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Would you like to assist in the preservation of Kentucky's finest natural areas? The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission is looking for volunteers to give us a hand in the field and in the office. Several volunteer opportunities are being scheduled throughout the year; visit our events calendar. For those of you who would like to make an ongoing commitment, please refer to the positions below or contact our volunteer coordinator.
Volunteer Naturalist - We have several opportunities available for individuals who are interested in learning more about Kentucky's rare plants. At the Frankfort office, we need assistance scanning and organizing images of plants -- a great way to learn them. Additionally there are many plant collections that need labels so they can be sent to larger herbaria. We also would like to computerize our small herbarium. Some low-level familiarity with computer use is needed for this work. In the field, we need assistants to help us continue to locate and monitor rare plant species on public lands. Volunteers should have some plant identification skills and be able to work independently.
Data Management Assistant - If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Program database and have at least minimal computer skills, we need your help. A volunteer position is open for a data management assistant at the Frankfort office. This position involves processing and reviewing data with our data management team using spreadsheets and databases. Time commitment would be at least three to four hours per week.
Preserve Monitors - Reliable volunteers are needed to serve as our eyes and ears at several nature preserves across the Commonwealth. These individuals will be responsible for visiting their assigned preserve at least twice a month and filling out reports on the conditions of the preserve - not a bad job if you live close by. Additional training will be provided. There are positions available at many of our preserves. Please contact us if you are interested.