2021 Volunteer Guidelines
Please monitor yourself at home for potential symptoms before volunteering.
Do not volunteer if you feel unwell, are sick or if you have been in close contact with a known case of COVID.
1. WC Building is Closed. The Watershed Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. Volunteers can sign in online (via cell phones) through their volunteer portal, or can be signed in by Kelly O. if they choose.
2. Bring your mask. Please wear your mask during check in, while volunteering closely to others, and any time that you may come near another person (including staff, other volunteers, and/or park guests).
3. Bring your own gloves. Volunteers should bring their own garden/work gloves if they have them. Otherwise, a pair of gloves will be issued to individual and family volunteers on their first day. Group volunteers may also bring their own gloves, but if they are unable to do so they will be given freshly washed gloves to use for the day.
4. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. (6+ ft. between each person)
5. Sanitize your tools. Any tools must be sanitized before and after each use.
6. Volunteer activities that involve public interaction have been suspended until further notice. This includes volunteer work related to Watershed Natives plant sales and all education-related activities.
7. Attend virtual monthly meetings. Volunteers wishing to participate in virtual monthly meetings will continue to receive volunteer hours for their time.
Please express your boundaries and expectations for staff and other volunteers, etc. Your safety is and always has been my first priority, and it is incredibly important that you feel both safe and respected.
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks believes in the "Land Ethic", a concept put forth by Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. In this collection of essays, he describes all of us as citizens of the land. Using Leopold's "Observe, Participate, and Reflect" model, our volunteers are encouraged to build strong relationships with the environment and our community. We hope that by offering a variety of volunteer opportunities and helping you to learn as much as you can along the way, that we can help you build those relationships.
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. A thing is wrong when it tends otherwise."
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
For those interested in volunteering with a group or business, please return to the previous page on our website and complete the Group Questionnaire. Please note that until further notice, groups will not be allowed to volunteer with us due to COVID-19 safety concerns.