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Have you always wanted to help your community and the environment, but not sure exactly what to do? Become a volunteer with Downeast Lakes Land Trust to participate in trail maintenance, forest cleanups, community events, or even to lead your own education program. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out this simple online form – DLLT Volunteer Form.

For all volunteer inquiries, comments, suggestions, or further details, please email or call and ask to talk with Sarah at the office (207) 796-2100.


Privy Project

Each of our campsites will be getting an outhouse installed. There are ten outhouses to build in total with one being completed and installed so far. DLLT could make use of 4 to 5 volunteers for each outhouse installation. This project will be active throughout November. Let us know you are interested, and we’ll get in touch about the days volunteers are needed.

Firewood Rally

Volunteers needed to cut, transport, and/or stack firewood. DLLT is developing a wood bank with a target of being operational starting in November 2022. Help keep a neighbor warm by contributing to this important community project. Do you know a person or family who is/are in need of firewood? You can nominate recipients here: Firewood Nomination Form

The first work day was held on November 4th and was very successful with approximately 20 volunteers, 4 splitters, 3 chainsaws, and 2 delivery trucks. The next work day is projected to be held in early spring 2023.

Big Lake Milfoil Coalition (Seasonal)

The Big Lake Milfoil Coalition is a group of businesses and organizations working hard to combat the spread of invasive milfoil in Big lake. Volunteers are needed to become Lake Stewards and Courtesy Boat Inspectors, and stop the further spread of invasive aquatic plants. For more information on becoming a steward please visit: Lake Stewards of Maine – Invasive Plant Monitors.

Adopt A Site

Do you have a favorite hiking trail, campsite, or geocache location in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest? Adopt one of these sites to check in on a few times a year. Adoptees will be responsible for picking up trash and recording any maintenance needs.  Contact Sarah Cote to adopt!

Loon Surveying (Seasonal)

Beginning in 2022, DLLT is working with Biodiversity Research Institute on a multi-year project to help protect common loons and improve loon nesting habitat in the Downeast Lakes region.  Much of the work is seasonal during the warmer months. We have numerous volunteer needs for this exciting project, including nest building, lake surveying, and nest monitoring.

Citizen Science Opportunities

  • American woodcock and ruffed grouse breeding surveys
  • Vernal pool surveys
  • Invasive aquatic monitoring surveys
  • Loon monitoring

Community Events + Outreach Assistance

There are opportunities to lend a hand with preparing our large events and with mailings. Need arises on a case-by-case basis. This is a good option to support the Land Trust ‘from inside’ without needing to be out in the elements as much. While events vary widely, some examples of volunteer activities are preparing materials for a booth or craft, setting up or taking down materials before and after an event, or posting flyers. Do you have a special skill or talent? Let us know! Would you like to lead an activity or event? We welcome your ideas!

Two to three mailings are sent out annually and volunteers are welcomed to fold, sticker, and stuff envelopes to prepare the pieces for the post office. Signing up with the volunteer coordinator, Sarah, makes it a breeze to give you a call when a need presents itself to see if you are available and interested.

Sign-up Today

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To learn more about these exciting opportunities:


Call (207) 796-2100 and ask to speak with Sarah.