Seasonal Position: Training is in January; shifts are done independently and take place in February through June. Once a month, there will be an optional bird walk with a Naturalist.Description: Maryland, and Montgomery County Parks in particular, are lucky enough to have a wide variety of raptors (aka Birds of Prey) located in our natural areas. We are seeking volunteers to help us track the raptors who are breeding in Rock Creek Regional Park.This program helps the Nature Center Naturalist staff and the Park's Natural Resources Division learn more about how many raptors are in the area, and how these birds of prey use our parks for breeding and nesting. Volunteer Commitment: Volunteer Monitors must commit to walking on a designated trail to report observations of raptors at a minimum of twice a month throughout the breeding season (February through June). Depending on the trail a volunteer choses to monitor, it can take about 30 minutes to an hour to accomplish these tasks. Virtual training will be provided in January and consists of two 1-hour online workshops. Optional monthly walks with the Volunteer Supervisor (a Naturalist) provide additional opportunities for training on bird identification and to get to know your fellow volunteers.Benefits: This is a great volunteer position for those who love being outside, learning new skills, and watching animals, like birds! This is also great experience for anyone interested in pursuing careers in wildlife management, biology, or environmental sciences.*This position is NOT eligible for SSL hours*
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months)
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*Notice: All volunteers must show proof of being fully vaccinated, in effect November 1*Locust Grove Nature Center is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout service project! We are currently seeking Eagle Scout candidates for various projects: Building exhibits and new features for park visitors, trail and habitat restoration, and more!
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Scout
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Do you enjoy working outdoors? Brookside Nature Center's Groundskeeper Aides work on a variety of outdoor tasks including trail maintenance, gardening, removing invasive plants, pruning, and mulching around our Nature Centers. Groundskeeper Aides are task-oriented and take pride in their role as representatives of the Montgomery County Parks Department. Duties Include: 1. Trail maintenance. 2. Gardening. 3. Removing invasive plants. 4. Pruning 5. Mulching 6. Other outdoor tasks as assigned.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Are you passionate about nature and love to help others? Have you always thought of volunteering, or maybe a way to connect with your community? 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.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)