Volunteer Opportunities

Join the exceptional team of LMBO volunteers and make a difference in your community. Check out a sampling of just some of the many opportunities.

Events

Tree Giveaway

Native Plant Sale

World Migratory Bird Day

Love Our Great Lakes Day

Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project

Garden Installation

Garden Consultant

Biodiversity Surveys

Water Quality Surveys

Bird Monitoring

Nest Box Monitor

Martin Colony Monitor

Migratory Hawk Watch

Building Nest Boxes

Organizational Support

Newsletter Contributor

Marketing & Promotion

Graphic Design

Office Support

Interested? Want to know more? Fill out and submit the Volunteer Interest Form and a staff member will be in touch to answer any questions.

While you do not need to live in Port Washington, all activities are in Port Washington at this time. If you are interested in volunteering in other communities, please let us know. We are actively expanding our programming in lakeshore communities and will let you know when opportunities become available. 

If you have completed a volunteer project for the Observatory, please fill out and submit the Volunteer Hours Form. Your hours constitute an in-kind donation that counts toward the matching funds we need to apply for grants.

Volunteer Descriptions

Description: Volunteer with LMBO to monitor bird boxes on public property. And/or monitor a bird box on your private property (first nest box, post and hardware provided for FREE by The Observatory. Additional boxes after are $10/box, unless you want installation for $25).

Time Commitment: 1- 2 times a week April 1 – July 31

Audience: 12 years and older

Requirements: One self-guided training online and 1-hour orientation in person or virtual with LMBO staff, annually

Description: Volunteer to monitor vegetation surrounding a 5-meter site associated with Observatory nesting boxes.  

Time Commitment: 2.5+ hours August – mid-November  

Audience: Individuals – groups of 4 people, 12 years and older 

Requirements: (1) 2-hour in person orientation, annually

Description: Volunteer to monitor water quality and aquatic macroinvertebrates at 3 local waterways.  

Time Commitment: 2+ hours once a month May – October  

Audience:  Individuals – groups of 4 people, 12 years and older 

Requirements: (1) 1-hour in person orientation, annually

Description: Volunteer to produce and/or "charge" biochar in local waterways. 

Time Commitment: 2+ hours  

Audience: 1 individual – group of 15 people, 12 years and older 

Requirements: (1) 1-hour in person orientation, annually

Description: Volunteer to build/maintain nest boxes 

Time Commitment: ad hoc as needed when supplies are available  

Audience: 1 individual – group of 15 people, 12 years and older 

Requirements: Comfortable working with power tools or a desire to learn

Description: Assist LMBO staff at one of our many community events, such as helping with planting model gardens, WMBD,  

Time Commitment: 3-hour shifts  

Audience: individuals – groups of 15, 12 years and older

Requirement: None.

Description: Assist LMBO staff with office duties such as stuffing and labeling envelopes for appeals, data entry, event preparation.  

Time Commitment:2+ hour shifts, twice a year spring and fall  

Audience: individuals – groups of 15, 12 years and older 

Requirement: None.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead