Current Volunteer Openings
There is more than one way to volunteer for The Nature Conservancy in Delaware. In addition to participating in scheduled volunteer events and work days, we have several ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Become A Community Scientist
We are creating a community science database of all kinds of life—from lichens to ants, mushrooms to plants, birds to mammals and everything in between for our preserves in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
TNC's roots began with local citizens and scientists concerned about special places and species. That legacy continues today. Across our lands, we are utilizing iNaturalist—a digital platform that gives users an opportunity to share and discuss their findings.
Of the 14 preserve projects in iNaturalist, nine have observations recorded; help us increase that number and our understanding of the species—good and bad, native as well as invasive—that can be found on TNC lands across the state. This information can also help guide and inform our conservation staff's management and monitoring decisions.
- Woodbourne Forest & Wildlife Preserve
- Chrome Barrens Preserve
- Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain
- Hamer Woodlands at Cove Mountain
- Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve
- Thomas Darling Preserve
- Long Pond Preserve and Hauser Nature Center
- Bristol Marsh Preserve
- Tannersville Cranberry Bog Preserve
- Brush Mountain
- Edward H. McCabe Preserve
- Harry and Mary Goering Preserve
- Pemberton Forest Preserve and Ponders Tract Trails
- West Branch Forest
In this video tutorial, learn how to make an observation on iNaturalist using the mobile app. Watch now.
2022 Delaware Volunteer of the Year
As a longtime resident of Sussex County, Jerry Dorneman has witnessed the massive growth and development in the eastern part of the county over the last several decades. Born and raised in rural central Pennsylvania, Jerry spent lots of time outdoors hiking, hunting, and fishing with his dad and the Boy Scouts. He recalls when he first moved to southern Delaware, the landscape of farms and forests reminded him of where he grew up.
Luckily for both Jerry and TNC, he lives just a few minutes from our Edward H. McCabe Preserve, near Milton. Jerry enjoys hiking at McCabe throughout the year, helping to maintain the trails whenever smaller issues arise. It’s a big help to our stewardship staff members Natasha Whetzel and Jacob McDaniel who not only care for our 5,000 acres of preserves across southern Delaware but often travel out of state to assist with prescribed burns.
“I just love being outdoors and in the woods,” Jerry says. “Keeping trails cleared and accessible for everyone gives me a sense of accomplishment while I enjoy the solitude of the forest.”
Jerry also joins us for group volunteer events like weed removal in the 39-acre reforestation sites at McCabe Preserve. This task has been especially important since the initial planting of saplings in 2019 because young trees can easily be shaded out by faster-growing weeds.
In fact, Jerry says this project gives him the most joy and hope.
“Because I live so close to McCabe, I see the results of the reforestation several times a week,” he says. “I especially look forward to spring because the grasses and weeds have died off and the surviving saplings show their perseverance. Helping saplings survive and flourish is hard work!”
TNC thanks Jerry for all of his efforts to help make our little part of the world a better place for people and nature to thrive.