Get Involved! Volunteer.
Volunteering is a special way that you can help in the preservation of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. We value your time, effort and commitment to a worthwhile job. All of our volunteers are trained in their chosen position or may need to attend a short orientation.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
Opportunity to volunteer in a setting that benefits the community and to learn more about nature in the South Bay. Volunteering may also open up new career paths related to natural history and ecology.
Not only would you be learning so much but you also get to meet wonderful people, have fun, and have a firsthand experience of nature at its best! You don't have to be an expert; we will train and assist you.
There are many volunteer opportunities at the Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center. Whether your looking for a long term commitment or a short term volunteer assignment, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.
Here are some activities to choose from.
Short-Term & Special Event Volunteering
The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center offers short-term volunteering opportunities that can fit your schedule.
Habitat Restoration - A short-term volunteer can assist with invasive species removals and habitat restoration every Saturday from 8:45 am. - Noon (rain cancels). These volunteers help remove non-native plants, replace them with locally grown native plants, and remove debris and trash left at the Preserve. The work you will have done will attract many birds, butterflies and other insects.
- School Service Hours
Short-term volunteering on Saturday's can be used towards community service hours for high school and college. Students need to be here on time (late-comers will be sent home), be prepared to work, wear close-toed shoes and leave all electronics at home. If the volunteer needs to call home, they may use our phone any time.
- Age Requirement
Open to all ages; participants 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult and all participants 18 and under must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
We provide snacks and drinks at 10:30 a.m. so participants should have eaten a good breakfast before arriving.
Special Event (i.e. Make a Difference Day)
We offer special event volunteer opportunities. Special Event Volunteers should submit a short-term volunteer application before the scheduled event, and ensure that all required forms have been submitted before arriving to volunteer.
To apply to become a short-term volunteer, click the link below.
Animal Care - Assist in the daily cleaning of exhibits, preparing diets, feeding animals, observing animals, record keeping, providing enrichment and are responsible for keeping all animal areas clean and disinfected. Occasionally public speaking and animal handling is required. Must be comfortable around turtles, tortoise, snakes and amphibians. Must be at least 18 years of age. Position description.
Front Desk - Work at the front reception desk at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center; greet new visitors and answer basic questions. Answer the telephone and provide general assistance to the Nature Center Manager and staff. Position description.
Docents - Docents lead the tours for preschoolers through high school students. Training is held during the summer and fall. There are about 4-5 two hour training sessions and encouragement is offered all year long. Docent Tours are offered September through May, Tuesday-Thursday, from 10:00-12:00. Position description.
For more information on the opportunities listed above or to learn of other long-term volunteer opportunities with the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center, please email MarshVolunteers@TorranceCA.Gov.
We will make sure you find the opportunity that suits you best!
To apply to become a long-term volunteer, click the link below.
Group & Corporate Volunteering
If your company or community group is interested in volunteering at the Madrona Marsh Preserve, please follow the following steps:
- Fill out a Group/Corporate Volunteer Application Form.
- Contact the Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center Team at MarshVolunteer@TorranceCA.Gov to discuss your volunteer event.
- Gather and organize your group and enjoy your volunteer experience.