Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Environmental Studies on the Piedmont. The contributions, dedication and commitments of our volunteers have been a foundation of ES since its origin.

Currently recruiting for:

Invasive species control:

We need help from volunteers to help us control invasive Autumn Olive, Tree-of-heaven, Oriental Bittersweet, and Japanese Honeysuckle. These species provide inferior habitat for animals and they crowd out native plants. Invasive species control is a great way to get to see the 900-acre property, meet fellow environmentalists in your community, and make a difference for our native biodiversity.

Eastern Bluebird Trail Monitors:

We are looking for a few committed volunteers to assist with maintenance and monitoring of our established Eastern bluebird trail. The trail consists of about 34 bluebird houses (can be divided between two volunteers) located on the field station. Prior experience is not necessary. A willingness to learn, attention to detail and common sense are all essential. This is an outdoor position and requires the ability to walk/hike over diverse terrain in a variety of weather conditions, including summer heat! Volunteers will carry a tote or backpack with less than 10 pounds of equipment. Volunteers may come in proximity to poison ivy, stinging and/or biting insects (bees, chiggers, ticks), snakes and other wildlife. Monitoring will commence in March and continue thru August. Nest check schedule is flexible, but will be conducted once every five to seven days, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. The schedule, including training, will be determined once several suitable volunteers are identified.

Education and Outreach Assistants:

Do you enjoy working with youth, outside, to stimulate their sense of curiosity and wonder? ES offers outdoor, experiential learning opportunities for public and private school students. Our half-day programs consist of field station visits and a variety of programming tailored to each unique group. Program assistants will have the opportunity to work with educators, pre-service (undergraduate) teachers and biologists to provide engaging cross-curricular activities. Enthusiasm and an appreciation for the natural world are essential. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our local ecosystems as well as educational theory and the importance of outdoor experimental learning. Scheduling is flexible with programs offered mornings and afternoons throughout the year.


Please contact our office by email, or phone (540-349-3331) to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

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Who We Are Environmental Studies is a division of the 501(c) non profit: The Clifton Institute, Inc.
Clifton Institute staff includes:

  • Dr. Bert Harris, Executive Director
  • Dr. Eleanor Harris, Managing Director
  • Sue Garvin, Education Specialist
  • Feliecia Brooks, Administrator
  • Sue Marshall, House Manager

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