2021 Application (Test Form. Do not use) Copy of 2021 Application - for testing - do not deploy Step 1 of 4 25% 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 (TMN), 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. Our members participate in stewardship, natural resource preservation, promotion of sustainable development, and public education to encourage the public's participation as well. Classroom and field training will be provided to new CAMN members-in-training 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 2022 and in each subsequent year. Only those completing all classes and the 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training will be awarded the Master Naturalist certification. CAMN volunteers must complete 40 hours of approved volunteer service and 8 hours advanced training each year to re certify. As you strive to meet the annual 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. Additionally, your service time (valued at $24.00/hour) is used as in-kind match for a federal grant TPWD receives which supports the TMN program and other conservation and stewardship efforts in Texas. The next CAMN training session will likely begin in January, 2021 with an online orientation meeting and continue with classes on ten selected Saturdays through late May or early June. The final schedule of orientation and exact class days and times will be shared with those who have been selected. Traditionally, the classes have met at various sites and each consisted of both classroom and outdoor learning activities. However, we do not know what the state of the Coronavirus Pandemic will be next spring so we are considering various models for the structure of our classes. Our current expectation is that we will have a hybrid model with morning presentations online followed by breakout sessions of small groups of no more than 5 members-in-training for afternoon field activities; masks and social distancing will be required for all in person activities. Each breakout group will meet with a class coordinator who will direct the field activity. We apologize that we can’t be more specific at this time. Further details will be shared as they become available. Volunteer opportunities will be available during the course to allow students to complete a portion of the required 40 hours of volunteer service prior to completion of the training. Registration fees of $175 are required from each accepted applicant to cover the cost of handouts, materials, park entrance fees, space rental, security checks, and the graduation luncheon. Limited full or partial scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance. Will you be able to attend all of these classes?*YesNoIf "No" - please explain whyAttendance is limited to provide a quality experience for each trainee. Applications will be accepted from August 1st through September 15th 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 both to long-term volunteer service and a demanding first-year training course. All CAMN applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, disabilities, or formal education. 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, which makes the selection process quite competitive. Applications will only be received via this website. Please note that we will require a check or money order or PayPal for the registration fee of $175 by orientation meeting. 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 two years (what you were doing, for what organizations, how often, and approximate number of volunteer hours for each category).Hour Requirements*Texas Master Naturalist trainees are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service and an additional 8 hours of approved advanced training by the end of calendar year 2022 to be certified as Texas Master Naturalists. Members in training are required to meet these expectations in addition to the initial training schedule. Are you certain you can meet these requirements?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."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. Organizations, Professional Society MembershipList any related organizations/societies of which you are a member and tell us about any roll you play beyond simply being a member (serve on the board or a committee, write a newsletter, etc.).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. 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 what you expect to get from becoming a member of CAMN. (Note: This will be published in the class directory.) Personally identifying information will be removed from your response for application considerationReferrals*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 StaffGoal ImportanceRank order the following on what is most important to you (1= most important, 5=least important... Use each ranking number 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 scholarships available to applicants who consider the registration fee a barrier to joining CAMN. 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 the ten required 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 2022 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 will 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.