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:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center will be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2014. We are looking for an organized and detail-oriented volunteer who will primarily sort through our archives to find important information and documents so that we can create a history of Riverbend. Products created from this research might include articles for our newsletter, press releases, a visual timeline, a scrapbook and/or a slideshow. The volunteer might be involved with creating one or more of the end products, depending on their interests and skills.
Requires 3-5 volunteer hours in the office per week for a few months. If you are interested, contact Jeanne Angell at email@example.com.
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 day once a week 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.
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 18th 1:00-5:00
Saturday, May 31st 9:00-1:00
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 a 2013 Summer Intern to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. The Habitat Management Intern, under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, will take primary responsibility for maintaining the Alex Williamson Bird Observation Area, featuring 118 native plant species, bird feeders, and a pond. The intern will also help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and woodland areas, assist with our reforestation project where saplings have been planted over the past few years, and help with a new meadow diversification project. Primary tasks will include planting trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, watering, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches and other debris, and the removal of invasive species. Interns may also help with minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, deer fence, and parking lot area.
The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the intern to develop management skills. Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to manage volunteer groups, assisting with garden design and plant selection, participating in staff meetings, and other administrative projects.
The Habitat Intern will work 10 weeks for 20/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $100/week. Work weeks, days and hours are flexible and will be determined by the Intern and the Volunteer Coordinator. 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, volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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