The Native Plant Nursery Volunteer will assist in planting seeds, trans-planting and growing native plant species in containers. These plants will be used for habitat restoration or trail restoration within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The Native Plant Nursery Volunteer will visit the nursery on an individual basis or with other IRC-Certified Volunteers or staff to water seedlings and complete other as-needed nursery tasks. The Native Plant Nursery Volunteer will also assist in volunteer activities held at the nursery, which are regularly scheduled and open to the public. The Native Plant Nursery Volunteer will work closely with the Community Stewardship Coordinator and other IRC-Certified Volunteers.
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 or Farm Steward training
Shadow a minimum of three times at a stewardship event with evaluation form filled out by the lead volunteer or staff
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.