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.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPOTTED LANTERNFLY REMOVAL

The Asian planthopper known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive species that could be very devastating to some New Jersey crops and hardwood trees. The egg masses survive winter and hatch into nymphs in the spring. The Burlington County Park System and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are joining efforts to remove Spotted Lanternfly egg masses from trees throughout the County before they hatch.  We need your help to limit the amount of lanternflies in the county by scraping the egg masses from trees in our parks and in your neighborhoods before they hatch in May.  You do not need to fill out the volunteer application to participate in this activity.  Please sign up here and we will mail you a card to be used for scraping and a form to keep track of the number of egg masses you remove.    

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  Historic Prison Museum

  • History guides for leading tours (additional training required) 
  • Research 

  Ecological/Landscape Needs:

  • Removal of invasive species (see above for lanternfly project)
  • Removal of litter
  • Trail maintenance
  • General maintenance/yard work
  • Planting, watering, weeding and other gardening duties (March-Oct)

Natural Science Monitoring:

  • Seasonal bird surveys
  • Nest box monitoring (spring-early summer) & reporting of data

Future Volunteer Opportunities

These future opportunities may become available for festivals and other large outdoor & indoor events once they are allowed to resume again:

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 - Assist with crafts during special events 

Historic Smithville Mansion and Village - Assist with special events and with decorating the Mansion

Historic Prison Museum - Assist with special events & large groups, Inventory/gift shop maintenance, set up and take down of special displays and exhibits  

Nature Program Assistance - help for specific programs, large groups, and special events

Manning Park Information tables:  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

  1. Help vendors unload their vehicles
  2. Help direct vendors to their set-up location
  3. Expeditor (manage a stage – making sure the next performer is ready to go)
  4. Help direct visitors attending event
  5. Help and/or manage a children’s interactive activity (games or crafts)