Volunteer Easement Monitor Program
Do you like to hike off-trail in the woods? Would you like to explore conservation properties and enjoy the challenge of navigating through the forest with a map and compass?
If so, the Forest Society's Volunteer Easement Monitor Program (VEMP) may be a great fit for you!
Volunteer Easement Monitors assist the Forest Society's Easement Stewardship staff by monitoring 2-5 conservation easement properties each year. These properties are not typically owned by the Forest Society, but we hold conservation restrictions on them which limit development and need to be upheld and monitored annually. Volunteer Easement Monitors will complete a 1-day training covering history/mission of the Forest Society, the basics of easement deeds and terms, use of a GPS tablet/smartphone app, and boundary navigation by survey and compass. Following this training, 2-5 easement properties are assigned to each volunteer to monitor annually.
We are currently looking for new Volunteer Easment Monitors in the following regions/towns (see below). The 2019 training is scheduled for Friday May 3rd, from 9am-4pm in Concord, NH. Please contact Carrie Deegan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intersted in finding out more!
- Deering area
- Warner/Salisbury area
- Freemont/Northwood (filled)
- Enfield/Danbury (filled)
- Jaffrey/Dublin/Chesterfield (filled)
- Boscawen/Sutton (filled)
- Goshen area
- Ashland/Tamworth area (filled)
Skills/Qualifications: Familiar and comfortable with navigating off-trail in the woods, ability to use (or learn to use) technology- GPS app for tablet or smartphone- to collect track, point and photo data and submit it to the Forest Society. Knowledge of stewardship and forestry practices also helpful, but not essential. Willing to travel some distance in NH to reach easement properties, and willing to monitor 2-5 properties per year, for 2+ years.
Training: Comprehensive training for new volunteer easement monitors offered annually. Contact Carrie Deegan at email@example.com for more information.
Location: Variable, conservation easement properties across state.
Commitment/Hours: 1 day training, then 2-5 days/year monitoring easement properties. We ask that Volunteer Easement Monitors make a 2-3 year commitment to the program.
Contact Carrie Deegan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.