When you visit a state park you may meet and mingle with an ecology volunteer. If you were to become a volunteer at a park such as Yellowstone National Park, you would have an opportunity to share your passion for nature with the people you meet. If you live near a state or national park, you can go online and apply for a position as a volunteer. You just click on support your park and look for the volunteer section. There is a link to click on to get information on how to become a volunteer.
There are many opportunities to become a volunteer. For instance, if you have an interest in the bison that live at Yellowstone, you can apply to become a bison ecology volunteer. Your job as a bison ecology volunteer might be to collect data in fieldwork. You might have to track the vital statistics of bison in the winter time. To track bison you would need to know how to operate a snow mobile to do your work as an volunteer. You might also be needed to know how to ski under frigid conditions. To do the work you would have to be able to ski with heavy backpacks on your back, because you may be expected to camp out in snow caves, or carry a tent on your back. Besides camping gear, you might also be expected to carry photography equipment.
An ecology volunteer must be trained for the job he/she has to preform. As a volunteer you may get paid a small stipend and given housing. Wherever you work as a volunteer you will need to have knowledge of the park or area in which you work, and you will also need to be well versed in the creatures that inhabit the area. As an ecology volunteer you must be committed to the work. Most state and national parks expect you to commit yourself to the minimal amount of shifts or hours per month.
If your dream has always been to get up close and personal with exotic animals you might want to become an ecology volunteer at your local zoo. Your work would be challenging, and at the same time rewarding. As a volunteer you would go through an orientation that will teach you the skills you need to do your job. Your job may to be to care for the animals in the zoo, after all, they cannot take care of themselves. The job of a volunteer may not be a glamorous one, but it will be a rewarding one.
Whether you are interested in becoming an ecology volunteer with a park service, a zoo or other organization related to nature, your job is essential. There is a place for you, and your work can make a difference to the lives for which you are in charge. As a volunteer you may also be responsible for interacting with visitors. You may have to stand on your feet for long hours. If you believe you would like to become a volunteer contact the organization of your choice and apply. You won’t regret it.