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Volunteer Service

Photo of CAMN members planting native plants from pots at a volunteer event
CAMN members transplant native plant seedlings.

Volunteer Service is central to the mission of the TMN Program “to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers.”  A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service is required each year to maintain master naturalist certification.  

CAMN is built around the volunteer mission and is organized to provide a variety of rewarding volunteer service opportunities for our members. Volunteer opportunities are listed on the CAMN Calendar, and many projects have been pre-approved and, generally, projects hosted by a chapter partner organization do not require pre-approval, if it meets the guidelines of the TMN program.  The project must be:

  • Dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas
  • Within the state of Texas, preferably within Central Texas
  • For public, not private, benefit
  • Free of lobbying or fundraising activities

All new volunteer service opportunities must be submitted in writing and be pre-approved before the volunteer event begins. See Volunteer Guidelines or What Counts for background information on what type of service can count. Failure to request pre-approval could result in denial of volunteer service hours if they do not meet CAMN guidelines. CAMN has also published specific guidelines for logging iNaturalist and e-Bird hours in VMS.

Specific information about the TMN guidelines for Volunteer Service is detailed in the Chapter Management and Operating Protocols on pages 13-17. 

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