Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer at NWC

Newman Wetlands Center (NWC) is a nature area dedicated to environmental education. We strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment for community members to explore and connect with the natural world. Our team is small and are always deeply appreciative for help fulfilling our mission. To help us expand our educational reach and better manage the surrounding garden and habitats, we recruit dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers. 

Why volunteer with us?

  • Develop a strong understanding of the cultural and natural histories of the land
  • Engage with fellow community members, building relationships while sharing your passion for wetland conservation
  • Engage in environmental conservation and education without giving up your day job
  • Gain access to private guided programs
  • Earn required service hours for school
  • Gain resume building experience
All volunteers engaging with guests as program leaders, docents, or buddies are required to be First Aid/CPR certified, pass a child abuse prevention course, attend on-site training related to the role, and submit for a background check. We will provide all required training to volunteers at no cost. All volunteers must sign a hold harmless waiver. 

To volunteer, please email us at NewmanWetlandsCenter@ccwa.us. 

  1. Program leaders will take courses led by our conservation staff to learn how to present the programs of their choice. Those with educational experience are preferred but it is not required. We want people who are open to our methods of teaching and are enthusiastic about engaging with community members.
  2. Trail docents will learn the natural and cultural stories from the land, especially as it relates to each season. They will ensure guests are following posted rules, answer questions, and point out cool happenings around the trail. They can move around or choose an area to spend their time. We are seeking volunteers who can be here at various times and who are dedicated to making community members feel like they belong at NWC.
  1. Gardeners will assist in weeding, watering, and planting in NWC’s wildflower garden. If they are willing, they will also engage with guests about the importance of gardening for biodiversity and resiliency. 
  2. Overabundant species removal volunteers will assist conservation staff in removing species such as Ligustrum spp., Elaeagnus spp., and Celastrus spp. This activity is essential to protecting the biodiversity of NWC because the above listed species do not have natural predators to manage their populations. Given that the land where NWC sits has been greatly altered by humans, it is necessary for us to manage overabundant species to protect biodiversity and maintain a resilient ecosystem.

Any school, club, scout, church, or corporate group interested in volunteering is welcome to assist with overabundant species removal and wildflower planting. Contact NewmanWetlandsCenter@ccwa.us to schedule a day of service with us.

All Terrain Georgia Buddies are volunteers that hike with an all terrain chair user at one of the All Terrain Georgia locations. NWC has an all terrain chair that is can be reserved through allterraingeorgia.org. We hope to build a list of willing buddies that can accompany anyone who doesn’t have an able-bodied hiking partner. All buddies must register through ATG and take the required free online course.

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