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.

Lily the Cave Bear

Cave Bear - Arctodus simus

Ely, Nevada's White Pine Public Museum features the skeletal model of a cave bear (Arctodus simus) that was discovered in a nearby cave in 1982. This extinct species inhabited North America during the Pleistocene epoch from about 1.8 Mya until 11,000 years ago. It was the most common early North American bear and is considered one of the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores.

The museum's collections also include an extensive mineral display of copper ore samples, petrified woods, and fossils of ancient marine life.



Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms then Isolated T-storms Isolated showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then isolated thunderstorms and scattered rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

Isolated T-storms Isolated thunderstorms and scattered rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one 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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