Volunteer Opportunities

Burlington County Parks System offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that provide participants with an opportunity to learn, share their interests and skills, and help to protect and preserve our natural, cultural and historical resources.

Special arrangements can be made to accommodate groups of 20 or more. Corporate groups and service organizations are welcome! If your group is interested in volunteering for a day, we can offer an enjoyable and educational experience. When you are ready to schedule an event please fill out the Volunteer Group Registration Form and let us know your preferred dates.

Students interested in earning Community service hours should see the Burlington County Clean Communities  page.

All other volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Application Form and will be assigned to tasks they are best suited for based on their interests and skills provided in the application and at the discretion of park staff.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Art Needs:

Art Gallery Assistants 

  • Greet visitors
  • Track visitation
  • Help man galleries for special events

Teen Arts Festival Assistants

  • Assist with intake of artwork, hang directional signs throughout campus, other needs on setup day(s)
  • Assistance on festival days: greeters, crowd control, workshop/performance assistance, registration table
  • Assist with breakdown

Children's Crafts

  • Prepare and assist with the selected crafts for Story Time programs
  • Assist with crafts during Saturday children's programming at the Agricultural Center
  • Assist with crafts during special events at Smithville Park

History-related Needs:

Historic Smithville Mansion and Village

  • Assist with special events
  • Assist with decorating the Mansion

  Historic Prison Museum

  • History guides for leading tours (additional training required) 
  • Assist with special events & large groups 
  • Inventory/gift shop maintenance 
  • Research 


  • Set up and take down of displays 
  • Maintenance 
  • Technical help 

  Ecological/Landscape Needs:

  • Removal of invasive species
  • Removal of litter
  • Trail maintenance
  • General maintenance/yard work
  • Planting, watering, weeding and other gardening duties

Natural Science Monitoring:

  • Bird surveys for winter bird counts
  • Seasonal frog surveys in spring and early summer
  • Nest box monitoring (spring-early summer) & reporting of data

Nature Program Assistance

  • Volunteers are needed on occasion for specific programs, large groups, and special events

Manning Park Information tables:

  • Visitor Center on weekends
  • Ag Center on Saturday mornings
  • Special Events

Assistance with Annual Festivals:

  • Volunteers are needed for Earth Fair in June, Arts in the Park in September, Fall Float Festival in October, and Victorian Holiday in December
  • Help vendors unload their vehicles
  • Help direct vendors to their set-up location
  • Expeditor (manage a stage – making sure the next performer is ready to go)
  • Help direct visitors attending event
  • Help and/or manage a children’s interactive activity (games or crafts)