Grant team volunteers needed!

All volunteers should have a genuine interest in the Team's goal to increase the availability of milkweed plants in Southern Nevada and improve the Monarch Butterflyís habitat and recovery. All volunteers will be asked to sign volunteer agreements with Friends of Red Rock Canyon Partners as required. The grant period begins in December 2015 and continues for two years. Training will begin in January 2016 and fieldwork in March 2016.

If you are interested in signing up for one of these positions or would like more information, please contact butterfly@friendsofredrockcanyon.org

To view training required for each position, please choose Volunteer Training from the menu in the left margin of this page.

Positions open for volunteers are:

Team Leads (TL)

Six to ten Team Leads needed, with a minimum of five volunteers with the Department of Interiorís Driver Certification. Each Team Lead should have general knowledge or interest in the program, attend appropriate training, and demonstrate the ability to manage and train team members on all facets of the program.

After training, teams will volunteer two eight-hour days per month for the first year of the grant and three eight-hour days per month the second year.

Field Volunteers (FV)

Thirty-five Field Volunteers needed, with a minimum of five volunteers with the Department of Interiorís Driver Certification. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in locating, identifying, photographing, recording GPS locations, and monitoring milkweed plants. Each volunteer will also need to collect milkweed seeds for the grant program, as well as for the BLM Seeds of Success program (SOS). Volunteers must be physically fit and comfortable with a variety of light to moderate hiking conditions. Some hikes are in rough areas, and all hikes may experience hot and humid weather conditions.

After training, teams will volunteer two eight-hour days per month, seven months per year.

Seed Cleaner Volunteers (SC)

Twenty Seed Cleaner Volunteers needed. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in cleaning and packaging milkweed seeds for the grant program, as well as the BLM Seeds of Success program (SOS). Volunteers may need to work in hot weather conditions.

After training, teams will volunteer two five-hour days per month, four months per year.

Greenhouse Volunteers (GV)

Twenty-five Greenhouse Volunteers needed. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in propagating, monitoring, and readying milkweed plants for transplanting. Volunteers may need to work in hot weather conditions.

After training, teams will volunteer two five-hour days per month for six months the first year and four months the second year.

Field Propagation Volunteers (FPV)

Thirty-five Field Propagation Volunteers needed, with a minimum of five volunteers with the Department of Interiorís Driver Certification. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in planting demonstration areas, data collection and GPS mapping. Light to moderate physical activity is necessary and volunteers may work in hot weather conditions.

After training, teams will volunteer two eight-hour days per month, four months per year.

Data Entry Volunteers (DE)

Ten Data Entry Volunteers needed. Each volunteer should have knowledge of data entry. Volunteers will input milkweed plant locations, data, GPS mapping coordinates, and photos. Knowledge of Google Earth or other mapping programs desired(but we can teach you if you arenít familiar!).

After training, teams will volunteer fifteen hours per month.

Community Service Volunteers (CS)

Ten Community Service Volunteers needed. Volunteers should be comfortable making presentations to civic, educational and public groups.

After training, teams will volunteer two four-hour days per month, four months per year.

Seeds of Success (SOS)

Ten Seeds of Success volunteers who have completed the BLM training. Our grant will submit certain collected seeds to the SOS program. SOSís mission is to collect wild land native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems. The intent is to reserve them in several seed vaults for future use.

After training, teams will volunteer two 4 hour days per month, four months per year.