NEW YORK MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

2023 was a wild ride for the New York Mycological Society – 48 walks, 50 ID meetings, over a dozen lectures, the birth of our very own book club, a nice array of workshops, many community events, several picnics and dinner adventures, two epic festivals, a shiny new website, four gorgeous newsletters and the list goes on!

Did you know that all this goodness was brought to you by a tiny crew of hardworking, unpaid superhero volunteers? And yes, it can be a lot. That’s why we’re shaking things up in 2024. Our big resolution? To make it a easier for more members to jump in, roll up your sleeves, and add your magic to the mix. We’re scouting for fresh faces and spirited souls to join the team. And yes we’re looking at you — we need your skills and enthusiasm!

To that end we’ve created a new section on our website that lists all the different ways to get your hands dirty (literally and figuratively) with the club.  These are not one-off opportunities (there will be some of those throughout the year) but chances to steer a project close to our hearts longer term.

Why not take a peek and see how you can dive deeper into club life? It’s a blast, you’ll get to sharpen those skills, rack up some priceless experiences, mingle with fellow fungi enthusiasts, and help us make 2024 another great year for the club.

We look forward to your applications here!

And if you have other ideas for programs you would like to own and lead, email me and our new volunteer coordinator Kyleen Sanchez.

-Sigrid Jakob

President, NYMS

Please respond to the job you are interested in by submitting an email with a description of your relevant experience and why you are interested in the position.

 

Walk Leader

Monthly hours required: 4 hrs+
Minimum commitment: Two walks a year or more
Experience required: Familiarity with a park NYMS visits and our typical walk routes

What the job involves:

Greeting members, taking photograph, explaining walk protocol, directing group, set the pace, ensure group stays together. Taxonomic expertise is not required - you will be accompanied by a member with taxonomic expertise

What the position has to offer:

You will acquire or hone group leadership skills and meet many new and old members

This volunteer position is only open to members. Please login or join to apply for this role

Assistant Walk Leader

Monthly hours required: 4 hrs+
Minimum commitment: Six months
Experience required: Ability to use Google Maps, knowledge of a few common fungi

What the job involves:

Many members arrive to walks late and require directions. Your number will be on walk invites and people will call and text you for directions. You will send them a Google live link and otherwise direct them. You will also help organize the table at the end of a walk and help identify common fungi.

What the position has to offer:

You will get to meet many members and learn how to explain common fungi to walk participants.

This volunteer position is only open to members. Please login or join to apply for this role

NYMS Partnership Event Representative

Monthly hours required: 4+ (spring, summer and fall only)
Minimum commitment: Six months
Experience required: Familiarity with NYMS’ mission and values, passion for community outreach, some knowledge of fungal biology and common species.

What the job involves:

Represent NYMS at partnership events, either by co-hosting a table or co-lead a walk .

What the position has to offer:

You will get to interact with partner organizations and the general public and gain experience representing the club.

This volunteer position is only open to members. Please login or join to apply for this role

DNA Sequencing Instructor

Monthly hours required: 4+
Minimum commitment: Six months
Experience required: Experience in extraction, amplification of fungal tissue, gel electrophoresis, basic teaching experience.

What the job involves:

teaching members how to extract, amplify and test fungal tissue. You will also send off samples to our Sanger lab and share results with participants.

What the position has to offer:

You will hone your teaching skills, interact with our members and be able to use a DNA sequencing kit.

This volunteer position is only open to members. Please login or join to apply for this role

Slack Workspace Coordinator

Monthly hours required: 1+
Minimum commitment: One year
Experience required: Familiarity with Slack, knowledge of common fungi, interest in fungi-related news and events.

What the job involves:

Maintaining our Slack workspace by responding to member Slacks, offering basic identification and regularly posting fungi-related news and events including upcoming club events.

What the position has to offer:

You will learn how to create and manage a vibrant community.

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Tax wizard

Annual hours required: 6 (near tax season)
Minimum commitment: One year
Experience required: You'll have experience helping non-profits with their tax filings

What the job involves:

Help us prepare tax returns that will pass muster with the IRS. Sell up protocols that make it easier for us to capture the required information.

What the position has to offer:

You'll provide a much appreciated service to the club!

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