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Become a Kestrel Volunteer!

Kestrel hosts volunteers to help with stewardship, events, and special administrative projects. To find out how to get involved as a volunteer, or call 413-549-1097. 


AmeriCorps MassLIFT Service

KAmericorpestrel participates in the MassLIFT AmeriCorps program, which gives qualified and aspiring conservation professionals the opportunity to provide a year’s worth of full-time volunteer service to land trusts from the Cape to the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT), an AmeriCorps program managed by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, is a collaborative effort of regional conservation organizations (including urban conservation and gardening efforts). Members carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals in environmental stewardship; manage community volunteers engaged in land conservation activities; and identify new people to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities that address land conservation needs.

Members may serve as: Land Stewardship Coordinator, Regional Conservation Coordinator, Youth Education Coordinator, or Community Engagement Coordinator.

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service:

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Our Current Volunteers

Halasz, LeeLee Halasz, Regional Conservation Coordinator.

Lee grew up in Australia and moved to Pelham four years ago. He has a decade of professional ecological experience working for organizations including a non-profit, a university, and State and Federal Government. With a special interest in birds, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Ornithology. He is enjoying discovering a very different natural environment than what he was accustomed to in Australia, and meeting the people and organizations that know and manage New England lands. He is looking forward to applying his skills, knowledge and experience to benefit his new community.

MacKillop, MadlynMadlyn MacKillop, Youth Education Coordinator.

Madlyn was born in a tiny beach town in southeastern, MA, and has spent the last five years in western MA. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in English and Education, and went on innumerable adventures with the UMass Outing Club, from backpacking in the Adirondacks to canoeing down from Canada. Madlyn loves hiking, biking, backpacking, baking, ocean swimming, and hanging out with the baby cows at Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley. She spent the last year leading an academic support center and outdoor programs at Amherst High School, and led a national high school trail crew this summer. She is excited to keep taking students on outdoor adventures this year, and making the outdoors more accessible.

Malmborg, CharlotteCharlotte Malmborg, Land Stewardship Coordinator.

Charlotte grew up enjoying nature in the Green Mountains of Vermont and fell in love with the natural world as a girl. She graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences and spent time working with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Berkshire Botanical Garden, and the U.S. Forest Service. She worked at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh as a horticulturist before coming to serve with Kestrel Land Trust. She’s excited to return to New England and grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community by caring for special places in the Pioneer Valley.

Winkler, KatharineKatharine Winkler, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Katharine (Katy) was born and raised in Ithaca, NY, where she enjoyed access to stunning gorges and waterfalls, as well as venturing to the Adirondacks for hiking and canoeing adventures. She studied Spanish and International Relations at Cornell University, where she also nurtured an interest in rural development, land use and conservation. Following university, she spent two years working as a paralegal. In her free time, Katy enjoys cooking with delicious local produce, hiking, canoeing, and enjoying the beautiful landscape around her. She is excited to share her love of nature and inspire community involvement in land conservation.

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