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.
Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.
Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:
Riverbend is looking for energetic and motivated students between the ages of 16 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 assisting professional educators and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. In addition, EITs will get to participate in activities with the children, including games, nature exploration, field trips, and more. EITs work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.
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.
Paid Part-Time Summer Internship in Habitat Management:
Dates: 10 Weeks (12 hours per week) between mid-May to mid-August.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for 2017 Summer Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. Four positions will be available so that the interns can expect to work in a team environment. The Habitat Management Interns, under the supervision of the Habitat Management Coordinator, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and meadow areas, and assist with our ongoing woodland restoration project where more than 3000 saplings have been planted over the past few years. Primary tasks will include caring for native plant communities, managing and improving our meadow, tending trees, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches, stocking our woodpile, and the identification, mapping and removal of invasive species. They may also help with camp activities, minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, tool sheds, deer fence, and parking lot area.
The Habitat Management Coordinator will work with the interns to develop management skills. Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to mentor and manage the Teen Summer Volunteer Program, and other administrative projects.
Successful applicants can expect to gain practical habitat management experience, as well as working on volunteer management skills.
The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 12/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $7.50/hour. 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 Habitat Management Coordinator and in coordination with other interns, 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.
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