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Volunteer Opportunities

April 26, 2023 - October 1, 2024

Volunteering is one of the best ways that you can help protect your lands and waters from the impacts of invasive species. SLELO PRISM and our partners offer volunteer opportunities seasonally and sometimes throughout the year depending on needs. Attending any of the events hosted by SLELO or our partners counts towards achievements with our Volunteer Challenge.

Check often as more opportunities will be added as they are received.

If you are a SLELO Partner and have a volunteer opportunity to list here contact megan.pistolese@tnc.org or submit them here

Sign up to be a volunteer and receive email notifications for upcoming opportunities. 

SLELO PRISM Opportunties

Join us for a 3-part learning series to be held this spring and summer.

This training is perfect for, waterfront property owners, lake associations, kayaking groups, seasonal staff, or anyone who wants to learn more about aquatic invasive species (AIS). Participants will be invited to become a Water Protector and ‘adopt-a-water’ to survey for priority AIS.


SLELO is seeking volunteers to assist with an emerald ash borer biocontrol monitoring program occurring on Wednesdays at 10 AM from June 5th through September 25th at the SUNY Oswego University Rice Creek Field Station.

A virtual training will be provided in May and guidance will be given during each monitoring survey. 


April is Earth Month! Join tree plantings, clean-ups, events, and more! 

Partner Opportunities: 

Tree Watertown

Tree Watertown, the City of Watertown, and Watertown Noon Rotary Club will be holding our Annual Arbor Day recognition Volunteer Tree Planting event on Saturday, April 27th at 9am. 

The event will take place at Ives Street High School Campus located at 1316 Ives St. in Watertown NY and  IHC Elementary School Campus (Parker and Winthrop). The main meeting location will be the High School campus and volunteers can choose to stay at Ives or go over to the elementary school campus after welcoming statements from Tree Watertown and Partners. After planting, light refreshments (donated by Noon Rotary and Tree Watertown) will be served at the High School campus.  

Get involved with the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust(THTLT) and help conserve land, connect kids and families with the wonders of nature and farms, help to get the word out about upcoming treks and events, and assist with trail maintenance. 

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) maintains 28 miles of trails open to the public across 5 different land preserves. Learn of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities hosted by IRLC that you can get involved in, click the link above to view details on their website.

Save The River’s new Riverkeeper Volunteer Program trains volunteers to be our eyes and ears out on the River, by teaching the basics on assessing River health and identifying potential pollution problems.

The Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) protects over 12,000 acres of land, both fee-owned land and conservation easements, including important wetland, grassland, and woodland habitats. They host guided hikes, stewardship opportunities, and kids programs. 

If you have a passion for the outdoors and love to show the world what you love about it, then becoming a Campground Ambassador could be for you! Ambassadors assist DEC campground staff in welcoming and serving the millions of visitors who camp in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks each year. 

This is a great opportunity to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and other outdoor activities like hiking and fishing.

NYiMapInvasives is New York’s invasive species observation database. You can join state-wide early detection efforts for invasive species by becoming a member and reporting your observations. 

Click the links below to become familiar with iMap


April 26, 2023
October 1

Contact megan.pistolese@tnc.org to list your events on our events page and on Facebook.  

SLELO PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between  Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 am.

If you want to receive partner meeting announcements please email rwilliams@tnc.org .

Save the Date for 2023 Partner Meetings:

Thursday, October 12th

Keewaydin State Park – Marina Pavilion, 10 am-12 pm 45165 State Route 12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

The PRISM Network hosts a monthly Speaker Series on the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December).

View the Webinar Schedule & Access Recordings

iMapInvasives holds training webinars after the PRISM  Speaker Series from 1 pm-2 pm. Visit the iMap website for details and to register. 

 View Events Pages of the PRISM Network


Capital Region PRISM 

Catskill (CRISP) PRISM 

Finger Lakes PRISM

LIISMA (Long Island) PRISM  

Lower Hudson PRISM

Western NY PRISM