How Do I Become a Blandford Volunteer?
Follow the steps below to become a registered Blandford Volunteer. Once this process is completed, you will be able to volunteer for any department or event within Blandford!
Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Application
Anyone interested in volunteering at Blandford (except service groups, please refer to Service Groups for details) must:
- Fill out a Volunteer Application (volunteers under 18 years old must also have their parent/guardian sign the application)
- Consent to background checks
Please send the forms above to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at:
Blandford Nature Center
Attn: Katelyn Nettler, Volunteer & Outreach Manager
1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Subject: Volunteer Application
Since we work with many different groups and have several community partnerships, it is a requirement that all of our volunteers are registered officially with Blandford Nature Center.
Please note that it typically takes at least 2 weeks to process volunteer applications.
Step 2: Clear Background Checks
Once your Volunteer Application (and Parental Permission signature if applicable) are submitted to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, we use your provided information to conduct 3 unique background checks:
- OTIS (Offender Tracking Information System)
- PSOR (Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry)
- ICHAT (Internet Criminal History Access Tool)
Once you have cleared those background checks, you will receive an invitation from our Volunteer & Outreach Manager to attend a Volunteer Orientation.
Step 3: Attend a Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Orientations allow prospective volunteers to dive deeper into what is expected of volunteers and highlight volunteer opportunities that exist at Blandford. This step is required in order to be a registered volunteer – if you do not attend a Volunteer Orientation within 2 months of your invitation, your Volunteer Application will be discarded.
Below are the 2018 Volunteer Orientation Dates:
Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 | 10am – 11:30am
Thursday, May 10th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, June 16th, 2018 | 10am – 11:30am
Saturday, July 14th, 2018 | 10am – 11:30am
Thursday, August 16th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
- Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 10am – 11:30am
Thursday, November 8th, 2018 | 6pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 | 10am – 11:30am
After you attend a Volunteer Orientation, our Volunteer & Outreach Manager will send a follow-up email to discuss the next steps, focusing on your interests expressed in your Volunteer Application.
Volunteers are self-directed by their passion of nature and giving back to their community. After your follow-up email, it is up to you to determine when you’d like to volunteer and for which projects, departments, or events.
You can view upcoming volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Calendar. If you have questions or need more information, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-735-6240 ext. 104.
Below are a few different areas that a Registered Volunteer can help out around Blandford. More information on different ways to volunteer are provided during Volunteer Orientation.
Feeding the wildlife
Cleaning of the Wildlife Education Center and Wildlife Trail
Providing enrichment to the wildlife
Prepping new posters/signage for Wildlife Ambassadors
We currently have no openings for Wildlife Volunteers. Due to the training and resources for volunteers in this area, we require that all Wildlife Volunteers must commit a minimum of 8 months of volunteering and must be 18 years old or older.
Caring for the farm animals
Cleaning farm facilities
This is a seasonal opportunity, only available during the late spring to early fall.
Trail Guide/Outdoor Educator
Seasonal Camp Aide (ages 13-18)
Most of our Trail Guide/Outdoor Educator needs are during school hours.
Removing invasive plants
Planting native plants
Arts & Crafts
Festival Station leader
Set-up/Clean-up and much more!