Crowder Volunteer Opportunities

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Crowder County Park couldn’t operate without the gracious assistance of many members of the public and organizations who volunteer. Learn more about volunteer opportunities below.

The volunteer season runs from March–November.

How to Volunteer

Ongoing Projects

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  • Wildlife monitoring and surveys

  • Invasive species control and eradication

  • Trail maintenance

  • Gardening projects

  • Special events

  • Education assistance

Contact and Getting Started

For more information, contact Crowder's volunteer coordinator, Bianca Dubé, at [email protected] or call Crowder County Park's main phone line at 919-662-2850!

Please note: Volunteer projects are dependent on availability and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To get started, fill out the park's volunteer application and sign the volunteer waiver. All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian while volunteering.

Available Internships

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Crowder offers up to three internship positions a year, all with a different focus.

Fall internship: Natural Resources Intern

POSITION DESCRIPTION

As an intern at Crowder County Park, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the field of natural resource management through extensive hands‐on experience and training. An ideal candidate enjoys the outdoors and is creative, considerate and willing to work with our team. Job duties of the position are to help map and inventory the many plants and animal species of the park, with a main focus on the implementation of an invasive species management plan. Individual will also have the opportunity to develop educational displays and handouts for the public. Interns will work both independently and part of a team. Knowledge of NC Piedmont environment preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work with park staff to map and document the plant and animal species of the park

  • Collect data for the parks Natural Resource Inventory Database and participate in Citizen Science Projects

  • Identify invasive species of the park and execute a control plan

  • Other tasks as assigned and agreed upon

Summer Internship: Environmental Education Program Intern

POSITION DESCRIPTION

As an intern at Crowder County Park, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the fields of environmental education through extensive hands‐on experience and training. An ideal candidate enjoys sharing a love of nature with others and is creative, considerate and willing to work with our team to provide the best possible experience for park visitors. Job duties of the position are to develop and implement educational programs throughout the summer months with a main focus on our preschool summer camps. Interns will also assist in other programming opportunities that feature Crowder County Park’s many natural resources. Interns will work with preschool (4 & 5 years old) and school-aged children. The position may include working weekends and some evenings.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assist the park program team with presentations of environmental education, interpretive programming and special events

  • Interact with program participants, answer questions and assist with activities

  • Help gather materials and assist in setup and cleanup for assigned programs

  • May lead programs or take the lead in working with subsets of program participants

  • Maintain tracking of program participants (may complete program reports)

  • Assist in office operations, cleanliness, answer phone, answer questions, restock information brochures and guides, and provide direction

  • May perform program research and design of new programs

  • Other tasks as assigned and agreed upon

Spring Internship: Special Event Planning Intern

POSITION DESCRIPTION

As an intern at Crowder County Park, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the field of special event planning through extensive hands‐on experience and training. An ideal candidate enjoys the outdoors and is creative, considerate and willing to work with our team. Job duties of the position are to assist park staff in the planning and execution of our largest annual event, Frog Fest! Our goal is to raise awareness for amphibian, reptile and natural resource conservation. Now in its 20th year, Frog Fest continues to be one of Wake County’s premiere family festivals, hosting approximately 2,000 guests annually. Individuals will also have the opportunity to develop educational displays, handouts and activities for the event. Interns will work both independently and part of a team.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work with park staff to register and communicate with exhibitors, vendors and community organizations

  • Create an educational-themed activity for the event

  • Assist staff with marketing of the event, including but not limited to; creating brochures, bulletin boards, displays and social media content

  • Other tasks as assigned and agreed upon

Internship applications will be posted when the positions open. All positions are currently closed.

Check back later for more details regarding the application process. All internships are unpaid.