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Help Wanted!

Volunteering for CNPS is a great way to express your support for preserving California’s incredibly rich plant life. The Chapter is in need of help with our virtual events, a Vice President and Program Committee members. We are looking for people to fill these important volunteer roles.  For more information, contact Stephen Buckhout, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee, (408) 255-6233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our virtual events have opened up a variety of new volunteer needs. Here for your consideration are some wonderful opportunities to get involved, work with great people and start making a difference right away:

Q&A Moderator - Assist the programs team with Zoom and YouTube (potentially Facebook Live) in monitoring and queuing up incoming chat questions to be posed back to presenter(s). Our current programs have an average of 50-100+ attendees (and growing!). Various programs and shifts available.

Zoom Co-host - The co-host team for each of our virtual events on Zoom is responsible for monitoring the waiting room, chat and other behind-the-scenes issues. Experience with Zoom is desired but not required. Various programs and shifts available.

YouTube Video Editing - Trim and split video files on our YouTube channel down into sections and add descriptions for easier viewing post event viewing. There are around four two hour videos each month. Experience with editing videos in YouTube Studio is desired. A short (24-48 hour) turnaround time is preferred but can be flexible.

Contact Johanna Kwan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Madeline Morrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Committee Member

Be a part the team that organizes native plant programs for CNPS members and the general public. The team brainstorms ideas for speakers, reaches out to them and drafts talk descriptions and speaker bios. Our talks are usually at the Los Altos Library and we work with the library to arrange the dates and room setup. The team also sends out program descriptions and bios to the library, prepares Chapter publicity, and arranges honoraria and speaker dinners.

A committee of four or five people will ensure this job is (at most) a two to three hour per month commitment. Experienced former program committee members will mentor you, so it will be easy to get started. This is a great job if you would like to educate the public about native plants. It can be done mostly via email and phone. For more information about this position please contact Madeline Morrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 741-1150.

Vice President

The Vice President is a backup to the President, and works with the President, Treasurer and past President on the Executive Committee.  It’s a training position for being President, so the Vice Presdent often helps with and co-leads projects to learn how our chapter works. There are monthly Board meetings and email discussions with occasional ad-hoc meetings, which can be electronic. Contact Vivian Neou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Stephen Buckhout (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss.

These are volunteer positions.

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