Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?
These are just some of the opportunities available to you as a Ruffner Mountain Volunteer!
Education Assistant: Assist staff naturalists in providing outdoor programs to school groups and others inside the building, at pavilion station, and on trails, crafts, and any other assigned tasks from the Education Manager.
Qualifications: Minimum age of 18. Lively, interest in the outdoors, concern for the environment, desire to share interest and concern with others. Teaching experience not required, but must relate well to children. Able to hike for at least one and a half hours at a time.
Time: 3 to 5 hours, Mondays through Saturdays.
Visitor Services: Assist staff person with operation of Nature Center. Answer phones, assist visitors with information requests, computer data entry, filing, other tasks related to membership/operations, purchases in the gift shop and visitor orientation.
Qualifications: Minimum age of 18, pleasant phone voice, outgoing. Some computer and keyboard experience helpful.
Time: Any length of time between 9 and 5 Tuesday-Saturday and 1 and 5 Sunday.
Mountain Conservation and Maintenance: Assisting the Conservation Land Manager in any tasks assigned (plant identification, biodiversity, restoring plots, etc.) Moderate to heavy physical labor.
Qualifications: Minimum age of 16 (permission required for under 18). Physically able to hike and carry shovels and similar equipment.
Time: depending on project, 2 hours to full day.
Buildings and Facilities Maintenance: Plumbing, carpentry, painting, light and seasonal cleaning, assisting with set up and clean up of special events.
Qualifications: Minimum age of 16 (permission required for under 18). Some knowledge or skill in technical field.
Time: 2 hours to full day.
Fundraising: Host events, Find prospectus donors, help to maintain a database for donor information.
Qualifications: Some knowledge of fundraising helpful but not required. Some computer and keyboarding skills. Dependability. People skills.
Time: 2-5 hours
Special Groups: Help with the set up, clean up, and hosting of special groups (boy scouts, business retreats, meetings, etc.).
Qualifications: Minimum age of 18.
Time: 1-5 hours depending on groups.
Historical Outreach: Help maintain and categorize historical info about Ruffner.
Qualifications: Some computer and keyboarding skills.
Time: 1-5 hours depending on project.