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Volunteer

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 citizen science projects, 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. For all volunteer inquiries, please email volunteer@downeastlakes.org or call the office (207) 796-2100.

DLLT Volunteer Form   

 

 

Workcamper Program

What is a workcamper?

Workcampers are individuals or couples who combine volunteer work with RV camping. Workcampers will be provided with a site with water, electric, Wi-Fi, and an on-site dump station with a ‘blue boy’. Access to showers and laundry in the headquarters building is available. The single campsite is located on 16 1/2 beautiful acres at the headquarters of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, in the heart of Grand Lake Stream. The town is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise that boasts fly fishing, lake fishing, hiking, ATV trail access, swimming, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, and hunting. The community also hosts a number of activities and events throughout the season.

Workcampers will be required to sign up for a minimum of one month and 24 hours a week of volunteer time is required in exchange for the site.

DLLT Workcamper Application 

Learn more on the Workcamper page located under the “Get Involved” tab.

Big Lake Milfoil Coalition

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.  

Wood Bank

Volunteers needed to cut, transport, and/or stack firewood. DLLT started a wood bank in the fall of 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? We are accepting nominations for recipients of this service. Nominations should be for those who struggle to cut their own wood or to meet the costs of purchasing firewood. We will serve the community on a first-come first-serve basis as firewood is available to us. There is no guarantee that every person nominated will receive a load of wood.

Nomination Form  

Volunteer days will be scheduled seasonally based on community need and wood availability. Let us know you are interested, and we’ll keep you informed about upcoming events and the days volunteers are needed. The first work day was held on November 4th, 2022 and was very successful with approximately 20 volunteers, 4 splitters, 3 chainsaws, and 2 delivery trucks. The second work day was on May 16th, 2023 where over 6 cords were processed.

You can also make a contribution to this community service by making a donation.
Note “Firewood” in the memo line.

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Citizen Science Opportunities

  • American woodcock and ruffed grouse breeding surveys
  • Vernal pool surveys
  • Invasive aquatic monitoring surveys
  • Loon monitoring
  • Birding – using the eBird Mobile app
  • Wood Duck boxes – checking their usage, adding cedar shavings, noting repairs needed

Loon Monitoring (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. The third Saturday of July each year is an annual loon count, organized by Maine Audubon. More information can be found at https://maineaudubon.org/projects/loons/.

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 wilderness 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.

Maine Owl Pellet Project (MOPP)

The Maine Owl Pellet Project wants you!Maine Owl Pellet Project MOPP is a collaboration between the University of New England, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. They are aiming to engage the public and promote crowdsourced science to better understand the diet of Maine’s owls and the distribution and composition of the small mammal community on which they prey, including the threatened northern bog lemming, to inform conservation efforts. To do so, we must find owl pellets – small, log-shaped clumps of hair and bones – that will allow us to identify which species owls are feeding on. However, these pellets can be relatively hard to come by and we need a substantial number to meet project goals. They are hoping to engage as many outdoors people as they can to increase the number of eyes on the lookout for owl pellets on the ground in Maine. View their project poster: MOPP_Project Flyer (v7.1)

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DLLT Volunteer FormVolunteer To learn more about these exciting opportunities: Email Volunteer@downeastlakes.org or call (207) 796-2100.