“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” –Anonymous
The San Juan Preservation Trust offers a structured volunteer program that invites active participation in our efforts to preserve our cherished island places. We aim to provide you with an experience that we hope is worth that most precious of commodities: your time. We offer a number of compelling and rewarding volunteer positions that will not only help advance the Preservation Trust’s mission but will also provide our volunteers with a fun and enriching experience. There is something here for everyone who wants to help: our volunteer opportunities range from fieldwork and stewardship activities on our easements and preserves, to participating in outreach events, to assisting with clerical activities in our Lopez Island or Friday Harbor offices. We also invite people with special skillls or expertise to suggest a way that they might help us with our work.
Our volunteers, though from different age brackets and areas of experience, do have one thing in common: a sincere and deep devotion to the San Juan Islands. Preservation Trust volunteers often discover a sense of camaraderie as they work with other volunteers, with staff and with trustees on various projects.
In addition to the personal satisfaction gained from a job well done (and greatly appreciated!), volunteers can also expect other benefits. All volunteers are automatically added to our mailing list and receive our quarterly newsletters, which will provide them with access to upcoming Preservation Trust events and outings. We also give each volunteer a special “Volunteer” edition of our San Juan Preservation Trust T-shirt. We honor a Volunteer of the Year annually, and snacks and beverages are always provided for fieldwork days and for mailing parties. Opportunities for growth within our volunteer program will present themselves to those who wish to take on more challenges and responsibilities.