Volunteers are critical to the success of WPC and play an important role in the protection and preservation of the land, water and wildlife under our care. We appreciate any time that you can contribute to our ongoing efforts.
General Volunteer Opportunities
How can you help? The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy holds regular volunteer work days on properties across Western Pennsylvania during the warm months of the year, typically from May to October. Volunteers assist WPC in a multitude of activities that range from cleaning up illegal dumps to removing invasive weeds, building bridges, repairing trails and marking property boundaries.
Volunteers are kept informed about the times and locations of these events through email updates and phone calls. Although we call these events “work days,” they are informal and offer a chance to socialize with other conservation-minded people. In addition, volunteers have the opportunity to explore and learn about the ecology of the areas they help to protect. We welcome new participants, as many hands make for light work.
WPC occasionally has the opportunity to assign volunteers to steward a specific property, where they take on increased monitoring responsibilities. Volunteers need to commit to visiting a property a certain number of times per year and provide monitoring reports, maps, and photographs to document these visits. Openings for property-specific assignments are made only as available, and we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be assigned to a specific property. We typically tap volunteers who have shown a strong commitment to the program by volunteering at our work days, and try to match our volunteer’s interests and skills to the needs of the property.
For more information contact our Land Steward Coordinator at 412-586-2318 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.