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The Butterfly House is open Wednesday through Sunday 11am-4pm weather permitting. For inclement weather please call ahead. The Butterfly House is closed Monday & Tuesday and will remain closed after October 1st.

High School & Younger Volunteer Opportunities

Who should apply?

  • Individual teens (14+) and teen groups
  • Those who can make a time commitment
  • Responsible people and team players

Education

Animal Care
We are seeking volunteers who are interested in a career dealing with animals. Volunteers will assist with organizing and cleaning animal areas while learning grooming, feeding, and exam techniques. Weekly commitment needed for every Saturday morning for three to four hours.

Butterfly House Interpreter

We are seeking volunteers who are interested in welcoming and helping visitors in our butterfly house. Answer questions and assist guests while making sure the butterflies don't escape. Interpreters are encouraged to develop their butterfly knowledge and species identification skills as they spend time in a colorful environment.

Counselor In Training (CIT) (for upcoming summer and school year)
Students aged 14-18 can volunteer as a counselor in training and assist TNC's professional education staff with Nature Day Camp in the summer and year-round. Help prepare, lead and clean up camp crafts and activities. Must love working with the little ones! Gain valuable leadership experience and it looks great on a resume!
    • Minimum 2 week availability during the summer (tell us your availability; we schedule based on that). Additional weeks possible in summer and throughout the year. 
    • Schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Click here to learn more 

    Outreach Events 
    Help us have a friendly and knowledgeable presence in the community at a wide variety of tabling events. Lend a hand at earth day festivals, local street fairs, and at open houses for other nature organizations on the weekends. Representatives of TNC provide information about the nature center, our programs, and sometimes sell raffle tickets. Volunteers need to be able to carry and set up a card table and folding chair. 

    Public Programs & Special Events Assistants
    Volunteers will assist education staff with preparation and execution of annual events and programs such as: Canoe Day, Apple Cidering, Haunted Forest, Seasonal Campfires, etc. Duties may include setup and breakdown, preparation, decorating, etc. Potential events are mostly held on nights and weekends.

    Public Programs & Special Events Photographer
    Professional and amateur photographers are needed to photograph TNC's events, grounds, flora, and fauna. Maintain the nature center photo collections and files.

    Raptor Care
    Adult volunteers are needed for a one to two hour weekly commitment to help care for our Barred Owls and Red-tail Hawk. This job entails care, feeding, cleaning and maintenance of the aviaries. It is a messy job and you must love birds!  Ages 18+

      Land and Facilities Management

      Gardening and Maintenance
      Join master gardeners and other volunteers to help maintain our native plant gardens and landscape plantings. Gardeners will keep our bird feeders filled, plant, mulch, weed, and trim as they maintain and beautify this space for the public enjoyment and educational programs. Our garden is a Master Gardener’s approved site for volunteer hours.

      Natural Resource Management
      Help keep our trails looking good by removing invasive plants throughout the property. Join other volunteers on our annual boundary walk where you will help pick up litter around the nature center property edges.

      Reforestation/Habitat Restoration Projects
      Help keep our habitats healthy by removing excess vegetation from Pfister’s pond and assisting staff with other restoration projects.

      Trail and Property Maintenance
      (Interested volunteers should contact the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference to learn more). Handy individuals with light carpentry skills are needed to help keep our trails looking good by distributing wood chips, repainting blazes, and repairing broken signs.

        Office/Administrative

        Data Entry/Office Assistant
        Volunteers are needed to perform many administrative duties including mailings
        (st
        uffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing and the delivery of our promotional literature to various locales in the community. Individuals with a cheerful, friendly attitude, professional and efficient, great communication skills, and experience in customer service help welcome visitors. Greet hikers, show off our exhibit animals, answer phones and questions about the nature center. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about wildlife, meeting new people and being a tremendous help to our staff.

        Publicity & Public Relations

        We are currently in need of volunteers who are willing to assist the Communications Assistant with a variety of tasks that will help publicize upcoming programs & events. If you have experience in marketing, communications or public relations we need your talents!

        I am interested in volunteering at TNC. What do I do?

        • Complete the Volunteer Interest Form Online and hit submit or 
        • Print and complete the 5 page volunteer interest form (PDF format)
          • Mail, fax, or e-mail the interest form to:
            313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly NJ 07670.
        • Wait for our e-mails (please note that it may take two to four weeks for us to receive and review your application).
        • Once reviewed we will add you to our volunteer e-mail database and send you opportunities as they arise. When specific openings are available, we will call to discuss matching your special skills and talents with our needs.
        • Thank you for your interest.  

        Volunteer opportunities are limited. Availability is determined by the seasons, weather, skills offered and supervision/leadership available. Volunteers that are able to come weekly are extremely valuable to us. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!