Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

  • Coordinate Volunteer Activity at Dahlem
  • Manage records for volunteers (time logs, general info, emergency contact, etc)
  • Plan volunteer events (Appreciation Celebration, Open House, Work-Bee Days)
  • Cultivate new volunteer prospects, serve as point of contact for Dahlem volunteers
  • Experience preferred
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly to Monthly

Gift Shop Receptionist

  • Looking to fill both Weekday Afternoons and Weekend positions
  • Weekday Afternoon: Starts between 12-1PM ends between 4-5PM
  • Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays – 10AM to 2 PM
  • Assist customers with their sales; answer phone calls after Office Manager leaves; help with mailings; keep the gift shop/exhibit area tidy and in order
  • No experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly

Event Planning Committee Members

  • Coordinate Volunteer Activity at Dahlem
  • Manage records for volunteers (time logs, general info, emergency contact, etc)
  • Plan volunteer events (Appreciation Celebration, Open House, Work-Bee Days)
  • Cultivate new volunteer prospects, serve as point of contact for Dahlem volunteers
  • Experience preferred
  • Little Acorns Golf Scramble (July 2018)
  • Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies (August 2018)
  • Goblin Walks (October 2018) •Holiday Bazaar (First weekend of December 2018)
  • Chocolate Sensation (February 2019)
  • Assist in making event-related decisions, work with corporate sponsors and businesses, solicit for in-kind donations, and communicate with essential volunteers
  • Meet monthly or biweekly
  • No experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly to Monthly

Dahlem Ambassador

  • Be present in the public by representing Dahlem and its mission. Work to target people unfamiliar with Dahlem and encourage them to get involved (through volunteering, membership, donating, etc.)
  • Recruit members of the community to attend Point of Entry events at Dahlem to gain familiarity with the organization
  • Maintain relationships by communicating via phone, email, or in person
  • Organize Table Captains for the Annual October Benefit Luncheon, advising Table Captains to retain seven or more guests for the event
  • No experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly to Monthly

Trail Maintenance & Stewardship Team

  • Assist with light or heavy trail maintenance/repair and receive training and hands-on experience in invasive plant removal
  • Assist with regular grounds and facility maintenance
  • Provide skilled labor in carpentry, plumbing, etc. if experienced
  • Cut N’ Dab Group – Meets weekly on Thursday mornings •No experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly to Monthly

Animal Keepers Club

  • Assist in weekly/monthly animal care for Dahlem’s live turtles and Zebra Finches
  • Receive training in animal care and habitat cleaning
  • Manage outdoor feeding stations by cleaning, filling, and maintaining wild bird feeders
  • Care for seasonal live exhibits including monarchs, snakes, and pond critters
  • Prior experience with animals is preferred but not required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Daily to Weekly

School Program Trail Leaders

  • Assist in presenting indoor/outdoor elementary school programs at Dahlem
  • Receive quality training in the school programs YOU select:
  • Spring Programs: Maple Sugaring; Sign of Spring; Who Lives There?; Frogs & Toads, Spring Birds; and Aquatic Studies
  • Fall Programs: Signs of Fall; Nature Prepares for Winter; Animal Homes & Habitats; World of Insects; and Aquatic Studies
  • Programs are offered Tuesday – Friday during school hours
  • No experience required, training is provided
  • TIME COMMITMENT: As needed

Summer Camp Assistant/Presenter

  • Assist with daily camp tasks such as preparing materials and cleaning up
  • Presenters will host activities and programs for different age groups
  • Activities include camp crafts, knot-tying, etc.
  • Summer Camp consists of 9 week-long sessions that are either half-day or full days
  • Session 1 beings June 4th and Session 9 ends August 10th
  • Minimal experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Seasonal, Weekly during summer

School Program Trail Leaders

  • Assist in presenting indoor/outdoor elementary school programs at Dahlem
  • Receive quality training in the school programs YOU select:
  • Spring Programs: Maple Sugaring; Sign of Spring; Who Lives There?; Frogs & Toads, Spring Birds; and Aquatic Studies
  • Fall Programs: Signs of Fall; Nature Prepares for Winter; Animal Homes & Habitats; World of Insects; and Aquatic Studies
  • Programs are offered Tuesday – Friday during school hours
  • No experience required, training is provided
  • TIME COMMITMENT: As needed

Membership Retention Volunteers

  • Reach out to Dahlem members who’s memberships are soon expiring
  • Communicate via phone to members notifying them of upcoming expiration, and encourage renewal through Dahlem’s website
  • Volunteers will follow a prepared script and gain feedback from members when possible
  • Memberships last 12 months and there are members in need of renewal each month
  • No experience required
  • TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly to Monthly

Dahlem Committee Members

The active committees at the Dahlem Center are essential in planning and guiding the organization to established goals and focus areas. There are currently four committees that are open for the public to join, they include:

  • DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: Focuses in the areas of fundraising, event planning, donor relations, membership, and corporate sponsorships. Meetings are currently held every other Thursday at 4:00 PM at the Dahlem Center.
  • MARKETING COMMITTEE: Focuses in the areas of public relations, marketing, promotional activities/materials, social media, and the Dahlem website. Meetings are currently held the third Monday of every month from 5:45-7:15PM at the Grand River Brewery in Jackson.
  • EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Focuses in the areas of educational school programs for all ages such as summer camp, seasonal programs, weekend programs, interactive exhibits, and informational signage. There are currently no regularly scheduled meetings at this time, but an increase in committee members would enable regular meetings.
  • FINANCE COMMITTEE: Focuses in the areas of budgetary review and determining Dahlem’s financial needs. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesday or Wednesday of each month at 8:30 AM at the Dahlem Center.

Ready to Volunteer?

If you are interested in one or more volunteer opportunities listed, please contact Ashley via email (abeauchamp@dahlemcenter.org) or call (517) 782-3453 today!