Every weekend in February, Brookside Nature Center will be hosting Maple Sugaring tours indoors and outside in our own maple grove. Volunteers will be needed as Pancake Servers (for volunteers 15+ years old). These volunteers will warm up and serve pancakes with maple syrup to a hungry and happy crowd! (no cooking skills required).See Job Details for more information and to sign-up click on the schedule tab. Volunteers need to help out for at least 2 shifts.SSL approved!
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)
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Every Thursday and weekends in February, Brookside Nature Center will be hosting Maple Sugaring tours indoors and outside in our own maple grove. Volunteers will be needed as Maple Sugaring Interpreters (for volunteers 18+ years old). These volunteers will walk groups through the maple sugaring process from Tree to Pancake! New Interpreters are required to go through two trainings in January.**Interpreters will be required to sign-up for at least two shifts throughout the month!** See Job Details for more information.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
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 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday between April 17 and 22.SSL approved!Click on Job Details and then Duties and Requirements to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.
Background check required: Yes
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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Youth, Student Service Learning
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
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
Montgomery Parks is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes the Brookside Nature Staff have projects in mind, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you explore the area to see what amenities you can help create or restore. Park staff will work with you to review your project proposal prior to approval.
Volunteer Type: Scout
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
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
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**
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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!
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
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.