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*FrogWatch Community Scientist

Location:

Parks as assigned by staff
Montgomery County
MD 20902

Description

Parkland managed by Montgomery Parks makes up more than 10% of Montgomery County's land and serves as the County's "backyard". It is also home to upwards of 14 frog and toad species, each of which can be recognized by unique breeding calls made at wetlands and other aquatic habitats!

Volunteer FrogWatch Community Scientists will receive training and special permission to monitor for calling frogs at natural, created, and enhanced aquatic habitats on parkland at night in order to extend the reach of the biological monitoring, stormwater management, and environmental review programs conducted by staff.

*CLICK ON DUTIES AND REQUIRMENTS TO LEARN MORE*

TIME COMMITMENT:
Perform monitoring AT LEAST once a month (but hopefully more) in designated park areas from March through August. Monitoring visits are conducted in the evening (at least 30 minutes after sunset) and can take as little as 15 minutes! Volunteers will be fully trained on protocols before monitoring and will have opportunities to join Park Naturalists and Maryland Master Naturalist volunteers on monitoring visits each month.

Participants may also volunteer to canvas parkland during the day (year-round) to locate and assist with registering trail-accessible wetlands and additional frog listening locations.

This is not eligible for SSL hours. Family groups are welcome, but only those 18 and older, and who have registered and completed training will be considered an official Montgomery Parks' Frogwatch Volunteer.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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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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03/28/24, 04/10/24, 04/22/24 | Student Service Learning Projects/Volunteer Days | Black Hill Regional Park | Boyds

Location:

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

Description

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

Join us for a variety of projects which can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours or come out to help just because it feels good to volunteer!

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

Sign up and get your friends to sign up too!

Open to all ages - no younger than 6, please! - but volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 6

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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04/01/2024-05/5/2024 | Organize an Earth Month Cleanup

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Montgomery County, MD

Description

Do you have a group interested in organizing a cleanup for Earth Month? We welcome all businesses, non-profit organizations, religious groups, and community groups to organize a cleanup at one of our parks this April. Please read the entire program description below and follow these steps:

𝥀 Register by 3/15 (Click or tap 'Apply' at the bottom of this page. If you have an account, log in first).

𝥀 Attend a Training Session!
**Virtual Training for group leaders on Wednesday, February 28 at 4pm. Register Here via Zoom!
**In Person Training & Cleanup Kit Pick Up on Saturday 3/16 and 4/1. We will send details once you register!

𝥀 Coordinate your cleanup site and date with our staff and review the Cleanup Leader Information Packet we send you.

𝥀 Pick up your Cleanup Kit. Kits include gloves, bags, and sign-in sheets.

After your cleanup:
𝥀 Submit your cleanup results and sign-in sheet here

Additional Information:
- Group Leaders must be 18 years+
- This application is for self-led cleanups. You may host a private group cleanup or a public cleanup open to the community
- communicate all requirements & park policies with volunteers and ensure fulfillment (included in Cleanup Guide)
- Group Leaders may recruit volunteers using any method of their choice (email, signup genius, google forms) but using our sign-in sheets is required
- If you'd like to offer SSL forms, you must complete an online background screening
- Make sure volunteers under 14 years old participate with a parent/guardian
- If you cannot attend the virtual training, we can share the recording. If you cannot attend any of the Cleanup Kit Pick Up Days, you may pick up from our office building (instructions are provided in the Leader Packet)

Contact: volunteercleanups@montgomeryparks.org

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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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 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, can stick to a schedule and are hardworkers!

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

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

Volunteer Type: Scout

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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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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Interested in becoming a Park Police Volunteer?

Location:

Saddlebrook HQ
12751 Layhill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Description

Park Police Volunteer help keep 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.

Please follow this link to learn more, and to see what the requirements are for these positions:
Park Police Volunteering

*The next Volunteer Academy has not been scheduled yet, but if you apply here, you will be notified when it will be open for signing up.*


Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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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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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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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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