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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 Application 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
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!

Animal Exhibit Maintenance

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 Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested, please contact Lauren Knollenberg.

Citizen Science

Become a citizen scientist!  Join our team of dedicated citizen scientists by first filling out a volunteer application with your skills, interests, and weekly availability so we can match you with a project that is the best fit for you.
For more information on citizen science and current opportunities, check out our website here.

Internship Opportunities
Outdoor Education/Nature Facilitation Intern

KNC aims to connect people in our area to the natural world. Opportunities for interns include youth, family and adult programming in school or community group programs, facilitation, adventure, camp, farm, historical or casual visitor interactions.  For details, contact Kevin Wordelman via email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 25.

Sustainable Education Farm Intern

The DeLano Education Farm is a historic 1850's farm where knowledge of the past helps us to educate about a green future. Opportunities for interns include invasive species removal, animal care, gardening/food production, education, animal care, blacksmithing and general labor (repairs and maintenance). For details, contact Kevin Wordelman via email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 25.