In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Montgomery Parks will be hosting Salsa in the Parks at 3 locations throughout the county the next few weeks. Our guests will be grabbing their dancing shoes and enjoying a night of live music and dancing under the stars! We are looking for volunteers to help with setting up the stage for the band and salsa instructors, greeting people on arrival, providing information about upcoming events, and helping with registration and waivers.The nights we need volunteers are:Sept. 17 - Fairview Road UP, Silver SpringOct. 1 - Brookside Gardens, WheatonOct. 15 - Strawberry Knoll LP, GaithersburgDinner will be provided.This is SSL approved!
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
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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.Click on Job Details below and the Schedule tab on the next page to view and sign up for upcoming work dates.
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Corporate, Intern
The Long Branch Festival is a great event and a collaborative partnership of the Long Branch Business League, Montgomery Housing Partnership, Montgomery County Planning, and the Department of Housing and Community Development, with substantial support from Montgomery Parks and Purple Line Transit Partners. Volunteers are needed for this exciting event with many opportunities to give back to your community and earn SSL hours. **VOLUNTEERS SIGN UP BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK**From helping set up the various festival locations, to monitoring areas, answering questions, to working with a sound engineer, there are many chances to serve your community and be a problem solver.Prior to the Festival, Monday, September 16th through Thursday, September 19th, there are many opportunities for painting, construction, and general setup of the festival areas. The festival itself runs from Friday, September 20th to Friday, September 27th, with setup two hours before the first event each day, as well as take down at 9pm each night. Most shifts range from 2 to 3 hours. Please feel free to sign up for as many shifts as works with your schedule. Please note that some volunteer positions have minimum age requirements. SSL qualified shifts will be noted "SSL". Head to the festival website to sign up volunteer shifts, and thank you for your help!
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from Sept. 15 through October 15, Meadowside Nature Center is having a celebration to highlight Central and South American cultures and community. From Noon to 3pm we will have a live band that plays salsa, merengue, and cumbia, as well as food, crafts and games! Join us for this fun mini-festival!Volunteers will help with set-up, crafts and take-down of the event. We are looking for spanish-speaking volunteers that can help out from 11 am to 3:15 pm.Volunteers must pre-register. SSL Approved!
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning
Help us celebrate Montgomery County's rich farming heritage at one of the prettiest places in Montgomery Parks, the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood! Visitors to the festival will get to experience what the crafts, games, food and activities where like on a farm from years ago, with help from park staff and volunteers like you!Training, a delicious lunch, t-shirt and breaks will be provided. This will be outside work, rain or shine (tents will be provided). We are looking for outgoing and friendly people, and while all jobs are not physically demanding, they all do require the ability to work on uneven ground. We are also seeking volunteers 18 and older that can become team leaders, who will get more training before the event, so that they can lead activities at the Festival.**THIS IS Student Service Learning APPROVED!** Sign-up by clicking on Job Details, then the "Schedule" Tab - someone will be back to you with more details after we see your application. **Please, only apply if you can be there for the whole 6.5 hour shift!**Children that are 12 or 13 can only volunteer if a parent is also registered as a volunteer!
Minimum age of volunteers: 12
Little Bennett Campground is hosting a spooky Haunted Trail this October, and needs volunteers to help it be the scariest place in the woods! Volunteers will wear costumes and stand at assigned locations and follow a script. Other volunteers will help out behind the scenes. There will be an orientation before the trail opens to the campground guests.This is SSL approved.Volunteers should dress for the weather, and cooler temps in the evening. We are looking for folks to wear costumes -and bring their own flashlights. Wear shoes that can get muddy!
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Wheaton Indoor Tennis is proud to partner with ACEing Autism to serve up an amazing tennis curriculum! Directed by our teaching pro, volunteers will be paired with kids on the autism spectrum (ages 6-12 and 13-18). The program helps kids develop coordination, confidence, and social skills through on-court activities that emphasize taking turns, working in teams and following instruction. Volunteers receive training prior to first class. Tennis experience is helpful but not necessary. Must enjoy working with kids and have high energy. Special education background a plus!We are seeking mature 15 year olds/high school freshman and older.Success of this program depends upon consistent pairing of volunteers and participants each week. Volunteers must commit to helping out on all 6 Saturdays.Volunteer registration and background check required.SSL approved.**VOLUNTEER NEED DEPENDS ON NUMBER OF CLASS PARTICIPANTS - PLEASE APPLY AND TENNIS PROGRAM MANAGER WILL CONTACT YOU TO DISCUSS SCHEDULE**
Background check required: Yes
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Friendly helpers are needed at our Fall Eye Spy Train ride in Wheaton Regional Park this October! They will help organize fun activities in the Wheaton Train Party Room, and to pass out and collect pencils for our guests' Eye Spy Cards, before and after they ride the train.Family-friendly (NOT SCARY) costumes are required!The train will be running Friday, Saturday and Sundays in October. There will be different shifts each day: Fridays are 3:45-6pm; Saturdays and Sundays are 9:45a-2pm and 1:30-6pm.Volunteers need to be 14 and older (no exceptions!). This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to sign-up, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule (or Calendar) to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet******Must sign up by 5pm on Thursday to work the weekend***
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Friendly helpers are needed at our Fall Eye Spy Train ride in Cabin John Regional Park this October! They will help organize fun activities in the Cabin John Train Party Room, and to pass out and collect pencils for our guests' Eye Spy Cards, before and after they ride the train.Family-friendly (NOT SCARY) costumes are required!The train will be running Friday, Saturday and Sundays in October. There will be different shifts each day: Fridays are 3:45-6pm; Saturdays and Sundays are 9:45a-2pm and 1:30-6pm.Volunteers need to be 14 and older (no exceptions!). This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to sign-up, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule (or Calendar) to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet******Must sign up by 5pm on Thursday to work the weekend***
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
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Long-term (6 months+)
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
*Looking for skilled ice skaters only!* Cabin John Ice Rink provide a variety of ice skating programs for the public. Adults and children can learn to skate or improve their skills through the group lessons we offer. Ice Skating 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 Cabin John Ice Skating Director, Instructional Assistants are assigned to help Group Lesson Instructors in the "Learn to Skate" program, which include lessons, clinics, and camps. We are looking for volunteers that can commit to an entire skating session season.
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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**
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
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Want to share your love of history? Become a tour guide at the historic one-room Kingsley Schoolhouse in Little Bennett Regional Park. The school is furnished as it was in the 1920s in a beautiful rural setting. Help visitors learn what school was like in the past! The schoolhouse is open the first Sunday of each month, April through October.FREE training provided.
The Agricultural History Farm Park is seeking those with a love of history to share their time and talents in telling the story of Montgomery County's rich agricultural and cultural heritage! Living history interpreter docents will help visitors connect to the history of the Farm by:- Inviting visitors into our 1908 Farmhouse - Leading visitors on tours of the house and surrounding grounds- Providing historical information in a meaningful and knowledgeable manner- Wearing historical costumes that will help visitors further understand the customs and culture of the early 20th centuryLiving history interpreter docents must complete 16 hours of non-costumed shadowing and on-site training before working independently. Hours available weekends and weekdays. Some scheduled hours may require work with special programs and school groups. This position requires long periods of standing, sitting, walking, and working in a variety of weather conditions.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Step back in time to share your passion for history with visitors of all ages. Bring history to life as an Oakley Cabin tour guide. Learn about the lives of Oakley Cabin's African American community following the end of the Civil War and Emancipation. Learn how to make historic toys and crafts, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations. FREE training provided. Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (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
Love the outdoors? Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Become a part of history! Learn to become a volunteer conductor and lead groups along a simulated Underground Railroad experience hike through fields, woods and across streams to the historic Sandy Spring. Learn various techniques that people escaping slavery would have used to elude pursuers, find water and food, and find their way. Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad both locally and in the U.S. and fascinating true stories of perils, escapes and captures. FREE training available. SSL hours are also available for students who complete training and are able to provide a minimum number of hikes throughout the year. [Pre-registration for training is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.]
Lead groups on guided tour of the Woodlawn Museum and other historic buildings of Woodlawn Manor, a 19th century plantation. Share information about the Plamer family that owned the property for nearly a century and its other residents. Learn about the history of local Quaker, free and enslaved communities as well as local agricultural practices. Volunteers may also be called upon to lead hands-on activities during special programs.If you have a love of history, enjoy working with the public and admire beautiful scenery this will be a great volunteer opportunity for you!This position is SSL approved. The barn is currenly only open on Saturdays and Sundays.