Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments
Cavers on a field trip
... are critical to our success.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of our National Cave & Karst Management Symposiums. Our all-volunteer conference teams provide essential support to ensure the seamless execution of these events every two years. The transformation of a symposium from vision to reality requires months of dedication, passion, and commitment to our mission. The team's task is to create a solid platform for our participants to network with other industry professionals while gaining modern insights into cave and karst management.

By fostering an atmosphere of community and collaboration amongst our attendees, we help disprese modern cave and karst management practices across North America.

Volunteer Recruitment

Our 2025 production team will grow in the next several months and multiple roles still need to be filled. If you think you might be interested in joining the 2025 NCKMS team, please read the list below. If you do not see something of interest, but would still like to help, drop us a note & let us know you want to volunteer. The Western Cave Conservancy welcomes your participation!

Production & Logistics
  • Field Trip Manager

  • Field Trip Assistants

  • Security Manager

Conference Programs
  • Program Assistant

  • Stage Manager

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Display Table Coordinator

  • Proceedings Editor

Conference Services
  • Conference Services Director

  • AV Managers

  • Foodservice Director

  • Social Event Manager

  • Venue Relations

Marketing & Business
  • Treasurer & Finance Director

  • Registration

  • Marketing Managers

  • Director of fun, games, and weird stuff

  • Sponsor Fulfillment Manager

  • Graphic Designer

Want to volunteer?

If you would like to help us coordinate NCKMS 2025 in Ely, Nevada, click the button below to send us an email. Someone will reaach out to you to help get you on the team. We won't endlessly spam you and we promise not to be annoying! Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the text box.

Invasive Plant Species


One of the major ecological threats to the sagebrush-dominated Great Basin ecosystem is the introduction and spread of dozens of species of non-native plants. The most important of these, cheatgrass (or downy brome) covers the largest area: 25 million acres, one-third of the area of the Great Basin.



Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.


Cloudy then Scattered Rain Showers Scattered rain showers after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 67. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Scattered Rain Showers Scattered rain showers before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Advance registration for the 2025 symposium is expected to open in mid-2024. We will send an email to past attendees when that system comes online.

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