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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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)
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***
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
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
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
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!
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
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 - 28July 15 - 19July 22 - 26July 29 - Aug 2Aug 12 - 16 ***SSL approved!***
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Brookside Nature Center is once again offering a full summer calendar 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 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 8 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 10 - 14,June Bug Camp: June 17 - 21, Native Ways Camp: June 24 - 28, Nature's Laboratory: July 8 - July 13, Creek Week: July 15 - July 19, Wild in the Woods: July 28 - August 2,NW Branch Expedition Force: August 5 - August 9. Our mandatory Counselor and Staff Orientation is June 19, 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. 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.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning
Volunteers assist school groups and other groups registered for an interpretive garden tour and school programss. The Brookside Gardens Childrens Programs supports curriculum and national and state standards required for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Have your group help conserve natural areas on parkland by participating in a service project at Brookside Nature Center. Projects may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, cleaning-up streams and improving natural surface trails. Exact project activities will depend on time of year, and age and size of group.Fill out an application or call to discuss setting up a project for your group!
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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.
Volunteer Type: Scout
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!
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)
Volunteers assist with planting and care of a wide variety of ornamental plants, including weeding, pruning, watering, grooming, staking, and deadheading, preparing garden beds, mulching, and general clean-up. This work, while sometimes physically demanding, provides volunteers the opportunity to work with professional horticulture staff, enjoy the appreciation of the Gardens' visitors, and enhance their own knowledge of plants and gardening techniques. We are currently recruiting volunteers for weekday mornings.
Brookside Nature Center* is located in a lovely wooded spot in Wheaton Regional Park. While most of areas around the Center are left to nature, we take pride in our many different types of gardens that show visitors how important plants are for wildlife! These gardens are always being suplemented and require regular upkeep. We need volunteers to keep them looking good! If you love plants and insects, if you want to learn more about native species and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, please consider applying.The work will include weeding, laying down compost and wood chips, pruning, watering, and transplanting. We are looking for someone who can commit to at least one season (April - November) come weekly, and who can handle shovels, wheelbarrows and heavy lifting. Training is included, given by a professional horticulturalist. Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details about this volunteer position.*Not BROOKSIDE GARDENS! Please search again if you are interested in the Brookside (botanic) Garden (not the nature center) opportuniities.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern
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
Wheaton Ice Arena provides a variety of Ice Skating Camp Programs for the public. Counselors-in-training (CIT's) help prepare for the skating camps, work with children and provide additional support throughout the camp session.
CIT's should be people-oriented and take pride in their role as representatives for the Montgomery Parks Department!**Skating experience is helpful, but not required**
Looking for help with Group Lessons on:Thursdays 4:45 - 6:15pm & 6:30 - 8pmFridays 4:15 - 6:15pmSaturdays 10:45am - 12:15pm & 12:30 - 1:30pmSundays 1:15 - 2:45pm & 3 - 4pmWheaton Ice Arena provides a variety of ice skating programs for the public. Adults and children can learn to skate or improve their skills through a variety of group lessons offered at the arena. Instructional Assistants provide the extra hands necessary to provide high quality instruction and improve student success and enthusiasm for this wonderful sport. Under the supervision of the Skating Director, Instructional Assistants are assigned to help group lesson instructors in the arena's "Learn to Skate" program, which include lessons, clinics, and camps. **Skating experience is required**
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**
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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.
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