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Volunteer Opportunities




Are you looking to make a difference and have fun, too?

Volunteers are the heart and soul of local conservation.

The lakes need all of us to help and there are many ways to do just that. People from as young as 10 years of age and as sies as 90 years old, are volunteering to enhance the health of the lakes and inspire others to care like they do.

If you are interested in volunteering, please read the descriptions below and contact Elizabeth at


Gail Klein - Rabbit Lake


We are always looking for inspiring photos of the lands, waters, and wildlife around northern Minnesota and people and wildlife interacting with the land and water, to feature on social media, in our newsletter, and other forms of outreach.

Each year we work with talented volunteers to grow our library of photos, with an emphasis on how people are interacting with the land and water in addition to the stunning beauty of the landscape. Contact us.


If you like meeting people, setting up and breaking down displays, handing out materials, and welcoming people, we’d love for you to join us.

Outreach events include tabling at community events, presenting to civic groups, and fundraisers.

These vary each year, so check our Events page here or email us at for upcoming events you might want to volunteer for.

Loon Workshop


We periodically are looking for people who can lead a variety of workshops that will inspire the love of the land, encourage ways to enhance water quality, convey what’s special about the region, and connect people to nature.

Examples include how to take terrific photos of nature; ways to manage woodlands for soil health, water quality, climate resilience, and wildlife and their habitat; birding...

Feel free to email Elizabeth: if you’d like to brainstorm about an idea.


Depending on the year, talented professionals donate their services to conserve, and celebrate, the special places in northern Minnesota.

Opportunities may exist for surveyors, writers, photographers, educators, and others who wish to help further our conservation and programming work.

If you'd like to share your expertise for conservation, contact us.

Cabin Workshop 2023_Presenter Andy Biebl
Kids in water


If you would rather stay inside, yet play a role in conservation, we have a job for you.

We need your assistance with sending out mailings to get the word out about our programs, funding conservation projects, or updates related to a specific conservation needs in the region.

Stuffing and sealing envelopes, and other small projects in the office, are great ways to help make a difference. It’s also a great way to get to know our staff. Contact us.


Share your talents by joining a committee. Northern Waters Land Trust has two committees that meet monthly.

Outreach Committee: Enjoy engaging with members of the community or fundraising? This may be the committee for you.

Conservation Committee: Community members share their knowledge and experience on conservation projects.

Interested in learning more about our committees?  Contact us at:


James Ertl - Fish Hook Lake


The Board of Directors consists of an actively engaged team of volunteer members who serve 3 year terms.

Board members come from various backgrounds, but all have a desire to preserve some of the most biologically significant lands and waters in north central Minnesota.

Board roles include public speaking, fundraising, outreach, and organizational governance.

If you are interested in serving on the board, contact us at:

Anyone can contribute their time, energy, and expertise as a volunteer, be it outdoors as a site steward or photographer, networking in support of our fundraising efforts, or inside providing valuable office support.

Volunteers are vital to the success of our conservation.

We are open to your ideas and would explore what might be a great match.

Ready to learn more? Contact us.