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2022 Weed Warrior Workdays

Location:

Various Parks throughout Montgomery County
MD

Description

*If you or anyone in your household are sick, waiting for Covid test results, and/or have tested positive for Covid (regardless of vaccination status) you are not eligible to volunteer at this time*

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.

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.

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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Animal Care Aide| Meadowside Nature Center

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

*This position requires proof of vaccination against Covid 19*

Our Animal Ambassadors at Meadowside Nature Center are local animals that are cared for by staff and volunteers, and now serve as ambassadors for their species. Nature Center visitors can see them, learn about their stories, and learn how to protect local animals like them.

Each of these creatures has special care needs. Animal Care Aides will be trained on how to provide this care to turtles, snakes, toads, and insects. Tasks include cleaning animals' living areas, preparing food and feedings, replenishing water supplies, and maintaining care logs for each animal.

We are seeking aides that will give us at least a six month commitment to this valuable volunteer job, working at least two shifts each month. For more details, view our Duties & Requirements tab.

This position is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

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

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Bluebird Monitor | Matthew Henson Trail, Layhill | Managed by Brookside Nature Center

Location:

Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

*This position requires proof of vaccination against Covid 19*

Do you have an interest in local birds? Do you enjoy walking outdoors? Are you excited about hands-on conservation opportunities? Then this is the opportunity for you!


Brookside Nature Center is seeking two bluebird monitors to check on bluebird boxes located along the Matthew Henson Trail in Layhill.

Volunteers are needed to clean out boxes prior to breeding season (March), to monitor nest box activity on a weekly basis throughout the breeding season (March - September), and to record and report data in a timely manner.

More on eastern bluebirds:
Eastern bluebirds are "cavity nesters", nesting in cavitities found in dead and decaying forest trees. With less cavities available, many bluebirds now nest in boxes placed along "bluebird trails!"

Please note:


  • Youth volunteers (under 18) must apply with a parent or guardian.

  • Volunteers must commit to weekly monitoring for one full bluebird breeding season (March - October).

  • This is an outdoor opportunity that requires walking on a paved trail for no more than one mile.

  • If applying individually, you may be paired with another volunteer.

  • Working cellphone required.

  • Training will be provided!


**We are looking for two volunteers who can work together to monitor the boxes located along the Matthew Henson Trail at the intersection of Layhill Rd. and Middlevale Ln.**

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 12

Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+)

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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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); 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, emailing parksvolunteers@montgomeryparks.org, 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!

(If applying, 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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Join a Cleanup Hosted by Montgomery Parks

Location:

Montgomery Parks
Silver Spring, MD

Description

*If you or anyone in your household are sick, waiting for Covid test results, and/or have tested positive for Covid (regardless of vaccination status) you are not eligible to volunteer at this time.*

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!


Individual and family volunteers can join a cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff and volunteers!

All cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Children under 14 years old must have a registered parent/guardian with them.

To register for a cleanup event, click the Schedule tab and click "sign up".

For questions contact: volunteercleanups@montgomeryparks.org

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 12

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:

At a park near you!
Montgomery County, MD

Description

*If you or anyone in your household are sick, waiting for Covid test results, and/or have tested positive for Covid (regardless of vaccination status) you are not eligible to volunteer at this time.*

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. This opportunity is eligible for SSL HOURS.

Group Leader requirements:
- Must be 18 years & up
- Must communicate all requirements and park policies with group members, and ensure fulfillment

If you and your group can meet these requirements, register here and we'll proceed with the next steps.

What we'll need:
1. Confirm cleanup details (qualified park or trail, date, time, # volunteers)
2. Let us know if you would like to have a Stream Strider help lead your cleanup. Stream Striders are trained local volunteer Leaders that kick off cleanup service projects with a short educational program on watersheds & litter.
3. Pick up your Cleanup Kit from Wheaton HQ or Black Hill Nature Center
4. Have a fun, safe cleanup!
5. Submit your cleanup results and your Volunteer Sign-in sheet to volunteercleanups@montgomeryparks.org

*Info packet is sent via email and included with your kit (includes SSL credit information)

Park Rules, Safety, & Guidelines for Group Cleanups

Anyone feeling sick or in recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, may not volunteer at the event(s) assigned.

All volunteers must continue to follow CDC guidelines as well as MD state guidelines.

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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Job Details

Raptor Breeding Monitor (Feb-Jun 2023) | Meadowside Nature Center

Location:

Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Description

Seasonal Position: Training is in February; shifts are done independently and take place in March through June. Once a month, there will be optional continued learning with a Naturalist.

Description: Maryland, and Montgomery County Parks in particular, are lucky enough to have a wide variety of raptors (aka Birds of Prey) located in our natural areas. We are seeking volunteers to help us track the raptors who are breeding in Rock Creek Regional Park.

This program helps the Nature Center Naturalist staff and the Park's Natural Resources Division learn more about how many raptors are in the area, and how these birds of prey use our parks for breeding and nesting.

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteer Monitors must commit to walking on a designated trail to report observations of raptors at a minimum of twice a month throughout the breeding season (March through June). Depending on the trail a volunteer choses to monitor, it can take about 30 minutes to an hour to accomplish these tasks. Training will be provided in February and consists of online lessons and an in-person practice. Optional monthly walks with the Volunteer Supervisor (a Naturalist) provide additional opportunities for training on bird identification and to get to know your fellow volunteers.

Benefits: This is a great volunteer position for those who love being outside, learning new skills, and watching animals, like birds! This is also great experience for anyone interested in pursuing careers in wildlife management, biology, or environmental sciences.

*This position may be eligible for SSL hours; please email volunteer.mnc@montgomeryparks.org to discuss.*

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months)

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Trail Workdays | Natural Surface Trails | Throughout Montgomery Parks

Location:

Countywide
Montgomery County, MD

Description

*If you or anyone in your household are sick, waiting for Covid test results, and/or have tested positive for Covid (regardless of vaccination status) you are not eligible to volunteer at this time*

Volunteer Weekend Trail Workday projects are a great way to support one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities. Weekend trail workdays take place primarily throughout the Spring & Fall seasons. Click on Job Details and then Schedule to see what's coming up.

*If there are no trail workdays on the calendar at this time, please apply to be added to the bi-annual email list announcing seasonal trail workdays opportunities.*

The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, however 13 & 14 year old's may volunteer if an adult family member participates with them.

All Volunteer Trail Workdays are SSL approved.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 13

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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