The Community Stewardship Volunteer will assist the Community Stewardship Coordinator with regularly scheduled volunteer activities available to public participation. Activities include propagating and transplanting native plants, removing invasive species and watering newly planted natives with public volunteers, IRC-certified Volunteers and IRC staff. Community Stewardship activities are attended by community members of all ages (age limit varies by program), local volunteer groups, corporate groups and groups of middle school and high school students. The Community Stewardship Volunteer will assist in program preparation and clean-up, interact with public participants, and promote awareness of the land and other IRC programs.
Requirements for volunteering as a Community Stewardship Volunteer will vary according to the project. Project-specific needs and a description of each stewardship project will be made available prior to the volunteer’s commitment to the project. Some projects will be more labor intensive than others.
Completion of an Irvine Ranch Conservancy potential volunteer Orientation and Training
Completion of two training programs covering protocol, locks and gates, policies and procedures
Completion of Land Steward, Farm Steward, or Trail Boss training
Shadow three stewardship events with evaluation form filed out by the lead volunteer or staff
Leading or assisting a minimum of two community stewardship programs per year
Current CPR and First Aid Certification
Negative TB Test
Completion of the City of Irvine Workers Compensation Form
Successful Background Check through Southeastern Screening Services (SSCI)
A signed Volunteer Liability Waiver (done annually)
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy was established in 2005. It is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization, created to help care for the 50,000 acres of permanently protected wildlands and parks on the historic Irvine Ranch. The organization works with its partners to enhance the public's appreciation, understanding and connection to the land, while helping other land owners and managers with all aspects of stewardship. We aim to achieve the best possible balance of preservation and public participation. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy partners with outstanding volunteers to conceptualize, plan and implement numerous activities for public enjoyment of the open space we manage; and to care for the land that we've been entrusted to protect.
Working with all landowners and partners who share our bold vision, we participate in land and community stewardship planning, biological monitoring, data collection, We operate with the following principles:
Conservation Science - Four fundamental goals of conservation biology drive our evaluation, decisions and actions: Ensure that the full range of species and habitats are adequately represented; Maintain viable populations of species; Sustain key ecological processes; Guarantee resilience to disturbance and long-term change.
Support: Commitment, empowerment, responsibility and accountability of individuals will be the backbone of our collective success.