The relationship between motivation and volunteer satisfaction in conservation programs
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SubjectVolunteer workers in environmental protection -- United States -- Psychological aspects.; Environmental protection -- United States -- Citizen participation -- Psychological aspects.; Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- Citizen participation -- Psychological aspects.; Volunteer workers in conservation of national resources -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
This study explored volunteer vacationers motivations and the relationships between motivations to volunteer, satisfaction with the volunteer vacation experience, and inclinations to volunteer in the future (in both local and non-local settings). The study participants were 130 episodic volunteer vacationers from the American Hiking Society over the summer and fall of 2012. The results of the study suggest that conservation programs that consider motivations of their constituents, as well as their level of satisfaction with their experience, can enhance volunteer recruitment strategies and effectively retain volunteer commitments.
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