Volunteer With Us

Many hands make light work!

Volunteers clear a path at Tunis Mill Lot

For nearly 60 years, Hanover Conservancy members and volunteers have helped the organization achieve its mission. Our volunteers employ their talents and interests to a broad array of activities. Opportunities range from improving trails, pulling invasive plants, taking photos of our trips and properties, and helping put together large mailings and indoor events.

Some 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. No experience with trail work, bridge building or land management is needed. Join us on the trails or in the office to make new friends and learn new skills!


Laura Conkey 1-2019Featured Volunteer: Laura Conkey

Laura says…

“The Hanover Conservancy is an organization that embodies my values of conservation in an engaging and fun way. The work accomplished by staff and volunteers is comprehensive and critical for all of our well-being (plants and animals included!), while providing opportunities for the entire community to enjoy the fruits of their labors. And did I mention fun and educational?

Forest geographer Laura Conkey and biologist Tom Jack take measurements while leading a hike in the Trescott Lands.
Forest geographer Laura Conkey and biologist Tom Jack take measurements while leading a hike in the Trescott Lands.

I have recently retired from teaching and researching in fields of forest geography and climate change at Dartmouth College. In addition to HC, I volunteer with the Pine Park Association, my condominium board, and the Hopkins Center. Nature reading and writing, outdoor rambles, and music fill my days.”

Thank you, Laura! We couldn’t do it all without your help!


How to hear about upcoming volunteer workdays:

Check the calendar for volunteer work parties, scheduled most frequently from late May through mid-October. 

Sign up for our occasional “Volunteer Opportunities” e-newsletter. 

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.

“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

We Need YOU! Here are some of the volunteer roles responsible for our organization’s 58 years of success…

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; these groups often meet every other month or only as needed.
Photographer for Properties and Events
  • Add to the photo record of the Conservancy’s volunteer efforts and community events.
  • Photograph the Conservancy’s lands to enhance our photo record, and to share online and in publications.
  • 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.

Fundraising and Long-term Development Planning

  • Experience AND fresh ideas are critical to our campaigns and grant applications. We’d love your perspective on member benefits, capital campaigns and important partners, to name just a few!
  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/month, depending on season.
Short Term Projects
  • Create and update signs and kiosk displays at our Natural Areas.
  • Have a fun photoshoot at one of our properties that we can showcase online or in a mailing.
  • Help publicize a special event.
  • Design a special project…your creativity is the limit! Please share any ideas you have with us.