Policies and Guidelines for Volunteer Projects

Have a great idea for a project that you can do on your own or with a group?
Submit your completed form to the Pocahontas Chapter Volunteer Coordinator.
If necessary, the Volunteer Coordinator and members of the Board will help you develop your project, investigate partnerships and other resources, and provide guidance for the creation of a successful chapter project.

Project Proposals must be approved by the chapter, meet the mission of the program, and be of public benefit rather than personal gain.  Please complete and submit the Project Proposal and submit to the Pocahontas Chapter Volunteer Coordinator.
There are four basic areas of service:
  • Stewardship Projects—these projects would involve natural resource management activities such as invasive species removal or restoration projects.
  • Education/Interpretive Projects—these projects would be public presentations of natural resource information, educational materials development, or leading hikes.
  • Citizen Science Projects—these projects would focus on volunteers gathering data and returning it to researchers to support the research projects. Examples would include: Monarch larval monitoring, plant or animal counts, or water quality monitoring.
  • Program Support—these projects include working in support of a Virginia Master Naturalist sponsor, or activities such as serving as a local chapter organizer.

Approved projects are currently listed within the Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System (VMS). You do NOT need approval for any of these projects.
Examples of volunteer projects include the following:
  • People who enjoy teaching, public speaking, or working with youth may do education-related service projects, such as leading programs in a nearby state park.
  • People who enjoy studying nature and science may volunteer in citizen scientists projects, helping to collect data on wildlife populations or water quality.
  • People who like being out in nature, getting dirty, and seeing tangible results of physical labor may help build and maintain park trails, restore wildlife habitat, or perform other stewardship-related projects.