D&R Greenway Land Trust
Interns work with D&R Greenway Staff to learn about native plants and all aspects of stewardship

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Volunteer Opportunities

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and care for natural and agricultural lands and historic landscapes in interconnected greenways throughout New Jersey for the public’s benefit and to inspire a conservation ethic by connecting people with the land. There are countless tasks that volunteers do to make it possible for D&R Greenway to accomplish our mission. We work with hundreds of volunteers every year, both individuals and groups. Most of our volunteer work is done by frequent volunteers who learn about ecology and conservation and develop skills through their labor. Anyone is welcome to try out an opportunity before making a time commitment. Email volunteer@drgreenway.org to learn more and get involved.

Trail Building and Maintenance:

D&R Greenway’s preservation vision includes trails and open spaces where people enjoy the natural world. Trails are built and maintained to provide people with safe and appropriate access to preserved lands. Trail crews work on Sundays from September through May. Participants learn how to read the land and specific techniques of ‘human-scale’ engineering.


Volunteers working on Wednesday mornings out on D&R Greenway lands

Land Stewardship:

D&R Greenway is responsible for the stewardship and monitoring of over 100 properties under ownership and easement in central NJ.  We care for the wildlife and their habitats on our preserved lands through activities such as invasive plant species removals, native plantings, trail maintenance, erecting deer fencing and nest box installations.  Stewardship volunteers work every Wednesday morning, weather permitting. Additional opportunities can be organized for groups. 

Volunteers working to restore a steam bank area at Cadwalalder park in Trenton

Capital City Farm:

D&R Greenway is a participant in the collaborative Capital City Farm project, Trenton’s first urban farm, aiming to beautify East Trenton, provide access to affordable produce to residents, and engage residents in meaningful work. Volunteer activities include garden maintenance, produce distribution, land development, and streetscape improvements.

Native Plant Nursery:

Native Plant Nursery volunteers work and learn together, collecting and cleaning seeds, propagating and separating seedlings, and potting up and caring for mature plants. Nursery volunteers also staff our public plant sales. Volunteers are taught appropriate horticultural techniques and become knowledgeable about wild plants of our region. Volunteers work on Fridays (mornings in the summer, afternoons in the spring and fall).


Willing Hands:

Willing Hands support the work of D&R Greenway to teach a conservation ethic. There are many opportunities to assist with events including art openings, lectures, and films. Willing Hands also represent the organization through outreach at other events and assist with major mailings. Willing Hands are needed both daytime and evening, typically on weekdays.

Art Docents:

Art Docents and Gallery Sitters guide visitors through the Johnson Education Center’s art galleries on our monthly Second Saturday gallery hours. Docents and gallery sitters receive a special preview of each show and receive training from our curator. Docents may also lead activities for children.

A crew from Novo Nordisk helped build 75 feet of boardwalk on a wet section of a woodland trail

Group Volunteers:

We welcome inquiries from corporate, charitable, and school volunteers to join us for a day of land stewardship to maintain the health and accessibility of our preserves. Groups from 5-25 people can help us do a high-impact workday of removing invasive species or clearing overgrown trails while learning about forest ecology and bonding in a new setting.

Volunteers should expect an active day of work in the field. Volunteers should wear closed shoes (sneakers or boots), long pants and sleeves, insect repellent if desired, and bring ample water and snacks. High school age is the youngest age group we are able to work with. Groups are responsible for their own transportation.

Email volunteer@drgreenway.org to get involved. Please include the estimated number of people in the group and desired dates.

Internship Opportunities

D&R Greenway Land Trust has internship programs for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the area of ecology, planning, conservation biology, botany and other subject areas. The first internship was established in memory of Neil Upmeyer, a member of the Board of Trustees of D&R Greenway Land Trust for 14 years, serving as Chairman from January 1998 to December 2001. Under his leadership, D&R Greenway Land Trust greatly expanded its capacity to preserve land. Greenway Meadows Park in Princeton is but one of the many significant properties protected under his leadership.

Summer 2015 Interns
Lauren Upadhyay (left) and Brionna Primiani, both undergraduates at Rutgers University in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources



Click here to read about our 2012 Charles Evans Conservation Leader Intern, Kevin Michaels-Grant.

Background of the Charles Evans Conservation Leaders Award: Read press release announcing the award in 2010.

Background of the Upmeyer Internship:

Neil Upmeyer was Chairman of D&R Greenway's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001. He and his wife Mimi Upmeyer were lifelong conservationists. Their spirit lives on at D&R Greenway and the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance.
Neil Upmeyer was Chairman of the D&R Greenway Board of Trustees from 1998-2001

In Neil Upmeyer's memory, D&R Greenway Land Trust has established The Upmeyer Internship in Land Preservation & Stewardship at the Johnson Education Center. Spearheaded by his good friend Jim Amon and funded by the generosity of Neil's friends and colleagues, the Upmeyer Internship is made available to graduate and undergraduate college students. Under the guidance of an advisor, the intern will dedicate 100 hours to a project in land preservation or stewardship. The intern's final report will be presented in a public forum at the Johnson Education Center. The intern receives a stipend and an invitation to attend all educational programs at the Johnson Education Center for a year.

This living legacy creates the next generation of land preservationists to follow in Neil's footsteps. Every Upmeyer intern is given an experience that we hope will transfer Neil Upmeyer's generosity, dedication, insight, and leadership to a new generation of environmental leaders.

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