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.