stewardship volunteer opportunities

Managing 10 different public nature preserves is a lot for one little land trust. Luckily we have the support of dozens of dedicated volunteers.

Stewardship tasks vary between preserves and seasons and may include:

  • Clear trails of debris
  • Clean trails and parking areas of litter
  • Remove of fallen trees/limbs across paths
  • Install and replace trail markers and signs
  • Lay stepping stone paths
  • Snow plow preserve parking lots
  • Site specific Preserve Steward
  • Build, repair, and, maintain kiosks, benches, and footbridges

Volunteer Position Benefits:

  • Gain knowledge and experience in stewardship and trail maintenance
  • Meet and work alongside other like-minded and dedicated volunteers
  • Work according to your own schedule
  • The numerous benefits of time spent outdoors!


Volunteers should have a strong interest in nature and working outdoors, be able to work independently and as a part of a team, and have strong communication skills. Previous experience with small hand tool operation is encouraged, but not required.

If you have any questions about Saratoga PLAN’s stewardship program, reach out to our Stewardship Coordinator, Bonnie at

Message from Saratoga PLAN’s Stewardship Coordinator

There’s no better way to get to know the Saratoga landscape while simultaneously supporting your local land trust than by becoming a volunteer land steward! Our stewards work on Saratoga PLAN’s public nature preserves, ensuring that trails are cleared, parking areas are clean, and that any infrastructure, (water crossings, kiosks, benches, etc.) are all kept in good shape.

volunteers at Rowland HollowThe type and frequency of work that our stewards put in to our preserves varies between groups, properties, and interests. Your involvement can be as regular or as varied as your schedule and lifestyle permits.

Let us know if you’re interested in getting involved with Saratoga PLAN and joining us as a volunteer land steward. We would be happy to match you with a preserve that could use some extra attention, a preserve that’s near and dear to your heart, or one that’s close to your home.

If getting to know many preserves is something that you might be interested in, we always welcome additions to our Roving Stewards Group. Whereas many of our land stewards are dedicated to one particular PLAN preserve, this group of volunteers travels around to different preserves throughout the county depending on where the greatest needs are.

I hope to see you in the field soon!

– Greg