This position provides an opportunity to learn about current and future ecological restoration efforts on the Fernbank Museum of Natural History campus and help educate visiting school groups during museum-led field trips. With this position, volunteers will have the opportunity to guide interpretive hikes in Fernbank Forest and also assist with restoration activities such as removing invasive plant species and replanting native plant species in forested areas behind the museum.
- Shadow/observe field trips and read materials related to the program
- Assist in greeting and welcoming school groups
- Become well versed in the local ecology of Fernbank Forest and the Piedmont region of Georgia
- Co-lead small school groups on an interpretive hike
- Assist small school groups in restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species.
- Help supervise groups
- Background and/or strong interest in restoration ecology, botany, education (formal or informal), gardening, horticulture, or interpretation in an outdoor setting
- Strong interest in working directly with student groups (middle and high school)
- Good interpersonal skills
- Experience working with the public
- Willingness to learn about the program and study independently if necessary
- Compliance with Museum policies and procedures
- Must be able to work outdoors and walk/hike up to 2 miles and have physical skills necessary to perform restoration activities (involves some lifting, bending, digging, working with tools, etc.)
- Weekday morning availability preferred
All qualifying potential volunteers will be referred to the manager of the UrbanWatch program, who will then contact selected applicants for an interview and training excursion.