The White Mountain National Forest is looking for help to identify pollinator species (bees and butterflies) that occupy the Forest, as well as to assess habitat diverisity here. For some time, pollinators have been declining around the globe. The threats to these species are varied, but can include lack of habitat diversity from agriculture and development, pesticide use, and disease. A better understanding of local pollinators and habitats would help us tailor our management to better support these important species here on the Forest.
Pollinator/habitat surveys may be conducted in any location, but would be most useful in managed wildlife openings and other open settings. A survey consists of two parts: 1) a habitat survey where observers walk a 200-foot line and record various plant species noted along a 6-foot width of the line; and 2) a repeat survey of the same line counting the number of bees and butterflies seen in the same area.
Prior ability to identify plants or bees/butterflies to species is helpful but not required. Photo guides can be provided. Bees only need to be categorized as bees vs. bumblebees; butterflies are counted in one of seven broad groupings. Volunteer time commitments are flexible; you may choose to just survey one location or as many as you want. Most locations are close to roads, but some may require a hike in behind a gate.
Required equipment: Data collection and analysis will be done through a mobile app so a personal cell phone or other mobile device is required. The form can be downloaded ahead of time and data submitted later via wifi, so you don't need to use your data to complete the survey.
Come enjoy a beautiful afternoon collecting important wildlife information!
• Conservation Education • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
Photo Courtesy of FS
Trailhead Steward - Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR)
The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is a recreation destination for hikers around the world. With over 1200 miles of trails, the WMNF sees 5 to 6 million visitors a year, and numbers are on the rise! This rise in visitation has also brought an uptick in the number of search and rescue incidents as more and more unprepared hikers hit the trail. This program seeks to combat this issue through its mission.
The Trailhead Steward Program encourages outdoor safety and conservation in the WMNF by interacting with hikers, backpackers and climbers at trailheads to promote responsible enjoyment and protection of public land.
Choose one of five busy trailheads to staff on weekends—typical shift is 4-5 hrs, two shifts required
This is a HIKER SAFETY program! Provide safety, weather and leave no trace information to forest visitors at trailheads before they begin their trip
Ability to approach forest visitors and educate on outdoor safety while representing the WMNF in a volunteer uniform
Good communication skills!
Knowledge of White Mountain trails and fluency in French a plus
Ability to work in a team setting and independently if desired
Required annual training provided every sping - April 6th, 2019
On the job training is provided through Lead Volunteer Stewards
Enjoy other training offered throughout the year; First Aid/CPR/AED, defensive drivers training, sign installation training, etc.
This position provides an opportunity to offer advice to fellow hikers and to prevent costly search and rescue by advising those who are under prepared
Volunteer uniform provided; Safety orange Tshirt, hat, uniform shirt
Be part of a tight-knit volunteer community with opportunities to socialize and hike with other volunteers
Choose your own hours and shifts through an easy to use online signup system. There are many shifts to choose from, May - October, which can accomodate the busiest schedules!
Ability to get involved in a wide variety of volunteer programs once you get your feet wet; backcountry steward, woodshop volunteer, fairs and special events, etc.
WMNF Annual Recreation Pass-16 hours of service
America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of service
• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
Photo Courtesy of FS
The Backcountry Steward Program takes information and SAFETY to the trails! Backcountry Stewards hike White Mountain trails giving important safety, weather, and trail information to fellow hikers along the way. Stewards serve as eyes and ears for the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) hiking to priority areas set forth by WMNF staff. Stewards not only serve as a source of information but engage in light project work aimed at keeping backcountry areas pristine.
This is a hiker safety program - Engaging the public as a volunteer and making them aware of environmental hazards, especially when encountering hikers who are ill-prepared
Conduct backcountry patrols on WMNF hiking trails. Patrols will focus on contacting the public and performing light maintenance such as dispersing fire rings and picking up trash
Submit patrol reports documenting conditions found and improvements needed
Good communication skills, ability to work independently in remote settings
Ability to professionally represent the WMNF while wearing a volunteer uniform
Ability to hike, carry a pack and hand tools, and work in steep terrain
Work independently in an outdoor setting to assist forest visitors
Perform physically demanding yet gratifying outdoor work
WMNF recreation pass with 16 hours of service
America the Beautiful Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of volunteer service
This program is closely tied to the Trailhead Steward Program. Those interested in this program must complete the annual Trailhead / Backcountry Steward training (April 6th, 2019) and take on a minimum of two shifts with the Trailhead Steward Program before becoming a Backcountry Steward.
Other training as necessary for position—may include First Aid / CPR, Leave No Trace, forest rules and regulations
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.