If you’re interested in local history and nature, or enjoy helping others learn, we invite you to become a KBS Volunteer! KBS offers opportunities for you to share your time and talents and meet new people.
How to Apply:
Step 1: Complete a KBS Adult OR Youth Volunteer On-Line Application. You’ll receive an email confirming that we’ve received your application.
Step 2: Download, complete the required volunteer forms below (three forms for Adults, two forms for Youth) and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to (269) 671-2409, or mail to KBS Volunteer Coordinator, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49006
Required Adult Volunteer Forms:
Required Youth Volunteer Forms:
Step 3: Complete an interview.
The KBS Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange a convenient time and date.
Step 4: Make a commitment. Most KBS volunteer opportunities are based on an extended commitment. Please review the requirements for the volunteer opportunities that interest you.
Questions? Call (269) 671-2263 or send e-mail to: email@example.com.
KBS Volunteer Opportunities
Agriculture & Ecology Student Activity Trail Guide at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Lead students on this Sanctuary trail during their field trips, teaching them about farming and the environment and how this is connected to a bowl of Kellogg’s cereal. After attending training, new guides are invited to follow experienced guides on a few tours until they are comfortable going out on their own.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children, and able to walk a 3/4-mile trail. The trail is open April 15 through November 1. Tours are typically scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons during the school year.
Are you interested in working behind the scenes and working with birds? Tasks include: maintenance of enclosures and helping with feeding and maintaining a safe, clean environment for the birds.
Qualifications: Applicants must be 18 years old, be able to lift 50 pounds, have reliable transportation, and enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions. Agree to commit to one shift a week for a minimum of 6 months. Shifts are 4 hours during 9am-5pm.
Bird Sanctuary Tour Guide
Whether you’re an expert birdwatcher or eager to learn a new skill, you are encouraged to become a Bird Sanctuary Tour Guide. Training covers concepts such as adaptations, migration, nesting and waterfowl identification. After attending training, new guides are invited to follow experienced guides on a few tours until they are comfortable going out on their own.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children, and able to walk a 3/4-mile trail. Tours are typically scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons during the school year.
Bird Sanctuary Jr. Camp Counselor
Teen volunteers (Volunteens) serve as Jr. Camp Counselors during Summer Science Camp at the Bird Sanctuary. Jr. Camp Counselors assist campers as they arrive and depart for the day, assist with camper supervision during activities, and help with setup and cleanup. Volunteens learn organizational and leadership skills and work in a friendly environment with helpful and appreciative staff.
Qualifications: Volunteens should be at least 14 years old, enjoy working in an outdoor setting and have an interest in working with children ages 5 to 12. Counselors are asked to volunteer at least one week (Monday through Friday) during the summer and be available from 8:45 am to 3 pm each day.
Bird Sanctuary Resource Center/Gift Shop Attendants
Volunteer in the Bird Sanctuary’s Resource Center / Gift Shop to meet new people and enjoy the beauty of the Sanctuary. Volunteers staff the Resource Center / Gift Shop on weekends throughout the year and may choose a four-hour shift that best fits their schedule.
Training includes a brief history of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg’s life and Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, as well as customer service, cash register sales and basic store operations.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Prior experience is not required.
Carpentry / Painting / Fix-it Assistant
If you’re handy we have projects for you! Projects include small carpentry projects, hanging pictures, painting and minor equipment repairs.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Help make science happen by volunteering for a real research projects.
- Michigan Butterfly Network
Is seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems. Butterfly monitors train with the Kalamazoo Nature Center and monitor butterflies at KBS!
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 15 years or old must be accompanied by parent or guardian if younger than 15 years old. Applicants must complete the 3 part MiBN training, be detail-oriented, dependable and willing to commit to the sampling season.
- Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
Help track monarch populations, understand monarch use of available habitat, and investigate factors that affect monarch populations.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 15 years or old must be accompanied by parent or guardian if younger than 15 years old. Applicants must complete the MLMP online training, be detail-oriented, dependable and willing to commit to the sampling season.
Gardens, Trails & Grounds
With over 4,000 acres, grounds care is always welcome! See below for opportunities to help maintain trails and keep gardens blooming. We also offer a variety of ongoing and seasonal volunteer opportunities for Master Gardeners and Michigan Conservation Stewards to earn volunteer hours.
Help us maintain our miles of walking and biking trails! Hit the trail when your schedule permits and remove branches, litter– even invasive species if you choose. Get outside and bring the family! (2-4 hrs/month)
- Lakefront Landscaping
Lake shore plantings create an attractive and functional buffer zone between lawn areas and Gull lake. Help is needed to maintain this area as a demonstration for lakefront property owners (3-4 hrs/wk)
- Manor House Gardens
Annuals, perennials, ground covers, woody shrubs and trees all need “TLC” to stay healthy, happy and beautiful (3-4 hrs/wk)
- Pollinator Garden
Look after a garden designed to attract butterflies, located at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (2-3 hrs/wk)
- Water Garden
Maintain a small water garden located at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (2-3 hrs/wk)
Kellogg Forest Maple Syrup Volunteers
W.K. Kellogg Forest offers you the chance to beat cabin fever, help others and learn to make a traditional spring favorite — maple syrup.
Volunteers will tap trees, collect sap, operate the sap evaporator and package maple syrup at the Augusta-area forest from mid-February through mid-April. Activities are weather dependent, as sap runs on warm days following very cold nights. Volunteers are also needed at the open house event greeting visitors and running activities.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Volunteers are needed to help plan and staff open house (Mid-Feb through Mid-April).
Enjoy science? Want to be part of MSU research? Consider making a difference for one of our graduate students as a lab volunteer. Our students study everything from water to soil to plants to animals! Especially during summer and fall, they can use help with seed collection, watering plants and other activities crucial to the integrity of their research.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Must be detail-oriented, dependable and willing to commit to at least 4 hours per day, 4-5 days a week. Ability to stand in one place for long periods of time and lift/carry at least 20 lbs.
Manor House Docent / Special Events
Help share a piece of local history with visitors from around the corner and the world by becoming a Kellogg Manor House docent. Training sessions will include learning about house construction and history, W.K. Kellogg’s life and work, and tips on how to lead an enjoyable tour.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Junior Docent opportunities available for youths ages 15-18.
Help spread the word about the exciting events and learning opportunities at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station!
KBS has year-round events and needs your help to get the word out. Volunteers will help distribute flyers and brochures to various locations such as area businesses, community centers, and libraries. Distribution areas are chosen by the volunteer and could include Richland, Augusta, Battle Creek, or Kalamazoo. A list of locations within those general areas and flyers will be provided to the volunteer. Mileage for flyer distribution will not be paid, but may be deducted from your tax return.
Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.
To see when our next volunteer training is, take a look at our event calendar.
Policies and Procedures: What are the policies and procedures for KBS volunteers?
In an effort to make your volunteer experience safe, productive and enjoyable, we provide a handbook that describes our policies and business practices.
Volunteer Service – Annual Reports
The volunteer report encompass the fiscal year period. Although volunteers’ skills, knowledge, and time are priceless, the volunteer service report is calculated annually to put a monetary value on volunteer contributions.