Seasonal Position: Training is in January; shifts are done independently and take place in February through June. Once a month, there will be an optional bird walk 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 (February through June). Depending on the trail a volunteer choses to monitor, it can take about 30 minutes to an hour to accomplish these tasks. Virtual training will be provided in January and consists of two 1-hour online workshops. 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 is NOT eligible for SSL hours*
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months)
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*Notice: All volunteers must show proof of being fully vaccinated, in effect November 1*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)
*Notice: All volunteers must be able to show proof of being fully vaccinated*Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday projects are a great way to support one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities. Typically weekend trail workdays take place throughout the Spring & Fall seasons. By applying below, I will email you when scheduled trail workday opportunities become available on the calender. 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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 13
Do you enjoy working outdoors? Brookside Nature Center's Groundskeeper Aides work on a variety of outdoor tasks including trail maintenance, gardening, removing invasive plants, pruning, and mulching around our Nature Centers. Groundskeeper Aides are task-oriented and take pride in their role as representatives of the Montgomery County Parks Department. Duties Include: 1. Trail maintenance. 2. Gardening. 3. Removing invasive plants. 4. Pruning 5. Mulching 6. Other outdoor tasks as assigned.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
*Notice: All volunteers must show proof of being fully vaccinated*Montgomery Parks are wonderful places to visit, but sometimes litter and trash get into our parks and needs to be removed - this is where you come in! A Cleanup Coordinator will lead you and other volunteers in various projects to help get trash out of our parks and streams. We welcome individuals and families to join us!Please note that when an event fills up, it will disappear from the schedule. Cleanups will be added throughout the season, so check back often!Upcoming Cleanups:*12/4 - Sligo Mill NCA*MLK Cleanups being schedule for early January!All cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Children under 14 years old must have a registered parent/guardian with them.Covid Guidelines (as of November 2021):- Volunteers must bring a mask- Volunteers must be vaccinated- 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 register here and submit their Montgomery Parks COVID-19 waiverTo register for a cleanup event, click the Schedule tab and click "sign up". If there is no "schedule" tab, it means signups are full or there are no staff-led cleanups scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates.For questions contact: email@example.com
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
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! Group leaders can submit one application on behalf of their group (select "group"). We ask for a three weeks notice before your cleanup. This opportunity is eligible for SSL HOURS.Please read through our current covid 19 requirements for volunteers effective November 1, 2021:- Volunteers must be fully vaccinated- Group leaders must check of vaccination cards before the cleanup event. This can be completed at check-in as long as effective communication to ensure volunteers bring a photo or copy of their certicate is achieved.- Volunteers must submit our Covid-19 Waiver electronically or via paper- The minimum age of participation will be 12 years old as of 11/1If your group can meet these requirements, please register and we'll proceed with the next steps.Organize a Group Cleanup!What we'll need:1. Cleanup date and times2. Cleanup location (Find a park near you! or work with our office to match you with a cleanup site)🠮 For Local/regional parks: pick up your cleanup supply kit and cleanup independently 🠮 For Stream Valley Parks: we may assign a Stream Strider volunteer to lead your group and bring supplies3. Estimated group size and age range4. Do you need SSL forms? 5. Submit your Cleanup Results 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.