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*Gardener | Agricultural History Farm Park

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Description

The AHFP is a 455 acre park open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. It is a beautiful setting of a historic farm, including several outbuildings and a farmhouse.

Near the farmhouse are two demonstration gardens that are used to explain how people used smaller gardens to feed themselves and their families, and for pleasure with beautiful flowers.

We need your help with watering, weeding, pruning, and other routine care. We are looking for help on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. or Saturday during the growing season, flexible schedule worked out with site manager.

Some gardening experience is helpful, but training will be offered. High school graduates are welcome!

SSL hours approved.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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*Summer 2024 | Parks Trail Ambassador | Natural Surface Trails Program*

Location:

Wheaton or Germantown area parks
MD 20902

Description

The Montgomery Parks Trail Ambassador Program is a volunteer service AND mountain biking recreational program for high school students. Students will work together completing hands-on trail improvement projects in the morning, and after lunch the team will develop biking skills through group bike rides. Learn trail etiquette, bike safety, and mechanics. Discover the fun, health benefits, and social interactions of group mountain biking rides!

There are two sessions to choose from:

June 17 - June 28, in Wheaton

July 8 - July 19, in Germantown

Review the Duties and Requirements, and then click on the Schedule Tab to choose either the first session or second session. After you apply, someone will be in touch to discuss the program further to make sure it is a good fit, and that you can meet the requirements.

Student Service Learning (SSL) hours approved!

Participants who complete the program will receive a new Mountain Bike and Helmet!

Space is limited. There are only 10 available spots for each session.
Review the Duties and Requirements above and then the Schedule tab to choose a session.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning

Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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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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06/15/2024 | MudFest Event Volunteers Needed! | Beallsville | Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location:

Woodstock Equestrian Park
20207 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD 20842

Description

Help us celebrate International Mud Day at the Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville.

Festival guests will get to play in multiple mud pits, create mud art, play in our mud pie kitchen, and enjoy food and music. All of this is made possible by park staff and volunteers like you!

Volunteering for this event allows you and those in your vehicle free admission to the event.

This will be outside work, rain or shine.

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.

This is approved for SSL hours.

**Severe weather date of Sunday, June 16. Please, only apply if you can be there for the both dates!**

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/15/2024 | Henson Birthday Celebration! | Josiah Henson Museum & Park | Bethesda

Location:

Josiah Henson Museum & Park
11410 Old Georgetown Rd
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Description

Join us for our Henson Birthday Celebration at the Josiah Henson Museum & Park! Guests will have a fun time celebrating this local hero's birthday while learning about Montgomery County history. Volunteers help make this fun happen!

There are two shifts. Sign up by clicking Job Details (if it's showing at bottom of descriptions) and then on the Schedule tab:

9:30am - 1pm (5 spots for Age 14+): Help set up the event, then will help with a variety of activities, games, crafts, and concessions.

9:30am - 1pm (5 spots for Age 18+): Help set up the event, then will help with a variety of activities, crafts, monitoring a fire ring, operating a popcorn machine and concessions.

1 to 4:30pm (5 spots for Age 14+):
Help with a variety of activities, games, crafts, and concessions until the event ends at 4 pm, then will assist in cleaning up.

1 to 4:30pm (5 spots for Age 18+): Help with a variety of activities, crafts, monitoring a fire ring, operating a popcorn machine and concessions. then will assist in cleaning up.

SSL approved!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/17/2024 - 06/18/2024| MudFest Event Clean-up | Woodstock Equestrian Park| Beallsville

Location:

Woodstock Equestrian Park
20207 Darnestown Rd
Beallsville, MD 20842

Description

We are looking for volunteers who are not afriad to get a little dirty! Please join us in cleaning-up after the MudFest event at the Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville.

Click on Job Details to get to the Duties and Requirements tab, and then the Schedule tab to see dates and times to sign up for!

SSL approved!

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 15

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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06/26/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Black Hill Regional Park | Poolesville

Location:

Black Hill Regional Park
20903 Lake Ridge Road
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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07/20/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Seneca Landing Special Park | Poolesville

Location:

Seneca Landing Special Park
16501 River Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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08/14/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Seneca Landing Special Park | Poolesville

Location:

Seneca Landing Special Park
16501 River Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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09/18/2024 | Skilled Kayak Instructors and Event volunteers needed | Black Hill Regional Park | Poolesville

Location:

Black Hill Regional Park
20930 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841

Description

Montgomery Parks is offering a program sharing the wonders of kayaking for people who may need adaptions to get them out on the water!

We need two types of volunteers:

Skilled Kayak Instructors (16 years old+) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment (including kayaks, paddles and life vests) for our guests, assisting with people getting in and out of boats, and one on one paddling support with participants with a strong emphasis on tailoring techniques for the needs of the participant. We are looking for experienced kayakers (1-3 years of teaching/ coaching experience) who have the ability to be on the water and instructing basic skills with people with differing sets of abilities.

ACA Certifications are preferred but will consider years of experience.

Event Volunteers (14 years +) will help with pulling out the necessary equipment, and event set-up and take-down, and helping with other duties at the event (on land) as necessary.

Volunteers will be working outdoors and should dress for the weather, plus wear the appropriated PPE if volunteering on the water.


SSL approved!

Please click on the schedule tab to sign up for either position. Check out the duties and requirements tab as well to learn more.

More details will be shared after you apply! Questions? Contact Amanda Espinoza at Amanda.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Gift Shop Assistant | Brookside Gardens

Location:

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

Volunteers are needed to assist in the operation of Brookside Garden's Visitor Center gift shop.

Gift Shop volunteers assist in the operation of the shops by answering questions about merchandise, using the cash register, restocking shelves and assisting in keeping shop clean and orderly.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

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); 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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Grown@Pope Workdays | Pope Farm Nursery, Gaithersburg | Weekday mornings

Location:

Pope Farm Nursery
7400 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Description

Montgomery Park's Grown@Pope program strengthens food security in the county and provides families with fresh produce grown on parkland.

Grown@Pope Workdays are for individuals or groups that would like to come in for 1 to 3 days this season to help with daily tasks. Workday dates and times will be arranged with the program manager, after you apply. If you're interested in commiting more time to this program, please consider signing up for the Crop Production Aide position instead!

Workdays are scheduled for 2-to-4-hour shift during the week, between the hours of 7am and 3pm (but usually in the morning).

Volunteers will assist with planting summer crops and maintaining the garden. They will work alongside staff to harvest, collect, and weigh produce to be donated to food assistance providers across Montgomery County. The work includes: hand planting seeds as needed, monitoring crops upon emergence, pruning and thinning crop plants as needed, rotation (turning) of larger crops and harvesting crops when they are ready to go! Instruction and tools will be provided.

For Individuals, the program manager will send you a list of dates and times to choose from. Families are welcome, but children 15 and under must be supervised by their 18 years+ guardian on a one-to-one ratio. You must be 16 or older to volunteer on your own. SSL Approved!

For Groups, this is a great opportunity for team building and learning new skills with your friends, co-workers or any other type of group. After applying the program manager will be in touch to discuss all of the details. Be sure to register as a GROUP on the volunteer application, as the group leader.

Background check required: No

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days)

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Historic Site Guide/Docent | Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Description

The Agricultural History Farm Park (AHFP) 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!

Greeter/Docents will help visitors connect to the history of the Farm by assisting with:


  • Greeting visitors.

  • Managing farmhouse capacity flow during guided group tours.

  • Giving tours to individual weekend visitors; including the farmhouse and outbuildings.

  • Interpreting general Montgomery County history, Maryland's African-American history, general farm history and historic farming from the colonial era through the 1940's.

  • Setting up, assisting with, and breaking down special events for students, adults and families.

  • Inventorying household items periodically


Greeter/Docents should be enthusiastic and willing to learn about local Maryland history and about the families that lived and worked at and around the farm. They should also have a general working knowledge of American History, open to visitor engagement and actively involved with museum house programs.

Docents schedules are:


  • Saturdays - 11am to 3pm

  • Sundays (occasionally) - Noon to 3pm


This position requires public speaking, long periods of standing, sitting, walking, and working in a variety of weather conditions.

Training and supervision will be provided by the Museum Educator.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)

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Ice Skating Instructional Assistant | Cabin John Ice | Rockville

Location:

Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Description

*Looking for skilled ice skaters only!*

Cabin John Ice Rink provides a variety of ice skating programs for the public. Adults and children can learn to skate and 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 season.

For more details, please click on Duties and Requirements.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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Ice Skating Instructional Assistant | Wheaton Ice Arena | Wheaton

Location:

Wheaton Ice Rink
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Description

**Looking for skilled ice skaters only!*
(Please be prepared to share your past and present skating history including, skating level, test level, and any other skating experience you may have)

Wheaton Ice Arena provides a variety of ice skating programs for the public. Adults and children can learn to skate and improve their skills through a variety of group lessons offered at the arena.

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 Wheaton Ice 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.

We are looking for volunteers that can commit to an entire skating season.

For more details, please click on Duties and Requirements.



Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 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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Kingsley Schoolhouse Tour Guide (Docent) | Little Bennett Regional Park, Clarksburg

Location:

Kingsley School House, off of the Kingsley Trail
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Description

Thinking of going back to school -- in the early 1900s? Want to learn about the history of early education in one room schoolhouses in Montgomery County? Share your love of history and 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 two-part training provided for new volunteers, dates to be shared after placement.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

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Oakley Cabin Tour Guide / Docent | Olney / Brookeville

Location:

Oakley Cabin
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832

Description

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 about the
Reconstruction Era, how people lived off natural resources, 19th century folk remedies and other living history demonstrations.

FREE training provided.

Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 16

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

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

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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)

Click here for details and to apply

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Special Event Volunteers | Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood

Location:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Description

The Agricultural History Farm Park is a scenic 455-acre park featuring rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, and a variety of farm animals which offers a unique perspective on the county''s rich farming heritage. The Magruder-Bussard farmstead is located within Farm Park and past farming practices are interpreted for the public in a historic farmhouse, barn, assorted farm buildings, and portions of the general property. In addition to the farmstead, the Park includes a 39-acre parcel on the western edge of the farm that was once home to a kinship-based African American community called Newmantown. The Farm Park has many visitors, and volunteers who have a love of history will assist staff in helping visitors connect to the history of the Farm Park through special events and programs.

This opportunity is for individuals who would assist the Farm Park with its special events and programs, as needed, held throughout the year including the Harvest Festival and Montgomery County''s Heritage Days. Individuals would help with set-up and clean-up; and assist staff with various duties and tasks at special events and/or programs.

This is perfect for someone who doesn't want to volunteer on a regular basis, but can pitch in when needed!

Training will be provided. SSL approved.

Click on Duties and Requirements to learn more, and then Apply to be considered for this opportunity.

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 14

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

Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)

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