Looking for exciting new opportunities to engage with the DLC and our work, and provide valuable services to public lands, scientific research, and support our ecosystems and community? Then look no further than our Volunteer and Community Science Program.  We're working with a wide array of collaborators throughout Dutchess County to bring you unique and compelling volunteer programs that get you out in nature to help improve our ecosystems, meet new friends, and - most of all - have fun!  Here's a sample of the different opportunities available:

Thompson Pond Maint Day 1 News 2Trail Development and Preserve Maintenance

Come help build trail infrastructure, maintain ecologically sensitive areas, remove invasives, and more, all while learning how outdoor recreation can support an intact and healthy ecosystem.

Program Co-Leader/Education Support

The DLC is always looking for educational leaders and highly knowledgable experts to partner with on group discussions. We do it all, from group hikes to coffee shop presentations to Zoom webinars. We would love your support!

Outreach Event Support

Are you outgoing and love talking about conservation? You can attend local events and spread the good work of the DLC and its partners. Engage youth with fun games and prizes, and talk to folks of all ages about all things conservation, while enhancing awareness of the DLC and its mission.

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Are you interested in collecting data that has real ecological application? Do you know how to use a smartphone or tablet? We are developing opportunities for individuals to collect data for organizations that can aid in the restoration of land and water, help tabulate plant and animal species, assist in the aggregation of habitat information, and so much more.

Photography and Videography

Do you consider yourself a hobby photographer, or do you own a drone with which you like to shoot video? We always have a need to visually tell the story of conservation the DLC and its partners are accomplishing.

Administrative Help

We will never say no to help in the office. Whether it's packet assembly, data entry, event support, digitizing records, or organizing materials, any assistance is always welcome.

How can you sign up? Just go to the link below and enter some simple information. You will receive periodic updates on upcoming opportunities, including training for self-guided community science work. If you're an organization looking to partner with us, or someone who has more time to dedicate to the program, our coordinator would love to speak with you. You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or, simply keep an eye on our Events and Programs or on our Facebook events page.