Additional Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to volunteer tour docents and petroglyph recorders, MPPP has numerous other activities that volunteers help to support. Our new Volunteer Coordinator, Gretchen Yost, will be interacting with our volunteers and helping to guide them to the activities that interest them. Gretchen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Helping with Project Activities
Volunteers regularly help with Project activities such as fund raisers, Pláticas presentations, selling of project merchandise at events or just where extra hands are needed. To contact us about additional volunteer activities, please click MORE
Award-Winning Summer Youth Intern Program
Each June, twelve students, aged thirteen to nineteen, are chosen from applicants to be trained as petroglyph recorders in the same way as adult volunteer recorders are trained. They receive a small stipend for their work. At the end of the program, they are taught how to enter their data into the GIS database at the Northern New Mexico University. Program dates for 2018 TBA.
Adult volunteer mentors are an essential component for this national award winning program. Volunteers assist with preparation and distribution of applications to representatives at Valley schools and assist in preparing recording packs and materials for the youth teams. Adult volunteers also play a key role during the two-week program, mentoring the youth in the field and in data base entry techniques. The first day is a full-day youth and adult mentor recorder powerpoint training. Field mentoring is for eight weekdays starting at 8am, ending about 1pm. The last day is spent in the computer labs at Northern New Mexico College where the young people are trained in Geographical Information System by Environmental Sciences Professor Joaquin Gallegos. No prior archaeological experience is necessary, as adults are trained along with the youth. Good physical condition is important as adults will climb up on Mesa Prieta with the youth teams in search of petroglyphs and other archaeological features. Preference is given to mentors who can attend the full two weeks. MORE APPLY HERE
4th - 7th Grade School Curriculum - "Discovering Mesa Prieta"
Volunteers are trained to interface with teachers presenting the curriculum in their classrooms. Each teacher using the curriculum is provided with an educational resource trunk containing 50-60 items including photographs, maps, posters, books, art and cultural materials that support the lesson plans. Volunteers supply the trunks and resupply them when returned to the office prior to being reissued. Volunteers also assist with preparing other teaching materials. MORE
Volunteers in the Mesa Prieta Office
Day-to-day office duties and activities to support the project are performed by volunteers working with the Project Director. Tasks include answering phone calls and emails, data entry, responding to recorder, surveyor and docent needs, collecting mail, conducting supportive tasks associated with curriculum and youth programs, working in the resource library, filling and mailing merchandise orders as well as numerous other tasks. Office volunteers may work from once a week to once a month and perform tasks they are familiar with and comfortable in doing.