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Thursday
29
MAR

Island (and Boat Ramp) Steward

09:00
15:00

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Interested in being an island or boat ramp steward? Training will be held Thursday, March 29.

If interested please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).

The stewards are official representatives of the Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve program who educate island visitors about the sensitive natural resources of the barrier islands.

Outreach will consist of talking with boaters and island visitors and distributing brochures as needed.

Stewards can serve in two different capacities:
- Boat Ramp Stewards conducting outreach at public boat ramps along the Eastern Shore, and/or
- Island-based Stewards conducting outreach on the islands. Island Stewards must have the means to visit Conservancy owned barrier islands on their own.

Commitment:
No regular island visitation schedule will be set. Island steward responsibilities will be on an on-going, opportunistic basis, when stewards choose to visit the islands.

Boat ramp stewards will be asked to sign up for specific dates and times, with requests during the busy Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends.

Qualifications include:
Local Eastern Shore resident.

Excellent communication skills which can positively and effectively, yet casually, teach all island visitors.

Desire to help protect the biodiversity of the Virginia Coast Reserve through education of island visitors.

Island-based Stewards ONLY - Must have transportation to get on and off the islands, as well as familiarity with the local waterways.

Must undergo a background check (requires SSN) and Nature Conservancy Youth Safety Qualifications prior to volunteering which will take 1.5-2 hours of time.

If interested please contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).