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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 advance invertebrate conservation by participating in community science, organizational tasks, and community engagement.


Xerces Ambassador Program

Xerces Ambassadors are volunteers who officially represent Xerces at events across the continent. With a wide geographic reach and a range of valuable skills, Xerces Ambassadors amplify our capacity to educate and inspire allies in invertebrate conservation.

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