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B. Volunteers

  • Provide all volunteers with training, supervision and recognition.


Volunteers provide tremendous benefits to a land trust and may be one of the organization’s strongest assets. In many organizations, they perform the work that would otherwise be done by paid staff. In other organizations, they reduce the workload on staff and dramatically expand a land trust’s capacity. If not used effectively, however, volunteers can be a drain on the organization and they may feel unrewarded for their efforts. Poorly trained or unsupervised volunteers can even pose liability problems. A land trust that wishes to engage volunteers effectively to accomplish important work should establish a program for recruiting, screening, training, supervising, and recognizing them.