Looking for a meaningful way to enjoy the great outdoors, go to really cool events, and meet other conservation-minded people? Join our wonderful group of volunteers! The success of Mojave Desert Land Trust’s mission depends on volunteers who help us fulfill our programs. Volunteers and donors are the heroes of conservation! Volunteers extend our reach to educate, enroll, and invite others to participate in protecting the Mojave Desert. Please consider investing a few hours in one of our volunteer opportunities:
Land Stewardship Team
Land Stewards assist with restoration, monitoring, and property clean-up. Projects include monitoring and collecting data; installing vertical mulch, fencing and signs; trail work and planting; leading invasive weed removal projects and general clean-up. Volunteers of all abilities and endurance levels are encouraged to participate. This team goes out on half day, daylong and overnight trips. Training is always included, and the safety of our Land Stewards is of utmost importance.
Desert Salvage Team
The salvage team travels to local and remote locations to clean up the land and collect desert treasures. This team is a hardy bunch that enjoys being outside, hauling things around, taking things apart, and organizing a variety of materials. The sale of desert treasures during our recurring Salvage Saturdays supports our conservation programs. Teams work weekdays and weekends as needed to clean up the land and to manage Salvage Saturdays.
Citizen Science and Education Projects
Assist with ongoing and new projects such as mapping our desert or conducting climate change studies by monitoring or setting up vegetation plots, training other volunteers or students in data collection, and playing a role in youth education on local MDLT properties.
Native Plant and Seed Projects
Volunteers help with native plant seed-gathering and cleaning excursions on MDLT properties. The seeds are collected for propagation at our native plant nursery. Once our nursery is up and running the team may be trained to help with basic plant propagation, irrigation, maintenance and other horticultural tasks as needed.
Citizen Science and Education Projects
Help spread the word about the work of MDLT and the many ways to support, join and volunteer through stewardship, restoration and other related activities. Outreach opportunities typically occur on the weekends out in the community. It’s a great way to meet new people and share our mission of protecting the desert.
Provide core assistance with our events, including preparations, coordinating with caterers and event vendors, helping with registration, parking, hospitality, setup, breakdown, and collecting event donations or gathering supplies. Events typically occur on the weekends and are a great way to meet new people, share our mission and provide the public with a great experience.
Guest Services and Administrative Team
Guest Services & Admin volunteers help with filing, scanning, database entries, mailings and answering phones. Friday is a regular admin team day but we host administrative projects throughout the week. This is the perfect team to join if you prefer working indoors on light, detail oriented administrative projects.
Facilities volunteers help with general grounds-keeping such as watering courtyard plants, sweeping, and tending to the gardens, small repair, maintenance and construction projects. Volunteers with some light construction and/or landscaping, irrigation, plant care, and gardening skills are perfect for this team. If you enjoy light exercise and working outside, this is the team for you.
If you’d like to get involved in these and other ways, give us a call at 760-366-5440 or email us at email@example.com and let us know what skills you’d like to use to help protect the desert landscape!