Become a Volunteer

There are many opportunities for individuals and companies to support the mission of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Help Plant Trees with TreeVitalize
Become a Watershed Conservation Volunteer
Office Work for Land Conservation
Care for Our 130 Community Gardens
Volunteer as a Land Steward
Assist with Photo Cataloging
Volunteer at Fallingwater
Shutterbug? Volunteer as a Photographer
Other Clerical/Office Work

TreeVitalize Plantings

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh volunteer planting in Allegheny CommonsThe Western Pennsylvania Conservancy works in partnership with Tree Pittsburgh, DCNR, The City or Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Parks, as well as local community groups to plant trees through TreeVitalize Pittsburgh. Plantings take place in the spring and fall. 

For more information

Marah Vecenie
412-586-2386
trees@paconserve.org.

Become a Watershed Conservation Volunteer

The Watershed Conservation Program has offices in Indiana, Ridgway and Hollidaysburg. Volunteer opportunities are available in these areas during our field season, which typically runs April through October.

For more information

Kelly Horrell
724-471-7202
khorrell@paconserve.org

Special Volunteer Opportunity

Land Conservation and Stewardship staff is looking for volunteers to assist in a clerical project at the WPC office in Pittsburgh. The project involves working with the staff to review and migrate documents into an online recordkeeping system. This is a great opportunity to get an up-close look at how permanent land conservation takes place at WPC.

For more information

Dawn Smith
412-586-2338
dsmith@paconserve.org

Community Garden Volunteers

Get involved in the gardens

Volunteers plant flowers at Carnegie Museum, Spring 2011This is a great way to volunteer for a day with your family, friends or neighbors to plant a WPC community garden. Gardens are located throughout the region. 

There are opportunities to get your hands dirty beginning the first week of May and lasting throughout the summer.  In addition, each October WPC needs volunteers to help with putting the gardens to bed for the winter, in preparation for next year's planting.

WPC has 130 garden projects for volunteers with different levels of skill, time commitments and responsibilities.  Please see the Community Greening Volunteer page to learn more, or contact:

For more information

Lynn McGuire-Olzak
Volunteer Coordinator
412-586-2324
gardens@paconserve.org

Land Steward

Bear Run Nature Reserve Stewardship Workday June 2008In the warm months, typically May through October, WPC has frequent work projects occurring on WPC properties throughout western Pennsylvania, from Erie to Fayette counties. Typical projects include removing invasive plants, repairing a trail, marking a property boundary, or cleaning up an illegal dump. Volunteers are always welcome at these events, as many hands make for light work.

Although we call these events “work days,” they are informal and offer a chance to socialize with other conservation-minded people, as well as an opportunity to explore and learn about the ecology of the preserve where the work project is occurring. Applicants will be added to email and phone lists providing updates regarding the time and location of these events.

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 must provide monitoring reports, maps, and pictures 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 look for good fits between a volunteer’s interests and skills and the needs of the properties.

For more information

Andrew Zadnik
Easement and Land Stewardship Coordinator
412-586-2318
azadnik@paconserve.org

Photo Cataloging Volunteer

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program is looking for volunteers to assist with a digital photography cataloging project at the WPC Pittsburgh office. The volunteer(s) will conduct research and work with WPC staff to categorize and migrate digital photographs into our online storage system. An interest in biology would be helpful as the photographs are primarily of plants, animals, and natural communities. This project would be ideal for a student looking for cataloging/archiving experience, or anyone with an interest in photography, cataloging or a passion for preservation management. The WPC office is located on Washington's Landing and is accessible by bus, bike path or car and offers free parking.

For more information

JoAnn Albert
412-586-2330
jalbert@paconserve.org

Volunteer at Fallingwater

There are many volunteer opportunities at Fallingwater. For information, contact Marie Woof at 724-329-7826 or email her at mwoof@paconserve.org, or visit the FallingWater Volunteering Opportunities page.

Clerical/Office Work

This important volunteer is needed at both the WPC office in Pittsburgh and at Fallingwater. Work with our staff to learn about our membership and conservation efforts.

For more information

412-288-2777

Photographers

Are you a shutterbug? You can use your hobby as a way to volunteer! Photographers are needed to document newly protected properties, member outings, and volunteer events such as garden plantings. Volunteers are asked to use their own camera equipment.

For more information

Contact Randy Schreiber at 412-586-2372 or email rschreiber@paconserve.org.

 

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status.