Volunteer Opportunities

Dahlem Volunteer Opportunities

The Dahlem Conservancy invites you to join our growing team of volunteers. Whether you enjoy being on the trails, behind the scenes, or in the public eye, Dahlem has a rewarding opportunity just for you. Please call (517) 782-3453 or contact us with questions or to volunteer.


Animal Keepers Club

Help care for the Dahlem Center’s live animals.

  • Assist in weekly/monthly animal care and handling.
  • Receive training in animal care and natural history, and share your knowledge with the public before and after scheduled weekend programs.
  • Attract wildlife and help maintain the Center’s feeding stations by filling feeders.

Special Events Assistant

Make Dahlem’s events a success. Assist in the planning, preparation, or clean-up for public events such as the Bird, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival, Maple Sugaring Celebration, Goblin Walks, Benefit Breakfast, Holiday Bazaar, and Night of the Amphibians.

Board Member

Details coming soon.

Committee Member

Details coming soon.


Wildlife Steward

Enhance and maintain Jackson’s natural heritage.

  • Monitor specific wildlife species such as Eastern Bluebirds and tag Monarch Butterflies at the Center and in the local area.
  • Enhance native habitats with nestbox installation, invasive species removal, and native plantings.

Trail and Facilities Maintenance Team

Get outdoors and help maintain Dahlem’s trails for all to enjoy.

  • Assist with light or heavy trail maintenance/repair and receive training and experience in invasive plant removal.
  • Assist with regular grounds and facility maintenance.
  • Provide skilled labor in carpentry, plumbing, etc.

Ecology Farm Maintenance

  • Mow the walkways or weed-whip around the garden fence
  • Lay plastic and spread mulch on the walkways
  • Weed the walkways
  • Help clean the big barn or open cattle shed

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Details coming soon.

Cut & Dab Society

Details coming soon.

Butterfly Survey Route Specialist

Details coming soon.


School Program Trail Leader

Foster an appreciation for nature in today’s children.

  • Assist in presenting indoor/outdoor elementary school programs at the Center.
  • Receive quality training in the school programs you select: Frogs and Toads, Signs of Spring, Who Lives There?, Spring Birds, Maple Sugaring, Animal Homes and Habitats, Nature Prepares for Winter, World of Insects, Aquatic Studies, or Signs of Fall.

Program Ambassador

Help represent Dahlem and greet our visitors.

  • Meet new and interesting people while gaining experience in public speaking.
  • Greet visitors, introduce speakers, and promote upcoming programs.