Volunteer with us!

Please note our volunteer program is currently under construction. Please contact Annie Paskovich at annie@tmparksfoundation.org for the most up to date information.

TMPF can use your help in a variety of ways. We can help you find something that is both personally and professionally rewarding. Training is provided to make sure you are ready to go!

 

Check out the list below for possible volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Parks Rephotography Project

  • Park Site Steward

    • We need photographers!

    • Site Stewards will select a local park and photograph a particular scene or feature in parks around the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County area. The park you photograph is up to you!

    • The Volunteers will revisit the park four-five times per year and recreate the exact same photo each season or spectacular event. Volunteers will submit their photo's to our website, where a TMPF team member will upload them to our Rephotography Contemporary slideshows!

    • Over time (say ten years), these photo slideshows will become a log of the park's changes over a given period and will be quite interesting to look through. We suggest taking photos of landmarks, special park features, flora, and locations prone to erosion.

    • These photos document the long-term seasonal changes of our parks. Hours are acquired by the volunteer, each photo is worth 1hr. Volunteer dates, times, and locations are determined by the volunteer.

    • Sign-up today and improve your photography skills while also helping us track the environmental changes in our parks!

  • Online Archivist

    • The volunteer archivist will be in charge of cataloging all incoming Rephotography photographs, reducing their file size, and placing them into the Parks Rephotography Online Archive.

    • The volunteer archivist will maintain communication with park site stewards. He/she will remind them to take and submit their seasonal photographs.

    • Serves at home or in the TMPF office.

  • Historical Photography Outreach Volunteer

    • Rephotography outreach volunteers will collect and digitally scan park-based historical photographs collected from private citizens’ personal collections. These photographs are then recreated and added to the online and framed compilations of the Parks Rephotography Project.

    • Volunteers will make presentations to community groups such as churches, HOAs, and public libraries. They explain the Rephotography Project, recruit new site stewards, and locate sources of historical photographs.

    • Serve in the field, at home, and in the TMPF office.

    • Click here to learn more about the Parks Rephotography Project.

 

Student Stewards Program

  • Citizen Science Volunteer

    • Volunteers will assist TMPF team members during citizen science data collection with students. They will work primarily with underserved students at a park walking distance from their school. 

    • Volunteers may assist in the creation or improvement of lesson plans and activities.

    • Serves in the field and in the TMPF office. Click here to learn more about the program.

 

 

Junior Naturalist Program

  • Volunteer Naturalist

    • Volunteers will assist TMPF leaders in carrying out the lessons and activities planned for the program. Volunteers will be able to participate in a preparatory park visit and collaborate in programming development.

    • Volunteers will receive a detailed lesson plan beforehand. Be ready to help kids enjoy nature!

    • Serves in the field and, possibly, in the TMPF office. Click here to learn more about the program.

 

 

Discover Your Park Walks

  • Walk Co-Leader​​

    • Volunteers will co-lead interpretive walks that last one hour (7:00 pm-8:00 pm). These will take place on Thursdays during the summer, and possibly in the spring and fall. Co-leaders will talk about the flora, fauna, and cultural history of local parks. Volunteers will be provided a program outline for each park and will prepare for the walk with TMPF team members earlier in the week.

  • Walk Sweeper

    • Volunteers will make sure all participants are safe and enjoying themselves. They will remain at the back of the group. They will also help ensure all participants have completed a liability waiver and other paperwork.

 

 

Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge

  • Hike Co-Leader

    • Similar to a DYP Co-Leader (see above). However, trails are two miles long and hikes are intended to last two hours (9:00am-11:00 am).

    • Hikes are generally scheduled on the last Saturday of every month (except December).

    • Click here to learn more about the Trails Challenge.

 

Other Opportunities

  • Volunteer Administrative Assistant

    • This volunteer will help TMPF staff and team members organize, process, and file documents associated with our programs, fiscal sponsorship agreements, and general administrative processes.

    • Our Student Stewards Program is in constant need of administrative help. Duties usually include printing, labeling and creating lesson plan documents.

    • Our Program Directors usually need quite a bit of help performing data entry and e-filing tasks in-office.

    • Skills/programs we use include but are not limited to E-Tapestry, WIX Website Platform, various volunteer opportunity posting sites, Meet-up, Facebook, GivePulse, Canva, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, and more.

    • The volunteer will help with data entry utilizing a variety of these programs which will enable them to develop in-office administrative skills and professional development for the future.

    • Needed skill level varies but, inquire and I'm sure we can find something that is perfect and beneficial for both parties!

  • Parks Outreach Advocate

    • Volunteers will make presentations at various community groups and events describing the TMPF mission and sharing the value of parks and open space.

    • Outreach advocates may go door-to-door delivering informational handouts and/or performing park user surveys.   

  • Table Volunteer for Marketing and Outreach Events

    • Volunteers will run activities at event tables and communicate with the public. Annual events include the Explore the Outdoors 5k Fun Run and Walk, Biggest Little Treasure Hunt, and our Halloween fundraiser. The TMPF staff does tabling events across the community throughout the year, so if you are interested in getting on our “first-call” list of tabling volunteers, please contact info@tmparksfoundation.org.

  • Volunteer Grant Writer

    • Since we are an organization heavily driven by memberships, donations, and private/federal grant funding, we are constantly looking for administrative help with these grant obtainment. For this volunteer opportunity, you will help TMPF staff and our development team members to research, write, apply, and (hopefully) receive a variety of grants from private organizations as well as state and federal sectors. 

    • Grants are a key component of our organization as they provide the necessary funding for our various programs as well as AmeriCorps staff. Through the grants we obtain on an annual basis, we are able to carry out our mission and serve the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County areas to the best of our ability.

    • The grant writing volunteers will help TMPF grow and maintain its presence in the community by helping us research, write, and submit grant applications. It is a difficult but fulfilling position. If volunteers are serious about learning the ropes of grant writing, they will be able to walk away with a skill that is highly valued in the non-profit community. This is a skill widely used in both nonprofit and corporate America and will carry with you throughout your professional endeavors. Contact us today and help us help you in developing these skills!

  • Field Naturalist: Biodiversity Identification and Cataloging

    • One of our newest efforts is creating an online open source Truckee Meadows Biodiversity database for anyone to use free of charge! The database will be an educational tool for our community and will be able to help you identify a variety of plants, animals, fungi, and geological formations in different regions and/or habitats in the Truckee Meadows. If all goes according to plan, our open source database will be able to search for different biodiversity by location, habitat, family, and much more! We need your help in gathering the backbone of our database information!

    • Volunteers will go to parks and trails in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County to document different species of trees, flowers, weeds, fungi, lichens, geological features, insects, fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles found in the Truckee Meadows. We'll provide field guides, binoculars, magnifying glasses, and logs for your naturalist adventure!

    • Develop biodiversity identification skills, become familiar with the wildlife you will find in the local area, and have fun exploring in the process! Help you and your community's education by documenting the biodiversity in your own backyard!

 

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