Becoming a Site Steward

Training

To become a site steward you will first need to take a free six hour training course which covers state and federal laws, types of historic and prehistoric sites, safety, reporting forms, and other events/activities available.

  • Basic training classes are held every few months in either the Las Vegas or Reno areas. Classes may be offered outside of these locations on an as needed basis.
  • To find out about class dates, please email the Program Coordinator, Samantha Rubinson at srubinson [at] shpo.nv.gov or call (702) 486-5011.
    • Be sure to include your name as well as what part of the state you reside in.
  • Once your name is added the list of interested volunteers, you will receive email invitations to the classes in your area.

Site Assignment

After the training, you and a partner will be introduced to the site(s) you will be expected to monitor.

  • Cultural sites include historic ghost towns, mines, prehistoric rock art sites, and prehistoric settlements. If you have a specific interest, please let the program know.
  • There are few paleontological sites currently being stewarded. These are sites that predate the ice age. If you are interested in monitoring ice age sites, you may want to contact Protectors of Tule Springs at www.tulespringslv.com.

Site Monitoring

After the site introduction, you and your partner will be asked to monitor the site(s) up to four times a year. Monitoring requires you or your partner to complete a report, take photographs, and send the information by email to the Nevada Site Stewardship Program office.

Results of Stewardship Efforts

Natural impacts, like erosion, and human impacts, such as graffiti, are reported by site stewards so that land managers can address such issues. The more stewards are on the ground, the more likely we are to be able to protect and preserve these pieces of our past. 

 

The Benefits of Being a Site Steward

If you are interested in attending a Site Stewardship Basic Training Class please contact the Nevada Site Stewardship Coordinator, Samantha Rubinson, by email at srubinson [at] shpo.nv.gov or by calling (702) 486-5011.