Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, April through September. North American, South American and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Arrivals Agent and Flight Attendants to help support our staff with running the show.Arrivals Agent are stationed just outside the exhibit and are responsible for greeting visitors and processing receipts, introducing visitors to the exhibit and coordinating exhibit entry.
Flight Attendants are stationed in the exhibit where they help prevent butterflies from escaping and explain butterfly life cycles and behaviors to our guests. All volunteers need to sign up for only one on-site training date before they can begin. Select the Schedule tab on the Job Details page to view and select a training date. Volunteers will also need to complete an additional online tutorial before on-site training, and will receive the link after they sign up.After succesfully completing the on-site training, volunteers will be able to access the online calendar to schedule their shifts.
Morning shifts are 3.5 hours and afternoon shifts are 4 hours.Student volunteers ages 11-13 may volunteer, but only as a one-on-one team with a registered and trained parent, or adult guardian. The young student and parent must each sign up independently so we have information on both individuals. Thank you.***This is SSL approved***
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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We need your help at Black Hill Regional Park and Visitor Center! We have lots of short term projects planned for the days kids are off of school, and all projects are Student Service Learning approved! You don't have to be a kid looking for the SSL hours...you could come out to help just because it feels good to volunteer too! Projects will include meadow clean-ups, trash pick-ups, invasive plant pulls, garden work and much more. Click on Job Details, then the Duties and Requirements Tab, then the Schedule tab to see upcoming dates and projects. Sign up and get your friends to sign up too! Don't forget to bring your SSL form for signature! Open to all ages - no younger than 3, please! - but volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult!
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 3
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and 'Eye Spy' sheets at our Eye Spy Train ride in Cabin John Regional Park.The train runs every weekend in April plus Spring Break, April 17-22. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 1:45pm, and 1:45 - 5:45pm. Please do not sign-up for many shifts unless you are certain you can commit to coming to ALL of them!Volunteers must be 14 or older. This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to register as a volunteer, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet*** ***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Friendly helpers are needed to hand out crayons and 'Eye Spy' sheets at our Eye Spy Train ride in Wheaton Regional Park.The train runs every weekend in April plus Spring Break, April 17-22. There will be two shifts each day: 9:45am - 1:45pm, and 1:45 - 5:45pm.Please do not sign-up for many shifts unless you are certain you can commit to coming to ALL of them!Volunteers must be 14 or older. This activity is outdoors and Student Service Learning approved. For more information and to register as a volunteer, click on Job Details, then Duties & Requirements, and then Schedule to see shift times and dates. ***Train is cancelled if it rains, and/or tracks are still wet*** ***Must sign up by 5pm on Fridays to work the weekend***
We are looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers to engage garden visitors with our mobile plant exlploration cart. We want to enrich our visitor's garden visits with fun hands-on activities and learning experiences, to show them more about the plant world around them. The cart will be moved to different popular plant areas to engage the public. Volunteers are needed during MCPS Spring Break on April 17-19 from 10am-2pm
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Come celebrate Earth Day with a fun way to pick up trash! We will search for geocaches in the park and along the way, we'll pick up trash, making the world a better place. You must provide your own geocaching device, but we will provide gloves and bags for trash clean-up. Please visit our event page on Facebook for more information leading up to the event.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Here's your chance to be a 'BFF' (Best Friend Forever) to animals, insects, plants etc., during Earth Month at Brookside Nature Center!Our Forest Friends Festival will feature exhibits, walks and activities that highlight our natural resources, from native plants to pollinators, and how to best care for them.Volunteers are vital to the running of this event and we seek those who can face paint, teach about animals, help sell plants, and share their enthusiasm for all things natural. Teens, you can earn your SSL hours by volunteering for this festival.Click on Job Details and Duties and Requirements to learn more!
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Our Raptor Festival is an afternoon of celebrating Maryland's amazing birds of prey! We need people-oriented volunteers to assist with and/or lead games and crafts. We are also seeking trained Master Naturalists to staff information tables. Volunteers will also assist with set-up and clean-up. Most activities are outdoors, so volunteers must be willing to work rain or shine!All volunteers must be registered in advance.- Volunteers are needed from 11:00am-4:30pm- SSL approved activity
Come help out at our week-long summer day camp programs based on a garden theme, such as: Garden Faries and Gnomes; Garden Architects and Inventors; Farms, Food, Fun and Sun; Garden Eco Explorers; Botanical Art Camp.
Volunteers assist with daily set-up, conducting children's crafts, and providing educational information to young children.*Must be available to volunteer for the entire week (every day) for at least one of the camp weeks listed.*
We need volunteers for the weeks of:June 24 - 28July 15 - 19July 22 - 26July 29 - Aug 2Aug 12 - 16 ***SSL approved!***
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Brookside Nature Center is once again offering a full summer calendar of week long day camps for children ages 6 through 10, and we can't do it without the help of volunteers! We are looking for camp counselors who love being around kids, being outside, and who want to share their love of nature. These teens will take pride in their role as representatives for the Montgomery Parks Department!With camps starting in the middle of June and running until the middle of August, volunteers can sign up for at least two of our 8 different camps. Here's a list of this years' camps and dates, check them out to see if any fit your schedule and interest!: Trail Buddies Camp: June 10 - 14,June Bug Camp: June 17 - 21, Native Ways Camp: June 24 - 28, Nature's Laboratory: July 8 - July 13, Creek Week: July 15 - July 19, Wild in the Woods: July 28 - August 2,NW Branch Expedition Force: August 5 - August 9. Our mandatory Counselor and Staff Orientation is June 19, from 1 - 4 pm.Volunteer Camp Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day's activities, supervising the children and leading some activities. Counselors will report to the Senior Camp Counselors and Camp teachers, and volunteer from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Volunteering as a camp counselor is an ideal way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and having lots of fun! See Duties and Requirements after clicking on Job Details to see if this is a good fit.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteer camp counselors that are passionate about sharing their love of the great outdoors!
As a volunteer camp counselor, you'll assist staff in supervising children and leading activities. It's a great way to earn SSL hours while gaining experience working with kids and it's a lot of fun!
Check out this year's list of camps to see which topic fits your schedule and interests:
Week1: June 24 - 28Nature Film Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 1 (Half Day)Week 2: July 1 - 5 Hiking Through History Camp (Full Day)*camp does not meet on July 4*Week 3: July 8 - 12Park Safari Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 2 (Half Day) Week 4: July 15 - 19LOST! Wilderness Survival Camp (Full Day) Week 5: July 22 - 26Water Adventure Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 3 (Half Day) Week 6: July 29 - August 2Creek Week (Full Day) Week 7: August 5 - 9*LOST! Xtreme Survival Camp (Full Day)Nature Explorers Camp 4 (Half Day) Week 8: August 12 - 16Into the Woods Fairytale Fantasy (Full Day)
Volunteer hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm for Full Day Camps, and 8:30am to 12:30pm for Half Day Camps.See Duties and Requirements after clicking Job Details for a complete program description of each camp week.
*Volunteers for LOST! Xtreme must be at least 17 years old.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
Meadowside Nature Center is looking for camp counselors who are great with kids, love being outside, and have a passion for nature! Counselors assist staff throughout the week by helping prepare for each day, supervising the children and leading some activities. These positions are a fun way to gain SSL hours and a fulfilling way to spend a week! We are looking for volunteers that can commit to helping out for at least one of the camps, for the entire 5 day session. Min. Age is listed after each camps title.American Girl Camp Counselor (15+)7/15-7/19, 8:30am-4pmDid you ever imagine what it would be like to live like your favorite American Girl doll? Join us as we lead a camp full of crafting, cooking, and history. Animal Training Camp Counselor (16+)7/29-8/2, 8:30am-4pmDo you love animals? Have you ever wondered how animals are trained for certain behaviors? Come find out by being a Camp Counselor for our Animal Training Camp. Rock Creek Animal Week Camp Counselor (15+)7/22-7/26, 8:30am-4pmDo you love nature, the outdoors, and animals? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Rock Creek Animal Week where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and ponds of Rock Creek Regional Park. Youth on Earth Camp Counselor (16+)8/12-8/16, 8:30am-4pmDo you love nature, animals, and connecting with people to build lasting bonds? Come be a volunteer Camp Counselor for Youth on Earth where we'll get to know the animals, trees, and creek around Meadowside Nature Center.
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Brookside Nature Center* is located in a lovely wooded spot in Wheaton Regional Park. While most of areas around the Center are left to nature, we take pride in our many different types of gardens that show visitors how important plants are for wildlife! These gardens are always being suplemented and require regular upkeep. We need volunteers to keep them looking good! If you love plants and insects, if you want to learn more about native species and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, please consider applying.The work will include weeding, laying down compost and wood chips, pruning, watering, and transplanting. We are looking for someone who can commit to at least one season (April - November) come weekly, and who can handle shovels, wheelbarrows and heavy lifting. Training is included, given by a professional horticulturalist. Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details about this volunteer position.*Not BROOKSIDE GARDENS! Please search again if you are interested in the Brookside (botanic) Garden (not the nature center) opportuniities.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern
Montgomery Parks offers many wonderful programs throughout the year for residents in Montgomery County and beyond. While Park staff and volunteers help run these programs, we also provide support services to individuals with disabilities to encourage their participation in the activities of their choice. Activities can include ice skating, tennis, and a variety of interactive nature and history programs.Inclusion Support Volunteers help us meet this need by modifying activities for individuals with disabilities and facilitating positive social interactions with others.We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with programs located at either an ice rink, a tennis facility, historic site or nature center. A schedule will be worked out with staff, but we are looking for a committment to the duration of the program or season.Volunteers will receive training and placed with programs where and when they are needed. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others, and want to help everyone have fun, learn something and enjoy themselves at one of our parks! **When applying, please fill out the OPTIONAL information section of the application (at the bottom) so we can see if this will be a good match**
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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.
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.
Volunteer gardeners do a variety of tasks from early spring to late fall in the gardens of the nature center where wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, sedges, grasses and trees have been planted to demonstrate what grows naturally in Montgomery County. Gardeners will turn soil, plant, water, weed, trim, apply natural deer repellent, rake and collect seeds. You will have the opportunity to learn about native plants working with the lead gardener. Our gardeners work with others in small groups or independently at least two hours per week.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
If you love the outdoors and teaching little kids about Nature then the Volunteer Naturalist Aide position is for you! Assist Locust Grove Staff with set up, clean up, crafts, and games for their weekday toddler programs. Build experience working in this unique outdoor class setting.Our Nature Explorers Preschool program promotes learning through creative outdoor play. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.Volunteer schedule to be worked out with staff. Click on Job Details and then Duties and Responsibilities to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity!
Black Hill Nature Programs offers tours of Little Seneca Lake on our 30-foot pontoon boat. These rides are provided for a variety of diverse groups including senior living facilities, school groups, scouts, birthday parties and the general public. We are looking for boat operators that enjoy interacting with people in a beautiful outdoor setting. This position is for a mature person to deliver an engaging experience for participants under safe conditions.
Do you enjoy working with people in a friendly and sometimes busy environment? Our Volunteer Hosts are stationed in the Black Hill Visitor Center lobby on weekends, where they welcome and answer questions from the public, check people in for nature programs, assist Nature Center Staff, and answer telephone calls. They may occasionally help with office work, computer work, program preparation, and exhibits. We are looking for volunteer hosts that are people-oriented, enjoy sharing the joys of nature and would be great representatives for Black Hill Nature Programs and Montgomery Parks!This is a long-term volunteer opportunity and we are looking for someone who can help out for at least 3 months on a regular basis.