Care Coordinator

Carolina Raptor Center has more than 100 birds that live permanently at the center: birds on the public display trail and birds that travel to exhibits and education programs. Resident bird care volunteers feed the birds and clean the aviaries. Volunteers also help with the weekly check of the bird's weight, keel and equipment.

Resident Bird Care Volunteers must commit to working a minimum of once a week or once every other week.

Raptor Ambulance or Transport Volunteers
* Time Commitment: varies
* Minimum Age: 16yrs or older
* Initial Requirements: orientation, transport class, driving approval
* Supervisor: Rehab Coordinators

Injured birds of prey come to Carolina Raptor Center from all over the region. To get them into the hands of medical experts, volunteers must be willing to pick up the birds and bring them to Carolina Raptor Center or transfer them to another rehabilitation facility. People need to be available to transport birds within the Carolinas. This sometimes involves a bit of driving, but being a "raptor ambulance" is a necessary and rewarding part of the rehabilitation process. Training is provided on how to capture and secure a bird that might be injured. Transport volunteering is a good area for people who work from home, because availability and dependability are important traits for drivers.


Louise Bhavnani, Director of Volunteer Services 704/875-6521 x 102 



Eno River Association


North Carolina's oldest land trust, celebrating 40 years of success protecting the Eno River through land conservation, education and advocacy.

Volunteer Positions:

Festival for the Eno
For many folks, volunteering at the Festival for the Eno has become an Independence Day weekend tradition. It takes over 1200 volunteers working before, during and after the event to present the Festival for the Eno each summer. Volunteers take tickets, build stages, pour drinks, paint faces, address letters, cook food, turn pots and compost, catch critters, collect recycling and do just about everything else necessary to put on our region's most prestigious and well-known 4th of July event. The Festival volunteer coordinator will get in touch with you in the spring to arrange the details.

Eno River Watch
Four times a year, head out to your monitoring site and help us collect information on aquatic life and conditions on the Eno.  Keeping a watchful eye on the health of the river is also a fun activity for families and friends to do together.  To participate in the Eno River Watch program, you complete a short training session and are given an opportunity to adopt a site along the river.  Quarterly sampling is done in small groups, so sign up by yourself, with a buddy, or bring the kids.

Outdoor Workdays
As opportunities arise, volunteers work on trails and clean up newly acquired properties.  This is usually fun, hard work done in the spring and fall.  Recently, we have cleaned up around Eno quarry and cut trails in the Little River Regional Park.  Soon, we will be working on nature trails at Penny’s Bend.  Volunteers usually need to be at least 16 and in good health. If you are interested in volunteering to do trail maintenance at Eno River State Park, they can train you and get you prepared- just call (919) 383-1686.

Environmental Education
If you enjoy working with children, join the environmental education team.  We are currently working on several projects, from writing articles for the newsletter, to designing an educational teacher’s guide about the Eno, to staffing the EEK (Eno Education for Kids) area at the Festival for the Eno. 

Hike Leader
Each year the Eno River Association hosts a series of winter and spring wildflower hikes.  Hike leaders should be familiar with the Eno flora and fauna or just be enthusiastic hikers.  No experience is required to lead hikes on Sunday afternoons from January to April. 

Events & Exhibits
Each year, many people spend a few hours at the Eno River Association’s exhibit at Apple Chill, Earth Day, Hog Day, Festifall, & Centerfest, answering questions and distributing information to the public.  At events such as our Spring Picnic, Annual Meeting, and Holiday Celebrations, helpers are needed to set up, clean up, and help organize. 

The Eno River Association publishes an annual Calendar and occasional Eno Journal.  Photographers, writers, and researchers work together to produce these educational pieces that teach about the river and its nature & history. 

Eno Currents, the newsletter of the Eno River Association, is published quarterly to inform our members and friends about the current issues and events along the Eno.  Artists, editors, writers and other contributors are needed to produce the newsletter as well as press releases and other public relations materials

Fund Raising
Our Resource Development Committee has the responsibility of ensuring that the Association has the funds necessary to carry out the programs and activities that are planned. Members of the committee work on plans and campaigns to raise money and directly solicit contributions on behalf of the Association.

Help us out with mailings, filing, data entry, and archival collections.  Whether you have skills to share, or time to spend with us stuffing envelopes, we always need help around the office.

If you can cook, bake, simply stir a pot, or buy groceries, your help is needed for our many annual events.  Let us know if you are available to help out with goodies and refreshments.


Give us a call at 620-9099 or e-mail and we can find a way to utilize your skills.

Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation


Protects and preserves the Neuse River basin through education, advocacy and enforcement to provide clean water for drinking, recreation and enjoyment to the communities it serves.

Volunteer Positions:

Annual Neuse River Spring Clean-up
The Neuse River Spring Clean-up occurs on the first Saturday in April.  This is a one-day event from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. where volunteers help remove trash and debris form the Neuse and some of it's tributaries.  Our volunteers include youth groups, church and civic organizations, business associates, paddle clubs and river enthusiasts. 

Muddy Water Watch (MWW)
The Muddy Water Watch project is a community-based, citizen training project designed to reduce sediment pollution--the number one pollutant in NC streams and rivers. The project was created in direct response to citizen complaints about sediment related impacts they could see in their own neighborhoods.  The program provides education, training workshops and support that will give citizens the necessary tools to actively engage with local governing bodies, policymakers and developers on issues concerning clean water in their communitites.

RiverWatch is a "neighborhood watch" program for the Lower Neuse River Basin. After a training session to learn about the river, pollution threats, and how to recognize them, volunteers will spend 8 hours per month on their assigned river or creek looking for potential pollution problems.

Neuse River Day
Neuse River Day is an annual community festival at Union Point Park in New Bern, NC.  The festival includes environmental exhibitors, live music, entertainers, arts and crafts vendors and lots of good food; but the main entertainment is on the water.  Paddling enthusiasts, participate in canoe and raft races, some are serious and some are just for fun. There are a variety of volunteer positions from the planning committee to selling tickets. 

Riverkeeper Film Festival
If you enjoy Independent and Documentary films, the Riverkeepr Film Festival just might be the perfect volunteer position for you.  Our festival opens in Raleigh and travels to several theaters in the Neuse Basin.  We need volunteers to help in all locations. 

Administrative Assistance
Occasionally we need office help with a mass mailing or assembling workbooks. 


If you would like to volunteer to help in the office please call or email the Riverkeeper Office in your area.
New Bern:   (252-637-7972)
Raleigh:  (919-856-1180)


North Carolina Coastal Federation


The North Carolina Coastal Federation works with citizens to protect and restore the coastal rivers, creeks, sounds and beaches of North Carolina.

Issues & Programs:

Help our Coastkeepers monitor our coastal waters.

Be an advocate for the Coast. Help us be heard! Attend critical meetings and be an active voice in protecting our coastal waters. 

Coastal Action Alert Network (CAAN)
Action alert network that will notify you by email of issues that need public support. Note: you need to be a member of NCCF to receive alerts. http://www.nccoast.org/volunteer/resolveuid/f28eac17dd585edaef8ef42d60512994

Volunteer Positions:

Office Support
Reception Desk 9am to 1pm, or 1pm to 4pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers answer and transfer phone calls, help with routine office tasks and greet the public.

Volunteers help fold, stuff, and label bulk mailings and the quarterly newsletter. These volunteers can work as often or infrequently as they like.

Newsletter Delivery
Use your car to deliver quantities of the quarterly newsletter to central coastal area visitors' centers, libraries, restaurants, etc.

Landscaping and Maintenance Support
* Gardening -- Maintain NCCF headquarters landscaping.
* Native Plant Sale -- Help with NCCF's annual Native Plant Sale - Earth Day weekend.
* Carpentry -- Help with NCCF carpentry needs.
* Maintenance -- Help maintain headquarters building.

Restoration & Habitat Protection
* Shoreline Restoration -- Plant native vegetation and restore marshes at our "Living Shoreline" demonstration projects. Plantings are scheduled in the spring and early summer at various locations along the coast.
* Oyster Restoration -- Volunteers can help bag oyster cultch, relay oyster bags, seed oyster reefs and monitor established reefs. Oyster Restoration events occur along the coast throughout the year.
* Oyster Shell Recycling -- Volunteers will load and transport recycled oyster shell from designated locations (restaurants, festivals, etc.) to shell stockpile areas. These shells will later be used in Oyster Restoration projects.

Restoration days are dependent on the weather, tides and the completion of site preparation. Therefore, we alert volunteers to upcoming projects and call with specific assignments 3 to 5 days in advance.

Environmental Clean-Up
* Hoop Pole Clean-Up -- Volunteers and NCCF staff, pick-up trash, trim brush and maintain the nature trail at Hoop Pole Creek in Atlantic Beach. This event is the first Saturday in March.
* Big Sweep -- The major coastal cleanup is an ideal opportunity for scout troops and outdoor clubs to lend a hand. The North Carolina Big Sweep clean-up events occur during the month of October.

Nature Trails
* Trail Maintenance -- Clear brush and perform general maintenance on the Hoop Pole (Atlantic Beach) and Patsy Pond Nature Trail (Ocean).
* Trail & Property Stewards -- Help NCCF monitor the Hoop Pole and Patsy Pond Nature Trails and other NCCF coastal properties. Volunteers are asked to walk these areas once a month to help monitor for maintenance needs and keep information brochures stocked.

Festival & Event Staffing
* NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City
* Special Meetings and Events


Rachael Carlyle, Director of Operations
Phone: 252-393-8185 or 800-232-6210 Fax: 252-393-7508
NC Coastal Federation
3609 Highway 24 (Ocean) - Newport, NC 28570
Phone: 252-393-8185 - Fax: 252-393-7508

North Carolina Conservation Network


The NC Conservation Network protects North Carolina's air, water, and quality of life by educating and mobilizing individuals and organizations across the state.

Take Action:

Action Alerts
Sign up for free Public Alerts from NC Conservation Network
You can received free, periodic e-mail updates on key environmental issues from the NC Conservation Network. You can select which issue areas are of most concern to you. You will be contacted when "Be Heard" campaigns begin around them or new updates appear on the ConNet website. This is a great way for you to become more informed and involved in the state's environmental community.

Contact Decision-Makers

Write Letters to the Editor


Sign up online at www.ncconservationnetwork.org or call Mindy Hiteshue at 919/857-4773.

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association


NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

Volunteer Positions:

NCSEA Raleigh Office
The work of NCSEA is never finished!  Join our team as a volunteer in our Raleigh office to help us with a broad array of administrative, member services, and communications projects. 

Green Building Pavilion
* Raleigh Southern Ideal Home Show
* Charlotte Southern Spring & Garden Home Show 

You can volunteer from a few hours to the entire show!

NC Green Building and Solar Tour
Volunteers at all levels of time commitment are greatly appreciated.

Host an NCSEA fundraiser
As a non-profit organization, our ability to work with you is made possible by the generous financial support of members, donors and sponsors who find value in helping fund NCSEA.  Would you like to host a house party or other type of fundraiser to show your support for NCSEA?  Please check this option, enter a brief description of your idea in the "comments" box and Van Crandall, NCSEA Development Director will follow-up with you.

Member Recruitment
Members are the back bone of NCSEA.  Are you interested in helping NCSEA recruit new members and provide valuable benefits for our current members?

Pro Bono Opportunities
NCSEA appreciates the time and expertise that folks have given over the years to improve the quality and breadth of our public policy, education and market development work.  


PO Box 6465 Raleigh, NC 27628
(919) 832-7601


North Carolina Wildlife Federation


The North Carolina Wildlife Federation works for all NC wildlife and its habitat. Project focus includes: land stewardship, water resources, wildlife conservation, and resource-based recreation.

Volunteer Positions:

North Carolina Wildlife Federation has a tradition of volunteer actions, which is growing even stronger. There are opportunities to get involved with any environmental issue, wildlife species or outdoor recreation pursuit.


We need dedicated conservationists willing to volunteer their time, energy, and passion. Please contact us if would like to help us in any of these areas or if you have other talents or resources that could benefit our cause.
Call us at (704) 332-5696 or email us.


Pamlico-Tar River Foundation


The "voice for the river" since 1981, PTRF exists to improve the ecosystems, water quality, and environmental health of the watershed through education, advocacy, and research.

Volunteer Positions:

Citizens’ Watershed Monitoring Program
* Collection of a water sample once a month, on the second Saturday of each month as close to noon as possible. Samples must be dropped off to the local volunteer coordinator to be shipped to the UNC-Asheville Environmental Quality Institute laboratory for analysis.
* Attendance to an initial training session and a yearly refresher course on water quality monitoring, visual assessments, and aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling.  
* Once a year, assist the Riverkeeper with a visual/habitat site assessment and conduct a benthic macroinvertebrate analysis.    
* Submit data monthly to the program/monitoring coordinator. 
* Volunteers are needed in all three counties (Pitt, Edgecombe, and Nash).
* If interested, please call the office at 252-946-7211. Group and individual trainings are available.

Muddy Water Watch
* The Muddy Water Watch project (MWW) is a state-wide initiative to reduce stormwater runoff from construction sites by providing training workshops and materials developed specifically for citizens on the North Carolina's sediment and  stormwater laws and requirements associated with construction activity.  Over the course of a two-year project, trained volunteers will be able to properly identify sedimentation and erosion violations from active construction sites, as well as poorly maintained Best Management Practices (BMP's).  Trained volunteers will help increase the frequency of routine BMP maintenance and most importantly be proactive in keeping mud and sediment out of NC rivers.
* How to Get Involved -- Trainings will begin for the Tar-Pamlico River basin in the spring of 2009. Workshops and materials are free to interested citizens. Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering for this program. To learn more, goto  www.muddywaterwatch.org.
* If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heather Deck at 252-946-7211 or email at: riverkeeper@ptrf.org

* Visually monitor the health of our rivers, creeks, wetlands, and estuaries and are trained to document and report violations and pollution problems;
* Track ripairian buffer violations to ensure accountability by the guilty party and that restoration of the buffer occurs;
* Monitor via the air and on the ground industrial animal farm waste application to ensure no waste enters our waterways;
* Act as our voice in their neighborhoods and communities to actively educate the public on environmental and conservation issues;
* Assist PTRF in tasks such as placing paddle trail signs and collecting recycled oyster shells at county pickup locations;
* Organize and participate in PTRF's two annual river cleanups.
* Monitoring from your kayak, fishing boat, foot, or plane

Pamlico-Tar Air Brigade
* Are you a licensed pilot looking for meaningful air time?
* Would you like to use your skills as a pilot to help protect and conserve the resources of the Tar-Pamlico River? 
* Gaining a bird's eye view of the watershed is extremely important in understanding the wealth of our natural resources and exposing environmental degradation and illegal practices that otherwise might go unnoticed. As a volunteer pilot, not only will you provide the extra protection our waters need, but you will also be contributing to public and media awareness of environmental issues in eastern North Carolina.
* If you would like to know more about becoming a volunteer pilot, please email us at riverkeeper@ptrf.org or call (252)946-7211. Owning your own plane is preferred but not required.

River Cleanups
* May-June National River Cleanup Week.
* October North Carolina Big Sweep.
* Volunteer for our two annual cleanups, or organize your own neighborhood or community cleanup. For information on organizing a cleanup, go to http://www.americanrivers.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AR7_NationalRiverCleanup


108 Gladden Street PO Box 1854 Washington, NC 27889
Phone: (252) 946-7211
Fax: (252) 946-9492




SEEDS empowers youth and families through urban gardening, primarily through a market garden program for teens, an after-school program for children and community gardens for families.

Volunteer opportunities: 

Assist Garden Manager Rebekah Resnick with various projects in the garden, including planting, propagating, pruning, weeding and more. Tuesday, Thursday and Wednesday morning

DIG Work Days
Work with the DIG youth crew as they prepare beds, set out transplants and complete a variety of other tasks.
Saturdays 8 am – noon

SEEDlings After School Program
Assist the SEEDlings Coordinators with a wide range of fun, hands-on activities, including tutoring and garden-based learning. Monday - Friday, 3:30 pm - 6 pm during the school year:

Throughout the year SEEDS relies on volunteers to maintain every aspect of our mission.  We have opportunities for groups and individuals with a variety of interests, experience and available time.  
We welcome groups of volunteers to help us with large projects.

Volunteer Positions:

In the Garden
Working with the guidance and support of the Garden Manager, you’ll get your hands dirty and learn the nuts and bolts of garden maintenance and small-scale food production.  Volunteers can either pick a part of the garden to focus on that interests them (e.g. compost bins, flower beds, pond, perennial border, butterfly garden, food alley), or do a variety of tasks depending on what needs to be done.  Scheduling is flexible; come any time that is convenient for you, or join one of our scheduled volunteer “workdays”. 

Youth & Kids' Programs
* SEEDlings -- provides a safe, supportive after school environment for neighborhood children ages 7 to 12.  Assist the SEEDlings Coordinators with a variety of fun activities and then help kids with their homework.  The program meets Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:45 pm at the SEEDS office. 
* Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) -- Volunteer with the DIG crew if you are interested in learning about market gardening and food production and like working with young people.  You’ll work with a crew of    diverse teenagers to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs for sale at the Durham Farmers’ Market.The DIG crew works Friday afternoons and Saturdays until school is out, then over the summer works several weekday mornings in addition.  

* Outreach and Publicity -- Work with the administrative staff to create program brochures and flyers for events, post and distribute brochures and fliers, issue and follow up on press releases, and represent SEEDS at outreach events. 
* Administrative Support -- Work with the administrative staff to assist with special projects such as bulk mailings and fundraisers.
* In-Kind Donation Solicitor -- Work with the administrative staff and the Garden Manager to solicit donations of goods and services that SEEDS needs to fulfill its mission.


Please contact Jessamine Hyatt at (919) 683-1197 for further information about these volunteer opportunities.

Tar River Land Conservancy


Protects farms, forests, water, wildlife and heritage in Person, Granville, Vance, Franklin, Warren, Nash, Halifax, and Edgecombe Counties. 

Volunteer Positions:

Professional services
Financial and estate planning
Real Estate
Graphic design
Technical writing

Mmembership recruitment

Eevent organizer
Volunteer worker
Hike leader
Canoe guide

Ddata entry


123 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 1161
Louisburg, NC 27549
Phone: 919-496-5902
Fax: 919-496-6940

Toxic Free North Carolina


Advocates for alternatives to toxic pesticides by empowering people to make sound decisions about their heatlh and environment.  (Formerly known as the Agricultural Resource Center)

Volunteer Positions:

Ambassadors & Activists
Enjoy speaking truth to power? Feel strongly about fighting pesticide pollution in NC? Want to help bring your friends and neighbors into the pesticide-free fold? Become an ambassador or activist with Toxic Free NC by contacting and meeting with your elected representatives, writing letters to the editor, bringing a Toxic Free NC staff person to speak at your workplace/church/school/club/etc. ...there are lots of possibilities!

Translation Gurus
Help update the Spanish portion of our website to be as fabulously extensive as the English portion. Could help update website content and style, or just help translate content. Can be done from anywhere with internet.

Outreach Assistants
Help out at Toxic Free NC's information and activity booth during one of approximately 30 community events we attend each year, mostly in the Spring and Fall. Outgoing personality, Spanish skills, and experience working with kids are all good things to have, though not necessary.

Contacts Management Assistants
Enter new contacts into Toxic Free NC's database. 1-2 hours following each of approximately 30 outreach events throughout the year. Scheduling is flexible, though you must come in to our downtown Raleigh office.

Office Work Party Volunteers
Work in a group to help Toxic Free NC stuff envelopes, look up legislators, and do other office jobs.

Media Maestro
Help to update our press contacts around the state and distribute press information. Could be a part-time semester internship. You could do this from anyplace with internet and phone.

Pesticide Blogger
Write for Fair Ground, Toxic Free NC's news and events blog. Write once, or a bunch of times; write pesticide stories that you come up with, or that we assign, or both. Very flexible, ongoing. You could do this from our office, or from anyplace with internet.

Researchers and Writers
Help to research and write new Toxic Free NC fact sheets, Action Alerts, or articles for the Toxic Free Newsletter. You can do this on your own time, from our office or anyplace with internet.


206 New Bern Place
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 833-5333
Toll-free in NC: 1-877-NO-SPRAY

Triangle Land Conservancy


Triangle Land Conservancy protects precious open space - stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitat, and natural areas- to help keep our region healthy and vibrant.

Volunteer Positions:

Office Assistants
Help with filing, mailings, answering phones and any other general office assistance needed by TLC staff.

Conservation Corps
Preserve and improve the physical and biological components of Triangle Land Conservancy’s Nature Preserves. The Conservation Corps meets on a regular basis to carry out trail construction and maintenance, invasive species monitoring and control, basic construction and woodworking projects, general landscaping, property and equipment maintenance, and garden construction and management.

Site Stewards
Assist in stewardship of TLC properties by walking the trails and boundaries of our preserves, doing light maintenance during these walks, and reporting on conditions to the TLC's Stewardship staff.

Trail Crew
Assist in stewardship of TLC properties by helping to build and maintain trails. Go to the Trail Crew page to learn about upcoming trail workdays or to be added to our Trail Crew email list.

Students from area universities helping TLC staff meet program goals while gaining valuable real-world experience. Check our Internship page for more information.

Consulting Volunteers
Individuals or companies with special talents or expertise who provide pro bono project-based services. These volunteers work with the staff member who has oversight responsibility for a particular project. Consulting volunteers help us with: real estate law, estate planning, land surveying, land appraisal, natural resource evaluation (i.e., biologists), regional planning, event planning, leading outings (with experience in outdoor leadership or natural science), grant-writing, writing articles, photography, and graphic design. Use our Staff Directory to get in touch with the staff member most closely associated with your area of expertise.

Committee Members:

Dedicated volunteers with special skills and experience are recruited for the four committees that focus on different aspects of TLC’s activities:

Land Protection Committee
Evaluates potential conservation projects and shepherds acquisitions.

Communications Committee
Advises TLC on ways to use communications and public advocacy to increase public awareness and support of the organization and its conservation goals. Seeking committee members with backgrounds in public relations, marketing, advertising, media, design, public advocacy, and lobbying.

Finance & Investment Committee
Monitors all financial aspects of TLC, except that of fund-raising, to ensure the organization is in good financial health.

Advisory Councils
Established for two-county areas within our region (Wake/Johnston, Durham/Orange, Chatham/Lee), the advisory councils each meet once a year to learn of recent TLC projects and to provide feedback.


1101 Haynes Street, Suite 205
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone 919-833-3662

Western North Carolina Alliance


Protecting forests, improving air and water quality, encouraging responsible development, educating citizens and influencing decision makers through grassroots environmental activism.


Volunteer today to help protect and preserve our natural land, water and air resources!


Call the office at (828) 258-8737 for more information.