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Volunteer Program

Xerces Ambassadors
A Xerces Ambassador conducts outreach at the Oregon Zoo. (Photo: Xerces Society / Rachel Dunham)

The Xerces Society's volunteer program mobilizes volunteers to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats by participating in community science, organizational tasks, and community engagement. Our volunteer Xerces Ambassadors conduct outreach by tabling at a variety of events, and other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the United States—including the community science projects Bumble Bee Watch, Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas, Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, and the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. Browse though volunteering options to find the right opportunity for you—everyone is welcome!


Xerces Ambassador Program

Do you love connecting with people and sharing your passion for invertebrate conservation? Do you have outreach or public speaking experience? We need you!  We are recruiting new Xerces Ambassadors. Xerces Ambassadors use a variety of skills to inspire communities and individuals to take action to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Online training will be provided in November. Accepting Ambassadors in all locations. Contact Rachel Dunham with questions. 

Register for our open house on September 28th, 2022 at 4 pm PT to learn more about the program and meet current Xerces Ambassadors.

Apply to the Ambassador Program by October 7th!


  • Provide online and/or in-person presentations on pollinator conservation, provided by Xerces.
  • Table at community events, schools, farmers markets, and other appropriate venues using the Xerces Outreach Kit.
  • Take part in developing outreach materials and other projects.

Experience Required

  • At least 1 year of experience doing interpretation, outreach, or education.
  • Self-starter and action oriented.
  • Comfortable volunteering alone.
  • Knowledge of Xerces and understanding science based information and practices.
  • Motivated to find local events and other opportunities to participate in. 
  • Ability to communicate virtually.
  • A passion for invertebrate conservation, particularly for pollinators.
  • Capable of communicating and interacting in a respectful and inclusive manner to people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. 
  • Xerces Ambassadors must be 18 years of age or older. 


Current Volunteer Opportunities

This is your chance to give back to the little things that run the world—invertebrates!

Click on a listing to view more information.

Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper

Online—Western United States
Ongoing; priority season is early spring

Bumble Bee Watch

Online—United States & Canada

Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas

Survey Season: June – September

PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
Survey Season: June – August

Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count

California Overwintering Sites
Nov. – Jan.