MACON, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help with their mission to conserve, enhance and promote Georgia's fish and wildlife resources.
According to Bob Sargent, program manager in the Wildlife Resources Division, volunteers put in about 52,000 hours of service to DNR last year, which he said amounts to about $4 million in salary money saved by the organization.
Sargent said that thanks to these volunteers, DNR was not only able to accomplish more things, but the money was also used in their efforts to get federal grant funding. He said the organization was able to leverage more funds, which helps them pay for a lot of the work done each year.
Volunteers can get involved with helping out with DNR's education camp, teaching hunting classes, surveying wildlife and getting involved with various other programs.
However, Sargent said that anyone interested in volunteering should not be discouraged if they don't have any specific trade skills. He said that DNR is looking for people from all walks of life.
Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator with the Wildlife Resource Division, said that they are looking for anyone who has curiosity about the environment and nature. She said that if you enjoy being outdoors, you would make a great volunteer.
May said there is always work to do, including cleaning streams, leading classes or helping with trail maintenance. She said that volunteers are vital to the work that DNR does because they help the organization to leverage more efforts across the state.
All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. To apply, click here.