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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Help keep your parks safe by providing additional eyes and ears for the Park Police. Volunteers are trained in non-enforcement police duties that include foot, vehicle, horse or bike patrol; traffic control; parking; community events; and outreach programs. Deadline for applications for the March Academy is February 1, 2020.Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details.
Background check required: Yes
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)
Do you share an interest in horticultre and public engagment? If yes, then consider volunteer at Brookside and McCrillis Gardens. Both Gardens offer unique opportunities for prospective volunteers to donate their time to their local public garden. Single day and long term projects offered.Note to Prospective Volunteer:Apply to this position if you are expressing an interest in volunteer opportunities with Brookside Gardens. You'll be the first to be informed when particular positions are posted.
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Long-term (6 months+)
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
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
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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
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)
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