Join over 100 other volunteers who help Warner Nature Center provide quality environmental education to area children and families.
Warner Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. Whether you want to work with children, animals, or just need an excuse to get outdoors for some physical exercise, Warner can offer you opportunity to do so.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the position of Trail Guide beginning in September 2015. These volunteers assist with our school programs by leading children on hikes through Warner's varied habitats. Training and curricula is provided.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete a volunteer application online.
Once you have completed your application, you will be contacted by our staff for an interview session offered seasonally. Applications received between June-August 2015 will be contacted early August for an interview to begin volunteering for our fall season.
Once you have completed an interview session, turned in all of your volunteer paperwork, and have an approved background check (conducted by the Science Museum of Minnesota), you will be contacted to attend a 3-hour volunteer orientation session. You must complete the orientation session prior to becoming a volunteer at Warner Nature Center.
More information about specific volunteer opportunities is below. If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please contact Kelly VanBooven at email@example.com or (651) 433-2427 ext. 21. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer!
Volunteer jobs include:
Lead visiting school children on hikes around Warner's woods, lakes and bog. Hike topics include bog ecology, birds, forests, aquatic ecology and others. Ongoing training is provided by Warner staff naturalists. Programs are held weekdays during the school year.
Assist with hikes, registration, activities and a variety of other jobs for a variety of natural history programs. Programs vary in participant numbers and ages, and most programs occur on the weekends.
Assist in a variety of tasks supporting Warner Nature Center programs. Activities could include assembling program handouts and activity bags, maintaining our natural history collections, building educational exhibits and program props, or outdoor project support.
Help maintain trails and the Trailside Museum building. Tasks might include wood chipping trails, clearing buckthorn, small construction projects, painting, etc.
Science Research Assistant
Support ongoing scientific research through citizen science data collection and submission. Programs include NestWatch, Frog & Toad Survey, Dragonfly Monitoring and more.
Summer Camp Assistant
Support summer camps by helping staff naturalists with preparation and activities during camps, and serve as a role model for young campers.
Great Benefits for Warner Nature Center Volunteers!
- Volunteer and Staff Outings each year to environmental centers, museums, parks or refuges
- Ongoing natural history and environmental enrichment programs
- Festive holiday potluck
- Annual Awards Banquet in June
- Seasonal Owl Feather newsletter
- Discounts and admission to selected Science Museum exhibitions and Omnitheater films
- Organic PEACE coffee, friendly staff and beautiful setting in the woods