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*Butterfly Exhibit Training (sign up for one session only) - Brookside Gardens, April and June 2019

Location:

Brookside Gardens
1500 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, April through September. North American, South American and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Arrivals Agent and Flight Attendants to help support our staff with running the show.

Arrivals Agent are stationed just outside the exhibit and are responsible for greeting visitors and processing receipts, introducing visitors to the exhibit and coordinating exhibit entry.


Flight Attendants are stationed in the exhibit where they help prevent butterflies from escaping and explain butterfly life cycles and behaviors to our guests.

All 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. Volunteers will also need to complete an additional online tutorial before on-site training, and will receive the link after they sign up.

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.

Student volunteers ages 11-13 may volunteer, but only as a one-on-one team with a registered and trained parent, or adult guardian. The young student and parent must each sign up independently so we have information on both individuals. Thank you.

***This is SSL approved***

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 11

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

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Trail Workdays on Natural Surface Trails, Montgomery Parks*

Location:

Countywide
Montgomery County, MD

Description

Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday projects are a great way to support one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities-trails.
By participating in 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 projects are SSL approved.

Please click on Job Details and then Schedule tab to sign up for a specific workday date(s).

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/03/19, 04/17/19, 04/18/19 - Student Service Learning Projects/Volunteer Days at Black Hill Regional Park!

Location:

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

Description

We need your help at Black Hill Regional Park and Visitor Center!

We have lots of short term projects planned for the days kids are off of school, and all projects are Student Service Learning approved! You don't have to be a kid looking for the SSL hours...you could come out to help just because it feels good to volunteer too!

Projects will include meadow clean-ups, trash pick-ups, invasive plant pulls, garden work and much more. Click on Job Details, then the Duties and Requirements Tab, then the Schedule tab to see upcoming dates and projects.

Sign up and get your friends to sign up too! Don't forget to bring your SSL form for signature!

Open to all ages - no younger than 3, please! - but volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 3

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/06/2019 thru 04/28/2019 (Weekends, plus Spring Break) - Eye Spy Train - Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 9:45am -5:45pm

Location:

Cabin John Miniature Train
7410 Tuckerman Lane
Rockville, MD 20852

Description

Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and 'Eye Spy' sheets at our Eye Spy Train ride in Cabin John Regional Park.

The train runs every weekend in April plus Spring Break, April 17-22. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 1:45pm, and 1:45 - 5:45pm.

Please do not sign-up for many shifts unless you are certain you can commit to coming to ALL of them!

Volunteers must be 14 or older.

This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates.

***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet***

***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/06/2019 thru 04/28/2019 (Weekends, plus Spring Break) - Eye Spy Train - Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, 9:45am -5:45pm

Location:

2002 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and 'Eye Spy' sheets at our Eye Spy Train ride in Wheaton Regional Park.

The train runs every weekend in April plus Spring Break, April 17-22. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 1:45pm, and 1:45 - 5:45pm.

Please do not sign-up for many shifts unless you are certain you can commit to coming to ALL of them!

Volunteers must be 14 or older.

This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates.

***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet***

***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/17/2019 - 04/19/2019 - Spring Break Plant Exploration Station Interpreter - Brookside Gardens

Location:

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

We are looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers to engage garden visitors with our mobile plant exlploration cart. We want to enrich our visitor's garden visits with fun hands-on activities and learning experiences, to show them more about the plant world around them. The cart will be moved to different popular plant areas to engage the public.

Volunteers are needed during MCPS Spring Break on April 17-19 from 10am-2pm


Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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04/22/2019 - Earth Day "Cache In, Trash Out" Trash Pickup - Black Hill, Boyds - Monday, 1 - 4pm

Location:

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

Description

Come celebrate Earth Day with a fun way to pick up trash!

We will search for geocaches in the park and along the way, we'll pick up trash, making the world a better place. You must provide your own geocaching device, but we will provide gloves and bags for trash clean-up.

Please visit our event page on Facebook for more information leading up to the event.

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/28/2019 - Forest Friends Festival - Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton - SUNDAY, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Here's your chance to be a 'BFF' (Best Friend Forever) to animals, insects, plants etc., during Earth Month at Brookside Nature Center!

Our Forest Friends Festival will feature exhibits, walks and activities that highlight our natural resources, from native plants to pollinators, and how to best care for them.

Volunteers are vital to the running of this event and we seek those who can face paint, teach about animals, help sell plants, and share their enthusiasm for all things natural.

Teens, you can earn your SSL hours by volunteering for this festival.

Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to learn more!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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05/04/2019 - Raptor Fest - Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville - Saturday, 11:00am-4:30pm

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

Our Raptor Festival is an afternoon of celebrating Maryland's amazing birds of prey!

We need people-oriented volunteers to assist with and/or lead games and crafts. We are also seeking trained Master Naturalists to staff information tables.

Volunteers will also assist with set-up and clean-up. Most activities are outdoors, so volunteers must be willing to work rain or shine!

All volunteers must be registered in advance.
- Volunteers are needed from 11:00am-4:30pm
- SSL approved activity

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Camp Counselor, Summer 2019 - Brookside Gardens' Children's Programs, Wheaton

Location:

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Come help out at our week-long summer day camp programs based on a garden theme, such as: Garden Faries and Gnomes; Garden Architects and Inventors; Farms, Food, Fun and Sun; Garden Eco Explorers; Botanical Art Camp.


Volunteers assist with daily set-up, conducting children's crafts, and providing educational information to young children.

*Must be available to volunteer for the entire week (every day) for at least one of the camp weeks listed.*


We need volunteers for the weeks of:
June 24 - 28
July 15 - 19
July 22 - 26
July 29 - Aug 2
Aug 12 - 16

***SSL approved!***

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Camp Counselor, Summer 2019 - Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

Meadowside Nature Center is looking for camp counselors who are great with kids, love being outside, and have a passion for nature! Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day, supervising the children and leading some activities.

These positions are a fun way to gain SSL hours and a fulfilling way to spend a week!

We are looking for volunteers that can commit to helping out for at least one of the camps, for the entire 5 day session. Min. Age is listed after each camps title.

American Girl Camp Counselor (15+)
7/15-7/19, 8:30am-4pm
Did you ever imagine what it would be like to live like your favorite American Girl doll? Join us as we lead a camp full of crafting, cooking, and history.

Animal Training Camp Counselor (16+)
7/29-8/2, 8:30am-4pm
Do you love animals? Have you ever wondered how animals are trained for certain behaviors? Come find out by being a Camp Counselor for our Animal Training Camp.

Rock Creek Animal Week Camp Counselor (15+)
7/22-7/26, 8:30am-4pm
Do you love nature, the outdoors, and animals? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Rock Creek Animal Week where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and ponds of Rock Creek Regional Park.

Youth on Earth Camp Counselor (16+)
8/12-8/16, 8:30am-4pm
Do you love nature, animals, and connecting with people to build lasting bonds? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Youth on Earth where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and creek around Meadowside Nature Center.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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Eagle Scout Project - Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Montgomery Parks is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes the Brookside Nature Staff have projects in mind, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you 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.

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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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 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!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Groups looking for Projects in Parks!

Location:

Montgomery County 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); 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!)

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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Inclusion Support Volunteer

Location:

Wheaton or Cabin John Ice Rinks and/or Tennis Centers; at one of our four Nature Centers; and/or historic sites.
Montgomery County
MD

Description

Montgomery Parks offers many wonderful programs throughout the year for residents in Montgomery County and beyond. While Park staff and volunteers help run these programs, we also provide support services to individuals with disabilities to encourage their participation in the activities of their choice. Activities can include ice skating, tennis, and a variety of interactive nature and history programs.

Inclusion Support Volunteers help us meet this need by modifying activities for individuals with disabilities and facilitating positive social interactions with others.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with programs located at either an ice rink, a tennis facility, historic site or nature center. A schedule will be worked out with staff, but we are looking for a committment to the duration of the program or season.

Volunteers will receive training and placed with programs where and when they are needed.
We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others, and want to help everyone have fun, learn something and enjoy themselves at one of our parks!

**When applying, please fill out the OPTIONAL information section of the application (at the bottom) so we can see if this will be a good match**

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono

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

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Josiah Henson Park Outreach Ambassador

Location:

Various locations throughout the local area
MD

Description

Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Bring history to life as a Henson Ambassador!

Travel around the region introducing audiences to the Rev. Josiah Henson and his extraordinary journey from slavery to freedom.

Share upcoming plans for the new Josiah Henson Museum opening in 2020.

Learn all about Rev. Henson and the Museum project in our free training classes.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Organize a Park and Stream Cleanup Project

Location:

Montgomery County, MD

Description

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.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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