Volunteers are vital to the land trust’s operations and preserve maintenance. This includes all board members and stewards, as well as many other individuals who help to keep ELT up and running. We have no paid staff and rely on our members to staff every one of our events. We estimate that volunteers contribute more than 5,000 hours of their time annually, an equivalent value of over $150,000. The land trust continues to rely on its members and the community to support our efforts with their most valuable asset, time. We have many tasks that vary from helping plan and manage events, supporting communication efforts including social media and our website, participating on committees, photography, trail maintenance, office assistance, and mailings.


A major focus area involves caring for the preserves. Stewards report to ELT’s Preserves Management Director, Leif Owens, for assistance or direction. Maintenance involves creating new trails, keeping trails clear, maintaining gardens, caring for trees, etc. Each preserve is managed by a steward or co-stewards and supported by volunteers as needed.

Events & Programs

The land trust plans events and programs throughout the year. We are always looking for help in developing ideas and implementing activities. Please reach out to our volunteer chair if you would like to contribute with some of your time.

Volunteer Support

To volunteer or if you would like to become a more active part of our team in some other way, contact our Volunteer Chair, Tom Gezo, at the following email: tom.gezo@essexlandtrust.org.