FBC succeeds in land conservation with the help of a small army of volunteers. We have an all-volunteer board. We rely on volunteer preserve advocates to monitor and help maintain over 25 miles of trails. We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to be involved with Frenchman Bay Conservancy, please contact us. Many of our regular volunteer positions and needs are outlined below. If you have a talent or knowledge to share that is not captured in one of the opportunities below, contact us and we would be happy to discuss further.
Stewardship of our trails and preserves is ongoing and we are always in need of new volunteers. During the summer/fall months FBC maintains a weekly stewardship volunteer day and we also host clean-up days at specific preserves on other days. If you enjoy hiking and getting out to FBC preserves, you will enjoy being a volunteer steward. We welcome all ages and ability levels. Typical stewardship tasks include: brushing trails with loppers, clearing down trees with hand saws or chainsaws (note: FBC volunteers interested in doing chainsaw work must have a chainsaw safety certification on file with FBC), raking brush from trails, blazing trails with blue paint, installing signs, flagging and cutting new trails, and installing bog bridging.
Annual Lobster Dinner
There are a variety of volunteer jobs associated with our annual lobster dinner in July. Jobs include: set-up of tables, covering picnic tables in newspaper, collecting flowers & creating arrangements for the tables, directing parking, serving food, etc. The lobster dinner is a fun and festive evening event held at our flagship preserve, Tidal Falls.
Annual Autumn Trail Race
FBC hosts an annual autumn trail race starting at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan, across the street from FBC’s Baker Hill and Long Ledges Preserves. Volunteer positions include: trail monitors, water station, first responders, road crossing guides, parking, food preparation, registration, and finish line.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy is always in need of high quality photos of our preserves, trails, events, and general landscape/nature photos from around Downeast Maine for use in our publications, on social media, and on our website. If you are interested in a photography project or would like to share an occasional photograph with FBC, please get in touch with us. Also, our digital photo files are in desperate need of organization, a great project for a technologically savvy volunteer.
FBC is in the process of expanding our educational programs and general outreach activities. If you have a specific expertise (e.g. tree identification, wildflowers, wilderness survival, wildlife, marine ecology, etc.) and would be interested in leading a workshop or hike or school group, we’d be happy to discuss further. We are also looking for volunteers to simply lead group hikes, no expertise necessary other than a love of the outdoors and familiarity with FBC trails.
We periodically host college interns, including from College of the Atlantic. Interns generally take on a specific conservation project, while also supporting the broader work of the organization, helping with trail stewardship and organizing events. If you would like to intern with Frenchman Bay Conservancy, please discuss the options for your particular school with a faculty advisory and contact us for more information.