Gifts in service of nature and community are a legacy worth leaving. The LLCT was founded and managed by volunteers for more than 50 years. Today, in coordination with paid staff, volunteers continue to be the engine of the organization from our Board of Trustees to our stewardship volunteers.

LLCT volunteers generously share their time, skills, and expertise in ways that are personally meaningful and organizationally impactful. In return, we hope to provide opportunities to acquire broader skills, gain more knowledge, and make lasting community connections.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Your gift of service benefits our whole community by preserving and protecting the rural character of Lincoln.

Submit a Volunteer Inquiry

At this time, LLCT is building capacity for expanding our volunteer base. We invite you to indicate your interest in future opportunities by providing some basic information. We will confirm receipt of your inquiry, and over the coming months will be formalizing our structure after which time we will contact all interested volunteers with more specific information.

Volunteer Job Descriptions


Volunteers are assigned to a trail or a portion of a trail, and they submit reports to the LLCT staff. Duties include observing trail conditions, recording maintenance needs, and possibly performing light trail maintenance, such as moving branches off of a trail and clipping encroaching brush. Volunteers are provided with a brief orientation and reference guide. This opportunity works well for an individual or for friends who frequent a particular trail together, or even a family.

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Stewardship Work Days

Volunteers participate in trail work or land management activities. Duties may include clearing, trail marking, removal of fallen trees, redirection of an existing trail, construction of a new trail, bridge maintenance, field edge clearing and invasive species management. Groups are led by LLCT staff or trained trail volunteers. Collaboration with Lincoln’s Conservation Department staff or other partner organizations sometimes occurs. This opportunity works well for an individual or an organized group, such as a company outing, a religious group, a social group or club, or for organized youth groups, such as scouts or school groups.

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Scarecrow Classic 5k

This annual event takes place in mid-October. Volunteers help with race preparations on Saturday and race-day activities on Sunday. In general, opportunities include trail-marking, event set-up and break-down, registration staff, parking attendants, course directors, photographers, and food and water station assistants. This opportunity works well for an individual or an organized group.

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Leading Walks

Volunteers often lead our educational nature walks. They are professionals or amateurs with specific knowledge of local flora and/or fauna. Guides may lead a group of 6-12 participants, imparting interesting and factual information on a particular topic, and answering questions from participants. An LLCT staff member or trustee frequently accompanies the group. We are also interested in volunteers who may wish to share a particular skill such as nature photography, painting, journaling or other expertise. This opportunity works well for an individual who is comfortable with public speaking and who can address general, but often sophisticated questions.

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Photography or Videography

Volunteers who are professionals or experienced amateurs in taking pictures, or recording and editing video content are invaluable. Our story is best told through images. Whether we are capturing an event, or looking for a nature picture of Lincoln, we can use your help. We ask that you be willing to release your images or video content for the purpose of promotion, display, exhibition, or editorial use. We use photos on our website, Facebook page, eNewsletter, Annual Report, in brochures, advertising for events, and so forth. We always give photo credit. This volunteer opportunity works well for an individual or entity willing to release their materials to the LLCT and the RLF in support of conservation activities. Volunteers coordinate their work with the LLCT staff and the time commitment varies.

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LLCT welcomes both individual and groups of volunteers. Whether you would like to volunteer one time or if you want to make a continuing commitment, we would like to know more about you!

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