Share your time, talent, and passion for conservation

There are many ways to help protect this place and inspire the next generation of conservationists.

Conserving land, connecting kids and families to the healing power of nature, demonstrating wildlife identification tips, sharing on social media, inviting friends to events, or assisting with weed management—giving of yourself is one of the most rewarding ways you can make a difference for conservation here in the Bitterroot Valley.

Below are just some of the ways you might want to volunteer.

Volunteers are vital to the success of our conservation work in the Bitterroot Valley. It was volunteers who first started the Bitter Root Land Trust, and it’s volunteers who are the backbone of the land trust today. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below. Stephanie Sipe, Communications and Development Coordinator, will be in touch with you to explore your volunteer interests.

Conservation Needs Leadership

How do you want to help?

Bring people together—Inspire others

Gather friends together and host a casual get-together. We are looking for new ways to inspire people in the Bitterroot Valley. One great way is for someone like you to host an informal breakfast, lunch, cocktail evening, or picnic where you invite your friends and we update them on projects, programs, and explore conservation opportunities.

This would not be a fundraising gathering; it’s a fun way to get to know people and find out what they care about.

Rally Your Co-workers or Employees

Organize volunteer groups from businesses, organizations, or clubs to help maintain trails, manage weeds and brush, or provide event support. Volunteering together can be a wonderful team-building experience for your family, church, or business.

Trail and Park Enhancements

Are you looking for ways to have fun outside while making a difference? How about helping us maintain some of the trails and public parks in Hamilton?

We need seasonal help to maintain the trails at Steve Powell Park and Skalkaho Bend Park in Hamilton. At times it could be several hours a month or as little as a couple hours during a community work day. Examples of tasks include spring clean-up, weed management, maintain nesting boxes, and other special projects. We invite you to give Kyle Anderson, Stewardship Coordinator, a call at 406.375.0956 or email him at to discuss how you’d like to help.

Assist with Special Events

If you like meeting people, setting up and breaking down exhibits, displays, or tables and chairs, handing out materials, and welcoming people, we’d love to see you at our special events.

Events vary by season and some examples include the Farmers Market booth, Art and Conservation Open House, and the Barn Dance. The ways to help out with events are limitless,
and we need your help. Feel free to call Stephanie Sipe, Communications and Development Coordinator, at 406.375.0956 or email her at to discuss upcoming events
you might want to volunteer for.

Take Photos

The Bitterroot Valley is rugged and beautiful, and a photographer’s dream. We are always looking for inspiring photos of the lands, waters, and wildlife around the Bitterroot Valley, and people interacting with the land. We’d love to feature your work on social media, in our newsletters, website, and other forms of outreach and communications materials.

Each year we work with talented volunteers to grow our library of photos, with an emphasis on how people are interacting with the land and water—are they farming or ranching, fishing, hiking, celebrating, or spending time with family? In addition to the stunning beauty of the landscape, we are looking for photographers to capture candid moments at events, gatherings, and programs. Feel free to reach out to Stephanie Sipe, Communications and Development Coordinator, at 406.375.0956 or send her an email at .

Lead a Walk or Field Trip

We are looking for talented folks of all ages to lead various field trips such as farm and ranch tours, birding or wildflower walks, photography hikes, yoga and meditation sessions, or fishing excursions—just to name a few. We are open to your ideas and would explore what might be a great match in a given season.

Potential leaders need to be clear about their qualifications, what age-group and skill level would be a good match for the program, and what kinds of experience they have in creating an interactive and inspiring experience. Staff would help plan and accompany the trip; safety is a high priority.

Getting the Word Out

If you would rather stay inside, yet play a role in conservation, we have a job for you. We need your assistance with sending out mailings to get the word out about our programs, funding conservation projects, and other updates.

Stuffing and sealing envelopes, and other small projects in the office, are great ways to help make a difference. It’s also a great way to get to know our staff.

Technical Services

Depending on the year, talented professionals donate their services to conserve, and celebrate, the water, wildlife, and working lands of the Bitterroot Valley.

Opportunities may exist for GIS experts, surveyors, writers, photographers, trail designers, educators, foresters and others who wish to help further our conservation and programming work.

Didn't see the volunteer opportunity you were looking for? We encourage you to call and share your volunteer ideas with Stephanie Sipe, Communications and Development Coordinator, at 406.375.0956 or send her an email at .