Help keep your parks safe by providing additional eyes and ears for the Park Police. Volunteers are trained in non-enforcement police duties that include foot, vehicle, horse or bike patrol; traffic control; parking; community events; and outreach programs. Deadline for applications for the March Academy is February 1, 2020.Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details.
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
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Every full weekend in February, Brookside Nature Center will be hosting Maple Sugaring tours indoors and outdoors in our own maple grove. Volunteers will be needed as Pancake Servers (for volunteers 15+ years old) on Saturdays and/or Sundays. These volunteers will warm up and serve pancakes with maple syrup to a hungry and happy crowd! (no cooking skills required).Volunteers need to help out for at least two, 3.5 hour shifts (the morning shift is 10am to 12:30pm, and the afternoon shift is 1pm to 3:30pm). After applying, you will receive an email with more details, and will be able to select your dates and shifts at that time.SSL approved!See Job Details for more information and to apply.
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
This February, for our annual Maple Sugar Days, we are cooking down our maple sap, and need volunteers to help us out! Volunteers maintain the fire under our evaporator pan, so that our visitors can experience the maple sugaring process from start to finish.Volunteers will start the fire under the pan, keep the fire going, make sure every thing is safe, and assist the tour leaders as needed.We are looking for mature and responsible volunteers, preferably with fire monitoring experience, who also enjoy being outdoors!Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian volunteer alongside who acts as the lead fire monitor.Shifts are 9am to noon, and noon to 3pm, on both Saturdays and Sundays.SSL Approved.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Event (1-7 days), Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for Camp Counselors who have experience working with children and are outdoor enthusiasts! Camp Counselors will assist the Camp Instructor and other counselors in leading nature activities including games, hikes, and crafts.Volunteers are required to sign up to work at least one day, from 8:30am to 4PM. The camp will be offered Monday through Friday between April 6 and April 10, 2020.SSL approved!Click on Job Details and then Duties and Requirements to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
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:
Week 1: June 22 - 26LOST! Wilderness Survival CampWeek 2: June 29 - July 3LOST! Xtreme*orAnimal Neighbors Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 3: July 6 - 10LOST! Wilderness Survival CampWeek 4: July 13 - July 17Water Adventure CamporBirds of Maryland Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 5: July 20 - 24Into the Woods Fairytale Fantasy CampWeek 6: July 27 - July 31Travel Adventure CamporWonder Water Preschool Camp (Half-Day)Week 7: August 3 - 7Creek Week CampWeek 8: August 10 - 14Nature Film CamporMarvelous Monarchs Preschool Camp (Half-Day)
Volunteers will choose either the early shift from 8am to 3:30pm, or the later shift from 9:30am to 5:00pm for full day camps.Preschool camps meet for only a half-day, and volunteer hours are 8:30am to 12:30pm.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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
Have you ever rang a dinner bell for a flying squirrel?Flying squirrels are perhaps the coolest woodland creature you've never seen. Every evening around dusk, these secretive creatures come out in search of food, gliding up to 100 feet in between trees.Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteers passionate about wildlife for our new Flying Squirrel Feeder Program. Load our feeding platforms with nutritious sunflower seeds, use our pulley system to hoist the platforms high into the trees, and ring the dinner bell. Then watch as flying squirrels glide from platform to platform for a free meal.An orientation to the program and training provided. After completing training, you must demonstrate an ability to work independently without a staff member.Schedule Flying squirrels are creatures of habit, and for the success of the program, volunteers must be willing to commit to a routine. We're looking for volunteers who can come once a week at dusk for approximately a half hour. Available to individuals or groups, However, at least one volunteer must be over the age of 18, since the shift is scheduled at dusk and at times when the Nature Center may be closed.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), 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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
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.
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Do you enjoy working with people and sharing your love of nature? Our Hosts/Hostesses serve as the Nature Center's front line representatives. They welcome our visitors, provide information, and enjoy helping guests learn more about Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Nature Center. This is a rewarding job for someone who likes to be helpful and learn more about the natural environment!DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:1. Learn about our program offerings and park resources.2. Greet visitors.3. Answer visitor inquiries or direct them to appropriate staff. 4. Take messages for staff. 5. Answer telephone calls. 6. Occasionally help with office administrative work, computer work, and program/exhibit preparation. 7. Check people in for programs. Volunteers Hosts are needed:Weekdays and Weekends for one three hour shift.9 - 12 Tuesdays - Saturdays12 - 3 Tuesdays - Saturdays1 - 4 Sundays
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, activities, play, 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. Applicants that can work at least two days per month preferred. Click on Job Details and then Duties and Responsibilities to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity!