University of Maryland Extension

Volunteer Opportunities

After completing the 60 hours of training in the classroom and in the field, Master Naturalist Interns are ready to share what they've learned. 

A minimum of 40 hours of approved volunteer work must be documented each year. Master Naturalists may answer a request for volunteers or design a volunteer project of their own, working at the Host Site where they were trained, or at a different location. The Program Facilitator must approve the work in advance and should also receive documentation of the completed activity.

Possibilities for volunteer work are practically limitless. For example, Master Naturalists are encouraged to:

  • Plan and present environmental education programs for a variety of audiences in classroom and/or outdoor settings.
  • Develop promotional and educational materials (e.g. brochures, displays, websites).
  • Interpret information from the Master Naturalist training for the general public.
  • Represent and promote the Master Naturalist Program to the public at community events.
  • Lead or participate in natural resource projects (e.g. Citizen Scientist programs).

There are numerous state and national Citizen Scientist programs that collect environmental data on an ongoing basis. Working for these programs in Maryland will count toward the required 40 volunteer hours if the Program Facilitator approves it. Some of these programs are:

ASTRONOMY

BIRDS

INSECTS

INVASIVE SPECIES

PHENOLOGY/GENERAL WILDLIFE

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

WEATHER/CLIMATE

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