Superstition Area Land Trust Volunteer Opportunities Available Now
                                                                                                                      May 2017

Volunteer Working Group

Volunteer Coordinator
a) Receives completed volunteer applications, typically from the Outreach Coordinator or the SALT website
b) Maintains the currently existing database of active and inactive volunteers
c) Initiates/sustains communication with all volunteers
d) Supports/nurtures volunteers’ affiliation with SALT over the life of their efforts
e) Coordinates/communicates with other members of the Volunteer Working Group as its head
f) Communicates/coordinates with the Education Committee co-chairs
g) Is an active proponent of/participant in Education Committee efforts and meetings
h) Attends all volunteer orientation and training sessions
i) Coordinates/attends SALT events when possible to establish personal relationships
j) Reports to the SALT BOD and/or attends BOD meetings as requested
k) Would best be a “people person”, as this will be the “face of SALT” for most volunteers
l) Is the most critical/consistent piece of SALT’s volunteer coordination efforts

Volunteer Orientation & Training Coordinator
a) Develops a regular schedule of SALT orientation and training sessions
b) Coordinates/communicates with the Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer Working Group
c) Coordinates/communicates with volunteer/outreach team leaders
d) Contacts potential and maintains an up-to-date list of acknowledged attendees
e) Is responsible for and coordinates preparation of materials for orientation/training
f) Contacts/coordinates presenters/SALT representatives for sessions
g) Arranges for refreshments as necessary
h) Advertises all sessions to the public and internally (e.g. website, newsletter)
i ) Provides evaluation forms and evaluates feedback
j) Attend/facilitate all orientation and training sessions
k) Report as specified to the SALT BOD

Education Committee

Educational Program Developers
Searching for 6-8 educators or others with an environmental background that can develop and manage educational programs that support SALT’s mission.  Opportunities are flexible, depending on each volunteer’s interests, expertise and schedule.  Programs can be offered in or out of schools, at different grade levels, or to adults.  In past years, we have assisted the Dons of Arizona with their Discovery Camp for 4th graders, provided environmental classes for Boy and Girl Scouts, and joined in desert cleanups with participation from schools, churches, etc.  Most recently, SALT partnered with Project WET of the U of A Cooperative Extension Service on a kids’ interactive table at Apache Junction’s Science Night.  The table focused on watersheds, waterways and sustainable trails.  We’ve also held educational seminars/meetings for adults on topics like how State Trust Land works, the status of our open spaces, and the partners we work with to achieve our mission.

Speakers’ Series Assistant
SALT’s Speakers Series, “The Superstitions: The Nature of Place”, will be offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6:30 PM -7:30 PM at the Multi-Generational Center in Apache Junction, from October through April.  We are in need of volunteers to:

  1. Man the SALT information table, answer questions, and help to seat attendees (2-3 volunteers per night)
  2. Prepare a press release prior to each talk that provides information about both the speaker and subject
  3. Attend each talk, and prepare a press release summarizing it

The last two duties could be taken on by a single person, or by two volunteers who divide the work up over the winter. 


Experienced Website Designer
SALT desires to update our website on a different platform.  We are searching for an experienced website designer who can help us with this endeavor and to train another volunteer how to maintain and modify for future updates.  Working knowledge of HTML and/or XML or WordPress desired.


Email Communications Manager
Responsible for publishing monthly SALT newsletter and other email communications, as required, via online email marketing tool (e.g. Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc.).  Individual should have good writing, organizational and technical skills; be detail oriented; able to coordinate/consult with SALT volunteers; and interest in developing/designing effective email communications.


Fundraising Committee


Event Planner

Looking for imaginative individuals with passion for SALT and SALT's mission to help develop plan and coordinate fundraising events. Good communications and organizational skills needed.    


Fundraising Committee Member

SALT is striving to expand our Fundraising Committee and our fundraising results. Please join us by helping to develop fundraising strategies to increase our donor base, engage corporations and businesses, manage our realtor and  planned giving programs.


Community Outreach

Information Table hosts
A community outreach event/table requires at least two volunteers, with a maximum of four at any one given time. The events on average are 6-8 hours each, with volunteers usually taking two hour shifts each. The season typically is from August through April, but has been known to exceed outside of these months. Travel ranges anywhere from Superior to Tempe. Carpooling is sometimes favored. Each month, there is a rough average of 4 events, usually taking place on the weekends. The table host interacts with people at the event and spreading the good word of SALT.  Sign up for just the ones that fit into your schedule.

Stewardship

Trail Builders – ongoing from October 1 through March 31
SALT Trail Builders are the “heroes of out trails” responsible for maintaining and building our local trails.  They meet every Wednesday morning during the October – March season. 

Trail Stewards - ongoing from October 1 through March 31
SALT Trail Stewards are the eyes and ears of our desert trails providing information to fellow hikers.  They are trained as educators and also how to handle emergency situations.  Besides attending the Trail Stewards training class, new Trail Stewards must participate on guided hikes with assigned SALT Trail Stewards before they can steward a designated trail.  There is a $20 fee to assist with the cost of the Steward training.

Trail Steward Pathfinders
SALT Trail Stewards is a perfect opportunity for those who wish not to hike the trails but to act as information guides at the trail heads.  SALT Trail Steward training class required, but without the required hikes. There is a $20 fee to assist with the cost of the Steward training.

 
 ​Other Opportunities


Graphic Design
Occasional need for graphic design of marketing material, storyboards, etc.

Writer
Prepare news releases on a regular monthly schedule with a focused topic each month. Prepare immediate news releases as dictated by breaking developments.  Maintain contact with and develop a working relationship with media editors and contacts.

Drone Operator
Do you or someone you know own a Drone?  SALT is looking for a one-time volunteer who is willing to fly it to gather an aerial view of the Superstition Mountains that we can use in community presentations.  If you know of someone, perhaps your company, or others who may be willing to assist us in this effort, please contact David Ochs at david@azsalt.org .

Film Editor
Do you get a kick out of creating video productions?  We are looking for a volunteer to produce a short, 5-10 minute, video that tells SALT's story and shows the incredible landscapes we work so hard to protect.  If you are interested in this project please contact David Ochs at david@azsalt.org .

            Please send an email to volunteer@azsalt.org if you are interested in learning more about any of these volunteer opportunities.

  • Fundraising
  • Lecture Series
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Trail Building & Maintenance
  • Trail Steward

Become a Superstition Area Land Trust volunteer and help conserve the Superstition Foothills


For 20+ years, the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT), an all volunteer organization, has been a positive force in preserving the pristine natural Sonoran Desert foothills of the Superstition Wilderness Area. If you share our passion for the desert, roll up your sleeves and become a SALT volunteer. 

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These are a few of our volunteer opportunities: 

  • Administrative Tasks
  • Adult & Youth Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Desert Cleanup Events
  • Event Planning
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