Volunteer at Reinstein Woods
Volunteers are the life-blood of Reinstein Woods, doing everything from maintaining trails to greeting visitors at the Visitor Center. You don’t have to be a trained naturalist to help, a love of nature is all that is needed! Friends of Reinstein is proud to collaborate with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide these services. With the help of volunteers, visitors from all over the world can share in nature’s harmony at Reinstein Woods 365 days a year.
As a small non-profit, Friends of Reinstein requires a constant influx of new volunteers to keep operations running smoothly. Everyone has something to contribute. Whether helping at a fundraiser, joining a committee, joining a “Trail Steward Day” session, or just helping pass out snowshoes on a busy weekend, there is a job available for everyone!
Friends of Reinstein has several committees that assist the board of directors in raising funds and promoting Reinstein Woods. Committees generally meet on a bimonthly basis. We are always looking for members to help these committees:
Friends of Reinstein also needs volunteers to:
- Volunteer at special events
- Help with weekend snowshoe/ski rentals in winter
- Volunteer to improve our trails through “Trail Steward Thursdays”
- Help with miscellaneous fundraisers, like returning bottles and cans or mailing recyclables to “Terracycle.”
Other volunteer positions are coordinated by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff. These include:
Volunteer Assistants help DEC Staff at the education center during the day on weekdays and weekends with programs, winter ski and snowshoe rentals, and event set-up and clean-up.
Greeters answer phones and visitor questions in the Education Center. Duties may include copying and folding or helping with basic office needs. Training will be provided.
Nature Guides lead tours for the general public, civic organizations, school-age children and scout groups during the week or on weekends year-round. Volunteers receive training in nature interpretation, and additional optional trainings are provided annually. (Note: a small fee may be requested to cover the cost of training materials provided).
Special Event volunteers assist with one-day events such as the Fall Festival, Friends of Reinstein’s fundraisers, and other special events sponsored by Reinstein Woods.
Outreach Event & Festival volunteers provide information to increase public awareness and support of Reinstein Woods at local fairs, festivals and schools.
Volunteer Photographers provide quality photos during events and public programs at Reinstein Woods throughout the year. We prefer experienced photographers who are comfortable with public interaction, but novice photographers are welcome.
Trail Stewards help with trail clean-up, invasive species removal, and small outdoor projects from April to September.
Garden Stewards water, weed, and harvest our gardens and help maintain our compost bins from April to October.
Research Stewards help with Citizen Science Projects. Training is provided. Some current research projects include:
- FrogWatch USA: monitor frogs and toads after sunset from March to August.
- Project BudBurst: record signs of flowers, fruits, and leaves on selected plants to help monitor changes caused by climate change.
- Project Feeder Watch: Record birds visiting Reinstein Woods’ feeders from November to March (observe from inside the education center).
For questions about any of these positions, please call (716) 683-5959. For more information about volunteering, please visit the NYSDEC website here. To get started as a volunteer, fill out and submit the form on this page.