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Junior Assistant Naturalists (JANs)

 

Ages: 14-17 (must be turning 14 by September 1, 2015)
Time Commitment: At least 3 weeks during the summer
Training: Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18
Requirements: Return a completed JAN application packet to Tamarack by March 27, 2015; 2-day training is mandatory.
 
Tamarack relies heavily on the awesome energy and skills of local youth to help make our Day Camp Adventures Program the best summer program around! Junior Assistant Naturalists are similar to camp counselors. They are fun companions and mentros to our younger day campers. They help prepare activities, lead games and help supervise campers to make sure everyone has a fun, safe experience.
 
If you are an energetic, positive, fun young person age 14-17, please complete an application and return it to us before March 27, 2015.
 
Feel free to call or email if you have questions about the program or the application process.
 
 

Invasive Plant Patrol

 

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Ongoing, dates to be determined (spring, summer, fall)
Training: Spring training April 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Training provided by Ramsey County Cooperative Weed Management.
Pre-registration required; e-mail Melanie Harding for more information or to register.
Requirements: Ability to bend, walk uneven terrain and use hand tools.

A few of our volunteers have been hard at work tackling invasive plants at Tamarack, and they could use your help! Garlic Mustard and Buckthorn are at the top of the list right now, but as time permits, we’ll tackle others too. We are looking to assemble a volunteer “team” to tackle whatever invasives rise to the top of the priority list. If you like to be outside, doing physical work, this might be the volunteer job for you!​

Maple Syrup Volunteers

 

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 16 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Early March through Mid April; weekdays and weekends available; 2 - 4 hour shifts for sap collecting (shifts start at 1 p.m.); day-long shifts for evaporating and finishing syrup
Training: Saturday, February 28th, 10 a.m. - noon. Register​ for training by February 25.
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process. Training is mandatory for volunteers who haven’t been through a maple season with us yet and highly recommended for returning maple volunteers.

Once the sap is flowing, volunteers will be needed to help collect sap every day of the week starting at 1 p.m. We will also need volunteers to run the evaporators and finish syrup throughout the season. This is a great individual, couple or family volunteer opportunity.

Sugar on Snow Assistants

 

Ages: Adults and youth (kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)​
Time Commitment: Saturday, March 21, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Training: Provided day of the event.
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process.

Help us share the sweetness of the season with Tamarack visitors! We need volunteers to assist with crafts and activities, maple syrup tasting, serving a “sugar on snow” treat, and leading guided hikes to and from the sugar bush.

Garden Tenders

 

Ages: Adults and youth (kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)​
Time Commitment: Early March through late October; weekdays and weekends available; 1 - 3 hour shifts
Training: On-the-job training provided
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; ability to bend, dig and lift; commit to a minimum of one volunteer shift per month (more shifts are encouraged and welcome)

Tamarack Garden Volunteers plant seeds, turn soil, transplant, weed, water, harvest, compost, speak with visitors about the garden, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. If you already have a green thumb or are just beginning and want to learn more about gardening, consider volunteering as a Garden Tender. All experience levels welcome.​

Earth Day Cleanup

 

Ages: Adults, youth, families and small groups (kids under 16 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. - noon
Training: Provided on day of event
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process or sign one-day event waiver (youth must have parental consent); ability to walk trails and uneven ground, bend and carry small loads.

This is a chance to get Tamarack spick n’ span for the spring and summer ahead! We’ll be cleaning up trash and debris along the roadsides and throughout the trails. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP​ if you’d like to join us, there are limited spaces available.

Animal Care & Animal Ambassadors

 

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Varies
Training: On-the-job training provided
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process, including interview.

The popular Tamarack display animals are in need of your assistance! We currently have three opportunities for student and adult volunteers to get involved with our educational reptiles and amphibians:
  • Weekly or Biweekly Animal Care (Wednesdays): Feeding, basic cleaning, water changes and handling of animals; assist with educational programs.
  • Monthly Tank Scrub Team: Help for 3 - 4 hours each month on bigger cleanings of turtle aquaria, filters and other animal habitats.
  • Animal Ambassador: Learn all about the natural history, personal history and care of our education animals so you can help deliver educational programs to the public; Serve on call, as programs are scheduled.

Drop-In Discovery Station Hosts

 

Ages: Adults and older teens (kids under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Saturday mornings, 3-hour shifts
Training: Provided on the job.
Requirements: Interest in interacting with people of all ages; willingness to learn about new things, try new interpretive techniques and share your excitement about nature with visitors.

Discovery Station Hosts work on Saturday mornings to provide visitors with up-close visits with Tamarack animals; touchable artifacts like skulls, skins, sticks, and stones; explorations of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; and garden goodies for tasting. Topics will be scheduled ahead of time and volunteers will be assigned based on interest and willingness to learn new drop-in discovery topics.

 

How to Volunteer

 

 

All volunteer service on nature preserve grounds needs to be directed through Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.


Submit completed application to:
Mail: 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110
Fax: (651) 407-5354
Call: Melanie Harding​, Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 407-5350 x118

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Contact Us

5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-5350
Fax: 651-407-5354
Email: tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us