Volunteer Opportunities

Want to give of your time and talent? Great Works has many volunteer opportunities in stewardship, membership development, events, office help, and committees. Contact the office at 646-3604 or email to talk with staff about how you would like to work with us. Rhyan Romaine is Development Coordinator, Patti Mitchem is Administrative Coordinator, Darrel is Stewardship Director, and Brenna Crothers is Outreach Coordinator and Stewardship Assistant.

Ways you can help:

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Stewardship: Darrell DeTour, Stewardship Coordinator email

Trail work and property clean up: We periodically schedule trail work days and an occasional cleanup day.

Monitoring: The Trust needs volunteers to help monitor the conservation status of Trust owned land and properties for which the Trust holds easements.

Stewardship Committee: (planning field work)

Field Surveys and Baseline Data Collection: Although not regularly scheduled, volunteers are needed periodically to help conduct field surveys, i.e., watershed, water quality or habitat assessments; and document features of properties for which the Land Trust holds an easement. Also, we would like to have GPS coordinates for all of our properties and trails.

Conservation Focus on Beaver Dam Heath, York Pond area, Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area, Tatnic area, Mt. Agamenticus: Help us reach our conservation goals.


Great Works is often invited to work with school groups and scouting groups. You could make a presentation, lead a workday, lead a hike, help coordinate a program.

Lead a hike or special wildlife viewing event.

Membership Leadership and Outreach

Development: Fundraising committee work, individual and business donor prospect outreach

Calling all photographers! Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Help us out with your great shots of our properties!

Marketing and website design and production, social networking

GWRLT Booth at local festivals: Volunteers interact with the public and staff display table at community events and festivals throughout the summer and early fall.

Distribution of newsletters in early October, February and June. Pick a town!

Host a small reception.

Events: We hold one major fundraising events a year and a few smaller ones. Volunteers work in a variety of capacities and are indispensable to the success of our events.

Spring Auction: always the 2nd Saturday in March.

Spring Auction Committee begins work in late fall to solicit and gather items for the auction.

Administrative help needed includes data entry, tracking tickets, attending to the details in the last week, follow up data entry.

Auction set-up on Friday and Saturday morning

Auction night requires at least 25 volunteers

Volunteer Social: First Thursday in August, event support, set up, clean up.

Mailing parties: we send out  our newsletter three times a year: early February, early- to mid-June, and late September. A cheerful crew gathers and gets the job done in a couple hours. Occasional other mailings occur throughout the year. Patti Mitchem, Administrative Coordinator, handles these. More often than not, the mailing parties are held at South Berwick Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 on a Wednesday morning.

Office help: Organization of files, scrapbooks. Data entry. Tax records research.

Grant writing and research


Volunteer Yearly Overview

See how the volunteer year evolves: outreach, stewardship, event, and administrative needs.


February: newsletter mailing early in the month; newsletter distribution; poster distribution for Spring Auction; Annual Meeting: often a potluck, help is needed with setup;

March: Spring Auction 2nd Saturday

April: trail work, cleanup

May: trail work, clean up

June: Mailing party for the summer newsletter early in the month; newsletter distribution; June 6th, National Trails Day (trail work); volunteers at the South Berwick Strawberry Festival - hulling and booth help


August: Volunteer Social - help needed with setup, cleanup, parking, serving; Mill Field Festival booth in mid-month;

September: newsletter mailing late in the month, Eliot Festival booth last Saturday

October: Lead a hike, help out on a hike; Annual Fund mailing party

November: Lead a hike, help out on a hike



Thank You to 2015 Winter & Spring Volunteers

Thank you to the volunteers who have contributed time and talent to Great Works this past winter and spring!



Liberty Mutual Volunteers

Thank you to our friends at Liberty Mutual who joined us for the week of May 4th-8th and participated in the "Serve with Liberty" program. Thirty-five volunteers of four teams, helped at three different Great Works locations in Berwcik, Ogunquit and North Berwick. Volunteers cleaned up trash on properties, re-created an existing trail, battled invasive plants, painted and cleaned office space. Thank you to the Liberty Mutual workers who made this day possible!


Volunteer Gerry Desilets

We met Gerry Desilets when he showed up for a vernal pool hike in Tatnic Woods in the spring of 2006, recently retired and eager to help. In the two years since he has become a volunteer extraordinaire, always ready to pitch in when needed – whether it is trail work or the spring auction or newsletter mailings – and a stalwart of our outdoor volunteer cadre. Stewardship Coordinator Darrell DeTour has given him the title of Volunteer Steward for the Orris Falls Conservation Area, as he checks up on things there a couple of times a week, it being only a short walk through the woods from his home in South Berwick. This past winter saw him wading through deep snow to mark the boundaries of two recently acquired parcels there. 



Volunteers Nancy and Joe Geneseo

Nancy & Joe Geneseo give a lot of hours to GWRLT. They work on bulk mailings, help to organize and solicit items and advertising for both of our auctions, and have always given a hand during land trust events. Nancy and Joe even helped us move into our offices last year! Joe has taken  the lion’s share of the work of mowing the yards at Beach Plum Farm each year from spring through the fall.



Volunteers George and Marion Muller

George Muller and Marion Glomp-Muller have been active volunteers, putting in countless hours updating the files and stewardship records at the office. They both work on our bulk mailings and have run the booths at community events and fairs. George has helped paint the barns at Beach Plum Farm, done several of our conservation easement monitoring walks, and volunteered for trail work days. He is an active member of the Stewardship Committee. They both served and worked on the lobster bake that was auctioned off at the 2005 spring auction. In addition to the volunteer work for GWRLT, Marion also volunteers at the Senior Center in South Berwick and George has been an active volunteer for the Old Berwick Historical Society. George and Marion are true outdoors people, with hiking, gardening and camping at the top of their lists for leisure activities.



Volunteers Bill and Carol Bryan

Bill and Carolyn Bryan are residents of Falmouth, Massachusetts, but since their retirement have spent nearly half the year in North Berwick at Carolyn’s family homestead. They have spent many hours donating time and talent to the Trust. Carolyn developed the property database and organizes data in the files. Bill works on property titles, maps, boundary issues and geological histories of Land Trust parcels. Both 75, the Bryans have been renovating the barn and old blacksmith shop on the property and enjoy hiking, skiing and cruising the Maine coast in their 27-foot powerboat.The two are indefatigable!

Read more about the Bryans and their 2007 conservation of a large parcel of land in Beaver Dam Heath in Berwick.


Volunteers Ray & Theresa Wilkinson

Meet Ray and Theresa Wilkinson of South Berwick. Married for 48 years, they’ve been members of, and volunteers for, Great Works Regional Land Trust for more than two years. They help out in a variety of ways, including trail marking and cleanup, and boundary marking, and together they sit on the Great Works Stewardship Committee.  

Though his sign-making techniques have been varied over the years, Ray uses a router and a template to create handsome, long-lasting wood signs for Great Works. Before carving out the letters with the router, he first covers the wood surface with an adhesive pattern material, and then lays out the lettering using the template. Finally, he paints the routed letters with white enamel paint, peeling off the pattern material afterward, leaving the painted letters with neat, precise edges.