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You define NANPA. Become directly involved through volunteer opportunities that include helping with social media accounts, getting involved on committees, and conducting interviews.

NANPA Meetup Group photo by © Paul Hassell

Volunteer opportunities

NANPA is actively seeking volunteers to fill the following roles

Email volunteers@nanpacontest.org or complete the online Volunteer Form to express interest in getting more involved.

Instagram Curator/Moderator @NANPApix

Love spending time on Instagram? Help NANPA manage its Instagram account by serving on the team of curators/moderators that monitor NANPA’s Daily Feature hashtag, choose featured photos, and curate the posts during non-takeover weeks. Our volunteer curators/moderators also schedule takeovers and help featured photographers login/schedule their posts during assigned takeover weeks.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours/week divided among team members Typically curators rotate weeks, so they are responsible for the entire 3-5 hours/week about once per month. The team meets 2-3 times per year virtually.

Experience/Skills Needed: Familiarity with how to post images and stories on Instagram and willingness to support other nature photographers during takeovers. Volunteers should be familiar with NANPA’s Instagram account as a follower before applying for this position. Experience using Iconosquare to schedule posts on Instagram is a plus.

iNaturalist Curator/Collection Project Administrator

Is iNaturalist one of your favorite tools and a place you like to hang out online? NANPA is looking for iNaturalist users who want to help other photographers discover the benefits of engaging within the app and contributing observations as citizen scientists. You can help us launch our “lost words” collection project and e-book in 2022, select an observation of the month to profile on NANPA’s blog, and brainstorm other ways to engage members.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week, meet every other month virtually with project team

Experience/Skills Needed: Familiarity with iNaturalist and a passion for citizen science

Facebook Group Moderator

Want to help moderate NANPA’s Facebook Group? We’re looking for several more moderators to review/approve requests to join the Group, remove posts that violate the Group’s rules and communicate with Group members about rule violations.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/daily or at least several times a week as you are on Facebook.

Experience/Skills Needed: Familiarity with NANPA’s Facebook Group rules and ability to message through Facebook with Group members about rule violations. Training will be provided about the types of requests approved to be Group members.

Video Editor

Edit pre-identified snippets of NANPA’s recorded webinars to create short video clips for social media and other marketing opportunities. Insert title and closing slides, for example, and include music.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/webinar estimated

Experience/Skills Needed: Simple video editing software (such as iMovie or Adobe Spark) and some basic experience using it.

Webinar Facilitators

NANPA uses facilitators or hosts on each of its webinars to introduce the speaker (speaking points and biographical information is provided) and to relay questions from the audience to the speaker at the appropriate time during each webinar. Training on the webinar platform used is provided.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours when serving as the facilitator of a webinar; facilitators are contacted to see who is interested/able to host each webinar, so no single person has to do all webinars NANPA offers

Experience/Skills Needed: Comfortable speaking in front of a virtual audience. Training to handle the questions via the webinar technology platform is provided.

Blog Post Authors

Get your name, images, and/or a project in front of others by contributing one or more posts to NANPA’s blog. Topics vary widely and might include a technique you’d like to share, a favorite subject or location to shoot, tips or reviews to help others select specific types of gear, conservation stories and ongoing projects, citizen science projects you’ve become engaged in, etc. Blog articles should be original, unpublished content (not reprints from your own or other organizations’ blogs). View more information about our blogs.

Time Commitment: Time needed to author at least one blog post approximately 500-1500 words in length.

Experience/Skills Needed: Ability to write clear and engaging text in your area(s) of experience/expertise; editing help is provided. Prospective contributors should be familiar/have read other posts on our blog before submitting an idea.

“I have learned so much from NANPA and have had so many great times with all the friends I see each year that I decided to pitch in and do what I could to help support its programs.”

Mary Jane GibsonVice President of the NANPA Foundation

“Every committee and team I've worked on has put me in contact with wonderful photographers, editors, and vendors. Most of the contacts in my business have come from work I've done with NANPA.”

Kathy Adams ClarkSummit Program Chair