Every region in the U.S. has great environmental volunteering opportunities, but because there are so many government and private programs, the best opportunities can be hard to find. Two online volunteer information centers offer easy ways to narrow down the search without missing anything.
CoolWorks and Volunteer Match are volunteer job-finding sites. While CoolWorks offers a global approach, VounteerMatch allows a much more localized environmental volunteer job search.
Whether volunteering for a one day project or a summer internship, the sites help to personalize the search while offering a broad range of opportunities that a volunteer might miss.
CoolWorks has job opportunities all over the globe and is best for those who want travel or longer term positions. Some programs require payment through a “program participation fee” while others may offer housing, food and stipends.
The CoolWorks site is more of a portal to volunteer positions with major national and international conservancy organizations. These programs can lead to a week of fulfilling work or a lifetime career in any part of the world.
One example is A Broader View Volunteer Corps, which has programs in 20 countries. The programs last from one week to 24 weeks. These programs can appeal to individuals, families and groups and are great for those who want to travel.
The Nevada Conservation Corps is a more local program where volunteers apply for an entire season, with housing and benefits. This is work that could become a lifetime career or provide education credits for future schooling.
VolunteerMatch offers a much more customizable search for volunteer opportunities that are as brief as a few hours and as localized as the volunteer’s own neighborhood.
At the VolunteerMatch home page, click on “opportunities”.
At the opportunities page, enter “environment” in the search window.
The environment page will allow you to “change location”.
Enter a city, state or even a zip code to narrow the volunteer job search even further.
Select “virtual” or “local opportunities” to choose indoor positions or real world engagement.
A search for “local opportunities” in “Sacramento, 95825” brought up several pages of opportunities, including a magazine recycling program, an emergency rescue hotline at the Wildlife Care Association and a shop clerk position at the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen.
In summary, it is very easy to find environmental volunteer positions for any age, skill level, interest and location. Any conservation volunteer can start with CoolWorks or VolunteerMatch and end with a great environmental volunteer experience!