Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Studies show that parental involvement in a child's education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. All of us here at Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy appreciate your generous gift of time and attention to help children learn. As with most things in life, there is a bit of paperwork to get started. Please note that the information following is as much for your safety as it is for the safety of our students. Volunteers are a precious resource. We want your experience to be a positive one for both the children attending our school and yourself. Most of this information is just good common sense, but some wording is required specifically by law, so please let us know if anything appears unclear or confusing. 


    Thank you again for making time for our students. We look forward to seeing you at our school! 


    Volunteer Handbook -- Please make sure to review this document before you fill out an application.


    Below you will find a listing of some of the Volunteer Opportunities at JGESA. If you want to volunteer with us, please fill out the volunteer application below. All volunteers must complete a background check (biennuially if you have already had one done).  A link will be emailed to you after you submit your volunteer form - cost is $15 (you will pay this online at time of background check submission). If you have questions, please email us at volunteer@jgesa.org.


    Acts as a liaison between teacher and parents. Acts as a mentor for new parents and is available to answer questions. Helps orient families to job responsibilities and checks in with parents to make sure jobs are getting done; helps maintain volunteer schedule and find subs.

    Volunteer chaperones have the opportunity to enjoy museums, exhibits, musicals, and plays as they accompany students and teachers on field trips. Trips may involve free transportation on a bus and occasionally free admission tickets. Like all other volunteers, field trip drivers and chaperones must be registered volunteers and pass a background check.

    Monitors and organizes the library. Keeps an inventory of basic supplies. Works closely with the office manager/advisor to maintain efficient function and order of the library. Provides any updates about organization to the JGESA staff. Also maintains system for organizing the JGESA library and monitors the checking in and out of materials.

    We are always in need for some extra help in our front office with answering phones, sorting mail, mass mailings, counting out flyers that will be going home, etc.

    Works closely with the JGESA Staff and Board on establishing fundraising strategies, goals, and projects. Assists board in seeking opportunities for grant writing and assists in writing grants. Helps to organizes fundraising meetings, sets agendas, and acts as point person within the parent community on fundraising.

    A volunteer in this position would assist JGESA staff with set-up, decorations, media equipment, setting up food and drink, greeting visitors, and other tasks associated with any special event.

    We offer gardening opportunities at our unique landscape. Activities vary from pruning, planting, native prairie restoration and etc. A Woodshop volunteer would help teach students about tool/material use, assist in construction projects and etc.

    If you are in interested in sharing your expertise, such as sports, gaming, recreation, music or other activities we would be happy to learn more from you. We can offer a chance to coordinate student interest groups within JGESA. Such as:

    Music- choir, instrumental, writing music, recording music (using our sound studio)
    Foreign languages
    Nature based opportunities: nature hikes, foraging (wild edibles), birding, etc...
    Technology clubs (computers, coding, Virtual reality, drone, augmented reality sandbox, 3D printing, etc.)
    Lego club
    Fiber art (knit, crochet, sewing, etc.)
    Film/movie club
    Architecture, CAD design
    Engineering/Inventors club