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Volunteer Program

Xerces ambassador showing invertebrates to a child
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.


Xerces Ambassadors 

Our volunteer Xerces ambassadors amplify the Xerces Society's reach by engaging with regional communities across the continent. By hosting educational workshops and tabling at a variety of events, our ambassadors are vital to our outreach efforts. 

We are not currently seeking additional ambassadors. We will periodically accept applications for new ambassadors to join to team. 


Community Science 

Xerces hosts several community science programs that invite volunteers to gather local data about invertebrates. Our volunteer community scientists observe and collect data on monarch butterflies, bumble bees, fireflies, and more. These programs empower our professional scientists to gather more data in more places, so that they can better inform the conservation of these animals. Anyone can participate and we are always accepting new volunteers. 

Community science programs