Volunteer Opportunities


There are many ways that you can make a difference.

Volunteer Opportunities

Conserving land, connecting kids and families with the wonders of nature and farms, helping to get the word out about upcoming treks and events, and assisting with trail maintenance…

These are just the beginning of how you might be able to provide your time and talent.

The opportunities are almost endless and we need your help. Volunteers are vital to the success of our conservation work in Tug Hill. If you are interested in volunteering please read the descriptions below and send Linda an email at lgibbs@tughilltomorrow.org, or give her a call at 315-779-2239.

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Trail Maintenance

Are you looking for ways to have fun outside while making a difference? How about helping us maintain some of the trails around Tug Hill?

We need regular help to maintain the trails at the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary in the town of Rutland, outside of Watertown, ranging from a few hours a month to as little as a couple hours during a community work day. Examples of tasks include pruning back shrubs and trees, spring clean-up, and other special projects.

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Host a gathering, inspire others

We are looking for new ways to inspire people in the Tug Hill region. One great way is for someone like you to host an informal breakfast, lunch, cocktails, or picnic where you invite your friends and we update them on projects, programs, and brainstorm about conservation opportunities.

This would not be a fundraising gathering, it would be a way get to know people and find out what they care about.

Assist with Special Events

If you like meeting people, setting up and breaking down exhibits, displays, or tables and chairs, handing out materials, and welcoming people, we’d love to see you at our special events.

Every year these vary, so check out the event listing here, or email Linda at lgibbs@tughilltomorrow.org for upcoming events you might want to volunteer for.

Take Photos

We are always looking for inspiring photos of the lands, waters, and wildlife around Tug Hill and people interacting with the land, to feature on social media, our newsletter and other forms of outreach.

Each year we work with talented volunteers to grow our library of photos, with an emphasis on how people are interacting with the land and water in addition to the stunning beauty of the landscape.

Lead a Field Trip

We are looking for talented folks of all ages to lead various field trips such as birding or wildflower walks, photography hikes, or kayak trips. We are open to your ideas and would explore what might be a great match in a given season.

Potential leaders need to be clear about their qualifications, what age-group and skill level would be a good match for the program, and what kinds of experience they have in creating an interactive and inspiring experience. Staff would help plan and accompany the trip; safety is a high priority.

Getting the Word Out

If you would rather stay inside, yet play a role in conservation, we have a job for you. We need your assistance with sending out mailings to get the word out about our programs, funding conservation projects, or updates related to a specific habitat clean-up.

Stuffing and sealing envelopes, and other small projects in the office, are great ways to help make a difference. It’s also a great way to get to know our staff.

Educational Programs

Occasionally, we have educational programs or projects that require additional assistance.

Small projects, like helping out for a couple of hours while we teach kids about composting, carrying presentation supplies and helping to set up when we host a program about birds, or manning a booth at an exhibit would be a great help.

Technical Services

Depending on the year, talented professionals donate their services to conserve, and celebrate, the special places in Tug Hill.

Opportunities may exist for surveyors, writers, photographers, trail designers, educators, foresters and others who wish to help further our conservation and programming work.