Volunteer Opportunities

Spring 2015 Volunteer Opportunities:

June 3rd Spring Newsletter Mailing Opportunity: Join a cheerful crew at the South Berwick Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 on Wednesday morning, and get the job done in a couple hours. Be in contact with Patti Mitchem, Administrative Coordinator, for more information, email.

June 6th National Trails Day Trail work and property clean up: Kimball North property, South Berwick. If you are unavailable to join us for the June 6th event but want to help, visit one of our public places and pick up trash, monitor for down branches or trees and report back to us with any updates on what you noticed or worked on, email.

June 26th Strawberry Festival: Great social time with the South Berwick community, hulling strawberries, 8 am - noon and washing buckets, 9:30-11:30am at South Berwick Community Center email.

June 27th Strawberry Festival: Booth help on saturday set up at 8am-4pm, take down email.

Want to give of your time and talent? Great Works has many volunteer opportunities in stewardship, membership development, events, office help, and committees. Contact the office at 646-3604 or email to talk with staff about how you would like to work with us. Anne Gamble is Development Coordinator, Patti Mitchem is Administrative Coordinator.

Ways you can help:

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Stewardship: Darrell DeTour, Stewardship Coordinator email

Trail work and property clean up: We periodically schedule trail work days and an occasional cleanup day.

Monitoring: The Trust needs volunteers to help monitor the conservation status of Trust owned land and properties for which the Trust holds easements.

Stewardship Committee: (planning field work)

Field Surveys and Baseline Data Collection: Although not regularly scheduled, volunteers are needed periodically to help conduct field surveys, i.e., watershed, water quality or habitat assessments; and document features of properties for which the Land Trust holds an easement. Also, we would like to have GPS coordinates for all of our properties and trails.

Conservation Focus on Beaver Dam Heath, York Pond area, Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area, Tatnic area, Mt. Agamenticus: Help us reach our conservation goals.

Outreach:

Great Works is often invited to work with school groups and scouting groups. You could make a presentation, lead a workday, lead a hike, help coordinate a program.

Lead a hike or special wildlife viewing event.

Membership Leadership and Outreach

Development: Fundraising committee work, individual and business donor prospect outreach

Calling all photographers! Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Help us out with your great shots of our properties!

Marketing and website design and production, social networking

GWRLT Booth at local festivals: Volunteers interact with the public and staff display table at community events and festivals throughout the summer and early fall.

Distribution of newsletters in early October, February and June. Pick a town!

Host a small reception.

Events: We hold two major fundraising events a year and a few smaller ones. Volunteers work in a variety of capacities and are indispensable to the success of our events.

Spring Auction: always the 2nd Saturday in March.

Spring Auction Committee begins work in late fall to solicit and gather items for the auction.

Administrative help needed includes data entry, tracking tickets, attending to the details in the last week, follow up data entry.

Auction set-up on Friday and Saturday morning

Auction night requires at least 25 volunteers

Farm-to-Chef at Beach Plum Farm: always the 1st Sunday in August.

With a focus on local food prepared by the best area chefs, the location will be Great Works own beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit, with community gardens and views to the dunes and the sea.

Help needed to plan and prepare, and many hands will be needed for setup and serving.

Mailing parties: we send out  our newsletter three times a year: early February, early- to mid-June, and late September. A cheerful crew gathers and gets the job done in a couple hours. Occasional other mailings occur throughout the year. Patti Mitchem, Administrative Coordinator, handles these. More often than not, the mailing parties are held at South Berwick Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 on a Wednesday morning.

Office help: Organization of files, scrapbooks. Data entry. Tax records research.

Grant writing and research