Volunteer with Us!
Please consider volunteering some of your time with the FoGB. We always welcome whatever help comes our way. If you’re unsure what you can do to help, please see the below descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities available right now.
These descriptions reflect only a sampling of volunteer opportunities available. There are many more. If you would like to volunteer, or simply want more information about what you’ve seen here or for other opportunities to help the FoGB, please contact the FoGB executive director, Brenda Slocomb, at email@example.com. Be sure to also register with our Meetup site where many volunteer opportunities get posted.
Thanks for reading, and happy volunteering!
FoGB Visitor’s Center
We try hard to maintain regular hours at our location at 12 W. Mesquite Blvd Suite 106. But, because of limited staff and not enough volunteers, we don’t always get the job done. Volunteer duties primarily involve giving information about GBNM to visitors who stop by. You may occasionally sell a map or T-shirt to someone (we’ll teach you how to do this).
Mesquite Welcome Center
In collaboration with the City of Mesquite and some other local organizations, the FoGB staffs the MWC at 460 N. Sandhill Blvd on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer duties include unlocking the doors to the public restrooms (no cleaning or other maintenance is involved), distributing maps and other information, and answering visitor’s questions about Mesquite and the surrounding area. The City has volunteers complete a simple vetting process (a brief questionnaire, fingerprinting, etc.) that sounds worse than it is. Ideally, we’d like to have enough volunteers so that each one might expect a shift every 2-3 months.
We try to schedule one of these every month or so (except in the summer, when it’s too hot). Volunteer duties include walking about one mile along a road in Gold Butte National Monument and picking up trash along the way. We will show you where to go, and describe what you should and should not pick up. We’ll provide buckets and trash bags (you’ll want to wear appropriate clothing and bring your own gloves). Afterwards, we usually gather and share some refreshments. Having fun is both allowed and encouraged.
If you like your boots on the ground in Gold Butte, please consider becoming a volunteer hike guide. Volunteer duties include giving a pre-hike safety briefing, guiding small groups of hikers on a designated, predetermined hiking route, and reporting back to the FoGB executive director when everyone returns safe and sound.
Like many non-profits, we rely heavily on grant funding. If you have experience applying for grants, we could use your help in securing operational and special project funding for FoGB activities and projects. Volunteer duties include researching appropriate grants and writing and submitting grant proposals in consultation with the FoGB executive director and board of directors.
In collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the FoGB recruits and organizes volunteers to assist with various projects throughout the year. Volunteer duties vary, but past projects have included road repair, weed eradication, planting native flora, vehicle incursion mitigation, post installation to delineate parking lots and campsites, sign installation, and trail designation, to name just a few.
Table Staffing at Special Events
From time to time, the FoGB has the
opportunity to place a table at community and regional events in the area (for example, Mesquite Days, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, our FoGB Speaker Series, etc.). Volunteer duties include setting up an information table, distributing informational materials to passersby, and selling FoGB merchandise.