TXMN Volunteer Program Guidelines

What kinds of activities constitute Guadaliupe Master Naturalist volunteer service opportunities?  The following chart, which contains examples and ratings of actual volunteer service project requests, is a good guide for determining whether your activity qualifies.

Unacceptable Acceptable Preferable
Being “on call” as a wildlife rescuer for a non-partner organization Actually performing a wildlife rescue event for a partnering organization of the local chapter
Planting exotic plants at a local school Planting native plants or a wildscape at a local school Leading 5th graders and staff in implementing a native plant garden/wildscape at a local school
Monarch monitoring in Colorado Monarch monitoring in Texas Monarch monitoring within your local chapter’s area
Cleaning the elephant cage at a zoo Caring for the prairie chicken area at a local zoo that is in partnership with the local chapter Leading interpretive programs about prairie chickens at a local zoo that is in partnership with the local chapter
Maintenance at a private native plant nursery Maintenance of a demonstration garden at a park/nature center or being part of a native plant propagation team for the city’s botanical garden Holding a workshop on how to install and maintain a wildscape or other similar type of native habitat
Conducting wildlife management activities on your own or a neighbor’s land Conducting wildlife management practices/activities on public land Teaching/assisting landowners to develop their own wildlife management plans that the landowner would carry out
A teacher receiving service credit for natural resource education activities he/she conducts it their classroom A teacher receiving service credit for natural resource education activities that he/she conducts as an unpaid after school environmental club leader A teacher/volunteer who organizes and conducts a natural resource education workshop for other Master Naturalists or the general public
Stream clean-up by a volunteer who works for a local watershed protection program Stream clean-up by volunteers who do not work for a local watershed protection program Master Naturalist volunteers conducting stream or watershed restoration practices. Or Master Naturalist volunteers coordinating a stream clean-up for the local community to participate in.
Receiving special credit for time spend serving as a board or committee member for another natural resource/environmental organization NOT in partnership with your local Texas Master Naturalist chapter Receiving up to a set limit of service credit (e.g., 10 hours per year as set by your local chapter) for serving as a board or committee member for another natural resource/environmental organization that is ALSO a partner with your local chapter, providing the chapter with resources such as meeting space at little or no cost Receiving credit for time spent serving as a board or committee member for a natural resource/environmental organization in partnership with your local chapter and because the organization invited you to serve and represent your local Master Naturalist chapter in this capacity
Conducting endangered species surveys; developing nature trails or habitat brush piles at a local park/nature center which is in partnership with your local chapter Maintaining a nature classroom/training area for that same partner who also allows the chapter to keep an office and/or hold chapter meetings in this same space

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