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Reinstein Woods Volunteer Program

We Need Your Help!

Welcome! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites you to join the Reinstein Woods volunteer family. Our volunteers provide support for Reinstein Woods' programs in a variety of ways, from sharing nature with adults and children as nature guides, to taking care of our trails and forests, and to helping at special events.

If you have enthusiasm and an appreciation for nature, then you're just the type of person we need. It doesn't matter whether you are an amateur naturalist or just interested in the outdoors; we will provide all necessary training and supplies.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Information Forms (PDF) (710 KB).

Year-Round Volunteer Positions: Note: age requirement is 18 years or older for these positions:

Volunteers Assist DEC Staff at the education center during the day on weekdays and weekends to help with programs, winter ski and snowshoe rentals, and event set-up and clean-up.

Greeters are needed to answer phones and visitor questions in the Education Center. Duties may include copying and folding or helping with basic office needs. Training will be provided.

Nature guide teaching visitors on a tour.

Nature Guides are needed to lead tours for the general public, civic organizations, school-age children and scout groups during the week or on weekends year-round. Volunteers receive training in nature interpretation, and additional optional trainings are provided annually. (Note: a small fee may be requested to cover the cost of training materials provided).

Special Event volunteers assist with one-day events such as the Fall Festival, Friends of Reinstein's fundraisers, and other special events sponsored by Reinstein Woods.

Volunteers at the Reinstein Woods exhibit at the Erie County Fair.

Outreach Event & Festival volunteers provide information to increase public awareness and support of Reinstein Woods at local fairs, festivals and schools.

Photographers for Events and Programs are needed to provide quality photos during events and public programs at Reinstein Woods throughout the year. We prefer experienced photographers who are comfortable with public interaction.

Friends of Reinstein Committees assist the board of directors in raising funds and promoting Reinstein Woods. Committees generally meet on a bimonthly basis. You can indicate your interest in helping any of the following committees:

  • Finance
  • Events/Fundraising
  • Membership
  • Marketing/Communications

Seasonal Positions: Age requirement: 18 years or older. A parent or guardian must volunteer with children under 18 yrs.

Volunteers doing trail maintenance/cleanup

Habitat & Trail Stewards assist us from April to September. Volunteers help with trail clean-up, invasive species removal, and small outdoor projects.

Garden Stewards are needed to water, weed, and harvest our herb, flower and vegetable gardens as well as help maintain our compost bins from April to October of each year.

Research Stewards help with Citizen Science Projects in each season of the year. Trainings are provided for each research project at Reinstein Woods. Volunteers are required to attend training, and sign-up to do the research at Reinstein Woods. All are outdoors, except where noted. Here is a list of our current projects:

  • FrogWatch USA: March through August, after sunset. Monitor different frog and toad sounds.
  • Project BudBurst: March through July and September through November. Record first signs of a bud, flower, fruit, leaf, and fall leaf of six different plants and trees.
  • Hummingbirds at Home: March through June (inside activity). Monitor hummingbird activity at feeders from inside/outside the center.
  • Project Firefly Watch: June through September, after sunset. Record firefly activity at specific sites in the preserve.
  • Project FeederWatch: November through March (inside activity). Record species of birds visiting feeders from inside the center.

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