Volunteering

Interested in sharing your skills and knowledge with the next generation of nature enthusiasts?

The YNC is always looking for passionate naturalists, artists, and other volunteers to help us introduce young people and their families to the awesome world outside. If you have something you’d like to share with our club, reach out to our Coordinator and we’ll discuss how to get you involved. Or, check out the list of current volunteer needs below.

Our past volunteers have included: fishermen, scientists, graduate students, park interpreters, museum staff, artists, musicians, parents, grandparents, retired persons, community members, college or university students…etc.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Guest Speaker

YNC Chapters and their families go out at least once per month to explore a neat natural space in Nova Scotia, with the occasional indoor workshop, and our trips are always more engaging when we have a subject expert join us.

– One-time commitment of an afternoon (2-3 hours)
– Lead a nature walk for one of our Chapters, on any topic related to nature

Examples: lead a bird walk, wildflower¬†walk, walk to look for animal tracks in the snow, sky-watching session to learn about astronomy, teach about a particular animal, teach wildlife photography, lead a nature poetry session, teach us how to build nest boxes, how to ID mushrooms, etc…

Education Theory Researcher

Review the YNC “Resources” page and suggest some updates to keep our readers on the cutting edge of nature-based education and natural history knowledge

Crafter

The YNC sells felted acorns, among other things, at the occasional farmers market or other special event, and we often give them as gifts to our sponsors. We always need more! Host a crafting night with your friends and family to make more acorns, or any other crafty item you enjoy making!

Fundraising Canvasser

Person a YNC booth at a farmers market or other local event to help us spread the word about the club’s activities and sell some of our felted acorns, Species at Risk Trading Cards, youth-made Art Cards, and more.

Besides the above short term options we also have longer term volunteer roles available, such as:

Seasonal Field Trip Assistant

Be an extra set of eyes and hands on our monthly trips and help engage families in immersive hands-on nature learning

Chapter Leader

Become a YNC Chapter Leader in your community! Contact us for information on how to start up a YNC Chapter.

– Seasonal commitment of one monthly trip/session (2-3 hours) for 10 months of the year
– Can be tailored to any age group and schedule
– Chapter leaders must have up-to-date criminal record, vulnerable sector, and child abuse checks as well as first aid certifications, which the YNC can reimburse

Board Member

The YNC Board of Directors is the governing body of the Young Naturalists Club and functions in an advisory style. It supports and ensures the Club’s mission and philosophies are maintained, provides leadership and oversight of the Club’s activities, oversees financial operations, and ensures bylaws are followed. The Board also develops policies and governance documents (such as strategic plans, volunteer policies, risk management policies, etc…)

– Yearly commitment of a few days/year (attendance at our annual AGM in addition to 2-3 Board meetings/year, commitment to work on 1 project/year (such as a new or updated policy), commitment to volunteer at one event/year (such as the annual Celebration of Nature)
– Fill a Board role, such as Treasurer, Secretary, Parent representative

Benefits of Volunteering with the YNC

  • Spending time in nature
  • Sharing your expertise with a new generation of nature-nuts!
  • Learning about the natural history of Nova Scotia
  • Being physically active
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Expanding professional network and develop marketable skills
  • Exploring natural areas around your community
  • Empowering and support the development of youth in your community!

Apply to become a volunteer! Contact the YNC at: yncns@yncns.ca
or phone the provincial coordinator at (902) 412-2726

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