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Updated 10/26/2018 by Debbie Schockett

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) 
Opportunity Name
Volunteer Sanctuary Monitor
Contact Person
Linda Winter
Contact Email
Minimum age to work independently
Position Description

Get involved with one of our many wildlife sanctuaries

Our dedicated volunteers help the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (the Trust) to provide increased levels of oversight to properties across the country and abroad.

These caring and generous individuals spend countless hours monitoring the sanctuaries, making note of any violations of our hunting and trapping restrictions, and reporting any relevant violations to local authorities.

On behalf of wildlife, as well as all who share a concern for these creatures, we offer our appreciation for the efforts of these hardworking and committed volunteers.


Our volunteer sanctuary monitors (click to view expanded position description) provide regular inspections for specific Trust-owned properties by walking the borders and interior, looking for possible infractions of conservation restrictions, checking for and maintaining appropriate signage, provide photographic documentation of any problems, and completing inspection forms to return to Trust staff.

The following sanctuaries are in need of monitoring. Please indicate on the application the sanctuary for which you are applying. If you live a reasonable driving distance from the following areas we would like to speak to you:

Arkansas: Fox, Mena
Louisiana: Shreveport
Maine: Bangor
New Hampshire: Keene
New York: Buffalo
Oregon: Lakeview
Vermont: Newport

Dryden, Ontario


What our volunteers say

"I was first attracted to HSWLT because its mission is an extension of my own commitment to preservation of wildlife habitat and the environment here in the Adirondack mountains. Establishing sanctuaries to protect resident species is a noble venture, and the preservation and protection of wildlife habitat for future generations is an ethical as well as biological issue. Sanctuary Monitors help honor the covenant made between property owners who gift their land and HSWLT who protects it by assuring the well-being of the fauna who reside there. My participation enhances HSWLT goals, and thus enhances me as well, and I feel privileged to be involved."-Peter Galvani


Benefits of volunteering

Volunteers with the Trust have the opportunity to ensure the conservation of wild lands that provide vital wildlife habitat across the country. This highly flexible opportunity allows volunteers to act on their love of wildlife and nature conservancy while engaging in outdoor activities.


Becoming a volunteer

Requirements for our volunteers:

  • Must be able to work outside in the elements
  • Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proficiency in reading various maps (survey, contour, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of natural resource management
  • Basic knowledge of hunting and trapping regulations/seasons, state and local laws
  • Able to visually inspect properties and document findings with photographic and video equipment
  • Able to use hand tools such as hammers and staple guns
  • Able to demonstrate a familiarity with HSUS's major campaigns and mission
  • Able to work independently with no direct supervision over work

Commitment policy:

  • Volunteers commit to inspect their assigned sanctuary at least two times per year.


  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license and have access to a vehicle.
  • Volunteers must pass a criminal background check.
  • Volunteers must meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document.
  • We recommend volunteers be current on their tetanus inoculation, and have basic first aid and CPR certification.


  • Please review the description and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit. If you would like to proceed, please fill out the volunteer application (click Apply Now above). Note: You'll be asked to upload your completed Essential Capabilities document when you apply. A staff member from the Trust will contact you to discuss opportunities and schedule an interview.
  • If we mutually determine that the opportunity appears to be a good fit, you will be asked to fill out an authorization form allowing us to carry out a background check.
  • Following the completion of the background check, you will be scheduled for a site visit to the Trust property for training and be asked to sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver and release of liability.
  • After you are made an official volunteer, you will be trained in all aspects of your volunteer work, including monitoring techniques, processes, and all relevant paperwork.
Special Skills Needed For This Opportunity

Experience in the field and ability to use a map and/or a hand-held GPS highly desirable.  Must be able to hike on uneven terrain. 

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