Volunteer

About LRCT

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit, member-supported land trust and is the leading protector of the Lakes Region’s natural heritage and guarantor of open space in the region.

Volunteer for LRCT

LRCT has conserved over 28,300 acres in the Lakes Region in over 160 properties since the organization’s founding in 1979.  All of the work to conserve and steward these lands and over 100 miles of trails would not be possible without the help of LRCT’s many tremendously dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. We also rely on the contributions of other talented and enthusiastic volunteers who assist with LRCT office activities and events.

Join our team of volunteers; we’d welcome and appreciate your help!

Ways to Volunteer for LRCT

Stewardship Volunteers

Stewardship Volunteers assist with resource management projects on LRCT’s owned properties. Stewardship projects include such activities as:

  • Removing invasive plant species;
  • Improving access areas for recreation;
  • Repairing/installing trailhead kiosks;
  • Working on habitat/land restoration projects;
  • Maintaining existing trails;
  • Constructing new trails;
  • Marking trails with blazes and signs.

Projects are conducted through volunteer Work Days, and volunteers often work with LRCT Staff members. The time commitment is up to you … one day a year, one day a month … this is an area in which we can always use help.

With more experience, Stewardship Volunteers may become Trail Adopters or Property Adopters, who have responsibility for stewardship activities involving specific trails or properties.

Trail Adopters

Trail Adopters volunteer to monitor specific trails on a property, maintain the trail to ensure that it is in good condition for use by visitors, and report larger trail maintenance needs or issues to LRCT on an annual basis. Trail Adopters may be individuals or a group of people (e.g., civic groups, service leaning classes, hiking clubs, local businesses, or groups of friends). If you’d like to become a Trail Adopter or organize a team of Trail Adopters, please let us know.

Property Adopters

Each property owned by LRCT has at least one volunteer Property Adopter who regularly monitors the property, alerts LRCT staff about stewardship issues, and keeps a close watch on the conserved property. Property Adopters maintain trails (if present), identify needed projects, and work diligently to ensure that the protected property is carefully stewarded. Property Adopters are also responsible for completing an Adopter Report each

Looking to dip your toe in the water with a trail maintenance or terrestrial invasive species removal workday? Our AmeriCorps members will be leading Workdays at various LRCT properties throughout the summer. Head to our News & Events section of the website or click on the link below to find opportunities!

Office Volunteers

Office Volunteers assist with large mailings, other office tasks, and/or with coordination of LRCT gatherings and other events as needed. Office Volunteers may assist on a particular project or event or sign up to be called when needs arise.

If you let us know you are interested in volunteering, we will work with you to find a volunteer role that matches your skills and interests.

Thank you!

Volunteer Information Form

Printable Volunteer Form

If you are interested in volunteering for LRCT, please fill out and return the Volunteer Information Form.  You may either:

  • Print and fill out the form and mail it to us at LRCT, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226; or
  • Download the form, fill it in, and email it as an attachment to us at lrct@lrct.org.  (It is not possible to fill out the form directly in your browser.)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone at 603-253-3301 or email at lrct@lrct.org.