The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium

The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey waterfront is seeking energetic, reliable volunteers. Specific training is provided, but a love of animals, people, and aquatic environments is a must. Volunteers work directly with visitors to provide educational support as well as behind the scenes with aquarium staff to provide exhibit maintenance.  Volunteers with M-F availability are particularly needed.  Opportunities are also available for youth, (16+), to work as Guest Experience Volunteers. Generally, a full day commitment every two weeks is expected for all volunteer positions.  856 365-0352 x 7028

 

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Pinelands Institute for Natural & Environmental Studies (P.I.N.E.S.)

Pinelands Institute for Natural & Environmental Studies (P.I.N.E.S.), Whitesbog Village, Browns Mills, a program of Burlington County College, provides hands-on science and social studies field trips for school groups and adults.  Volunteers needed weekdays to assist students with nature & history activities and explorations; conduct a station in the outdoor Lenape Winter Camp – January, February & March; assist in the design of educational props & materials; role-play historical characters during programs; assist with clerical, maintenance, and minor restoration projects.  Call 609-893-1765. http://www.staff.bcc.edu/pines

 

Palmyra Cove Nature Park

needs volunteers:  gardening, and or beach/trail clean-up.Call 856-829-1900 x 270 bfarnsworth@bcbridges.org or visit www.palmyracove.org and fill out the online application on the Members/Volunteers page.

 

Burlington County Parks Department

Burlington County Parks Department, with offices at Smithville Mansion in Eastampton, is seeking volunteers for many outdoor and indoor projects. Call 609-265-5858 for more information. parks@co.burlington.nj.us | www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, an environmental watchdog group responsible for the entire Delaware River watershed, seeks responsible volunteers (16+). River Hands – These volunteers work on special projects like stream bank restoration and river cleanups. Special projects take place at different times and locations throughout the year and the watershed. No special training is required. All you have to do is show up willing to help. River Hands are notified   of special project volunteer opportunities through the newsletter. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to get together, lend a hand and have some fun! River Stewards – These volunteers observe local waterways on a regular basis and report concerns and problems. A guidebook is provided and volunteers are notified of training opportunities during the year. Training opportunities include how to conduct biological surveys, stream mapping and more. How far you go is up to you. This is a great group for fishing fans, boaters, and others who live, work or play on the water! Home Waters Activists– These volunteers receive educational alerts when there is a current issue or hot topic in their watershed. They take action and speak out by educating their neighbors, writing letters, attending meetings and public hearings, and talking to public officials about threats to their local watershed. These are volunteers who raise their voice to protect their home waters. No special training is necessary. You choose your area of interest and types of actions. This is the group for people who are interested in advocacy and proactive protection! River Monitors – These volunteers perform chemical water quality tests, survey for sediment pollution and participate in macroinvertebrate surveys at test sites in the watershed. Tests are conducted biweekly and all data is recorded in logs. Monitors receive ftraining and attend periodic reviews and quality assurance sessions. Monitors can also assist in securing funding to cover the cost of the test kits and chemicals by recruiting or being site sponsors. We currently have 82 active sites in the watershed. You can join a site near you or work at a new site as soon as funding is secured. This group requires dedication and training, but the experience is worth it! To volunteer call (215) 369-1188 or visit http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org

 

Bass River State Forest –

Bass River State Forest – New Jersey’s FIRST State Forest, established in 1905.  The State Park Service has formal Volunteers in Parks and hosts several volunteer events throughout the year, such as “Earth Day”, “National Trails Day”, “National Public Lands Day” and sometimes “Make a Difference Day”.  Recent projects include cleaning dumped trash out of the woods, developing a surfaced trail, removing tree seedlings from the septic field and replanting them, removing invasive species, trimming trails, marking trails w/our flexible trail markers, cleaning up trash from the edges of the lakeshore and weeding the flower beds.  Indoor projects include staffing the office phones, filing, making copies of event flyers, signing people up for events, checking campers in and learning the administrative processes of running a state forest .Volunteers 16 yrs. old or under must be accompanied by parent or guardian & volunteers 17 yrs. old must have written permission from parent or guardian.  Call the office or stop in and pick up a volunteer application.  Contact Cynthia L. Coritz, Superintendent Bass River State Forest – (609) 296-1114.  www.njparksandforests.org

Rancocas Conservancy

Rancocas Conservancy purpose is to preserve, protect, and enhance the ecological and cultural integrity of the Rancocas Creek Watershed.  Volunteers (18+) are needed for preserve stewardship, cleanups, special events, and fundraising.  Call 609-859-8860 ext 17.