Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust!
We truly value the crucial role that volunteers play in supporting our mission. As a volunteer with the ORMLT, you’ll be part of a dedicated team committed to protecting and stewarding land throughout the Oak Ridges Moraine.
You’ll have an opportunity to share your skills, learn new ones, meet great people, and make a lasting impact by safeguarding and preserving ecosystems for future generations.
Be a part of protecting nature…forever!
As you explore our volunteer page, you’ll discover a variety of rewarding opportunities that you can tailor to your interests and schedule. Whether you’re passionate about organizing events, designing digital content, education, or helping with hands-on conservation activities at one of our breathtaking nature reserves, there’s a place for you with the ORMLT.
If you’re interested in learning about one of our upcoming events, you can find more information here.
Nature Reserve Guardians
Nature Reserve Guardians are involved in supporting our nature reserves across the moraine. Three of our main sites are the Beeton Forest Nature Reserve (New Tecumseth), the Starcliff Nature Reserve and Maple Cross Nature Reserve (King Township)
Volunteers in this role are involved with a range of activities, including property and biodiversity monitoring and reporting, trail maintenance, planting, helping to maintain a pollinator garden, general garden maintenance, clean up, and education for special event activities.
Native Seed Collection
This role provides the opportunity to participate in seed collection activities that support habitat restoration efforts for the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. As a volunteer with this project, your efforts will contribute to the conservation and protection of this endangered bird and many other species at risk.
Restoring Kirtland’s Warbler habitat in Ontario provides many benefits including enhanced biodiversity and helps to create a resilient ecosystem that fosters increased biodiversity. Our current needs are in Northumberland, Ontario.
Drone Specialist – Land Monitoring
If you’re skilled with the use of a drone (whether as a professional or hobbyist), we have an exciting role where you can help with monitoring our nature reserves across the Oak Ridges Moraine. Using technology and drones is another important way we can monitor our properties, particularly those that have limited or challenging access.
If you love operating drones, we’d be pleased to have a conversation about how you can support the ORMLT.
Learn more about this role.
Public Engagement & Event Ambassador
If you love community-based events and meeting new people, this is a great opportunity to partner with our team to share our mission. In this role, you’ll help to educate, inform, and welcome visitors and volunteers to the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust at outreach events and our Nature Reserve event activities. You’ll also have an opportunity to assist with our virtual events which extend our reach to the broader community.
Social Media, Graphic Design, Photography, and Videography
If you’re passionate about communication, design or technology and are looking for a way to share your skills, there are a number of ways to get involved. We need help with researching and creating content for our social media channels, e-newsletters, and blog posts. Assist with designing promotional materials including brochures, banners, presentations, and much more. Additionally, taking photos and videos of landscape and wildlife along the moraine and editing them into educational and aesthetic videos for our social media!
Put your knowledge and experience to use in our new education expert role! We are looking for people with knowledge across many fields, including but not limited to species ID and tracking, topography, climate change, indigenous knowledge, invasive species management and more, that would be willing to lead events such as an educational webinar or a guided nature walk. If you have the knowledge and passion for anything wildlife and conservation related we'd love to hear from you!
Become a Board Member with the
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
Help to make a difference in your community!
The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust is currently recruiting new members for the Board of Directors. As a member of the Board, you will be directing the affairs of the Land Trust in accordance with its objectives, constitution and bylaws, applicable legislation, and approved strategic plans.
The Trust is updating and building its committee base. We are also recruiting non-Board volunteers for our committees.
We strive to further diversify the Board through a wide range of thought, ethnicities, age, genders, life experiences and more, including Indigenous Peoples. ORMLT is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive organization. Diversity is integral to this commitment. Diversity and inclusion among our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors allows us to better understand, connect to and respond to ORMLT members and communities and make better decisions for the Trust.
We are particularly interested in finding new members who have at least one of the following:
Success in raising significant funds for a cause they believe in, preferably in major or legacy gifts or significant conservation initiatives;
Contacts and relationships with major donors and foundations, with capacity for and interest in connecting new major donors with the Land Trust;
Finance, accounting and controls knowledge and experience as a Certified Accountant (CPA or equivalent) with direct non-profit experience and skills and knowledge to become Board Treasurer or Audit Chair in future;
Previous service on a Board(s) or as a senior manager reporting to a Board or equivalent, with a demonstrated interest in not-for-profit governance and leadership.
As a member of the Board, each Director serves in a position of confidence for the organization and is responsible for the effective governance and corporate health of the Trust.
What you bring:
Personal commitment to the Trust’s vision, values, and mission and to environmental protection in general;
Knowledge of or interest in the Oak Ridges Moraine ecosystem and the importance of its protection and conservation for long-term public benefit;
Personal attributes of benefit to the Trust, including integrity; ability to participate effectively and constructively in group decision-making and discussions; personal network of individuals and organizations that might help the Trust; comfort with virtual communications, online document access and online decision-making; willingness and time to learn; and
Ability to invest 6 – 10 hours each month in ORMLT activities and to make a financial contribution, at least annually, of an amount significant to you.
And some of the following:
Related experience with not-for-profit Boards, committees, associations or other community groups as a director, member, donor, key volunteer, or staff;
Understanding of the key principles of risk oversight in a not-for-profit organization;
Knowledge of fundraising and other revenue generation methods available to charities, including social enterprise and legacy gifts;
Experience in oversight or senior management of charity finances;
Experience in areas such as government relations, charity legislation and oversight of senior management;
Experience living or working on or near the Moraine;
Knowledge of environmental law and practices, Moraine ecology, land securement, land stewardship, rural realestate, or other aspects of the Trust’s programs;
Life experience within or with a local Indigenous community and ability to help build relationships between that community and the Trust;
Active involvement in social media and willingness to share and promote Trust news, events and campaigns.
Term of Office: Directors are elected by the membership at the annual general meeting. Directors serve for a three-year term and may be re-elected for two further full terms of office.