VOLUNTEERS

You can help ecosystems survive by volunteering your time, expertise, or equipment.

The success of NICHES depends on the efforts of  our volunteers. A variety of diverse opportunities for volunteers to assist NICHES include: Office Assistant, Grant Researcher, Wildcat Creek Archivist, Trail Manager, Prairie Seed Collection Assistant, Drone Operator, and Photographer.

Contact Nyssa Lilovich, Communications Director,  to get involved with any aspect of volunteer effort. nyssa@nicheslandtrust.org or call 765-423-1605.

Office Assistant

Location: NICHES Land Trust office

Description: Help stuff envelopes for our annual mailings (4 – 8 per year)

Time: 2 hours per mailing

Positions: 4 Volunteers per mailing

Hazards: Paper Cuts

Requirements: Hard-working, punctual, accurate and attention to detail

Training: No training required

Benefits: Time spent working with a beautiful view of Clegg

Contact: Julie Rubsam   jrubsam@nicheslandtrust.org   765-423-1605

 

Grant Researcher

Location: Volunteer from anywhere – using your own computer

Description: Researching available and applicable grants

Time: Flexible

Positions: 2

Hazards: None

Requirements: Computer, Internet Access, Understanding of Online Research, accurate and attention to detail

Training: No training required

Benefits: Helping a non-profit organization obtain funding

Contact: Julie Rubsam   jrubsam@nicheslandtrust.org   765-423-1605

 

Wildcat Creek Archivist

Location: NICHES Land Trust office and various locations

Description: Collect stories, research, articles and pictures related to Wildcat Creek. Organize the findings to make them accessible to others.

Time: Flexible

Positions: 2

Hazards: Normal office hazards, effectively none

Requirements: Computer, Internet Access, Understanding of Online Research, accurate and attention to detail

Training: Will receive guidance on project goal and NICHES goals

Benefits: Gain invaluable experience in archive research, project management skills, historical preservation techniques, and communication skills necessary in accomplishing projects.  Awesome feeling on knowing you are part of a broad effort to protect and preserve our natural and cultural history related to Wildcat Creek.

Contact: Nyssa Lilovich   nyssa@nicheslandtrust.org   765-423-1605

 

Trail Manager

Locations:

Mulvey Pond, Tippecanoe County

Weiler Leopold/ Black Rock Barrens, Warren County

Wright Rock Creek, Warren County

Holley Savanna, Newton County

Moyer Gould Woods, Carroll County

Black Rock, Warren County

Shawnee Bottoms, Fountain County

Pecan Basin, Fountain County

Description: Trails are the second impression of NICHES after the roadside view for many people. Therefore, it is very important that the trail is well kept so that visitors do not get lost and have a positive visit.  NICHES may be able to provide a lawnmower for this purpose.  Occasional tree falls across the trail need to be removed, by either reporting to Executive Director or if individual is comfortable, cutting up on their own.  Moderate physical exertion is required.

Time: 2-3 hours/ property every other week from May – September

Positions: 8

Hazards: Bees

Requirements: None

Training: No Training Required

Benefits: Time on the preserve and helping visitors have a positive experience at one of Indiana’s most important natural areas.

Contact: Gus Nyberg  gnyberg@nicheslandtrust.org   765-427-4345

 

Prairie Seed Collection Assistant

Location: Various NICHES properties

Description: Collection of prairie plant seeds from NICHES sites, and other sites that NICHES has arranged permission. When seed is ripe, the seed is removed from the plant (cut or hand stripped) then placed in paper bags, spread out at home to dry if necessary, then placed back in bags in a cool dry location until spreading in the late fall of the year. Scouting and marking locations when plants are in bloom can be helpful to the process.

Time: Variable

Positions: Unlimited

Hazards: Normal outdoor hazards; bees, spider webs and encounters with beauty that make you question every second of your life that you have spent watching TV

Requirements: Ability to identify at least one species of plant, more is obviously good

Training: NICHES organizes workdays to collect seeds a couple of times a year, but arrangements can be made to work with staff on other days to learn plants and techniques

Benefits: Time spent in the natural world, helping to spread prairie habitat and raise the quality of natural lands in northwest Indiana.

Contact: Brad Weigel   brad@nicheslandtrust.org   765-423-1605

 

Drone Operator 

Location: Various NICHES Land Trust properties

Description: Photograph happenings of natural wonder and awe on various NICHES properties.

Time: Flexible

Positions: Unlimited

Hazards: Bees

Requirements: Drone/Equipment

Training: None provided

Benefits: Opportunity to walk NICHES properties and capture the beauty of nature. Possibly having your photo featured by NICHES Land Trust.

Contact: Nyssa Lilovich   nyssa@nicheslandtrust.org   765-423-1605

 

Photographer

Location: Various NICHES Land Trust properties

Description: Photograph happenings of natural wonder and awe on various NICHES properties.

Time: Flexible

Positions: Unlimited

Hazards: Bees

Requirements: Camera and photography equipment, ability to take a crisp photograph

Training: None provided

Benefits: Opportunity to walk NICHES properties and capture the beauty of nature. Possibly having your photo featured by NICHES Land Trust and other affiliated organizations.

Contact: Nyssa Lilovich   Nyssa@NichesLandTrust.org   765-423-1605

 

NICHES distributes a monthly email with information about upcoming events (workdays, outreach events at fairs and the like, as well as fun events such as floats on the water and hikes on the properties). If you would like to be added to this list, click here

To become an active part of NICHES, simply e-mail or call (765) 423-1605 and let us know. If you know what you’d like to do (or not do!), mention that information along with any special skills you might have.

You may also attend a Board of Directors meeting  to learn what’s happening and what opportunities exist. All meetings are open to the public and people are encouraged to attend and contribute.

Equipment Contributions -use at, lend to , or donate to NICHES

Equipment access is a valuable direct contribution to NICHES.

  • If you own equipment you are willing to use on NICHES’ behalf, please tell us. We will get in touch with you when the need for such equipment arises.

Example of equipment that enables NICHES to accomplish heavy or light machinery reliant tasks include:

tractor with a tractor and mowing attachment (to mow the tree plantations)

smaller mower (for maintaining trails and building fire breaks)

a grader (to level various areas)

a Bobcat (for constructing a parking lot, scooping out depressions, and moving large rocks)

a truck (to haul trash)

a vehicle with a winch (to remove large items from a ravine)

a wood splitter (to split wood from felled trees)

  • If you have equipment or tools you want to donate for NICHES use please let us know, we appreciate such contributions.

NICHES new Polaris Ranger donated by TIPMONT REMC EnviroWatts Trust

Examples of other tools donated to NICHES include

  • router (for making property signs)
  • cordless sander (for maintaining wooden rails, benches, etc)

 

NICHES relies on the efforts of the many Volunteers who contribute ideas, time, supplies, equipment and funds fulfill NICHES mission.  Each contribution produces tangible success; each contribution valuable.  We appreciate your support!

NICHES Wish List:

Solo Backpack Sprayers

Brush Cutters

Battery Charger

GoPro Hero3 Video Camera

Hand’s Free Radio Pack

Perfex Fire Brooms