We are looking for Volunteers interested in becoming trail stewards by performing quarterly trail inspections (plus after major storm events) and light maintenance work on an assigned segment of natural surface trail in Montgomery Parks. Your trail inspection reports and light maintenance work alerts us of safety and maintenance needs and improves the trail system.
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
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A variety of non-native, invasive plant species are present in Montgomery Parks. By their nature, these plants can take over an area quickly and threaten our native plant communities and the wildlife that depends on them.Join one of our Weed Warrior workdays to learn how you can help control non-native, invasive plants and preserve the health of our parks! Instruction and tools will be provided. Workdays are held in parks throughout the county and are led by volunteer Weed Warrior Supervisors and/or park staff. To find out about upcoming workdays, visit the Montgomery Parks' Event Calendar. Under "Filter by category" click on the "Weed Warrior" button to see our events.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Corporate, Intern
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
Montgomery County's GreenFest will be at Brookside Gardens in conjunction with Earth Month! It's an environmental festival to show our guests how they can go green at home and in the community!Volunteers will assist staff with Earth Month-themed family activities, crafts, art projects, and environmental education. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.Volunteers are needed 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Sign up here if you want to help out at Brookside Gardens!
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Volunteers are needed at Montgomery Park's first All-Anglers Fishing Rodeo. Children of all abilities between the ages of 3-15 will be learning to fish at our accessible pond with a veteran by their side to highlight National Armed Forces Day! We will need assistance setting up and breaking down the site, checking-in participants and directing them to the various activities, teaching children how to fish, plus we will need accessibility and recycling monitors. There will be 2 shifts:7:30 to 9:30 - Set-up helpers; Check-in & Direction helpers8:30 to 12:30 - Fishing experts needed to work with children with physical or developmental disabilities (for those 18 and older); Trash & Recycling Monitors, and take-down helpers; Fish Counters & Weigh-in Monitors.To learn more, click on Duties and Requirements, and then click on Schedule or Calendar to sign-up.**SSL Hours available for students helping with activities other than fishing**
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, mid-April through mid-September. North American, South American, African and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Arrivals Agent and Flight Attendants to help our staff in the operation of the exhibit. Arrivals Agents are stationed just outside the exhibit entrance and are responsible for greeting visitors and processing receipts, introducing visitors to the exhibit and informing visitors of the entry process. They will also show visitors butterfly life cycle activity on the plants in the Arrivals Area when present.
Flight Attendants are stationed in the exhibit where they help prevent butterflies from escaping and explain butterfly life cycles and behaviors to guests.New volunteers need to sign up for only one on-site training date before they can begin.Select the Schedule tab on the Job Details page to view and select a training date. All volunteers need to complete an online training course and will receive the link after they sign up. It is very helpful to complete the course before on-site training, but it can be done after if time does not allow.After succesfully completing the on-site training, volunteers will be able to access the online calendar to schedule their shifts.
Morning shifts are 3.5 hours and afternoon shifts are 4 hours. Weekdays in July and August have only morning shifts.Students ages 11-13 may volunteer, but only as a one-on-one team with a registered and trained parent, or adult guardian. The student and adult must each sign up independently so we have information on both individuals. Thank you.***This is SSL approved***
Background check required: Yes
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Brookside Nature Center is once again offering a summer full of week-long day camps for children ages 6 through 10, and we can't do it without the help of volunteers! We are looking for outstanding camp counselors who love being around kids, being outside, and who want to share their love of nature. These teens will take pride in their role as representatives for the Montgomery Parks Department!With camps starting in the middle of June and running until the middle of August, volunteers can sign up for at least two of our 5 different camps. Here's a list of this years' camps and dates, check them out to see if any fit your schedule and interest!: Trail Buddies Camp: June 15 - 19,CIT Camp: July 5 - 10, Treasure Hunter Camp: 13 - 17, Little House in the Big Woods Camp: July 20 - July 24,Naturally Creative Camp - Water and Rocks: August 10 - 14Our mandatory Counselor and Staff Orientation is June 25, from 1 - 4 pm.Volunteer Camp Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day's activities, supervising the children and leading some activities. Counselors will report to the Senior Camp Counselors and Camp teachers, and volunteer from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm daily. Volunteering as a camp counselor is an ideal way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and having lots of fun! See Duties and Requirements after clicking on Job Details to see if this is a good fit for you.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteer camp counselors that are passionate about sharing their love of the great outdoors!
As a volunteer camp counselor, you'll assist staff in supervising children and leading activities. It's a great way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and it's a lot of fun!
Check out this year's list of camps to see which topic fits your schedule and interests:
Week 1: June 22 - 26LOST! Wilderness Survival CampWeek 2: June 29 - July 3LOST! Xtreme*orAnimal Neighbors Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 3: July 6 - 10LOST! Wilderness Survival CampWeek 4: July 13 - July 17Water Adventure CamporBirds of Maryland Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 5: July 20 - 24Into the Woods Fairytale Fantasy CampWeek 6: July 27 - July 31Travel Adventure CamporWonder Water Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 7: August 3 - 7Creek Week CampWeek 8: August 10 - 14Nature Film CamporMarvelous Monarchs Preschool Camp (Half-Day)
Volunteers will choose either the early shift from 8am to 3:30pm, or the later shift from 9:30am to 5:00pm for full day camps.Preschool camps meet for only a half-day, and volunteer hours are 8:30am to 12:30pm.See Duties and Requirements after clicking Job Details for a complete program description of each camp week.
*Volunteers for LOST! Xtreme must be at least 17 years old.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
Volunteers assist school groups and other groups registered for an interpretive garden tour and school programs. The Brookside Gardens Childrens Programs supports curriculum and national and state standards required for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth
Thanks for thinking of Montgomery Parks as a place for your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes we have ideas for potential Eagle projects, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. We often ask the scout to find a suitable project. Choose a park location that is convenient to you and explore the area to see what amenities you can help create or restore. Park staff will work with you to review your project proposal prior to approval. We are looking for scouts that are good communicators, stick to a schedule and are hardworkers!
Volunteer Type: Scout
Montgomery Parks natural surface trails offers many great project opportunities for Eagle Scouts! If you would to perform your Eagle Scout project repairing and constructing a natural surface trail please click on the job details button below and apply.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Scout
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for a handy person to perform general outdoor maintenance duties around the buildings, trails, and the formal gardens on site. Help us keep the Nature Center Grounds beautiful for visiting people and wildlife alike!Examples of tasks include small repairs, installing new exhibits, painting outdoor play elements, clearing walkways and trails, mulching gardens, and other odd jobs!The right person for this job enjoys working independently outdoors, and has a keen eye for details. Some carpentry and/or landscaping experience preferred. Little training is provided.
Are you a group leader looking to do some Team Building, have your group give back to the environment, or just them get out in the parks? We can help you with that! We are always looking from groups like yours to help us with several types of projects in the parks, including Weed Warrioring (removing bad plants so good plants can thrive); Trail Projects (building or restoring natural surface paths); Park Cleanups; Nature Center Projects (can including gardening/mulching/restoring play areas/trails/etc.); Gardening; helping New Trees Survive; Spreading Wood Fiber at Plagrounds and many more.Contact our office by applying to this job, or just give us a call at 301-495-2504.We will need to know some basic information to set you up with the right project, including:- Size and ages of group- When and Where would be convenient for your group- Any restrictions (need bathrooms, running water on site)- Group Leader contact information (and anyone who needs to be copied on any correspondence.Thanks - we look forward to working with your group on setting up a great project in the Parks!(Make sure you fill out the GROUP application - it's much shorter!)
Minimum age of volunteers: 8
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
This application is for Master Naturalist trainees currently enrolled in the 72-hour course with Montgomery Parks, Spring 2020.Before applying for this position, you must have interviewed with a Program Facilitator first.Registering as a Montgomery Parks volunteer is required before trainees can begin their volunteer service hours. After you apply, an (MN) will be placed in front of your last name in the database so that we can easily distinguish you from our other volunteers, and park staff will see that a Master Naturalist (MN) has applied for one of their positions!
Volunteer Type: Adult
Do you enjoy working with people and sharing your love of nature? Our Hosts/Hostesses serve as the Nature Center's front line representatives. They welcome our visitors, provide information, and enjoy helping guests learn more about Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Nature Center. This is a rewarding job for someone who likes to be helpful and learn more about the natural environment!DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:1. Learn about our program offerings and park resources.2. Greet visitors.3. Answer visitor inquiries or direct them to appropriate staff. 4. Take messages for staff. 5. Answer telephone calls. 6. Occasionally help with office administrative work, computer work, and program/exhibit preparation. 7. Check people in for programs. Volunteers Hosts are needed:Weekends for one 2.5 hour shift on Saturdays or a 3 hour shift on Sundays:10 - 12:30 or 12:30 - 3 Saturdays1 - 4 Sundays
Step back in time to share your passion for history with visitors of all ages. Bring history to life as an Oakley Cabin tour guide. Learn about the lives of Oakley Cabin's African American community following the end of the Civil War and Emancipation. Learn how to make historic toys and crafts, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations. FREE training provided. Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
We need your help to keep our parks and streams clean! Organizing and holding a cleanup event is easy and fun and is a great way to get outdoors and help your local environment. The Volunteer Service Office will work with your existing group or help you recruit one and we'll work with you to find a conveniently located project site. Click on Job Details below to find out how to get started!
(Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, SSL hours are available)If you are looking for a cleanup that you can join please check our seasonal volunteer events page.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday projects are a great way to support one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities. By participating in a volunteer group trail maintenance or construction project you will be helping improve the natural surface trail network for all to enjoy. The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, however 13 & 14 years old may volunteer if an adult participates with them. All Volunteer Trail Workdays are SSL approved.Volunteer Trail Workdays will return in March 2020. By applying I will add you to the bi-annual email list which announces the upcoming Spring calendar dates.
Minimum age of volunteers: 13
Love the outdoors? Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Become a part of history! Learn to become a volunteer conductor and lead groups along a simulated Underground Railroad experience hike through fields, woods and across streams to the historic Sandy Spring. Learn various techniques that people escaping slavery would have used to elude pursuers, find water and food, and find their way. Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad both locally and in the U.S. and fascinating true stories of perils, escapes and captures. FREE training available. SSL hours are also available for students who complete training and are able to provide a minimum number of hikes throughout the year. [Pre-registration for training is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.]
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning