Volunteer with us!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Symbiotic Restoration. Volunteers will gain valuable field and technical experience for careers in ecological restoration and natural resource management. Volunteers will help us with beaver dam analog construction and willow planting. 


Provided hand tools you will use: 

shovel, rock bar, lopper, hammer, post pounder, hand saw

You must provide your own:

Sturdy boots (ideally waterproof), pants, hat, eye protection, gloves, sunscreen, and water. Long sleeves recommended. 

Please bring if you have your own:

waders (chest or hip), knee pads.


Volunteers will need to be well prepared for working outside and should plan on being exposed to long periods of sun, insects, etc. Please be prepared for all weather conditions.


Volunteers must sign up through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Earth Team Volunteer Program. Please fill out the application (located at the bottom of this page) and send it to melinda.graves@usda.gov. Once NRCS approves the application you can join the team! Hours must be logged and turned in to NRCS each month.


In recognition of COVID-19, precautions & considerations specific to this project include:

Volunteers will:

  • Always be outside.

  • Provide their own transportation.

  • Utilize a single set of tools provided daily. Tools will be sanitized at the end of each day.

  • Work in groups of 2-3 or individually. To maintain social distancing when in groups of 2-3, one person will harvest materials, one person will haul materials to the dam, the other will be dam building. Then rotate.

  • Bring a fitted mask for times of closer interaction.

  • Bring their own water to avoid sharing from a common water vessel.

  • Provide their own personal hand sanitizer.