Become a Plant Conservation Volunteer with the
New England Wild Flower Society!
From Laney Widener
New England Wild Flower Society is seeking enthusiastic people who have a commitment to plant conservation and protecting natural habitats to participate in the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) Program. The PCV Program engages volunteers to collect information on rare plants and their habitats across all six New England states. The majority of the work focuses on rare plant monitoring, but there are also occasional opportunities to assist with invasive species removal, habitat management projects and botanical surveys that benefit rare plants. The Society also offers free field trips and some learning opportunities to PCVs. It’s an excellent opportunity to put your botanical skills to work, learn more about the flora of New England, meet other botanists,, and help preserve your state’s natural heritage.
• Complete online training course via Moodle.
• Attend the annual 1-day training session held on a weekend in March/April for your state to review surveying protocols, PCV guidelines, and available surveys for the season.
• Review available surveys and choose those suited to your abilities and/or those that advance the New England Plant Conservation Program goals.
• Complete at least one rare plant survey including research on plant/accessing location, coordinating with other volunteers to survey, conducting the survey and completing and submitting field forms digitally through a secure website.
• Conduct assigned seed collections on rare plants following specific protocols.
• Represent the PCV program and conduct work in a professional manner.
• Keep ALL data on rare plant populations confidential.
• Good candidates are motivated, independent workers; have some skill in plant identification and good observation skills; and are adventurous.
• Ability to collect and organize scientific data and filing field forms in a timely manner.
• Computer proficiency is required for communication and submitting field forms.
• The physical ability to hike in uneven terrain and varying weather conditions.
• The ability to work independently or with a team of other volunteers.
• Ability to travel some distance to survey sites and endure possible long days in the field.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply visit our website and fill out the electronic application by February 1, 2018, to be considered for the 2018 field season; applications reviewed January – February 2018.
Interested applicants with botanical knowledge who are outside of eastern Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. All who are interested must apply and be accepted into the program before attending a training session, due to the sensitive nature of rare plant data and data security agreements we have with each state’s Natural Heritage.
New England Wild Flower Society
508-877-7630 ext. 3204
Link to the brochure about becoming a plant conservation volunteer