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)
Every full weekend in February, Brookside Nature Center will be hosting Maple Sugaring tours indoors and outdoors in our own maple grove. Volunteers will be needed as Pancake Servers (for volunteers 15+ years old) on Saturdays and/or Sundays. These volunteers will warm up and serve pancakes with maple syrup to a hungry and happy crowd! (no cooking skills required).Volunteers need to help out for at least two, 3.5 hour shifts (the morning shift is 10am to 12:30pm, and the afternoon shift is 1pm to 3:30pm). After applying, you will receive an email with more details, and will be able to select your dates and shifts at that time.SSL approved!See Job Details for more information and to apply.
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
This February, for our annual Maple Sugar Days, we are cooking down our maple sap, and need volunteers to help us out! Volunteers maintain the fire under our evaporator pan, so that our visitors can experience the maple sugaring process from start to finish.Volunteers will start the fire under the pan, keep the fire going, make sure every thing is safe, and assist the tour leaders as needed.We are looking for mature and responsible volunteers, preferably with fire monitoring experience, who also enjoy being outdoors!Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian volunteer alongside who acts as the lead fire monitor.Shifts are 9am to noon, and noon to 3pm, on both Saturdays and Sundays.SSL Approved.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for Camp Counselors who have experience working with children and are outdoor enthusiasts! Camp Counselors will assist the Camp Instructor and other counselors in leading nature activities including games, hikes, and crafts.Volunteers are required to sign up to work at least one day, from 8:30am to 4PM. The camp will be offered Monday through Friday between April 6 and April 10, 2020.SSL approved!Click on Job Details and then Duties and Requirements to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.
Background check required: Yes
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
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
Have you ever rang a dinner bell for a flying squirrel?Flying squirrels are perhaps the coolest woodland creature you've never seen. Every evening around dusk, these secretive creatures come out in search of food, gliding up to 100 feet in between trees.Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteers passionate about wildlife for our new Flying Squirrel Feeder Program. Load our feeding platforms with nutritious sunflower seeds, use our pulley system to hoist the platforms high into the trees, and ring the dinner bell. Then watch as flying squirrels glide from platform to platform for a free meal.An orientation to the program and training provided. After completing training, you must demonstrate an ability to work independently without a staff member.Schedule Flying squirrels are creatures of habit, and for the success of the program, volunteers must be willing to commit to a routine. We're looking for volunteers who can come once a week at dusk for approximately a half hour. Available to individuals or groups, However, at least one volunteer must be over the age of 18, since the shift is scheduled at dusk and at times when the Nature Center may be closed.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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
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:Weekdays and Weekends for one three hour shift.9 - 12 Tuesdays - Saturdays12 - 3 Tuesdays - Saturdays1 - 4 Sundays
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Are you an outgoing person with a passion for helping others? Locust Grove Nature Center is a really busy place on the weekends - and we need your help!The Nature Center Host takes pride in being the first face visitors see when they come to Locust Grove. S/he helps visitors have a good experience in the park as they learn about the natural world around them. Duties and Responsibilities1. Staff the front desk.2. Greet visitors when they arrive.3. Help visitors locate maps, brochures, and other resources.4. Recommend trails, activities, and programs.5. Answer the phone.6. Assist the Park Naturalists in programs as needed.7. Keep the exhibit room in order.8. Provide care for our resident snakes and turtles, and the wild birds outside.9. Participate in environmental education or training opportunities.10. Occasionaly help with administrative work.Schedule - Fridays, from 1pm to 6pm- Saturdays, from 1pm to 6pm- Sundays, from 1pm to 6pmChoose a shift that works for your schedule. Volunteer Hosts are encouraged to volunteer for at least one shift per month.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
If you love the outdoors and teaching little kids about Nature then the Volunteer Naturalist Aide position is for you!Assist Locust Grove Staff with set up, clean up, crafts, activities, play, and games for their weekday toddler programs. Build experience working in this unique outdoor class setting.Our Nature Explorers Preschool program promotes learning through creative outdoor play. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.Volunteer schedule to be worked out with staff. Applicants that can work at least two days per month preferred. Click on Job Details and then Duties and Responsibilities to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity!
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.
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.]