The Xerces Society Volunteer Program mobilizes volunteers to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats by participating in citizen science, organizational tasks, and community engagement.

Xerces Society Volunteer

A Xerces Society volunteer conducting outreach at the Oregon Zoo. (Photo: Xerces Society / Rachel Dunham)

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Outreach and Education Opportunities (New!)

Xerces Ambassador – Outreach Educator Volunteer

Location: Portland metro area
Training Date: Saturday, March 2nd 9 am – 4:30 pm

The Xerces Ambassador Volunteer Program extends the reach of the Xerces Society in towns and cities through education and outreach. Xerces Ambassadors use a variety of skills to motivate and inspire communities to action, protecting wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.

The Outreach Educator will use the Xerces Outreach Kit at tabling events and community programs including but not limited to community events, fairs, farmers markets, libraries, and schools. Using interpretive techniques, volunteers utilize resources and activities from the kit to connect audiences to pollinators and their habitats.

Training will be a mixture of online videos and a mandatory all-day session at our Portland office (628 NE Broadway). Although training will be provided, experience in education and/or interpretation is required. We are looking for long-term, dedicated volunteers ready to connect the public to invertebrate conservation.

Click here for the Outreach Educator position description.

Click here to apply.

Please send all questions regarding the volunteer program or activities to volunteer@xerces.org


Citizen Science Opportunities

PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

Location: Oregon, Washington, Idaho
Training: Online, ongoing

Do you spend time outdoors? Do you like to look for wildlife? Then this opportunity is for you!

The Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas is a collaborative project to track and conserve the bumble bees of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the distribution of bumble bees throughout the region to help inform land management and restoration efforts to protect bumble bees. This is where you come in – simply go online to sign up, adapt an area of habitat, and look for bees! Do it with friends or as a solo activity.

To learn more or sign up go to: www.pnwbumblebeeatlas.org 


Bumble Bee Watch

LocationUnited States and Canada
Training: Online, ongoing

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. Bumble Bee Watch is helping to track imperiled and common species alike to help us understand where to best direct our conservation efforts. Bumble Bee Watch data has helped to inform endangered species decisions by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the potential range expansion of some of our more common species. The best part – it’s easy! Next time you’re out in nature and see a bumble bee, take a photo. Then go to bumblebeewatch.org, upload your photo, and we’ll even help you identify your bee!


Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper

Location: Western US
Training: Online, ongoing

The Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper is part of a collaborative effort to map and better understand monarch butterflies and their host plants across the Western U.S. Data compiled through this project will improve our understanding of the distribution and phenology of monarchs and milkweeds, identify important breeding areas, and help us better understand monarch conservation needs. All you need to do take photos of milkweed and monarchs, upload your photos on www.monarchmilkweedmapper.org, and submit! There is even a milkweed ID wizard to help you identify milkweed species!