If you have questions please e-mail inquiries to the Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers help our staff in the following areas:
Volunteer Educators Needed
Make a difference, have fun, and explore the grounds. Become a Volunteer Educator and help lead elementary school children through an active learning program about ecology, the scientific process, and the natural world. If you are capable of understanding and conveying basic ecological principles to children, if you can apply inquiry-based teaching methods; if you can help manage a group of up to 30 children and move freely in the natural landscape in seasonal weather conditions, please inquire about this opportunity. Education programs are held on our 2,000 acre campus as well as in local schoolyards
Volunteer Supervisor – Jen Rubbo
Ecosystem Literacy Initiative Website
Description: The Institute is looking for one education intern that would work in 2 facets of the Ecosystem Literacy Initiative Website:
- Ecology of Lyme disease - online interactive story. Cary educators have developed an online interactive story for middle school students to teach about the ecology of Lyme disease, food webs and the importance of biodiversity. In addition, we need an intern to use the teacher and student comments, as well as assessment data from students, to modify the website (using Xerte – an open-source, user-friendly software). The volunteer will first learn the Xerte software and summarize the student and teacher comments. Modification of the website can then begin. The work can take place any time from now through the summer.
- Online lesson plan database. Cary Institute staff have recently uploaded over 200 lessons and other educational materials. We would like someone to test this system while also making editorial changes to the materials.
Qualifications: The intern/volunteer should have solid computer skills
Requirements: Intern/volunteer can work either on or off site (though on site is preferred). This work can be full or part time.
Submerged Vegetation Researchers Needed
Mid-June to early autumn as needed - ongoing
Do you enjoy being on the Hudson River? Are you interested in collecting data for critical research? Are you able to maneuver in small boats, i.e., kayaks, canoes? If so, this opportunity may be for you. Volunteer Monitors are needed for mapping submerged aquatic vegetation. All participants will be required to attend a one day training workshop on procedures and safety protocols.
Volunteer Supervisor - Stuart Findlay
Development Office Clerical and Special Events Volunteer
The Development Office seeks a volunteer approximately 1-2 days per month to assist with clerical duties, membership mailings, and occasional assistance with special events.
Volunteer Supervisor - Vicki Doyle