Volunteer

People who share their time and skills to benefit nature in our region are at the heart of what we do. It is thanks to hundreds of volunteers that we are able to accomplish so much, and make a difference for the species who call the area home.

Please review each job description carefully, determine which are the right fit for you, and complete an application so we can talk further.

Currently recruiting:
Ambassadors, Land Stewards & Maintenance
  • Photo
  • Bats
  • Ambassador
  • Reptiles
  • Steward
  • Maintenance
  • Salamander

Ambassadors

Currently recruiting: NEW & returning volunteers to attend a Meet n' Greet this June.
Commitment: at least 2 hours/mo
Timing: anytime, mostly summer

Share your love & passion for land conservation by becoming a part of a special team of trained volunteers who spread the word about the Conservancy. Talk to trail users, help at events, call supporters, share photos and more!

Read More here!

Creative Team

In development. Check back soon!
Commitment
: TBD
Timing: all year

We're working on updating our team of creatives. This group helps with social media content creation, writing, video editing, photography and more!

Please reach out to Samantha if you're interested in helping.

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Office Support

On hold for now
Commitment
: monthly for 2-3 hours
Timing: all year

Once the Grant's Woods office reopens, we will be looking for an office volunteer to assist with various tasks such as preparation for mail-outs and events, data entry, filing, and uploading photos.  

Computer skills are necessary.

Bat Monitoring

All positions have been filled for the 2022 season. 

There are eight species of bats in Ontario, and four of them are listed as endangered.  Bats are active at night, emitting echolocation which cannot be heard by humans.

Bat Monitoring teams of 3  are assigned a property and cover a designated route 1/2 hour after sunset.  Using an Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro, you will record the echolocation calls of bats which can then be analyzed to determine species.

Equipment Needed: We supply the bat monitoring equipment. You will need a headlamp and something to protect you from the bugs – a bug jacket and gloves are recommended.

Commitment: Must be available to make three evening visits of approximately two hours each in June and July, during the prescribed weather conditions.

Training required: Take the two hour Bat Monitoring course.

*Note that you may not bring dogs on monitoring trips.


Evening Frog Monitors

There are one toad and nine frog species in our region, and volunteers are trained to identify their calls both individually and in a chorus.  

Skills and Equipment Needed:  Good hearing is required.  Listening devices with headphones  are used to verify calls.

Commitment: Volunteer teams of two head out 1/2 hour after sunset to a Conservancy wetland. Three trips of fifteen minutes through the spring and summer, at different temperature thresholds, are all that’s required. You must be available from late May to July to participate in this activity.

Training Required: Take the two hour frog call monitoring course.

Note that you may not bring dogs on monitoring trips.

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Mink Frog. T. Rowland.

Daytime Frog Monitors

This program targets Western Chorus Frogs, along with Wood and Northern Leopard Frogs, whose mating calls can be heard in the daytime March to May.

Volunteers take the frog call monitoring training progam.  

Skills and Equipment Needed:  Good hearing is required.  Listening devices with headphones  are used to verify calls.

Commitment: Volunteer teams of two head out for afternoon visits in the early spring. Three trips of fifteen minutes, are all that’s required. You must be available from March to the end of May to participate in this activity.

Training Required: Take the two hour frog call monitoring course.   Click here for training dates

Note that you may not bring dogs on monitoring trips.


Land Stewards

Every Conservancy Nature Reserve needs a team of Land Stewards, to keep staff informed about the condition of the property and help to keep it maintained.

Land Stewards work in teams of two, and are assigned a permanent property to monitor.  

Monarch Team

This program supports the national milkweed watch initiative  and  mission monarch . Since the Milkweed plant is the Monarch's sole source of food, both of these programs target milkweed in order to track the health of Monarch Butterfly populations. 

Volunteers will count both milkweed plants and monarch caterpillars found  on the plants, and submit data to us for inclusion in the milkweed watch and mission monarch studies.

Grassland Birds

All positions have been filled for the 2022 season. 

Property Maintenance

This is a roving team with construction skills and chainsaw know-how.   They take on larger maintenance projects such as foot bridge construction and maintenance, erecting new property signs,  and keeping our office in good repair.  

 

Reptile Monitors

All positions have been filled for the 2022 season. 

Volunteers stealthily follow a designated route, looking for basking & nesting turtles, snakes, and on some properties the five-lined skink.  The five-lined skink is Ontario's only lizard.    No experience is necessary, we provide training.

Equipment Needed: Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens (we have easy-to-use cameras we can loan you - your smartphone camera is not up to this job).  A GPS unit or smartphone mapping app such as Avenza.  Use your own equipment, or borrow ours.

Salamander Monitors

All positions have been filled for the 2022 season. 

Volunteers monitor vernal pools in the early spring for amphibian egg masses, and then switch to monitoring under boards for the summer and fall.

Equipment Needed: A GPS unit or the Avenza map app is needed to find salamander boards that have been placed on the property.  We can supply you with the GPS Unit.



Water Quality Monitoring

All positions have been filled - thank you!

This is our benchmark Community Science program, which began in 2015. 

Water Teams test for up to 9 different water quality parameters on-site including Temperature, Depth, pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Phosphates, Turbidity, Alkalinity, Nitrate-Nitrogen, and sometimes Chlorides. 

No experience necessary - we will provide you with training.

Wildlife on Roads

All positions have been filled for the 2022 season. 

Roads impact species movement and cause animal mortality. The data from this project helps us understand what species are impacted and supports the need for mitigation measures.

At least once a month from spring – fall, trained volunteers walk along their assigned section of road and record observations of dead/injured/alive animals using iNaturalist.

Skills and equipment needed: walk ~1 km with frequent squatting/bending down to inspect small things on the road. A cell phone.

Special Skills
and Interests

If you have any of the following skills to contribute, we want to know!

  • Fundraiser/Event Organizing
  • Handyperson
  • Arcview/GIS Mapping
  • Environmental Educator
  • Writing/Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Government Legislation & Policy Monitor
  • Conservation Land Tax Specialist
  • Media and Communications

Have
questions?

Email Samantha Vessios at engage@couchconservacy.ca for general inquiries.

Email Dorthea Hangaard at dorthea@couchconservancy.ca for questions regarding Community Science Program opportunities and Land management.