Q & A on AMN Active Member Requirements

Please refer to the Handbook for specifics on these matters. This Q & A list is intended to address basic questions about how to meet Active Status Requirements for 2016-2017. It covers:

1. Continuing Ed.
2. Volunteer Service
3. Logging Hours
4. Active Status
Q: How many hours are required?
A: AMN class of 2014: 17 hours of volunteer service and 7 hours of continuing education. *
AMN class of 2015: 17 hours of volunteer service. (no continuing ed.this year) *

Q: What’s the deadline?
A: May 31

Q: What counts for volunteer hours?
A: Volunteer service may include service to the AMN organization, service to other naturalist organizations, educating the public on nature-related or environmental topics, or direct service in support of the environment. Let the AMN Goals be your guide.

Q: What are the AMN Goals?
A: Per the AMN Bylaws, “The objectives, or goals of the Association shall be to provide scientific, research-based education to the general public for a better understanding of local natural ecosystems and to promote conservation and preservation of native plant and animal life within Acadiana.”

Q: Does volunteer work I did before last year’s Volunteer Service report count? *
A: No. Service performed during and after participation in the AMN Program may be used to satisfy the first Volunteer Service Report. After that, service hours may not be carried forward from year to year.

Q: What counts for continuing education? *
A: Continuing Education may include attendance at nature-related or environmental classes in person, or on line. Private research in a related field, especially in preparation for teaching others, also counts toward this requirement.

Q: Does continuing education I did back in 2014 count? *
A: Yes. Continuing Education hours may include any education from the time of Accreditation to the first Continuing Education Report. After that, Continuing Education hours may not be carried forward from year to year.

Q: What if I want to log a half hour?
A: Round up to the nearest total hour.

Q: What do I do if very special circumstances prevent me from complying this year?
A: Reply to this email with a description of your circumstance.

Q: What if I’ve exceeded my Active Member Requirements?
A: Great! Good for you! Please log in all your time. It’s not bragging. At some point, we may become eligible for a Grant, Award or Recognition for what we do.

Q: Will I have to do this every year to keep my Active Status?
A: Yes but you can log as you go now that we have this great web site. Just keep your password handy. PLUS after 10 consecutive years of Active Status, you are Active For Life and no longer have to log anything.

Q: If I do the hours but don’t log them by May 31, can I still get Active Status for the coming year?
A: No.

Q: Who is policing the accuracy of what I log?
A: Reporting is done on the Honor System. However, there may be a need for clarification which you’ll get via private email.

Q: Are these rules for Active Status written down?
A: Yes, in the AMN Bylaws and Handbook.

Q: Why would I want to have Active Status?
A: It allows you to participate in the election process & serve as a Board Member. It comes with perks which may include discount coupons to local outdoors-type retailers or special access to AMN social events.

Q: How will anyone know if I’m Active or not?
A: It will be on the AMN Roster

Q: is this all I have to do to have Active Status?
A: No. You must also pay $10 dues by May 31. You’ll get an email reminder.

Q: Where can I find a list of current Continuing Education options?
A: In the password protected section of the website. (Being built now)

Q: What if I don’t want to do this?
A: You don’t have to. However, you agreed to do it when you applied to take the AMN class. It’s also the only way to have Active Member Status for the coming fiscal year. Most importantly, this is how the AMN serves its stated Goals.

Q: If I don’t like this, what can I do about it?
A: Go Inactive. You may also reply to this email with your constructive suggestions on how the AMN can better encourage its members to serve the AMN Goals. Do not copy others. Remember that EVERYONE working on this and every AMN project is an unpaid VOLUNTEER. If you want to volunteer to help, please do.

* Subject to change next year
Remember that this year was shortened because of the change in the timing for elections. No more changes are anticipated. After this year, we will go back to the original number of hours required which was 20 hours of Volunteer service and 8 hours of Continuing Education.

* Applies only to 2014 graduates this year.
If you still have questions, see your Bylaws and Handbook. Then if you still have questions, reply to the email this was attached to.