Volunteers

These volunteer positions require interest in indigenous teachings and sustainable living and the ability to interact with indigenous people, donors, staff and participants.

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

We will begin accepting Volunteer Applications in April 2018.

What are the personal qualities of a FMS Volunteer?

  • Compassion to deal with difficult cross-cultural and spiritual subject matter and all those who are affected by it.
  • Open-Mindedness and Patience to work with diverse peoples, volunteers and staff.
  • Integrity to represent oneself, the organization and all of your relations with the highest standards.
  • Reliability to consistently keep one’s volunteer commitment to the organization.
  • Dedication to the fulfillment of our vision and mission.

Who is eligible to be a FMS Volunteer?

We have several volunteer positions each with differing qualifications. Check out our volunteers page for specifics.

These volunteer positions require a strong interest in indigenous teachings and sustainable living and the ability to interact with indigenous medicine people, donors, and staff. Candidates should be detail-oriented, excellent writers, able to handle very delicate content and material. Some positions may require individuals to sign legal documents protecting the intellectual property of our Spiritual Leader and/or —Forest Medicines Sanctuary. Each Behind the Scenes volunteer should have an interest and personal dedication to FMS’s mission and goals.

Commitment

Our Behind The Scenes positions are available year round, and require an 6–10 hour per week commitment. Additional hours, including on weekends and evenings, may be necessary for particular positions. In most cases, work can be done from home, with bi-weekly check-in via a video conference call and a monthly video or in-person meeting in Worthington MA.

Benefits

Our volunteer positions are an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the area you choose to contribute and a chance to better understand the inner workings of a grassroots nonprofit. Most every volunteer will benefit from working directly with our Spiritual Leader, Board Members, staff and other volunteers. And, our team possesses a strong and diverse background in international indigenous event coordination, marketing/communication, nonprofit development/management and spiritual development.

Current Positions

We currently have the following positions available

  • Events & Outreach Assistant
  • Grant Writing & Fundraising Assistant
  • Web Maintenance & Email Management
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Transcriber
  • MatchMakers

For more information, please call us at 413-822-5337

 

Events & Outreach Assistant

The Events & Outreach Assistant is a volunteer position requiring a high level of responsibility in carrying out our organization’s mission by connecting us with our key audiences through a variety of activities, gatherings and events.

Responsibilities

The Events and Outreach Assistant will assist with a wide range of events and administrative tasks serving FMS’s students, donors, community organizers and members.

Administrative tasks include telephone work (communicating with members, registering participants, sharing event information, working with vendors and maintaining contact with Board) as well as spreadsheet input and maintenance on computers. The events require some evening and weekend work and occasional tabling. Additional tasks will be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Special Qualifications

The candidate for this position should be a high-energy person that possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills including superb telephone manner, solid writing skills, and the ability to interact with a variety of people. It is also important for this volunteer to have the capacity to work on multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced environment, and possess excellent follow through skills. Experience working with MailChimp and Aplos a plus. This is an opportunity for professional event planners looking for a pro-bono opportunity, college students interested in nonprofit development/fundraising.

 

Grant Writing & Fundraising Assistant

The Grant Writer & Fundraising Assistant plays a key role in assisting our organization in attracting the necessary funding to fulfill upon our vision while serving indigenous communities that have requested our support. This position will report to the organization’s Board of Directors with support from the Spiritual Leader, Board President and staff. Opportunities to write grants for the organization independently may become available for interested volunteers who have more extensive grant-writing experience.

Responsibilities

The Grant Writer & Fundraising Assistant is responsible for researching various foundations and grants via the internet and producing well-written and accurate content within set guidelines. It is essential that this volunteer can be prompt with turnaround times and manage multiple documents needed for each submission.

Special Qualifications

This volunteer must be able to work effectively with multiple supervisors, balance and prioritize multiple requests. We’d refer to work with a volunteer that has some grant writing/research experience and/or a degree or study in writing/journalism/English.

 

Web Maintenance & Email Management

A volunteer is needed to help FMS update and maintain its WordPress web site, assist with online communications and email list management on a weekly basis, with some weeks requiring more hours and others none at all.

Responsibilities

The Web Maintenance & Email Management volunteer will be responsible for weekly postings of new events, photographs, promotional blurbs, audio files, and other related work on an ongoing basis. Fluency in Spanish a plus. Additionally, this volunteer will assist us in adding new people to our email lists, deleting bad email addresses and overall email list management.

Special Qualifications

He/She must have skills and experience in website maintenance and preferably know how to work with Flash. When applying, please provide a list of three to five sites you have maintained and/or designed.

 

Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator will report to the Membership Director and oversee member recruitment, registration, benefits and communication.

Responsibilities

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for sending out monthly emails to members, and coming up with creative, yet appropriate, solutions to successfully recruit new members. Close communication with the volunteer Newsletter Editor and Events & Outreach assistant is necessary to fulfill on the delivery of member benefits and it is expected that this volunteer will return all phone calls and emails promptly.

Special Qualifications

Candidates with experience working in indigenous circles are preferred. Very good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple relationships and requests is necessary. Experience working with MailChimp and Aplos a plus.

 

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor volunteer will play the lead role in creating our monthly online newsletter and quarterly print newsletter.

Responsibilities

Coordinate newsletter submissions and photographs from volunteer writers, Spiritual Leaders and Board Members; handle the design & layout of the print newsletter, and ensure that completed newsletters are ready to be sent on time.

Special Qualifications

Experience editing/designing a non-profit newsletter. Degree in English, Journalism, Marketing preferred. Experience working with MailChimp and Membership in non-profit orgs a plus.

 

Transcriber

FMS is looking for a volunteer to work on transcribing audio tapes of teachings and public talks and Music offered by our Spiritual Leaders at FMS organized gatherings.

Responsibilities

Volunteer transcribers are responsible for listening to media files and transcribing its contents word for word, and ensuring that this intellectual property is protected and media files are well preserved.

Special Qualifications

Candidates should have excellent command of English, typing speed of at least 70 wpm and be willing to learn new audio and sound technologies. It is also important that volunteers are willing to sign legal documents protecting the intellectual property of our Spiritual Leader and/or Forest Medicines Sanctuary. Very strong personal commitment to protecting and preserving indigenous wisdom, confidentiality of members and the sanctity and confidentiality of the healing environment is necessary.

 

Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping

FMS is looking for a volunteer to work with the Vision of our Spiritual Leaders at FMS organized gatherings and on a regular ongoing needs. The work is predominately seasonal but Winter snowblowing and shovel to keep paths open is a plus. Winter residence may be needed when the FMS is left for travel to provide to other venues and for trips to work with Elders.

Responsibilities

Volunteers are committed to a regular maintenance schedule and soliciting help where needed. This volunteer position requires working well with other volunteers.

Special Qualifications

Candidates should have excellent command of property management and knowledge of gardening and landscaping skills along with our Spiritual Leader and/or Forest Medicines Sanctuary. A working knowledge of Permaculture and preservation of Native species of Flora and Fauna is a Plus. Very strong personal commitment to protecting and preserving indigenous wisdom on the sanctity of Earth, confidentiality of members and the sanctity of the healing environment is necessary.

 

Recording Management

FMS is looking for a volunteer to work on event recordings and creative sound healing projects as envisioned by our Spiritual Leaders at FMS.

Responsibilities

Volunteer recording technicians are responsible for organizing the recording equipment, listening and editing media files and creating marketable CDs and downloadable media files, and ensuring that this intellectual property is protected and media files are well preserved.

Special Qualifications

Candidates should have excellent command of English and be willing to learn new audio and sound technologies. It is also important that volunteers are willing to sign legal documents protecting the intellectual property of our Spiritual Leader and/or Forest Medicines Sanctuary. Very strong personal commitment to protecting and preserving the sanctity of the FMS healing environment and creating opportunities to share this healing worldwide through digital musical files.

 

Match-Development-Makers

Does our vision resonate deeply in your heart? If so, consider joining our circle of Match-Development Makers and commit to connecting us with donors, volunteers or Elder guests each year. If you feel inspired to connect us with other meaningful resources, you may also join this circle of support. To receive member benefits, you must be able to demonstrate that you’ve connected us with a half-dozen people or organizations per year by includeing handy informational links that you can use to share about our circle, volunteer program and mission statement.

Please contact us at mayer@forestmedicines.org to request promotional materials.

These are all grass roots opportunities to share and learn. We look forward to hearing from you.