VMS Hours Logging

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VMS opportunities are prefaced by codes that define what type of activity they are. The table below defines those codes. Using the correct opportunity in VMS is crucial. If your activity does not match the code you use, you will be asked to fix the entry. 

VMS ProTip:
Make sure your VMS entry (service report) contains an accurate description of your volunteer service or Advanced Training, including the organization it was for if not obvious from the opportunity title, who led the activity if applicable, and general description of service rendered. If it was an AT event, please mention the speaker(s) who presented, the sponsoring organizations, and description of topic. The descriptions you give will be used to verify the correct opportunity code was used by the hours approver. If the hours approver cannot validate your entries, you will be asked to clarify or change them.

Code Opportunity Description Examples
TR Training & Educating Others (Direct) Leading, organizing, instructing or staffing an educational activity where participants have a planned learning objective and generally stay for the full event (e.g., planned start and end times with a single agenda). *Classroom instruction *Workshops *Presentations *Webinars *Chapter MN trainees/interns class
AT Advanced Training Advanced Training you attend as a participant *AT sessions at TMN Statewide Annual Meeting *Rainwater Harvesting Steward Program Training *Project WILD Instructor/Facilitator Training
PO Public Outreach (Indirect) Leading, organizing, or staffing an educational activity where participants come and go and are able to inquire on a broad set of topics. Writing an educational article or brochure. *Manning booth or visitor center *Writing articles or brochures *Wildlife Hotline
TG Technical Guidance Any work that provides written management recommendations to land owners and/or land managers. *Writing ecosystem management plans *Land Management Assistance Program (LMAP) *City/Community/Regional Habitat Conservation Plan Committee
RM Natural Resource Management Activities that improve the health of a natural area or resource. Natural resource management, restoration rescue and rehabilitation. Projects intented to improve the health of the resource or ecosystem for its own sake, NOT for the sake of greater public access, appreciation or interpretation. *Invasive species or trash removal *Plant rescue or seed collection *Restoring or improving natural habitat *Building/placing wildlife houses, towers, chimneys *Developing an eco-system plan
NPA Nature/Public Access Field-based activities that improve and manage the public's access to natural areas or resources. Creating and/or maintaining nature trails, wildscapes and/or interpretive areas. *Developing/improving hiking trails *Developing/improving interpretive gardens *Developing/improving wildlife viewing blinds *Developing/improving wildscapes for public access or viewing *Developing/improving interpretive hikes (NOT leading)
FR Field Research (Including Surveys) Planning, leading or participating in data collection and/or analysis of natural resources where the results are intended to further scientific understanding. *Field surveys *Banding and tagging *Species watch
CB Chapter & Program Business/Administration Activities related to managing and running a master naturalist chapter and its committees. *Board of Director or committee duties *Newsletter or website management *Management of chapter records *Hours reporting (not personal hours) *Chapter reporting *Representing chapter at multi-chapter events *Other chapter administration *Assistance to State Program and State Program Office
OT Other Any activity approved by a chapter that is not defined above. In general a chapter should only have a small percentage of hours in this activity (< 5%). When this activity code is used a chapter should investigate the reason. *Animal rescue

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