Weekend Volunteer Trail Workday Projects Volunteer Trail Workday projects are great way to support Parks by helping to maintain and expand the 165 mile natural surface trail network, one of Montgomery Parks most popular facilities. The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, however 13 & 14 years old may volunteer if an adult participates with them. All projects are SSL approved.To Sign Up click on Job Details below and the Schedule Tab on the next page.
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
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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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Corporate, Intern
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition that started back in the year 1900. 117 years later, the information collected by birders is providing invaluable data to better understand the ebb and flow of bird populations in North America. Please join our group of bird watchers as we do our part for this annual event. Experienced and inexperienced birders are welcome! The group will walk the trails around Brookside Nature Center to count and identify winter birds, starting early Saturday morning, at 8:30 am. Depending on the weather and number of volunteers, we will scout until 11:30. It is not madatory that volunteers stay the entire time, but the more sharp-eyed scouts, the better! The results of the count will be tallied with those collected from all over the county and sent to the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Volunteers will be contacted with more details after they sign up.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Scout
Volunteers help us make this great yearly event a success! Our campfire is a celebration of the sun's return. We'll tell tales of winter, help families roast s'mores and help children make lanterns to light their way on a short walk.See Duties and Responsibilities to learn more and then sign up if you are interested. **We do not take walk-in volunteers** You must be registered and confirmed as a volunteer for this event prior to the event day.SSL approved!
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Volunteers make this great yearly event a success as they help the families who join us make seasonal crafts, make wishes for the New Year, and help countdown to the "New Year" at Noon (not midnight!) on Friday with our mascot Otus the Owl.Click on the Duties and Responsibilities to find out more and sign up if you are interested! **We do not take walk-in volunteers** You must be registered and confirmed as a volunteer for this event prior to the event day.SSL Approved!
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.
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Long-term (6 months+)
Have your group help conserve natural areas on parkland by participating in a service project at Brookside Nature Center. Projects may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, cleaning-up streams and improving natural surface trails. Exact project activities will depend on time of year, and age and size of group.Fill out an application or call to discuss setting up a project for your group!
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Looking for help with Group Lessons on: Thursday 4:45-8:15pm Friday 4:45-6:15pm Saturday 10:15am-1:30pm Sunday 11am-3:45pm Montgomery County Ice Rinks provide 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 each Rink. 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 rink'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? Become a part of history! Learn about Rev. Josiah Henson, from his life as a slave on the historic Isaac Riley Farm, to his work as Methodist minister, abolitionist, Canadian freeman, author and international speaker. Join us at the Henson Historic Site as a volunteer tour guide, providing tours for audiences of all ages. [Pre-registration for training is required.]
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
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+)
Love meeting people from the past? Want to share your passion for history with folks? Oakley Cabin African American Museum may be the place for you! Join us and become a trained tour guide who will share with visitors of all ages the rich history of Oakley Cabin's early African American residents of the 1800s. Free Training available and SSL hours are available for students who complete training and are able to provide a minimum number of hikes throughout the year. Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to get more information.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Scout
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
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.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park has recently opened a beautiful new museum in its Stone Barn. This amazing historic facility tells the story of a bustling farm, its community and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad.Volunteer Greeters will welcome visitors to the Woodlawn Museum and provide them with an orientation to the barn and historic property.Volunteers will be stationed inside the Museum and ensure that visitors have registered for admission at the Visitor Center before touring the Museum. Volunteers may also be called upon to deliver hands-on interpretive history programming.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.
Montgomery Parks LOVES trees (just look at our logo!), and we plant 100's of new young trees every year. But unfortunately, until they become substantially bigger, these new trees need your help! When they are first planted, our trees have wire fencing put around them to protect them from deer and other animals harming their bark. We also try to put some mulch or at least clear up the weeds from around their bases, to let them get all of the nutrients and water they need to survive. Groups like yours will help us help the new trees that have been "out there" for awhile, that need a check-in to make sure the cages are still strong and working, and the weeds are kept at bay. These projects typically run 2 to 3 hours. Your Group's Leader will work with our Park Staff to pick from one of many of our reforestation sites that's convenient to your location. Please contact Norma Kawecki at Norma.Kawecki@MontgomeryParks.org to discuss your potential project with her before filling out an application.Dates are flexible, and we will work with your schedule (but weekdays are preferred). Supplies will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of gloves, bring them! We also suggest that you bring your own water and snacks, dress to be out in a tall grass field with long sleeves and long pants, wear closed shoes and bug spray.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate