Forest Restoration Volunteer

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
This position provides an opportunity to learn about current and future ecological restoration efforts on the Fernbank Museum of Natural History campus and help eradicate non-native invasive species. With this position volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about native woodlands and also assist with restoration activities such as removing invasive plant species and replanting native plant species in forested areas behind the museum.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Become versed in the local ecology of Fernbank Forest and the Piedmont region of Georgia
  • Assist in restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species
  • Maintaining Volunteer Garden by Museum Terrace Overlook
  • Maintaining Trails throughout the Forest Overlook area

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPECTATIONS

  • Background and/or strong interest in restoration ecology, botany, gardening, or horticulture in an outdoor setting
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn about the flora and fauna of the Georgia Piedmont
  • 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.)

Fernbank Museum's Membership Department and COO will review all applications and contact selected applicants for an interview. After the interview process a group of applicants will be invited to become Forest Restoration Volunteers. Should the applicant accept, he or she must sign a Volunteer Service Agreement form. Training will begin immediately with volunteer shifts beginning at various times throughout the year.

TIME COMMITMENT
Volunteers must work one 4-hour shift per month with the program each month. Volunteer Forest Restoration Days will take place from 8am - noon, generally on the second Saturday of the month throughout the year.