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Land Stewards assist with restoration, monitoring, and property clean-up. Projects include monitoring and collecting data; installing vertical mulch, fencing and signage; trail work and planting; leading invasive weed removal projects and general clean-up. Volunteers of all abilities and endurance levels are encouraged to participate. This team goes out on half day, daylong and overnight trips. Training is always included, and the safety of our Land Stewards is of utmost importance.

The salvage team travels to local and remote locations to clean up the land and collect desert treasures. This team is a hardy bunch that enjoys being outside, hauling things around, taking things apart, and organizing a variety of materials. The sale of desert treasures during our recurring Salvage Saturdays supports our conservation programs. Teams work weekdays and weekends as needed to clean up the land and to manage Salvage Saturday events.

Assist with ongoing and new projects such as mapping our desert or conducting climate change studies by monitoring or setting up vegetation plots, training other volunteers or students in data collection, and playing a role in youth education on local MDLT properties.

Volunteers help with native plant seed-gathering and cleaning excursions on MDLT properties. The seeds are collected for propagation at our native plant nursery. Members of this team may also be trained to help with basic plant propagation, irrigation, maintenance and other horticultural tasks as needed.

Help spread the word about the work of MDLT and the many ways to support, join and volunteer through stewardship, restoration and other related activities. Outreach opportunities typically occur on the weekends, out in the surrounding community. It’s a great way to meet new people and share our mission of protecting the desert.

Provide core assistance with our events, including preparations, catering and vendor coordination, helping with registration, parking, hospitality, set-up, breakdown, and collecting event donations or gathering supplies. Events typically occur on the weekends and are a great way to meet new people, share our mission and provide the public with a great experience.

Volunteers help with filing, scanning, data entry, mailings and answering phones. Friday is a regular admin team day but we host administrative projects throughout the week. This is the perfect team to join if you prefer working indoors on light, detail oriented administrative projects.

Facilities volunteers help with general grounds-keeping such as watering courtyard plants, sweeping, and tending to the gardens, small repair, maintenance and construction projects. Volunteers with some light construction and/or landscaping, irrigation, plant care, and gardening skills are perfect for this team. If you enjoy light exercise and working outside, this is the team for you.


Looking for a meaningful way to enjoy the great outdoors, attend community and cultural events, and meet other conservation-minded people? Join our wonderful group of volunteers! The success of Mojave Desert Land Trust’s mission depends on volunteers who help us fulfill our programs. Volunteers and donors are the heroes of conservation! Volunteers extend our reach to educate, enroll, and invite others to participate in protecting the Mojave Desert. Please consider investing a few hours in one of our volunteer opportunities.

Tom Kayne

“I came to the California desert in 1998 for health reasons, built an off-grid cabin bordering Pipes Canyon Preserve, and began to learn about the desert through the course of hiking over 25,000 miles there. After moving to Joshua Tree in 2013 I began volunteering with MDLT. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff and volunteers at MDLT for the cause of ‘keeping it wild.’“ – Tom Kayne, MDLT Lead Volunteer

MDLT Land Stewards

Land Stewards support the MDLT mission while they enjoy the fresh air, experience the wilderness, hike amazing desert landscapes and record photos and observations in the field as part of a conservation team.

Land monitoring, land restoration, and clean-up.

A can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in are the main skills for cleanup and restoration projects. To be trained as a Land Monitoring Ranger, you should be able to hike at least 3 miles and be willing to develop navigation skills using a touch-screen GPS enabled tablet with topographic and aerial map layers. Access to a 4WD vehicle is a plus.

Restoration events are usually held between October and May. MDLT holds Land Monitoring Ranger Training events (usually in the Fall) to prepare volunteers with the special skills they will need for land monitoring. To learn about the next training opportunity contact 760-366-5440 or email us at

MDLT Partnership Programs

Stewards of the Coyote Valley

Through a neighborhood partnership with a group of residents and landowners, we are sharing our methods of land stewardship and restoration to enhance our conservation efforts in the area and to celebrate our community values.

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