Looking for a fun way to give back and make a difference? Join Ijams' team of dedicated volunteers! From removing invasive species and restoring native East Tennessee landscapes to helping with special events or providing assistance at the Volunteer Information Desk, there are so many ways to get involved at Ijams!

Volunteer Opportunities

Ijams simply would not be Ijams without the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time and talents to this nonprofit nature center. If you are looking to be a habitual volunteer here at Ijams, the following volunteer opportunities are broken into 4 main positions.  




Teach others about nature! Volunteers lead school group hikes, assist public programs, set up touch tables and information booths, and more. You don’t have to know every rock, tree, and bird. You just need to be enthusiastic and want to share your love of the outdoors with others.

Natural Resource

Wrangle some weeds! With more than 315 acres to care for, Ijams needs folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty! Trail volunteers maintain more than 12 miles of trails throughout the grounds by mulching, weeding, and removing invasive species.

Special Events

Host a great party! Volunteers are essential in helping Ijams with some of the biggest and best events in East Tennessee. From the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival and Ijams River Rescue to the nature center's largest fundraiser, Ijams' Symphony in the Park, volunteers assist in every aspect of Ijams events. Every month has opportunities to help with events, big and small.

Behind the Scenes

Get in on the action! In every nonprofit organization, “behind the scenes” volunteers are the unsung heroes. They answer phones, help visitors navigate the trails, assist with office work, take care of the bird feeders, and generally keep the place running smoothly.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Sept. 5 | Public Workday with the Natural Resource Team |10 am -12 pm

Help out Ijams' Natural Resouce Team! 

Join the Natural Resource Team to create brush fences at the Grayson Subaru Preserve and help with trash removal. Sign up to Volunteer

Sept. 19 | Weed Warriors |10 am -12 pm

See what it means to be a Weed Warrior! 

Join Ijams for a Weed Warriors invasive removal of large wisteria vines using loppers, handsaws, and herbicide. A short training will be given at the beginning; all equipment will be provided.  Sign up to Volunteer

Sept. 19 | Quarry Cleanup | 9:30 am -11:30 am

Help keep Mead's Quarry clean! 

Help Ijams collect litter in the quarry and on the trails by either joining the Land Team or Water Team! The Water Team will be using River Sports Outfitters' kayaks and be led by Ijams' River Captain Jerry Weaver. Paddles and life jackets will be provided.

The Land Team will be led by Volunteer Coordinator Madelyn Collins. Gloves, trash grabbers, and trash bags will be provided.  Sign up to Volunteer

Sept. 26 | Trail Maintenance |10 am - 12 pm

Help keep Ijams' trails beautiful! 


This will largely be an introductory workday for those who have yet to experience light trail maintenance; seasoned trail volunteers are welcome to help share skills and experience. Sign up to Volunteer


Sept. 30 | Weedin' Wednesday |10 am -12 pm

Come get dirty and help Ijams weed! 

Please join Ijams on the last Wednesday of the month for some garden work! There are several spaces throughout Ijams that need a little TLC.  The work will vary from month to month, but there will always be plenty to do for all skill levels, so don't feel like you have to be a botanist!   Sign up to Volunteer

Sept. 30 | Volunteer Orientation (Zoom) | 2 pm & 6pm

Interested in being a volunteer? The Volunteer Coordinator wants to answer your questions! 

If you are interested in learning about becoming a regular-time Ijams volunteer, join Ijams' Volunteer Coordinator Madelyn in a Q&A session. Madelyn will go over the Online Volunteer Orientation slides and answer any questions you may have. 

Register 2 PM Session | Register 6 PM Session

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Ijams' Volunteer Mailing List

Can you think of other creative uses for your talents? Let Ijams put your skills to work to make the world a better place!

To learn more about volunteering at Ijams, please contact Madelyn Collins at mcollins@ijams.org.

Want to schedule a workday for your club or group?

Submit a request here.


Please email Ijams' Volunteer Coordinator, Madelyn Collins, for more information at mcollins@ijams.org

Looking for Online Volunteer Orientation? [Please do not take unless you've been in contact with Madelyn]  Download slides here

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