We Value our Volunteers
We rely on volunteers from our community to fulfill our mission: Growing Greener Children. Each year, we have over 400 volunteers donate their time to help us offer a wide variety of programs for children and families, and manage the stewardship of our 30-acre property. With a small staff and a tight budget, your generosity by volunteering your time and talent helps us keep Riverbend financially sustainable in a difficult economy. We are always looking for volunteers who share our interest in caring for the environment and exposing children to the wonders of nature. Together, we can make a difference.
Benefits of Volunteering
We always strive to provide our volunteers with a fun and fulfilling experience. Your volunteer interview will help the volunteer coordinator match you with the best opportunity based on our needs and your interests. There are many benefits to volunteering at Riverbend, including:
We welcome many kinds of volunteers, but the ones who can come weekly make a huge difference in our operations. Keep in mind that Riverbend is not generally open on the weekends, so we are primarily looking for volunteers who can work during weekdays before 5 pm. We are also not accessible by public transportation.
For full descriptions of our volunteer positions, see our Volunteer Manual.
- Habitat Maintenance (weeding, raking, mulching, watering, planting, etc.)
- Facilities Maintenance
- Summer Camp
- Animal Care
Various one-day and short-term volunteer opportunities are available at Riverbend, such as:
We need talented adult volunteers to serve as board members or to serve on ongoing committees (finance, development, property, nominating).
We also need skilled volunteers to work on specific projects, such as:
Do you want to help the environment and learn about working at a nature center? During the summer we organize a volunteer days on Wednesdays for students aged 13 and up. Come work on our 30-acre property with other like-minded kids. We'll be doing a variety of projects: planting, weeding & mulching, clearing trails, cleaning the barn, cutting invasive vines, watering the saplings in our reforestation area, assisting with our new meadow project, feeding the animals, etc. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our Registration Form.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PROCESS
Prospective volunteers will need to complete several steps before working at Riverbend.
Qualifications: Teens, 14 years old and older, who wish to assist Riverbend's summer camp program and have a positive impact on the lives and education of younger children. Teens who are interested will complete an application and interview process in order to be accepted into the program. The application includes a written portion and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation. Space in the program is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Teens who participated in the Camp Junior Volunteer Program previously do NOT have to complete the application or the interview process. However, we do require that you attend the training as a refresher. Contact Kelly Myers to sign up.
Teens who are accepted into the program must complete the following requirements:
Camp Junior Volunteers perform a vital role in Riverbend's summer camp program. Duties include:
Note: All volunteers, new and returning, must attend one of the following training sessions:
Sunday, May 17th 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, May 30th 12:00-4:00 pm
Marketing Intern – Available immediately
Riverbend Environmental Education Center, located in Gladwyne, PA, seeks to hire a marketing intern to help with marketing, PR and development related tasks. Key responsibilities include:
This position requires:
Sophomore, Junior or Senior Marketing, Communications, or English majors can apply. We seek a commitment on average of 8-10 hours per week.
Please send resume, cover letter and a list of three references to: Lisa Matthews, Development and Communications Associate Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Questions: Call Lisa at 610-527-5234 x104 or email at above address.
Qualified college students or interested adults who are able to commit at least 100 hours (for example, 20 hours/week for five weeks, or 10 hours/week for ten weeks) can apply for a supervised internship. Internships offer more intensive training and mentoring, a chance to work more closely with our staff members, learn how Riverbend operates at a deeper level, and the opportunity to work on an independent project. Tasks will be balanced between learning opportunities for you and service to Riverbend. For the most part, our internships are unpaid, although we do offer a modest stipend for our Summer Habitat Intern. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information if you are interested in our internship program.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for two 2015 Summer Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. The Habitat Management Interns, under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and woodland and meadow areas, assist with our reforestation project where 2000 saplings have been planted over the past few years. Primary tasks will include planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches, stocking our woodpile, and the removal of invasive species. Interns will also help to run the new Auquaponics Greenhouse which will be installed by May 2015. They may also help with minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, tool sheds, deer fence, and parking lot area.
The Property and Volunteer Manager will work with the interns to develop management skills. Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to manage volunteer groups including the weekly teen volunteer program, assisting with garden design and plant selection, participating in staff meetings, and other administrative projects.
The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 10/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $75/week. Work weeks are flexible to accommodate family vacation plans but the interns must be available for 10 weeks of work between mid-May to mid-August. Three mornings per week are strongly preferred. Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Property and Volunteer Manager, but must include Wednesday, which is when we offer the Teen Volunteer Program each week. College credit can be arranged by the intern and his/her college, if desired.
Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. We are not accessible to public transportation, so interns would need access to a car. Interested students should contact Jeanne Angell, Property and Volunteer Manager at email@example.com or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.