Hilltown Land Trust survives and thrives thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.
Hilltown Land Trust has an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers without whom it would be impossible to accomplish all of the work that we do. From serving on our board of directors or a committee, to leading hikes or events and tackling intimidating clerical duties, our volunteers work tirelessly to help accomplish our mission. Volunteer opportunities are regularly available for people who want to become more involved with HLT. You can check our events page for one-day opportunities, or contact us to discuss long-term opportunities. Scroll down to learn more about a few of our volunteer positions.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Hilltown Land Trust, please contact us at 413-628-4485 x4 or fill out our Volunteer Interest form and someone will be in touch.
Besides providing information to landowners interested in preserving their land, the Hilltown Land Trust is responsible for regularly monitoring the land on which we hold conservation restrictions. This ensures land under restriction is not being used in ways it shouldn’t (such as the owner erecting buildings or clearing land in places the restriction doesn’t allow). Our stewardship committee is responsible for monitoring the properties and completing all monitoring reports.
Monitoring is done in the spring and fall when visibility is best because the trees have no leaves and there is no snow on the ground. Our staff and volunteers monitor HLT’s conservation restrictions by visiting with the landowner and walking the property. Monitors get to explore natural areas and contribute to the long-term care and protection of conserved land. Volunteer monitors are responsible for documenting the conditions of the properties they are matched with and filling out a monitoring report. Monitoring reports are then submitted directly to HLT. Orientation training is provided for new volunteer monitors.
HLT has stewardship volunteer opportunities for those who love getting their hands dirty, are skilled with hand tools, and comfortable in rugged conditions. The stewardship volunteers assist HLT with projects such as creating, maintaining, and blazing trails or constructing trail kiosks for HLT properties. Land stewardship activities are great for groups that want to volunteer. Stewardship workdays are posted periodically on our events calendar.
Friends Groups are friends, neighbors, and users of HLT’s public access properties. These individuals are committed to the care and maintenance of properties such as Stevens, Bradley, Breckenridge, Jackson Swamp, Hastings, or Conwell. Members of these groups walk the property, clear minor debris from the trails, report issues or concerns back to HLT, and attend stewardship workdays.
Outing leaders connect people with nature through arts, history, and recreation. Are you a naturalist or outdoor educator willing to share your passion and enthusiasm in your area of expertise? We would love to speak with you about leading a walk on one our conserved properties.
Skilled photographers wanted! Seeking: anyone who is skilled with a camera and willing to volunteer their time to photograph the places we work and the work that we do. This would include wildlife and landscape photography on conserved lands, as well as taking photographs at events and workdays hosted by the land trust.