What would weed work be without the volunteers? We all know programs that rely on all kinds of volunteers, from groups of 100 fourth-graders to groups of three retirees. See a list below of resources that have helped others coordinate volunteer efforts.
- Volunteer recruitment, safety, and management
- Teaching volunteers to identify plants
- Teaching volunteers to remove plants
Volunteer recruitment, safety and management
- WEBSITE: Developing and Managing Volunteer Programs: this free management library provides a comprehensive list of management tips and resources, including screening, selection, and management.
- PDF: Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risks and Rewards. An insurance-industry pamphlet that addresses risk management with volunteers.
- BOOK/PDF: The Weed Workers’ Handbook. Check out the following chapters:
- PDF: Breaking up with Difficult Volunteers: an article from the Charity Channel.
- WEBSITE: TNC’s Global Invasive Species Initiative volunteer coordination and outreach tools. Brochures, videos, and how-to.
- Organizations: finding volunteers. Try these organizations to bulk out your program:
- AmeriCorps: Application/Grant-based volunteer support
- Points of Light Foundation: provides a list of service centers in California offering volunteer support
- Break Away: A list of alternative spring break groups
- Sierra Club: Environmental organization that provides volunteers for multi-day service trips.
Resources: Teaching volunteers to identify plants
- BOOK: Weeds of California and Other Western States. This two-volume set contains detailed descriptions and hundreds of photographs of plants, including life stages from seed to adult.
- ID CARDS: Golden Gate National Recreation Area uses these Weed Cards with their volunteers. Click here to see a sample (pdf). GGNRA has eight cards with three species each. To obtain copies of the cards, please call Cal-IPC at 510.843.3902
- WEBSITE: Travel across the country to how volunteers learn to identify plants. View the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Rutgers University volunteer invasive plant survey guide.
- WEBSITE: Check out our other weed identification resources.