Opportunity Details


Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Skills: Animal Care, Gardening & Landscaping, Mechanical Engineering, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Invasive Species Management - Wood Chipper Operator

In our efforts to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed, we are currently focused on identifying, removing, and preventing invasive species throughout the Wildlife Preserve. With 142 acres to manage, this is a long term project that will require multiple phases of work and emphasis on one area at a time.

The first location we are working with is along the lake edge of the Lake Ballard Trail. Some invasive species we have found are English Ivy (Hedera helix), Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense), Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin), White Mulberry (Morus alba), Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora), and Chinese Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata). We are working on creating a more comprehensive list and identification guide to assist with this project.

This opportunity specifically will involve operating our small wood chipper and mulching the woody plants once they have been cut. Vines are not to be mulched in order to prevent any regrowth. 

We are looking for someone who is able to come at least once a week (or as needed) to help keep the trails clear of brush piles. You may also be asked to mulch fallen branches that are not necesarily invasive. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the above listed plants and other invasive species commonly found in Southeast Virginia
  • The ability to use loppers, hand saws, and other tools to cut the wood into manageable pieces
  • Experience using a wood chipper/ other heavy machinery
  • The ability to clear any jams within the wood chipper if they occur
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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2021

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