The Minnesota Land Trust now protects over 500 properties across the state. We visit each landowner and monitor each protected property annually. Volunteer monitors are critical in helping us achieve this goal.
Becoming a volunteer monitor is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, visit unique places and people, and make a significant contribution to land proteciton throughout Minnesota.
Volunteer monitors are so critical to our work that the Minnesota Land Trust has a formal volunteer monitor program. All volunteer monitors are asked to complete a certification process and commit to two or three years of monitoring.
To become certified, you must:
- Complete a volunteer application. To apply, contact Kristina Geiger at email@example.com or 651-917-6295.
- Attending a spring training session. Trainings take place in April at locations throughout the state. To see the schedule, go to the monitor training schedule page.
- Visit a protected property with an experienced volunteer or staff monitor. Your "mentor" will show you the ropes of monitoring in the field.
- Attend annual spring training sessions. The Land Trust asks that monitors attend training every year to keep their certification current.
Your Tasks as a Monitor
After becoming certified, volunteers are typically asked to monitor one to four protected properties each year sometime during monitoring season (May through October). The Land Trust provides information about your assigned properties, along with monitoring report forms and other information needed to evaluate the current state of the property during the visit.
Your visit includes speaking with the landowner and walking the property. You will also document the state of the property and any questions the landowner may have. Monitoring one property requires approximately four hours, including reading the materials on your property and travelling to the site.
If you've contacted Kristina and need to complete a volunteer application, download one HERE.
Go to Monitor Central for more detailed information on monitoring, to read monitor training materials, and download forms
Read the 2017 Volunteer Newsletter
Check out the Stewardship Page
Learn more about conservation easement stewardship by reading "Easement Stewardship: Building Relationships for the Long Run", an article by staff of the Vermont Land Trust
Questions? Contact Kristina Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-917-6295