Volunteer with MDLT

Become a Volunteer

photo of Girl Scouts enjoying a day in the desertLooking 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.

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Ways to Get Involved

Land Stewardship Team

photo of volunteers removing graffiti from rockLand 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.

Desert Salvage Team

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.

Citizen Science & Education Projects

photo of kids exploring the desert in the Barrows Field ExerciseAssist 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.

Native Plant & Seed Projects

photo of a volunteer in the field examining floraNursery and Seed Bank volunteers assist during the week with various projects including seed collection, seed cleaning, weeding, planting, pot washing, and light construction projects. Volunteers are also encouraged to help out at our annual spring and fall plant sales.

Community Outreach Team

photo of participants enjoying MDLT's open house event

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.

Event Team

photo of a volunteer painting children's faces at the MDLT open house event

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.

Guest Services & Administrative Team

photo of volunteers stuffing envelopes for a mailingVolunteers 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 Team

photo of Mojave Desert Land Trust HeadquartersFacilities 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.

Join our wonderful group of volunteers! The success of Mojave Desert Land Trust’s mission depends on volunteers who help us fulfill our programs.

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