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Becoming A Steward

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer steward with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. As a steward, you will be rewarded with educational opportunities, new friendships and the opportunity to give back.

To become a steward, the first step is to complete and submit two applications. Next, you’ll attend a comprehensive and exciting orientation that teaches you about the Conservancy, the Preserve, and how to earn your steward badge.

To guide you through the badging process, mentors and program representatives provide a support system. The process of becoming a steward is upbeat and uplifting. You’re joining a great organization serving a great cause, and soon you’ll be working with others who share your passion in our mission.

Steward classes are generally held the second Saturday, September through March. Please begin your application process and we will contact you shortly.

***NOTE: The last orientation class for this season was held on March 9, 2024. Classes will resume in September 2024. At this time, there is no need to complete Step 3 until the fall. You are welcome to submit Step 2. Please email us at S101admin@mcdowellsonoran.org to let us know that you would like to be contacted in August to set up your orientation.

Please read the Volunteering Opportunities page before you begin the application. This section explains what you can get out of being a volunteer, and what our expectations are of you.

Every applicant must submit an orientation fee of $75 and “The Conservancy Steward Application.” You will be asked to create a Username and Password before completing the application. This Username/Password combination will remain throughout your time with the Conservancy. You must register and complete the Conservancy’s online application below before proceeding to Step 2.

Pay Your Fee Here
Conservancy’s Online Application

Because stewards are also volunteers for the City of Scottsdale (COS), a City of Scottsdale Volunteer Application is also required. Yes, both of these applications are required. The COS uses this to complete a background check. After the COS receives your application, you will receive a secure web link where you will enter your private information.

  • Download and save the COS Application. You must download the application before you can fill it out.
City of Scottsdale Volunteer Application

Volunteer Coordinator
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
15300 North 90th St., Suite 400
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 998-7971

  • Please submit your orientation fee at least two weeks prior to the class date to reserve a spot.
  • For questions about the application process, please call our office, 480-998-7791, (X108).

You will be assigned a mentor who will reach out to you prior to Stewardship 101. They will schedule an initial call or meeting to get to know you and offer insights to stewardship before you attend orientation.

After Stewardship 101, your mentor will help you set a plan to earn your steward badge. They’ll be available to guide you every step of the way as you explore various program orientation sessions, take the two required classes, and learn about the many exciting opportunities available to you as a steward.

The orientation is fun. In addition to all you will learn, you will have lunch with many stewards including the program chairs who can answer any questions you may have.

Once you complete S101, you’re on your way to becoming a steward. Other requirements include participation in one activity each in three different Conservancy programs of your choice (total three activities), a Desert First Aid class and a Sonoran Desert 101 class. Congratulations, you’ll receive your badge and have all the benefits and responsibilities of being a steward in the Conservancy.

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