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Interested in protecting Maryland’s natural areas and landscapes? Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is looking for volunteers who are passionate about land conservation to work in our office or in the field as Land Steward Volunteers.

As one of the oldest and most successful land trusts, we have protected more than 133,000 acres with more than 1,077 conservation easements. Each conservation easement is protected forever and requires yearly visual assessments to monitor for compliance. With a small staff of 10-12 employees, we rely on volunteers to complete important office tasks and to serve as our eyes and ears on many of the protected properties throughout Maryland.

We have two opportunities available.

  • Office Volunteer:

    Volunteers are needed at our office in Crownsville, MD to work on a wide variety of projects that can be tailored to each volunteer’s skills and interests. Possible activities include creating ArcGIS maps, filing, scanning, photo management, helping with mailings, writing and editing articles, and more. Our volunteers typically commit one day a week in our office with flexible hours and are provided an orientation and training.

  • Land Steward Volunteer:

    If you enjoy visiting beautiful protected areas near your county of residence, then you will enjoy the work of a Land Steward Volunteer. Land Steward Volunteers visit protected properties to document changes using a short monitoring form and photographs. Conservation easements are throughout the state of Maryland, allowing Volunteers to choose their geographical preference. Volunteers should be physically able to walk rugged terrain, have their own transportation and smartphone or tablet. A one day training is required. Visits are made to significant natural areas, working farms, forest land, waterfronts, historic countryside, and scenic landscapes.


To join our team and help us to protect Maryland’s scenic open space, farms, and forests for generations to come, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator:
E-mail: met.info@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-697-9515

Volunteer Resources


For more volunteer opportunities through Department of Natural Resources check out the following link: http://dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/volunteer.aspx.