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Volunteer for One of Our Restoration Projects
2016 has been a great year for the Guardians’ Restoration Program helping to improve watershed health and wildlife habitat across New Mexico. If you would like to be kept abreast of our upcoming tree planting and restoration projects, sign up on our email list.

General Volunteers
From stuffing envelopes to organizing and helping at our events, plus everything in between, WildEarth Guardians always needs volunteers. Whether you have just a few hours to give or would like to make a regular commitment of your time, we will put you to work on tasks that suit your interest and availability. Review our calendar of volunteer needs below and then contact us to get started.

Photographers Wanted!
Are you willing to donate your wildlife, wild places or climate and energy photos to WildEarth Guardians? We are always on the lookout for new images to use on our website and in print materials. Please send relevant images to our Communications Specialist Lori Colt or call her at (760) 405-5898 for more information. We are also always on the lookout for photographers for our events who have the ability to give us the images in a quick turn around.

At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, working with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.

WildEarth Guardians has the following open internship positions:

Non-profit Administration Intern, full or part-time, this is an unpaid position

Assist the WildEarth Guardians Associate Director with administration of our organization. Work could include development, membership management, budget and finance, communications, data analysis, information technology, and event planning. Attend local music festivals and other events to reach out to the community. Learn project management skills, social entrepreneurship, lead outings, and try your hand at a variety of tasks. Review data to determine trends. Use high-end graphic programs to create informational brochures and other pieces. Learn hands-on how to run a non-profit organization and have fun doing it.

Time required: suggested 2-3 months

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Skills required:

  • Planning and execution skills
  • Task Oriented
  • Foresees risks and has contingencies
  • Works well with others
  • Can manage without authority
  • Ability to oversee and coordinate multiple volunteers
  • Familiarity with Access databases preferred, but will train
  • Interpersonal relations skills

Send a cover letter to elaborate on your interests, experience, availability, or goals and a résumé (directly applicable experience not required but do include complete contact information including email and phone number) to Carol Norton at cnorton@wildearthguardians.org.

Spotlight on 2016 Summer Interns

snapshop Sarah Danno Intern

Sarah Danno is a student at the University of Montana School of Law, where she is focusing on environmental law and policy. She holds a B.A. in political science from West Virginia University. Sarah recently completed a year of public service with AmeriCorps, where she focused primarily on habitat restoration and environmental education. Sarah grew up in many national parks as the daughter of National Park Service Rangers. She loves hiking with her dogs, exploring Montana's wilderness, and connecting others to the great outdoors. Sarah is supporting our Wildlife Program Director, Bethany Cotton, and Senior Staff Attorney, Sarah McMillan, in our Missoula office.


Kendra HartmannKendra Hartmann is a rising third-year law student at the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to law school, she worked as a print journalist for several years in San Diego, serving as a reporter and editor for a group of newspapers along the city’s coast. She received undergraduate degrees in journalism and environmental studies from San Francisco State University and is happy to be home in her native Colorado for law school. She enjoys reading, running, spending time in the mountains, and playing with her rambunctious rescue dog. Kendra is supporting two of our program directors this summer, Jen Pelz and Greg Dyson, in Denver.


Kadin PasleyKadin Pasley was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. He received a B.S. in ecological biology with a minor in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2015, Kadin moved to Portland, Ore., to pursue a J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School. His passion for the environment stems from his fascination with science, time spent at his family cabin in northern Minnesota, and love for outdoor recreation. Kadin is supporting our Pacific Northwest Conservation Manager, Marlies Wierenga, in Portland.



snapshot Laura CallananAfter fifteen years as an English professor, Laura Callanan needed a change. So she and her wife packed up their house, three dogs, two cats, and two birds and moved to Albuquerque, where she enrolled in the UNM School of Law to pursue a career in public interest environmental law. Laura is thrilled to have the chance to work at WildEarth Guardians this summer and learn as much as possible about environmental litigation. Laura is supporting our staff attorney, Samantha Ruscavage-Barz, in our Santa Fe office.