Volunteers play an integral role in carrying out the mission of the SLA. From helping with special events to taking water samples, there are many ways to help protect the Squam Lakes and surrounding watershed. To receive more information on any of the opportunities listed below or to receive our volunteer newsletter, e-mail Melissa Leszek, SLA Community Engagement Coordinator at melissaleszek@squamlakes.org or call (603) 968-7336 x11. You can also download an SLA Volunteer Interest and information Form. Complete the form and send it to us at PO Box 204, Holderness, NH 03245. You are also welcome to stop by the office any time during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm in the off season. 

Volunteer Opportunities with the SLA:

Trail Adopters - Help the SLA maintain its more than 50 miles of trails. Adopt a trail of your own, or assist a Trail Adopter for a morning or afternoon. Click here for more information about about becoming a trail adopter.

Water Quality Monitors - Volunteer water monitors help monitor the health of the lake, now all year round! The SLA has been collecting water quality data on Squam since 1979 in partnership with the University of New Hampshire’s Lakes Lay Monitoring Program. This volunteer program runs throughout the year and collects a number of parameters at thirteen sites across the Squam Lakes. Click Here for a description of the Volunteer Water Quality Monitor Position positionClick here for more information on our conservation program. 

Weed Watchers - Assist with ongoing efforts to identify and eliminate invasive species such variable milfoil from the lake. Learn more

Loon Chick Watch Volunteers- Help protect loon chicks on Squam Lake.  In 2013, the SLA and the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) partnered to re-establish a Loon Chick Watch volunteer program on Squam. Every summer we continue to build this program and train more volunteers to help protect chicks during the height of breeding season – July and August.  To sign up or learn more about becoming a Loon Chick Watcher Click Here. For more information about the plight of loons on Squam visit the Loon Preservation Committee's website

Special Events - Winterfest, Spring Clean-up Day, Annual Pancake Breakfast, I Love Squam Day, Squam Ridge Race, and Fall Clean-up Day - the SLA hosts special events year-round and relies on volunteer support to make it all happen! Click Here to view SLA's calendar of events and programs.

Resource Center Projects - Join us for some social time while stuffing envelopes for our Annual Appeal and Membership Drives. During the summer, volunteers also help with the operation of the SLA store. 

Programs Support - Work with the education staff to prepare for seasonal youth programs, lead a hike or paddle, or help out in another way.  Do you have a special skill or talent that you can share? If so, please let us know! 


Volunteer Forms and Documents (click on the below links to access documents):

Volunteer Hours Submittal Form - Please help us keep an accurate track of volunteer hours by submitting your hours each time you give time.

SLA Trail Adopter Manual

Trail Adopter Hours Submittal  and Trail Condition Report

Weed Watchers Report Form

Lake and Watershed Observation Forms

Community Service Group Information

Volunteer Interest and Information Form