Montgomery County's GreenFest will be at Brookside Gardens in conjunction with Earth Month! It's an environmental festival to show our guests how they can go green at home and in the community!Volunteers will assist staff with Earth Month-themed family activities, crafts, art projects, and environmental education. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.Volunteers are needed 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Sign up here if you want to help out at Brookside Gardens!
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
Click here for details and to apply
April is Autism Awareness Month!
Montgomery Parks will be hosting an Autism Awareness and Acceptance Event called "Light it up Blue" at the Agricultural History Farm Park to celebrate inclusion and diversity in our community. We are looking for volunteers to assist with various responsibilities including greeters, activity assistance, facepainting, set-up and cleanup for the event!Join us during this special event to help make it a success!SSL approved and food will be provided!Priority will be given to those that can work the full day, but there can be flexibility in schedule for volunteers - to be determined with supervisor prior to event.
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Volunteers are needed at Montgomery Park's first All-Anglers Fishing Rodeo. Children of all abilities between the ages of 3-15 will be learning to fish at our accessible pond with a veteran by their side to highlight National Armed Forces Day! We will need assistance setting up and breaking down the site, checking-in participants and directing them to the various activities, teaching children how to fish, plus we will need accessibility and recycling monitors. There will be 2 shifts:7:30 to 9:30 - Set-up helpers; Check-in & Direction helpers8:30 to 12:30 - Fishing experts needed to work with children with physical or developmental disabilities (for those 18 and older); Trash & Recycling Monitors, and take-down helpers; Fish Counters & Weigh-in Monitors.To learn more, click on Duties and Requirements, and then click on Schedule or Calendar to sign-up.**SSL Hours available for students helping with activities other than fishing**
Minimum age of volunteers: 15
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, mid-April through mid-September. North American, South American, African and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Arrivals Agent and Flight Attendants to help our staff in the operation of the exhibit. Arrivals Agents are stationed just outside the exhibit entrance and are responsible for greeting visitors and processing receipts, introducing visitors to the exhibit and informing visitors of the entry process. They will also show visitors butterfly life cycle activity on the plants in the Arrivals Area when present.
Flight Attendants are stationed in the exhibit where they help prevent butterflies from escaping and explain butterfly life cycles and behaviors to guests.New 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. All volunteers need to complete an online training course and will receive the link after they sign up. It is very helpful to complete the course before on-site training, but it can be done after if time does not allow.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. Weekdays in July and August have only morning shifts.Students ages 11-13 may volunteer, but only as a one-on-one team with a registered and trained parent, or adult guardian. The student and adult must each sign up independently so we have information on both individuals. Thank you.***This is SSL approved***
Background check required: Yes
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Brookside Nature Center is once again offering a summer full 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 outstanding 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 5 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 15 - 19,CIT Camp: July 5 - 10, Treasure Hunter Camp: 13 - 17, Little House in the Big Woods Camp: July 20 - July 24,Naturally Creative Camp - Water and Rocks: August 10 - 14Our mandatory Counselor and Staff Orientation is June 25, 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 daily. 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 for you.
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
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
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.
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:Weekends for one 2.5 hour shift on Saturdays or a 3 hour shift on Sundays:10 - 12:30 or 12:30 - 3 Saturdays1 - 4 Sundays
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)