Guidelines

Guidelines For Advanced Training Hours

Guidelines For Volunteer Projects

TMN Purpose:
This Chapter shall be an educational, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to fulfilling the state program’s mission to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas with objectives of the following:

  • Natural Resource Service. To provide, promote and fulfill volunteer service while recognizing and utilizing sound natural resource management, enhancement and conservation practices in accordance with the partners’ and program’s mission.
  • Public Understanding. To improve public understanding of natural resource ecology and management by developing a pool of local knowledge about natural resource ecology that can be used to enhance education efforts within local communities.
  • Enhance Education and Outreach. To enhance existing natural resources education and outreach activities by providing natural resources training at the local level, thereby developing a supply of dedicated and informed volunteers.
  • Volunteer Network. To develop a Texas Master Naturalist volunteer network that can be self-sufficient.
  • Advocacy Prohibition. No part of the activities of the Chapter shall be devoted to advocacy, lobbying, politically or privately promoting issues, agendas or businesses and personal endeavors, by propaganda or otherwise, using the Master Naturalist name or themselves as a Texas Master Naturalist.

Structure
Texas Master Naturalist volunteer receive 40 hours of in-depth training in wildlife and natural resource management, customized to focus on their local ecosystems. In return, volunteers provide at least 40 hours of service in the form of community education and demonstration projects, while pursuing a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training in areas of special interest.

Texas Master Naturalist training is provided by educators and specialists from universities, agencies, nature centers, museums, and other organizations who donate their services. The Texas Master Naturalist curriculum is developed by experts and provides a standardized base of knowledge and skills for all volunteers across the state.

The Texas Master Naturalist volunteer program is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife and is supported by a variety of local organizations.

Currently, eighteen local chapters of Master Naturalist volunteers are operating in Texas with several in development.

Dispute Procedure
East Texas Chapter – Texas Master Naturalist
Dispute Procedures

Purpose: To provide a member with a second level review in the event the ETCTMN person responsible for approving Volunteer Request and/or Advanced Training Request declines or conditions the request of a member to receive credit for a Volunteer or Advanced Training opportunity.

Process: Provide a copy of the original request for Volunteer or Advanced Training Credit and complete the appropriate sections below. Attach an additional sheet if necessary. Submit all documents to the ETCTMN Secretary within 30 days of receiving notification of decline. Your request will be reviewed by the Chapter Board of Directors and you will receive a response to your request for re-evaluation within 30 days of submission.

Why do you disagree with the decline?
Specifically, how does your request align with the Policy presented on the web for Volunteer and/or Advanced Training?
(Please provide copies of supporting information/documentation when available.)

If you disagree with a condition of the approval, please outline your reasons for disagreement.

Submitted by:
Date Submitted:
Received for review on (Date):
Decision:
Approved upon Reconsideration:
Decline Supported:


Code Project Name

4-H …………………………………..4-H Club
ADV …………………………………Advanced Training
BIRD ………………………………..Bird
CAMP ……………………………..Camp Tyler
Tyler CG …………………………..Civic Groups
CT …………………………………. City of Tyler
MSC ……………………………….Miscellaneous
NEWS TMN ……………………….Newsletter
OSB ………………………………..Old Sabine Bottom
OUT ……………………………….Outreach
PR …………………………………..Public Relations
TAEX ……………………………..Texas Ag Extension
TMN ………………………………Texas aster Naturalist
TNC………………………………..The Nature Center
TPW ……………………………….Texas Parks & Wildlife
TREE ………………………………Tree


Member Volunteer Project Approval Form
EAST TEXAS CHAPTER TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST
11942 FM 848
Tyler, Texas 75707
903-566-9394

Volunteer service projects must meet the TMN mission by being related to the beneficial management of
natural resources and natural areas within the Chapter catchment area. All projects must be
pre-approved. Email—projects@woodduck.org
Member Name:
Phone Number:
Date:
Project Title:
Purpose of Project:
Brief Description of Project:
Project Leader:
Project Location:
County:
Volunteer Duties Involved:
Number of Volunteers Needed:
Type of Physical Activity:
Indoor/Outdoor Work:
Project duration (Circle One): One Time Project / Ongoing / Weekly / Monthly / As Neededed
Starting Date:
Ending Date:
Before submitting a request, the project leader, and others if involved, should consider some of the
items listed below and develop a plan for execution of the project. Please check the following items
if they are related to the project and have been considered:
___ follow-up or maintenance required;
___ meetings or work schedule involved;
___ relation of leader to site manager/organization;
___ efforts to retain volunteer members;
___ public relation efforts needed and who is responsible for this.
Is the project open to the general membership?
___ Should it be posted on website?
Approved by:

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