Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are as varied as the MetroParks themselves

Many volunteer opportunities are flexible enough to fit your schedule. Whether you want to give your time for a year, a month, a week or even a few hours, there’s a place for you as a MetroParks volunteer!

Gardening

Assist with planting, pruning, mulching, raking, dividing, deadheading, edging and weeding the various flower beds throughout the beautiful gardens in your MetroParks. Learn effective horticultural techniques from talented staff. Shifts include weekday mornings, afternoons and weekends. Community Gardening volunteers assist at community garden sites throughout the greater Dayton area by planting, tending, weeding and harvesting vegetables.

Conservation

Bird watch at Aullwood Garden MetroPark monthly and record your findings. Monitor butterflies weekly in the summer and submit the list of butterflies you observed. Conservation volunteers perform labor-intensive projects such as maintaining trails and removing invasive plants from the grounds. Help MetroParks manage its plant and animal habitats as part of the Habitat Healers team. Opportunities to participate in periodic wildlife and stream surveys are also available.

Nature

Volunteers assist staff in educating visitors in the natural sciences, leading tours, helping with programs and assisting with school groups. Occasionally volunteers are needed to take photographs during special events and in natural settings, capturing the diverse wildlife and plants within the parks.

Sustainability

Green Practices Volunteers support the agency’s commitment to being a community leader in sustainable living. Volunteers participate in recycling and composting efforts at MetroParks events such as Adopt-A-Park, Bike to Work and the Midwest Outdoor Experience. Other opportunities for volunteers include educating the public on green living for various programs and at events through our partners at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

Recreation

Play an important role in developing and delivering innovative recreational programs to the greater Dayton area.

Responsibilities range from preparing program materials and assisting with programs to leading programs and giving tours. We also need volunteers to help set up for programs, welcome visitors, distribute informative materials, serve refreshments and tear down from events and other activities. Weekend and weekday opportunities are available. Other active volunteer opportunities are available through the MetroParks Volunteer Patrols — bike and hike — as well as for trail building and other activities. Contact us to let us know what you are interested in, and we’ll find a match for you!

Heritage & History

Volunteers at the Carriage Hill Historical Farm demonstrate the daily activities and chores of an 1880s Midwest farm family.  Opportunities include: wood stove cooking, blacksmithing, steam engine operation, woodworking, farm chores and providing tours of the historical buildings and grounds. Historical interpretation training and period clothing are provided for volunteers. Resources for purchasing or making clothing are also available.

Community Outreach

Help us communicate our mission, educate others about the effects of protecting the region’s natural heritage and represent Five Rivers MetroParks at various outreach events.

This is a great opportunity for those who wish to speak directly to the public about the issues that affect our parks and about the use of them for active outdoor experiences that connect people to nature.

Service Learning

Get in-depth knowledge about a specific interest area, such as organic gardening or recycling, through a series of classes. Then put your knowledge to work by volunteering in the MetroParks or with a partner organization.

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