Volunteer Opportunities

Please see Events Page for Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities 


Volunteers are a welcome and essential component to the success of our restoration and management program. Volunteers are needed at the Hempstead Plains during our weekend volunteer community workdays to help with:

• Cutting woody shrubs
• Removing invasive plants
• Collecting seeds
• Mowing selected areas
• Spreading seeds
• Planting seedlings
• Leading tours
• Presenting educational programs

We welcome groups who wish to participate in a meaningful community service project as well as Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Projects, and Girl Scouts Gold Award projects.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please e-mail info@friendsofhp.org and include the name, contact info, and availability of the volunteer(s) and age if under 18.  

Ecology Internship 2018 - Application Period Closed

Duration: 12 weeks, June - August, flexible start date, 20 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and occasional Saturdays

Stipend: $2,000 for term (paid in monthly instalments)

Organizational Background: Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College is dedicated to the perpetual preservation, restoration and management of the Hempstead Plains habitat through scientific research and education.  This habitat once stretched 40,000 acres across Nassau County.  The Friends actively manage 45 acres of remnant patches of this unique habitat. 

We host outreach programs at our state-of-the-art education and research center is where.  Made out of four recycled shipping containers, it features composting toilets, runs on solar power and supports a green roof that is home to prairie grasses. 

A major restoration effort is underway at the Francis T. Purcell Preserve after encouraging results from a thorough botanical survey.  Restoration, monitoring and adaptive management of Purcell will be the focus of this internship. 

Internship Activities

  • Conduct and analyze botanical survey
  • Survey for new invasive species and eradicate or control them
  • Monitor rare plant species and create update reports
  • Design and conduct bird and Lepidoptera assessment
  • Organize community clean-ups
  • Assess possible locations for interpretive trail
  • Create outreach materials


  • Enrolled in college or recently graduated
  • Comfortable working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 30lbs
  • Adept with Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel

Preferred Skills

  • Familiarity with local flora and fauna
  • Experience with invasive plant removal
  • Field research experience
  • Experience organizing events
  • Horticulture/gardening capability

How to Apply: Application period is closed but E-mail resume and cover letter to Amanda Furcall, Executive Director info@friendsofhp.org if you are interested in ongoing volunteer opportunities. 


Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(Weather permitting)

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