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Stream Striders Watershed Leadership Program

Location:

Parks & Streams
Montgomery Parks, MD

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*This position requires proof of vaccination against Covid 19*

How can we empower our communities to help care for their local parks and streams with a deeper understanding of watershed science and stream ecology?

The Montgomery Parks Stream Striders volunteer program is accepting Spring Applications! Stream Striders facilitate conservation projects that involve an educational component as well as a service component. Applications are open for adult volunteers interested in leadership, watershed education, & community engagement at their local stream valley parks.

How do I become a Stream Strider?
1. Read the program qualifications & requirements
2. Click "apply"
3. Create an account & fill out application (have you vax card ready)
4. We will contact you for a brief interview
5. Complete a 2-part training

STREAM STRIDER WATERSHEDS:

Muddy Branch (0)
Northwest Branch-Anacostia (1)
Rock Creek (1)
Paint Branch & Little Paint Branch (0)
Seneca Creek (1)
Sligo Creek (2)
Long Branch (1)
(the numbers indicate spaces available)

QUALIFICATIONS:

- Must be 18 years+
- Complete a background check with Montgomery Parks
- Follow park protocols and safety measures
- Ability to work with a variety of groups in a leadership position
- Ability to present information or willing to learn!
- Able to walk outdoors for up to 3 hours in a variety of trail surfaces and weather conditions (not including severe weather)
- Must be comfortable accessing areas off trail & in streams

COMMITMENT:
- 4 months/seasonal
- Minimum of 4 hrs/month (one project/month)
- Weekends and some weekdays, scheduling is flexible!

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
- Strong resume builder, long-term opportunity if you continue in the spring
- Access to stream/nature workshops happening in our parks
- Earn service credit toward your program/course (verification letters available)
- Volunteer on a flexible schedule

Questions?
301-495-1302 valeria.espinoza@montgomeryparks.org

Website: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/support/volunteer/

Background check required: Yes

Minimum age of volunteers: 18

Job type: Seasonal (2-6 months)

Volunteer type:  Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Intern

Stream Striders will...

Facilitate educational conservation projects that involve an educational component as well as a service component

1. Education Component: this is a short program from 15-30 minutes. Programs available are Watershed Science, Litter Lifespans, and Creek Critters Demonstration (new this Spring!)
2. Service component: A stream or park cleanup should be 1-1.5 hrs of the project time where students are empowered to make a difference and learn more from their Stream Strider.

Work with Stream & Park Cleanups Coordinator to schedule and plan at least one project per month.

Occasionally assist with site visits to determine project locations

Park/Stream Cleanups

Valeria Espinoza

301-495-1302


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