Volunteer With Us


“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” -Wendell Berry

Many hands make light work. We value the volunteers who participate in our stewardship committees  for each of our protected properties. If you’d like to join, or for more information, please contact us.

Volunteers clear a path

For over fifty years the Hanover Conservancy’s members and volunteers have helped the organization deliver its mission. Our volunteers employ their talents and interests to a broad array of activities. Opportunities range from improving trails to creating an electronic photo album illustrating Conservancy lands and activities.

Some of our volunteers bring skills from their careers and apply it in the new arena of conservation. Others join us to explore a new interest and find that they develop a passion. We invite you to review the stewardship and administrative volunteer roles below and imagine how volunteering with the Hanover Conservancy might fit into your life. If interested, please contact us at  volunteer@hanoverconservancy.org.

Check the calendar on our home page for upcoming volunteer work days – come out and enjoy a picnic on one of our conservation properties and join in to help improve trails, clear invading alien plants, or help in other ways.

You can also check the Upper Valley Trails Alliance calendar or Nature Groupie (formerly the Stewardship Network: New England) site for more activities in our area.

Conservancy Volunteers

Trail Monitors
  • Walk designated Conservancy trails to assess conditions. Volunteer’s assessment determines need for trail maintenance.
  • Time commitment: 2 hours/month (warm seasons)
 Trail Maintenance and Work Parties
  • Clear brush, manage downed trees, hang signs, and blaze trails in response to trail monitor’s observation. Some regularly scheduled maintenance in late spring and mid-autumn.
  • Time Commitment: Variable, estimated 2 hours/month (warm seasons)
 Educational Trip or Workshop Leader
  • Share your particular expertise by leading a trip. This could include birding trips, land history tours, wildflower walks, animal tracking, kite day, hikes, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.
  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/trip or event
 Researcher of Scientific Features of Conservation Land
  • Investigate flora, fauna, geologic, or geographic features of conserved lands. Studies could range from recording animal signs to comparing soil type along a tract of land. Topics can be directed by the interest of the volunteer.
  • Time Commitment: Depends on Project.
 Researcher of Historical Features of Conservation Land
  • Research significant historical elements of properties, such as cellar holes or past uses of the land by Native Americans or settlers. Topics  can be directed by the interest of the volunteer.
  • Time Commitment: Depends on Project.
Invasive Plants Monitor
  • Identify encroachment by invasive species on Conservancy properties. Cut and monitor for re-growth. (Treatment requiring chemicals will be administered by professionals).
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours/month (warm seasons)
Property Stewardship Committee
  • Serve on a stewardship committee for a Conservancy property. Advise on management; can also volunteer for field activities above.
  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/month
Photographer for Properties and Events
  • Add to the photo record of the Conservancy’s volunteer efforts and community events.
  • Annually photograph the Conservancy’s lands to enhance our photo record, and to share online and in publications. Volunteer must own and be able to operate a digital camera or smartphone.
  • Time Commitment: Depends on event. We always welcome photos!
 Administrative Projects Assistance
  • Enter and edit data, proofread, and assist with seasonal mailings.
  • Time Commitment: 4-8 hours/month, depending on season.
Short Term Projects
  • Create and update kiosk displays at entry points of Natural Areas.
  • Create a self-guided interpretive nature trail along key corridors of Preserves.
Special Project
  • Your creativity is the limit! Please share any ideas with the Conservancy.
  • Time Commitment: Depends on the project.


Thank you to all of our volunteers!