Opportunities

The volunteer opportunities listed below are primarily ongoing, but the organizations listed below can most likely provide short-term opportunities if you contact them.  The list below will be continually updated.

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Utah’s Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City, UT

Family Nature ClubAll year, one day each month
Want to get out into nature and share your knowledge and passion for the outdoors? Master Naturalists are invited to join Utah's Hogle Zoo for a monthly outing to introduce participants to the world around them, get people of all ages outside, and have some fun! UHZ brings the naturalist tools and we encourage you to help us in the field educating participants and/ or in the preparation of great outings.
For families of all ages (adult must attend with children under age 18), Nature Club will be held at various locations throughout the Wasatch Front
To participate, please contact: Kelly Gallo at kgallo@hoglezoo.org or 801-584-4562. 

The Nature Conservancy and USU Botanical Center - Layton/Kaysville, UT

Wings & Water Wetland Education Program Volunteer Naturalist GuideSpring (April/May) and Fall (Sept/Oct)
As a Naturalist Guide at TNC’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve and the USUBC’s Wetland Discovery Point, you will inform, inspire and educate students and the general public about the importance of protecting the Great Salt Lake and its adjacent wetlands for the millions of birds and other wildlife species that depend on its diverse habitats. Field trips take place Tuesdays and Thursdays; training and materials are provided. Join this great team to make an impact in the lives of Utah’s youth!
To participate, please contact: Kristen Bonner at kristen.bonner@usu.edu or 801-593-8969.  For more information, visit our website.

Hawkwatch International - Statewide, UT

Short-eared Owl SurveysMarch-April
HawkWatch International (HWI) is conducting a Utah statewide citizen science Short-eared Owl survey in March and April. We are seeking intrepid volunteers willing to conduct vehicle-based surveys for Short-eared Owls in sometimes remote grassland, shrubland, agricultural, and wetland habitats across the state. Short-eared Owls are a species in decline, and this is an opportunity to see owls during their courtship period when males perform acrobatic flight displays for females.
For more information, visit the HWI Short-eared Owl project page. To participate, please contact Neil Paprocki, npaprocki@hawkwatch.org, 801-484-6808 x106.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Chapter FrogWatchspring/summer breeding season
FrogWatch is a citizen science program that monitors amphibian populations across the country. There is a short training class, and then you choose which pond or wetland you want to monitor for the breeding season.
To participate, please contact: Jena Andrus, jandrus@hoglezoo.org, 801-584-1763

Utah’s Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City, UT

The American Kestrel Partnershipspring/summer breeding season
The Peregrine Fund’s citizen science program relies on individuals who are willing to hang kestrel nest boxes on their property and monitor them for use. Only a few minutes per week is required – some nest boxes are available through the Zoo
To participate, please contact: Suzanne Zgraggen, szgraggen@hoglezoo.org, 801-584-4551

Wasatch Mountain State Park- Midway, UT

Fishing Club Volunteers - June - July
Wasatch Mountain State Park offers a 6 week Community Fishing Club for kids 5-13 years of age.  We need volunteers to teach kids how to bait hooks, cast, catch and clean fish.  Fishing experience necessary.  Volunteers need to fill out volunteer paperwork which includes a back ground check.  Fishing Club 2013 runs from 9-11 am on Wednesdays beginning June 12 and ending on July 17
To participate, please contact: Kathy Donnell 435-654-1791,  kathydonnell@utah.gov

Wasatch Mountain State Park- Midway, UT

Nature Club Volunteers - July and August
Wasatch Mountain State Park offers a 3 day Nature Club for kids 9-12 years of age on July 31- Aug 2 from 9am-12pm and for kids 5-8 years of age on Aug 7-9th from 9am-12pm .  We need volunteers to lead hands-on nature related activities.  Volunteers need to fill out volunteer paperwork which includes a back ground check. 
To participate, please contact: Kathy Donnell 435-654-1791,  kathydonnell@utah.gov

Utah Water Watch – Lakes & Streams Across Utah

Volunteer to help protect Utah’s most important natural resource – clean water!
Utah Water Watch is a partnership between USU Extension and Utah’s Division of Water Quality to promote water quality education and collect valuable data.  Volunteers commit to monitoring a lake or stream at least once a month for seven months out of the year.  This is a free fun program for citizens of all ages to get outside, learn more about water, and help out!
For more information, visit the
Utah Water Watch website or contact Ellen Bailey, (435)797-2580, ellen.bailey@usu.edu

Utah’s Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City, UT

Volunteer Docents and Zoo Aides - applications due March 1 for spring training
Hogle Zoo volunteers usually work one shift per week, either in animal care or education. You can help teach summer camps, clean exhibits, walk-and-talk with guests, prepare animal diets, or use live animals in presentations. Great volunteer perks and incentives!
To participate,
please apply online.