Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering – an essential part of Delaware Nature Society. Your hours of volunteer service help promote our mission of improving our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation.

Some ways to volunteer:


Volunteer Position Openings

Ashland Nature Center

Ashland is located in Hockessin, Delaware.
Climate Change threatens birds like the Baltimore Oriole. Bird banding at Ashland Nature Center

Handyperson

Put your tinkering tendencies to good use! We are always looking for knowledgeable individuals to help us maintain our many facilities across the state. Apply now »

Front Desk Greeter

Represent Delaware Nature Society in telephone and face to face communications with the public, promote the Society’s mission and programs. Perform data entry, word processing, and other duties to assist staff. Promote our mission by building strong relationships with the people we serve to grow membership, volunteerism, advocacy, program participation and financial support. Apply now »

Garden Caretaker

If your thumb is not quite as green as you would like, come on out and we will teach you what you need to know! Apply now »

Licensed Bird Bander

We’re looking for a licensed bird bander who would be interested in volunteering his or her skills to enhance our educational programs in the upcoming year. Interested individuals should have or be able to apply for a valid bird banding license. Learn about our Bird Banding Project. Apply now »

Herp Room Caretaker

Turtles, snakes and lizards need love too! Help us care for our collection of reptiles and amphibians in your spare time. Apply now »

Nest Watcher

Regular commitment through breeding season (April – November possibly). Monitoring and recording bird boxes and nests at our sites. Bird identification skills a bonus. Will be given set boxes to monitor and report on, until no birds are nesting in them (some birds re-nest throughout the summer, some will be empty). Apply now »

Hawk Watcher

Learn more about our Hawk Watch. Apply now »


DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC)

DEEC is located on Wilmington’s Riverfront.
DuPont Environmental Education Center kids playing

Outreach Support

Love what DEEC has to offer? Help us reach out to others by attending outreach events in and around Wilmington, or distribute our information to local businesses and community. Apply now »

Historical Researcher

The history of the Wilmington Marsh goes back hundreds of years. Using historical archives, help us tell the stories of the marsh by finding the untold stories and histories of the area. Apply now »

Greeter/Interpreter

Love nature and meeting new people? Each week, DuPont Environmental Education Center sees hundreds of people of all ages visiting the Wilmington Riverfront. We need your help to help share the wonders of the outdoors and make them feel welcome! Training provided. Apply now »

Volunteer Guide

Love the outdoors? Share it with children! Each year, DelNature introduces thousands of children to the wonders of our natural environment. Volunteer Guides lead groups of school children in a variety of outdoor learning experiences at DuPont Environmental Education Center. Be a part of the diverse group of adult volunteers that helps us make this happen! Training provided. Apply now »


Coverdale Farm Preserve

Coverdale Farm is located in Greenville, Delaware.
Coverdale Farm Preserve volunteering

Harvest Moon Fest Helper – ON HOLD

As autumn approaches, the excitement grows for DelNature’s Harvest Moon Festival. If you have never been involved, come experience this great family festival that celebrates “People and the Land.” Apply now »

Gardener – ON HOLD

Meeting on Wednesday in April through October. Get your hands in the earth and learn the basics of growing your own food as you help us care for our acre educational vegetable garden! Garden volunteers meet once a week to spend time together in the sunshine on our picturesque farm in Greenville, DE. Apply now »

CSA Gardener – ON HOLD

For any volunteers over the age of 16 years. Help tend our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden at Coverdale Farm Preserve. Responsibilities include: planting, transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting and winterizing. No experience is necessary. Meet weekly from April – October in two-hour morning shifts. Apply now »

Crop Plot Helper – ON HOLD

May through August. Give your biceps and your back a workout as you help us care for our educational crop demonstration area! Volunteering in our 1-acre crop plot offers hands-on learning opportunities that are ideal for small to medium-sized groups of teens or adults. One-time volunteer groups are welcome! Apply now »

Farm Host – On Hold

Wednesdays, May through October; 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Introduce visitors to our educational farm and farm activities during our public visitation days. Volunteer once a month (or more if you’d like!) for this fun assignment. Expertise is not needed, and all training is provided. Apply now »


Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Abbott’s is located in Milford, Delaware.
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center volunteering

Garden Caretaker

Delaware Nature Society serves as the State Affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, allowing us to implement their Garden for Wildlife ™ program, which has designated 4 communities and over 1,000 yards as Certified Wildlife Habitats®. Abbott’s maintains a certified demonstration garden at our Visitor Center for public education and native habitat promotion. Avid green thumbs and beginner gardeners alike are welcome; come on out and we will teach you what you need to know! See additional information in “Conservation” section below for information about our formal Habitat Steward volunteer training. Apply now »

Nest Watcher

March – October/November. Enjoy relaxing walks at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center while keeping track of our bird boxes using Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch App. You will be trained in identifying occupants, using the app, and collecting the data. Species may include Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, House Wren, Purple Martin, Eastern Screech-owl, American Kestrel, Wood Duck, and Prothonotary Warbler. Flexible schedule. Apply now »

Habitat Helper

March – October. Help our Land and Biodiversity Team maintain 513.5 acres of habitat preserves and 6+ miles of hiking and paddling trails. Work together to promote native vegetation and remove invasive species at our main Abbott’s Mill site, our Blair’s Pond 5K Trail, our Isaacs-Greene Preserve, and our Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve and Boardwalk.  Apply now »

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveyer

The Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey is conducted on 31 beaches in Delaware and New Jersey every May and June during the new and full moon evening high tides. Abbott’s Mill Nature Center administers the annual survey at Slaughter Beach, meeting at the Marvel Drive beach access road, across the street from our Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve and Boardwalk. New volunteer training is held in mid-April, and official survey dates/times are released in February. Apply now »

Project Feederwatcher – ON HOLD

November through April. Relax at Abbott’s Mill while participating in this Cornell Lab of Ornithology program. Flock to the Wet Lab to enjoy coffee, tea, and socialize while collecting data on the birds present. Apply now »

Handyperson

Put your tinkering tendencies to good use! We are always looking for knowledgeable individuals to help us maintain our many facilities and vehicles. Apply now »


Advocacy and External Affairs

Clean Water Campaign Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers with a passion for advocacy as well as knowledge of Delaware’s Water Resources. Volunteer should be comfortable interacting with the public and have a flexible schedule. Volunteers will gain valuable life experiences while assisting others. To express your interest in volunteering to support the campaign. Apply now »

Event Photographer

Take stock photography of the outdoors, and photos of events on our beautiful properties that we can use in our publications and communications. Apply now »

Ghost Writer and Blogger

Have a knack for words and love spending time outdoors. Write about DelNature sites, programs and activities and share them with the world! Apply now »


Conservation

Middle Run Tree Planting volunteer

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward

Mentors in the community, Habitat Stewards assist friends and neighbors with the creation and restoration of landscapes that are both wildlife-friendly and good for the environment. Native wildlife, people and communities all feel the rewards of these efforts. Learn more about our Habitat Steward program. Apply now »

Delaware Stream Watch Technical Monitor

Do you want to help protect Delaware’s waterways? Volunteers for our technical monitoring program range from high school students to retired chemists and beyond. Learn more about Stream Watch Technical Monitoring. Apply now »

Trail Maintenance and Restoration

Do you love walking our trails? Then help us maintain and restore them! Responsibilities include: mowing, pruning, rebuilding and managing invasive and native plants on the property. Apply now »

Annual Red Clay Valley Cleanup (Event)

Volunteers are needed to help clean up roadways in the Red Clay Creek Valley Scenic Byway. Meet at Ashland Nature Center to receive your assignment. Gloves, vests, trash bags and refreshments will be provided. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Parental supervision required for younger children. Stay tuned for more information for the clean up next spring! Apply now »

Native Plant Sale (Event)

Help the Delaware Nature Society run its annual Native Plant Sale at our picturesque Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, Delaware! Needs include: assistance with field layout, moving, labeling and watering plants during set up days, and cashiering, watering plants, providing advice on plants and assisting customers with plants during sale days. Apply now »

Middle Run Tree Planting (Event)

Since 1992, thousands of volunteers have planted more than 38,000 trees and shrubs and 20,000 tree seeds on 70 acres of abandoned farm fields in New Castle County’s 850-acre Middle Run Natural Area. Coordinated by the Delaware Nature Society, this project helps accelerate hardwood forest succession in Delaware’s piedmont, increasing the forest habitat and the forested buffer along middle Run. The protection of the Middle Run watershed is important to ensure high quality water for City of Newark. Apply now »