Join the Westmoreland Sanctuary Volunteer Corps!

Have you ever had an interest in working in nature, the envorinment or with animals? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community while spending time in the great outdoors? Are you looking for a way to fill your community service hours, high school internships, or looking for a fun and exciting way to spend some of your free time? Becoming part of the volunteer corps is a great place to start.

We are looking to put together a regular volunteer corps to help with many projects and programs we have throughout the year. Give as little or as much time as you can. Opportunities and internships can be found for middle school, high school and college students as well as all ages of adults and even retirees. Contact us today and find out how you can become part of Westmoreland today.

Certain tasks may require a minimum age for individuals to participate.

Descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities at Westmoreland Sanctuary

Year-Round Opportunities:

    • Trail Assessment – regularly walk trails and manually clear sticks and small limbs from paths, report trail obstructions to be cleared by staff, report maintenance issues (trail signs, condition of footbridges, etc), and record wildlife sightings.
    • Weekly/Monthly Cleanup in Museum – assist Westmoreland staff with general housekeeping of the museum by sweeping and vacuuming floors, removing dust and cobwebs, cleaning windows and display glass, etc.
    • Graphic Design – assist Westmoreland staff with creating/updating brochures, event flyers, member’s newsletter, apparel, and/or website.
    • Events – assist Westmoreland staff in organizing, planning, and preparing for annual events like Fall Festival, Sugarfest, and Halloween Night Hike.
    • Fundraising – assist Westmoreland staff with grant writing, acquiring event sponsors, and recruitment of donors (monetary and/or materials donors).

Seasonal Opportunities:

    • Care/Maintenance of Wildlife Gardens – assist Westmoreland staff with planting, seeding, weeding, and maintaining fences around the various gardens.
    • Invasive Species Control – assist Westmoreland staff with mechanical removal (pulling, cutting) of invasive vegetation like barberry, privet, winged-euonymus, and oriental bittersweet after proper training/guidance from the sanctuary staff.
    • Bluebird House Monitoring – assist Westmoreland staff with monitoring the nesting activity taking place in the various nesting boxes around the property. Requires weekly/bi-weekly visits to each nesting box to check for nests, eggs, and young of various species of birds throughout the breeding season (typically mid-April to mid-July).
    • Turtle Monitoring – assist Westmoreland staff ewith monitoring the water and land turtle populations around the property. Requires weekly (2-3x per week if possible) visits to each area to check for individual specimens, mark specimens and records data. (typically Mid April to September)

Single Tasks:

  • Painting Naturalist’s Cottage and Garage
  • Signage – create wooden signs for the sanctuary entrance, wildlife gardens, duck aviary, and other locations around the property. Routing is preferable, however wood-burned or painted signs are great as well.
  • Interpretive Displays at Bechtel Lake – design and creation of display(s) illustrating water cycle, watershed, wetlands, turtles, etc to be hung inside the shelter at Bechtel Lake.
  • Interpretive Signs along the trails – design and creation of trail display(s) illustrating points of interest along the Easy Loop and Catbird trails.
  • Most tasks require a modest interest in the outdoors and require some demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter or a specific vocation.

Volunteer tasks may be carried out by an individual, group, or family depending on the specific task. More than one individual, group, or family may fulfill the same task if deemed necessary by the staff of Westmoreland Sanctuary.

For more information about becoming a volunteer and general volunteer questions, please contact Steve Ricker at (914) 666-8448 or sending an email to

Volunteer Application


Volunteer Information

Forms can be emailed to Steve Ricker or sent via snail mail to:

Westmoreland Sanctuary
Attn: Volunteer Corp
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

Visit our Event calendar and choose “volunteers” to see our programs, events and work days currently scheduled.

Volunteer Opportunites Calendar