Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department

Phone: (801) 535-7800 | Email: publiclands@slcgov.com

Community Stewardship

Community Stewardship

Salt Lake City’s Community Stewardship Program connects individuals and communities to volunteer opportunities at local natural areas in order to inspire investment and care of these shared spaces. Through the program, volunteer community stewards work collaboratively with Trails and Natural Lands staff and partners to protect, maintain, and restore the natural integrity of our city’s wilder, more biodiverse properties.

Workdays

To learn how to get involved at one of our volunteer workdays, check out our calendar for 2020 Community Stewardship Workdays!

Workdays take place at multiple sites, year-round across Salt Lake City. Workday activities vary by site and time of year but can include tasks such as litter pickup, trail mulching, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, river cleanups and trail maintenance. Participants can volunteer at stewardship workdays as often as they like and tailor their volunteer experience according to their own schedules and interests.

Become a Volunteer Land Steward!

Trails and Natural Lands is looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming Land Stewards. Land Stewards adopt one of Salt Lake City’s TNL properties where they provide a consistent stewardship presence over 1-2 years and often longer. These volunteers act as the eyes, ears, and ambassadors for TNL and visit their property regularly. They periodically take photographs to document changes, complete written reports, perform minor maintenance, talk to neighbors and visitors, and alert staff of unwanted uses or issues that need attention. Volunteer Land Stewards must be at least 18 years old, have a strong interest in Salt Lake City’s Trails & Natural Lands’ mission and purpose, and must be able to make at least a one to two year commitment to the program. Ideally, volunteer stewards have previous experience in natural areas management and/or volunteering, but interest and desire to learn are the most important skills.

Eagle Scout Projects

If you are prepared for a challenging yet rewarding experience, then together we can team up and make a difference for our city. Eagle Candidates are encouraged to propose their own project ideas. Remember it is up to you to take the initiative to organize and develop your project. Our commitment to you is to help coordinate your needs to achieve a goal that meets Salt Lake City standards and provides a positive improvement and rewarding experience to our citizens. Call or email our volunteer coordinator to talk further.

Additional Volunteer Roles

We would be thrilled to work with volunteers in many other capacities, if you have interest in a role below, or feel you have a unique skillset that you could bring to our Trails and Natural Lands, please fill out a volunteer interest form or contact us at publiclandsvolunteer@slcgov.com.

  • Environmental or Outdoor Educator
  • Naturalist, Biologist, Botanist or Conservationist willing to lead interpretive tours or programs
  • Citizen Science (outdoor data collection)
  • Trail Ambassadors
  • Photographer or Videographer
  • Outdoor Activity Guides; Hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, paddling, yoga, cycling, angling, or others
  • Urban Farming or Gardening
  • Cultural or Historical Tour Guide
  • Community Outreach

Benefits of becoming a community steward include learning about native flora and fauna, gaining hands-on experience in ecological restoration, developing leadership skills, fostering an environmental ethic in our community and working with like-minded individuals to enhance Salt Lake City’s natural areas.

For more information, or to find out if volunteer stewardship is right for you, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Riser, at (801) 514-5059 or email publiclandsvolunteer@slcgov.com.