Marine debris clean up by Conservation Volunteers, Sandy Point Nature Reserve, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney).
Volunteers play an important part in furthering the mandate of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Newfoundland and Labrador.
They bring a unique perspective, varied expertise and an unsurpassed enthusiasm to protect the region’s natural areas. There are many ways that NCC’s volunteers support our conservation work in the Atlantic Region, including attending our Conservation Volunteers events, monitoring our nature reserves as property stewards, and assisting with community engagement and fundraising activities.
Here are a few ways that you can get involved:
Conservation Volunteers events
NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program engages people of all ages to get involved in the protection of Canada's biodiversity. Join NCC staff for one-day events to carry out critical conservation actions on our nature reserves, such as removing marine debris from coastal areas, maintaining and improving publicly used trails, removing invasive species, carrying out bird surveys and contributing to citizen science projects.
Property and trail stewards
Volunteer property and trail stewards help by keeping a watchful eye on our nature reserves through monitoring the condition of the property, noting species of interest and reporting issues, such as illegal wood harvesting or dumping. They may also help to maintain trails, install boundary or information signs, and clean up debris. The information provided to NCC by property and trail stewards contributes to our ongoing property management and ensures that we are doing all that we can to conserve the ecological integrity of our lands.
We have opportunities for volunteer property and trail stewards across Newfoundland and Labrador, and are currently seeking volunteers for these priority nature reserves:
Barachois Brook Nature Reserve (74 km from Stephenville, NL)
Black Ash Nature Reserve (5 km from Deer lake, NL
Freshwater Bay Nature Reserve (6 km from downtown St. John’s, NL)
Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve (35 km from Port aux Basques, NL)
To find out how to get involved, email Atlantic.Volunteers@natureconservancy.ca. Be sure to let us know where you are based, or which NCC property you're interested in helping out with.
Other volunteer opportunities
We have volunteers across the Atlantic Region that assist us with a variety of tasks and activities, including cataloguing wildlife photos from trail cameras, attending community outreach events, supporting fundraising efforts, and capturing the beauty of our nature reserves through photography and video.
To find out how to get involved, email Atlantic.Volunteers@natureconservancy.ca.