There are tons of great opportunities to get involved with the VASWCD. Soil and Water Conservation District Directors themselves are volunteers driving conservation at the local level. The VASWCD relies on that same passion for volunteerism to further our mission. There are many opportunities to become involved including those below.
- Serve as a resource or coach for a high school Envirothon team.
- Assist during an Envirothon competition as an team chaperone, oral presentation judge, test grader, test writer or many other critical jobs.
- Volunteer as a Youth Conservation Camp counselor to high school students participating in our week long Virginia Tech hands-on conservation program each summer.
- Serve as a resource or provide an activity during our Youth Conservation Camp program or other annual education workshops.
- Provide office assistance supporting the preparation of an event, creation of education materials or other VASWCD needs.
- Reach out to your local legislators and community leaders to share the work of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, educate about the importance of conservation and SWCD programs.
- Serve on a VASWCD committee focusing on agricultural issues, urban topics, educational projects, IT needs, forestry work or public relations and marketing outreach.
Other great volunteer opportunities are available!
Are you a student looking for resume and network growth experience? The VASWCD has internship opportunites for high school and college students. The Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is a nonprofit affiliated with 47 districts across the Commonwealth working to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Interns assist with needed research projects, help with organizing education programs including Youth Conservation Camp for high school students and Envirothon a natural resources competition. Interns may help with various other projects including legislative needs, government relations work, and the creation of marketing tools for the VASWCD and its 47 districts. Schedule start date and end dates as well as work environment are flexible. Arrangements can be made for students to receive volunteer service hours or education credits.
If interested in serving as an intern or if you have questions please contact Kendall Tyree, Ph.D., Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 559-0324.