Volunteering at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

We need hundreds of volunteers and several interns every year to continue providing high quality opportunities for our members and visitors to learn more about and engage with nature. Volunteer positions and internships at KNC are intended to be mutually beneficial: we further our mission of connecting people with nature and enjoy the benefits of your hard work and positive energy, and you receive education and experiences in a professional, natural setting, working closely with our world-class staff.

There are a few simple steps to take to become a volunteer. Start by filling out the Volunteer Registration and tell us about your skills and interests. Then, check our website and our volunteer newsletter regularly to identify a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

Learn more about Volunteer Policies and Benefits, Youth Volunteers, and Group Volunteers.

Please review this list of current volunteer and internship openings to find the right task for you. We hope to hear from you!  Questions? Contact Kevin Wordelman, Director of People and Culture, at kwordelman@naturecenter.org or (269) 381-1574 ext. 25.

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Volunteer Opportunties
Exhibit Hall Care Volunteers

Our Education Department needs a few good volunteers to help maintain our animal exhibits. Volunteers will change animal water, clean water dishes, fill bird feeders, feed reptiles, amphibians and fish and more. This task requires about one hour per day and we currently need volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. If you are interested, please contact Angelia Lane.

Become a KNC Connector!

Our mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that connect them to the natural world. This is now the job of the KNC Connector! Connectors will circulate the Visitor’s Center on Saturdays and Sundays to welcome visitors, interpret exhibits, and connect visitors with KNC programs. Connectors must be polite and approachable and should be familiar with KNC grounds, animals, plants, trails, etc. but don't worry - training is provided! We are asking Connectors to commit to serving at least one 3-hour shift per month. There are 3 different shifts available: Saturdays (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.). To become a KNC Connector or for more information on the position, email Kevin today!

Hands-on Land Conservation

Stewardship crew at workJoin KNC’s Stewardship Field Director and others in actively managing the important natural areas and features on our KNC property. Land conservation volunteers perform various aspects of ecological management under the guidance and supervision of KNC’s well-qualified and experienced staff. No prior experience or training necessary. If you are passionate about land conservation and wish to engage with restoration work on KNC property this is the position for you! 

This position does require moderate outdoor activity. Your involvement will improve habitats for such species as the threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Contact Kyle Martin, Stewardship Field Manager, kmartin@naturecenter.org if you are interested, or fill out the volunteer registration.