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*Gardener | Agricultural History Farm Park

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Description

The AHFP is a 455 acre park open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. It is a beautiful setting of a historic farm, including several outbuildings and a farmhouse.

Near the farmhouse are two demonstration gardens that are used to explain how people used smaller gardens to feed themselves and their families, and for pleasure with beautiful flowers.

We need your help with watering, weeding, pruning, and other routine care. We are looking for help on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. or Saturday during the growing season, flexible schedule worked out with site manager.

Some gardening experience is helpful, but training will be offered. High school graduates are welcome!

SSL hours approved.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Intern

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Gardener | Black Hill Discovery Center

Location:

Black Hill Discovery Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful Black Hill Discovery Center Display Gardens.

These include: a rain garden/hummingbird garden; a raised bed butterfly garden; a raised bed pollinator garden; a fern garden; a Monarch Waystation garden; a log garden; and garden areas around a small pond.

Volunteers work as a group on Tuesday mornings for a couple of hours, beginning May 7th and ending Oct 1. Gardening experience is preferred, but not required. Training will be offered.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Gardeners Needed! | Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park | Takoma Park

Location:

Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park
7801 Chicago Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Description

Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park is one of our more popular parks! We want to keep it looking good for all of our park vistors with the help of volunteer gardeners.

Gardeners will help with the basic maintenance of planted grasses, plants and shrubs on a monthly basis. Tasks will include weeding, raking, planting and maybe some light pruning - but only after training!

Volunteers will work in a small group on the first Tuesday of every month, beginning May 7th until October 1st. Hours would be from 9 am until 1pm, and rain dates would be arranged within the group's schedule.

Gardening experience is preferred, but not required. Training will provided as needed. Tools will be provided!

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 21

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Weed Warrior Workday Events*

Location:

Various Parks throughout Montgomery County
MD

Description

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 workday events 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.

Each volunteer must register separately with their own account.

Volunteers 14 and under must be accompanied by a registered, responsible adult.

Events are added regularly to the "Schedule" tab; please check back for new events! Please note: if the "Schedule" tab is missing, that means registration is full for all Weed Warrior events. Please check back soon for additional opportunities.

** Please note: Court Ordered Volunteer Hours can't be granted through this workday.**

** If interested in training to become a Certified Weed Warrior, please visit this page for more information. **

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 12

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/15/2024 | MudFest Event Volunteers Needed! | Beallsville | Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location:

Woodstock Equestrian Park
20207 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD 20842

Description

Help us celebrate International Mud Day at the Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville.

Festival guests will get to play in multiple mud pits, create mud art, play in our mud pie kitchen, and enjoy food and music. All of this is made possible by park staff and volunteers like you!

Volunteering for this event allows you and those in your vehicle free admission to the event.

This will be outside work, rain or shine.

We are looking for outgoing and friendly people, and while all jobs are not physically demanding, they all do require the ability to work on uneven ground.

This is approved for SSL hours.

**Severe weather date of Sunday, June 16. Please, only apply if you can be there for the both dates!**

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/17/2024 - 06/18/2024| MudFest Event Clean-up | Woodstock Equestrian Park| Beallsville

Location:

Woodstock Equestrian Park
20207 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD 20842

Description

We are looking for volunteers who are not afriad to get a little dirty! Please join us in cleaning-up after the MudFest event at the Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville.

Click on Job Details to get to the Duties and Requirements tab, and then the Schedule tab to see dates and times to sign up for!

SSL approved!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/26/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Black Hill Regional Park | Poolesville

Location:

Black Hill Regional Park
20903 Lake Ridge Road
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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07/20/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Seneca Landing Special Park | Poolesville

Location:

Seneca Landing Special Park
16501 River Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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08/14/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Seneca Landing Special Park | Poolesville

Location:

Seneca Landing Special Park
16501 River Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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09/18/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Black Hill Regional Park | Poolesville

Location:

Black Hill Regional Park
20930 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Crop Production Aide | Pope Farm Nursery, Gaithersburg

Location:

Pope Farm Nursery
7400 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Description

Help Montgomery Park's Pope Farm Nursery produce multiple food crops to assist in the effort to supply and address food insecurities among the county population. The Crop Production Assistant volunteer will support the horticultural staff with the implementation of a crop program at the Nursery.

We are looking for volunteers that can work a 2 to 4 hour shift during the week, between the hours of 7am and 3pm, that can help on a regular basis.

The Crop Production Aide helps throughout the season. They assist with planning/selecting crops, hand planting seeds as needed, monitoring crops upon emergence, pruning and thinning crop plants as needed, rotation (turning) of larger crops and harvesting. The Crop Production Aide works outdoors using various garden tools, in all sorts of weather conditions.

This work can be physically demanding, but it provides volunteers the opportunity to work "behind-the-scenes" of the county parks with a knowledgeable, professional horticultural staff.

Once you apply someone will be in touch to discuss the position further and to see if this will be a good match!

See Duties and Requirements for more details.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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Eagle Scout Project | Montgomery Parks

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Throughough Montgomery County
Various Parks, MD

Description

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 require the scout to seek out a suitable project.

Choose a park location that is convenient to you and explore the area to see which 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, can stick to a schedule and are hardworkers!

Follow this link to see how we like to work with scouts: Eagle Scout Guidelines

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award Projects | Montgomery Parks

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Throughough Montgomery County
Various Parks, MD

Description

Montgomery Parks can be a great place for you to do your Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award projects!

Although sometimes Park Staff have projects in mind, the number of applicants far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you 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. The scout will then be responsible for good communication with Park Staff, and completing the project in a timely manner.

Sign up here and someone will be in touch soon to discuss the project with you!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Groups looking for Projects in Parks!

Location:

Montgomery Parks
MD

Description

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); 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, emailing parksvolunteers@montgomeryparks.org, or just give us a call at 301-495-2474.

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!

When applying, choose the GROUP application with the Leader Contact information. Volunteer Group Leaders must be 18 or older, but group ages can range from 5 on up, depending upon the project.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 8

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Grown@Pope Volunteer Coordinator | Pope Farm Nursery, Gaithersburg

Location:

Pope Farm Nursery
7400 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Description

Help Montgomery Park's Pope Farm Nursery produce multiple food crops to assist in the effort to supply and address food insecurities among the county population.

The Grown@Pope Volunteer Coordinator will support the horticultural staff with the implementation of a crop program at the Nursery, by managing group volunteer projects, and assisting with communication to Crop Production volunteers as well.

We are looking for volunteers with gardening experience that can work one to two 4-hour shifts, during work hours Monday through Friday throughout the growing season April-September.

The work includes leading garden maintenance and cultivation activities with volunteers by demonstrating and/or teaching sustainable gardening techniques to new volunteers, returning volunteers and assisting as lead volunteer during large group volunteer days and harvest days. The volunteer coordinator will also document volunteer hours, and coordinate a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

This work provides volunteers the opportunity to work "behind-the-scenes" of the county parks with a knowledgeable, professional horticultural staff. Please check on Duties and Requirements for more details about this volunteer opportunity!

Once you apply someone will be in touch to discuss the position further and to see if this will be a good match!

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Grown@Pope Workdays | Pope Farm Nursery, Gaithersburg | Weekday mornings

Location:

Pope Farm Nursery
7400 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Description

Montgomery Park's Grown@Pope program strengthens food security in the county and provides families with fresh produce grown on parkland.

Grown@Pope Workdays are for individuals or groups that would like to come in for 1 to 3 days this season to help with daily tasks. Workday dates and times will be arranged with the program manager, after you apply. If you're interested in commiting more time to this program, please consider signing up for the Crop Production Aide position instead!

Workdays are scheduled for 2-to-4-hour shift during the week, between the hours of 7am and 3pm (but usually in the morning).

Volunteers will assist with planting summer crops and maintaining the garden. They will work alongside staff to harvest, collect, and weigh produce to be donated to food assistance providers across Montgomery County. The work includes: hand planting seeds as needed, monitoring crops upon emergence, pruning and thinning crop plants as needed, rotation (turning) of larger crops and harvesting crops when they are ready to go! Instruction and tools will be provided.

For Individuals, the program manager will send you a list of dates and times to choose from. Families are welcome, but children 15 and under must be supervised by their 18 years+ guardian on a one-to-one ratio. You must be 16 or older to volunteer on your own. SSL Approved!

For Groups, this is a great opportunity for team building and learning new skills with your friends, co-workers or any other type of group. After applying the program manager will be in touch to discuss all of the details. Be sure to register as a GROUP on the volunteer application, as the group leader.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Join a Cleanup Hosted by Montgomery Parks

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Silver Spring, MD

Description

*All students receiving SSL hours must pre-register*

Individual
and family volunteers can join a cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff and volunteers!
- Children under 14 years old must volunteer with a parent/guardian.
- Students must register with their name to receive SSL hours.
- All cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Forms are provided at the cleanup.
- This opportunity is not eligible for court-ordered service.
- To add volunteers to a family group send us an email.
Click schedule tab to register for the next cleanup. Please note that when an event fills up, it disappears from the schedule. Cleanups will be added throughout the season, so check back often!

For questions contact: volunteercleanups@montgomeryparks.org

Background check required: No

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Oakley Cabin Tour Guide / Docent | Olney / Brookeville

Location:

Oakley Cabin
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832

Description

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 about the
Reconstruction Era, how people lived off natural resources, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations.

FREE training provided.

Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)

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Organize Your Own Group Cleanup Project (Cleanup Leader Registration)

Location:

Montgomery County, MD

Description

Scout troops, corporate groups, student groups, and community organizations can schedule a private Park cleanup event. Work with your team to remove trash & litter from our Parks! We ask for a two weeks notice before your cleanup.

Group Leader requirements:
- Must be 18 years & up
- Must communicate all requirements and park policies with group members, and ensure fulfillment
- Participants in the cleanup may be of all ages, but those under 14 years old must have a parent/guardian with them

If you and your group can meet these requirements, register here (as a group) and we'll proceed with the next steps:

1. Confirm cleanup details (qualified park or trail, date, time, # volunteers)
2. Pick up your Cleanup Kit
3. Have a fun and safe cleanup!
4. Submit your cleanup results and your volunteer sign-in sheet

Click here for the complete guidelines to organize your cleanup!

If you are interested in offering SSL hours at your cleanup, please contact us for more information.


Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Special Event Volunteers | Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Description

The Agricultural History Farm Park is a scenic 455-acre park featuring rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, and a variety of farm animals which offers a unique perspective on the county''s rich farming heritage. The Magruder-Bussard farmstead is located within Farm Park and past farming practices are interpreted for the public in a historic farmhouse, barn, assorted farm buildings, and portions of the general property. In addition to the farmstead, the Park includes a 39-acre parcel on the western edge of the farm that was once home to a kinship-based African American community called Newmantown. The Farm Park has many visitors, and volunteers who have a love of history will assist staff in helping visitors connect to the history of the Farm Park through special events and programs.

This opportunity is for individuals who would assist the Farm Park with its special events and programs, as needed, held throughout the year including the Harvest Festival and Montgomery County''s Heritage Days. Individuals would help with set-up and clean-up; and assist staff with various duties and tasks at special events and/or programs.

This is perfect for someone who doesn't want to volunteer on a regular basis, but can pitch in when needed!

Training will be provided. SSL approved.

Click on Duties and Requirements to learn more, and then Apply to be considered for this opportunity.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Weekend Nature Center Host (Fri., Sat., and/or Sun.) | Black Hill Discovery Center, Boyds

Location:

Black Hill Discovery Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Are you passionate about nature and love to help others? Have you always thought of volunteering, or maybe a way to connect with your community? Our Volunteer Hosts are stationed in the Black Hill Visitor Center lobby on weekends (Friday thru Sunday), where they welcome and answer questions from the public, check people in for nature programs, assist Nature Center Staff, and answer telephone calls. They may occasionally help with office work, computer work, program preparation, and exhibits.

We are looking for volunteer hosts that are people-oriented, enjoy sharing the joys of nature, and would be great representatives for Black Hill Nature Programs and Montgomery Parks!

This is a long-term volunteer opportunity and we are looking for someone who can help out for at least 3 months regularly.

See Duties and Requirements for more details, including hours.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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