at The Clifton Institute
at The Clifton Institute
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Clifton Institute. We could not accomplish our mission without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
We are looking for a few committed volunteers to assist with maintenance and monitoring of our established Eastern bluebird trail. The trail consists of about 34 bluebird houses (can be divided between two volunteers) located on the field station.
Prior experience is not necessary. A willingness to learn, attention to detail and common sense are all essential. This is an outdoor position and requires the ability to walk/hike over diverse terrain in a variety of weather conditions, including summer heat!
Volunteers will carry a tote or backpack with less than 10 pounds of equipment. Volunteers may come in proximity to poison ivy, stinging and/or biting insects (bees, chiggers, ticks), snakes and other wildlife.
Monitoring will commence in March and continue thru August. Nest check schedule is flexible, but will be conducted once every five to seven days, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
The schedule, including training, will be determined once several suitable volunteers are identified.
Do you enjoy working with youth, outside, to stimulate their sense of curiosity and wonder? We offer outdoor experiential learning opportunities for public and private school students.
Our week-long day camps consist of morning hikes, lunch preparation, and afternoon crafts and games.
Education Assistants will have the opportunity to work with our team of educators and biologists to run these engaging programs. Enthusiasm and an appreciation for the natural world are essential.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about our local ecosystems, educational theory, and the importance of outdoor experimental learning.
Scheduling is flexible with programs offered mornings and afternoons throughout the year.
We are conducting butterfly and dragonfly surveys the second Tuesday of every month through early fall. Our goal is to monitor the effects of our grassland restoration project and to teach the public about these fascinating insects.
The surveys involve walking three miles on hilly terrain, and some of the survey is done in an active cattle pasture.
On every fourth Saturday we do more casual butterfly walks that are better for people who are looking for a short stroll.
Nature enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome to join surveys or walks. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders.
We need help from volunteers to help us control invasive Autumn Olive, Tree-of-heaven, Oriental Bittersweet, and Japanese Honeysuckle. These species provide inferior habitat for animals and they crowd out native plants.
Invasive species control is a great way to get to see the 900-acre property, meet fellow environmentalists in your community, and make a difference for our native biodiversity.