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Volunteers: A Vital Part of Research

Volunteers are an essential part of any non-profit organization’s operations. Without the help of volunteers, Research at Tall Timbers would not be able to function to its greatest capacity. Volunteers provide essential assistance on many of our ongoing studies. Individuals or civic groups can volunteer. We also have developed volunteer internships where an intern may work on a specific project related to the student’s course of study.

Tall Timbers has been fortunate to have numerous volunteers who generously give of their time and talents to ensure the success of Research. One such volunteer is Christie Sloan, who has given more than 500 hours of time to Fire Ecology Research entering and correcting data, completing a wide range of soil analysis and description, assisting with prescribed burning, processing and weighing fuels for fire behavior measurement, GIS analysis to map soil units, soil texture, and entering bibliographic information for a literature database, etc. Also other Fire Ecology Research volunteers include Joao Tome, Portugal, with prescribed burning, fire behavior measurement, and the Woodyard Hammock census; Rebecca Justiniano, with habitat mapping and Woodyard Hammock, and Darryl Marois, with hardwood resprout demography measurements. Volunteers in Vertebrate Ecology have assisted with bird surveys, entered data, assisted with the banding of birds, among many other projects. As well, Boy Scout volunteers have contributed many hours to Land Management by conducting gopher tortoise surveys, installing and cleaning wood duck boxes, among others on Tall Timbers.

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Some of our Volunteers!

Above L–R: Christie Sloan, Joao Tome, Darryl Marois, and Rebecca Justiniano; (L–R) Eagle Scout with built burrow camera; Eagle Scouts conducting Gopher Tortoise Survey on Tall Timbers.

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Areas Where You Can Volunteer

Numerous opportunities exist for you to become a part of the Research Team at Tall Timbers, including (but not limited to):

  • Game Bird Research
  • Fire Ecology Research
  • Stoddard Bird Lab
  • Land Management

How to Apply

If you have an interest in becoming a part of Research as a volunteer or assisting occasionally with special events such as workshops or field days …we could use your help! If you are interested in a particular program area, please contact the program’s Unit Leader. Volunteer opportunities are periodic so you may need to check back with the Unit Leader in your area of interest.

Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Application indicating your field of interest and the Research Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement form and send them back to us. We will contact you as soon as we receive your information and look forward to having you join our ranks.