Volunteer

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Do you enjoy getting out and seeing new places? Do you like connecting with people, have an eye for detail or the ability to walk for more than an hour? If any of these might be true, consider becoming a volunteer for the Monadnock Conservancy.

The Conservancy was founded by a group of volunteers, and we continue to depend on the generosity of people like you who are willing to lend a hand by caring for our conserved lands, organizing special events and providing office support. Whether you can give a few hours, a few days or a few months each year, here are some ways to help the Conservancy fulfill its mission.

Field work

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the field work opportunities listed below, please email Rebecca DiGirolomo, stewardship manager, or call her at 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Land steward
Walk the boundaries, roads and trails on properties for which the Conservancy holds an easement or on properties owned by the Conservancy; collect information on these properties by observing the conditions of the land, location of buildings and previous or potential changes; and then report on your observations. For more information, please read the Monitoring Handbook posted in resources at right.

Trail steward
Adopt one of seven trails that the Conservancy maintains and check on it once every three months, cleaning up debris and reporting on any possible violations. Potentially help with maintenance projects as needed.

Outreach & office support

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the outreach opportunities listed below, please email Jennifer Zaso, development director, or call her at 603-357-0600, ext. 113.

Photographer/Videographer
Photograph events, including our annual celebration in late August; capture images on properties we own or protected through a conservation easement; other projects as needed.

Writer
Contribute to our newsletters — both print and online. Pitch an idea to us or take on an assignment.

Mailing crew
Help fold letters, stuff envelopes and hand-address or stick labels on envelopes. We need a group of volunteers about six times a year — join us every time or as little as an hour or two, we always appreciate the extra hands.

Annual Celebration committee
Our Annual Celebration takes place in mid-September. It’s our biggest event of the year and involves a great deal of coordination. There are many tasks, from planning to helping set up the event.

Event helper
Help set up tables, greet arriving guests, serve food, clean up ... you name it, we need help with it!

 

Meet Norman Spicher, volunteer land steward

norman-spicherNorman Spicher was born and raised in Keene, N.H., and discovered land conservation in the early 1990s while helping to plan an event for the Friends of Agamenticus group, based in York, Maine. He was introduced to the Monadnock Conservancy by his uncle, James Trask, in 2008. Shortly before James’s passing, he sold an easement on a 54-acre lot in Chesterfield and requested that Norman act as his stand-in for its first monitoring visit. Since that first walk with Emily Hague, the Conservancy’s stewardship director, Norman has adopted three other easements: the Viles easement in Harrisville, the Widow Gage Town Forest in Fitzwilliam and the Watershed Town Forest in Walpole, totaling more than 275 acres.

As the food service director at Prospect Place in Keene, Norman enjoys being able to get outside from time to time. The monitoring of easements keeps him in touch with his youth, when exploring undeveloped cornfields and the forested slopes of Robin Hood Park were a popular pastime. Fortunately, many of these wild places he remembers as a kid have remained so to this day and he still checks them out from time to time. An outdoorsman with many interests, Norman is comfortable most anywhere, whether it be gardening at home in Keene, hiking or snowshoeing through the woods or kayaking the many ponds in the area.