Application Step 1 of 4 25% (To save a copy of this page as a PDF, click this link.) Dear Prospective Texas Master Naturalist: Thank you for your interest in the Capital Area Master Naturalist (CAMN) program. CAMN is a chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, a statewide organization sponsored jointly by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The primary goal of this program is to develop a corps of knowledgeable volunteers to increase the public’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our natural resources, and to promote the principles of responsible, sustainable development through education and encouraging citizen participation, and to directly participate in stewardship and preservation of our natural resources.Classroom and field training will be provided by experts who will cover a wide selection of topics in Central Texas natural history. Attendance at all scheduled classes is required, although a missed class may be made up.In exchange for this training, Master Naturalists are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours advanced training in approved Master Naturalist projects and programs in their communities by the end of the calendar year 2018. Only those completing all classes and the 40/8 hours will be awarded the Master Naturalist certification. Volunteer work is expected to take place in the geographic area that CAMN serves (Travis county and all directly adjoined counties). To retain certification, CAMN volunteers must complete 40 hours of approved volunteer service and 8 hours advanced training annually. As you strive to meet the yearly commitments, you will have the opportunity to work with various experts and other volunteers on a variety of projects to benefit our community and promote stewardship of our natural resources.The next CAMN training session will begin in late fall, 2017 and continue on ten selected Saturdays, meeting at various sites from about 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., through April, 2018. The final schedule of exact class days and times will be shared with those who have been selected. Below you can see the proposed schedule. However, please be aware that these are tentative dates and subject to change. There will also be a required half-day Saturday orientation session in early November, 2017 (exact details will be emailed to those selected). Volunteer opportunities will be available during the course to allow students to complete a portion of the first year’s required 40 hours of volunteer service prior to completion of the training. Registration fees of $175, which must be brought to orientation, cover the cost of handouts, materials, park entrance fees, space rental, security checks, and the graduation luncheon.Proposed 2018 training class schedule (class dates subject to change): Date CAMN Class 11/4/2017 Orientation 11/11/2017 Interpretation, Urban Habitat, Observation 12/2/2017 Texacology, Weather 12/16/2017 Mammalogy, Taxonomy 1/13/2018 Geology, Soils 1/27/2018 Archaeology 2/10/2018 Hydrology, Aquatic Ecology, Fish 2/24/2018 Insects, Herps 3/24/2018 Birds, Spiders 4/14/2018 Botany 4/21/2018 Restoration, Rehab, Fire, and Graduation Attendance is limited to 30 participants in order to provide a quality experience for each student. Applications will be accepted throughout the month of August and reviewed by a selection committee. Strong applicants are those that express a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources and demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute their time to volunteer service and a demanding training course load. CAMN strives to increase diversity regarding not only gender, race, creed, and national origin, but also age, formal education, background experience, and county of residence.Applicants’ names and other identifying information will be removed before consideration. Please do not include your name or any other personal identifying information in any part of the application other than the Name and Contact Information section. Note: Personal recommendations, including those from current CAMN members, should not be included in the application. These will not strengthen your application. We encourage you to take your time and fill it out thoughtfully. We typically receive many more applications than we can accept, so it’s quite competitive.Applications will only be received via this website.Please note that we will require a check or money order for the registration fee of $175 at the November orientation meeting. Please do not bring cash.Good luck and we hope to work alongside you in the field!I have read the above information carefully.*YesNo Save and Continue Later Name and Contact InformationMost of these fields are required, and should be filled out accurately to be considered. Name* First Middle Initial Last NicknameIs there a nickname or other name you'd like to be called by?Email*Please use an address you check regularly. Virtually all CAMN correspondence is via email. Enter Email Confirm Email Address* Street Address Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code Phone*Phone can receive textsReceiving texts is not required, but might be useful in the case of event announcements, carpool arrangements, etc. I can and want to receive texts at this number Save and Continue Later Employment and BackgroundWe like to know a little about what walks of life our applicants are coming from. Student Status*Are you currently a student enrolled at an area college or university? Your status as a student in no way affects your chance of being selected. YesNoSchool Name*Which school are you attending? Place of Employment*Self-employed? Retired? Not-employed? All okay. Occupation*About You and Your InterestsPast Volunteer Experience*Describe your volunteer activities in the past year (what you were doing, for what organizations, how often, and approximate number of volunteer hours for each category).Hour Requirements*Texas Master Naturalist members are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service and an additional 8 hours of approved advanced training during the initial year of their training to be certified as Texas Master Naturalists. Are you certain you can meet this requirement? YesNoVolunteerism is the core of the Texas Master Naturalist program. We are a volunteer-run chapter, and accrual of volunteer hours is required to certify as a Master Naturalist. Are you really sure this is the right program for you? You will not be able to submit this application if your answer above remains "no."Organizations, Professional Society MembershipList any related organizations/societies of which you are a member and/or where you are a volunteer.Why CAMN?*Tell us why you want to be a part of CAMN. What does it mean to you? Also, please let us know if you have applied to a TMN chapter previously (when, what chapter, and what the results were). It will not hurt your chances if you have applied previously and were not accepted, but will show an ongoing desire to be a Master Naturalist. Skills, Interest, Training and Education*Please note your skills and/or interests that would be helpful to you and CAMN. (Include any relevant training or education you have received related to native plants and wildlife, ecology, natural history, etc. List any special skills you have that could be helpful in this program. Those skills may include computer, photography, typing, writing, graphic arts, public speaking, teaching, etc. Note, however, that specific skills are not a requirement to become a part of the Master Naturalist program.) Save and Continue Later Your Bio*Please provide a short paragraph telling us about yourself and what you expect to bring to and/or get from this course. (Note: This will be published in the class directory.) Do not include your name or any identifying personal information in this section. Referrals*How did you learn about CAMN? Printed MediaRadioTVcamn.org websiteShared Facebook Status or PostOther Social MediaA Friend or ColleagueAnother Non-Profit's AnnouncementsCity of Austin Volunteer ProgramState Master Naturalist Site (txmn.org) or StaffVolunteer Activity InterestTell us which volunteer activities you would most likely enjoy participating in...Education/Interpretation*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotPublic information and outreach, including public speaking*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotField research and surveys*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotSite improvement*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotBeautification and maintenance*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotAdministrative duties, including serving on a committee or Board of Directors*DefinitelyProbablyNot SureProbably NotDefinitely NotGoal ImportanceRank order the following on what is most important to you (1= most important, 5=least important... Use each ranking only once!Ability to make new networking connections*1 Most important2 Very important3 Moderately important4 Less important5 Least importantOpportunity to volunteer within the community*1 Most important2 Very important3 Moderately important4 Less important5 Least importantGain personal knowledge*1 Most important2 Very important3 Moderately important4 Less important5 Least importantPursue social opportunities*1 Most important2 Very important3 Moderately important4 Less important5 Least importantDevelop long-term relationship with CAMN*1 Most important2 Very important3 Moderately important4 Less important5 Least importantFinancial AssistanceCAMN has a limited number of full or partial registration fee waivers available to applicants who might consider the registration fee a hardship or barrier to taking the class. While requesting help with registration fees in no way affects your merit as an applicant – we will not deny your application based on your answer here – your answer here does help us plan and allocate our resources to help the greatest number of trainees. I do not require assistanceI would like assistanceAcknowledgementsPlease read and give the following your careful consideration prior to registration. If you are able to make this commitment, please initial each section as required.Minimum Age Requirements*State guidelines require applicants to be 18 or older. I am under 18I am over 18We're sorry. We cannot accept your application at this time. We encourage you to apply after you have reached the age of 18. Age Verification*Enter your initials to certify you have checked the correct designation about your age. Accept Requirements*I will be available for ten Master Naturalist classes. I understand that I am required to attend all scheduled classes or make them up to graduate. I agree to complete 40 hours of approved volunteer service and obtain 8 hours of approved advance training by the end of the calendar year (2018), to achieve recognition as a certified Master Naturalist. I also understand that in order to maintain certification as a Texas Master Naturalist, I must complete 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours advanced training annually. I must also attend an orientation, pass a background check, and submit a registration fee. Yes, I accept all of the above.No, I do not accept the above.Signature*Please enter your full name to certify your entire application. Save and Continue Later This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.