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.
Camp Junior Volunteers have been a very important part of the success of Riverbend’s summer camp. As we continue to grow, we are constantly reevaluating and tweaking the program to ensure that campers, staff, and teen volunteer’s get the most out of their summer experience at Riverbend. With that in mind, 2016 brings several new changes to the program in an effort to provide a more personal and hands on experience for each volunteer. One such change is our new name. We believe that the name Educators-In-Training better fits our mission and goals for the program- to create confident leaders, role models, and caring staff and community members for many years to come. To ensure a high quality experience for all, we will only be accepting six EIT’s into our summer leadership program.
Riverbend is looking for six energetic and motivated students between the ages of 15 and 18, to assist with our summer camp program and have a positive impact on the lives and education of younger children. Educators-In-Training will spend their time observing and assisting professional educators and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. In addition, volunteers will get to participate in activities with the children, including games, nature exploration, field trips, and more. Volunteers work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.
Teens who are accepted into the program must complete the following requirements:
EIT’s perform a vital role in Riverbend's summer camp program. Depending on the EIT’s time and growth in the position there will be potential for increased responsibilities throughout the summer including but not limited to check in and check out, leading an Activity Day program, and planning and implementing lessons. Basic duties include:
Thank you so much for considering joining Riverbend’s growing summer camp community! By taking part in our EIT program, you will build your resume, gain valuable leadership experience, meet new people, and have a fantastic summer outdoors!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.