• Botany • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Photo Courtesy of NPS
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
• Assist with natural resource management as a member of the Garden Gang team
• Weed, prune, and plant in the historic Sunken Garden, Secret Garden, and Terraced Gardens
• Tend to plants in vegetable gardens
• Remove invasive plants throughout the park
• Maintain trails by clearing and mulching
• Use ladders and garden tools; including trowels, hoes, rakes, pruning shears, and apple-pickers
• Harvest apples in September and October from historic apple trees
• Make safety of yourself, other volunteers, staff, and visitors the first priority. Use situational awareness. Use cell phone to communicate safety hazards or incidents to staff. See something, say something!
• Keep informed on current park happenings and upcoming events. Read all weekly ‘What’s New?’ editions, press releases, and other informational emails or bulletins.
• Be able to lift/carry 20 pounds
• Be able to stand or kneel for long periods of time
• Be able to weed, prune, and plant
• Be able to use a variety of garden tools
• Be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
• Follow guidelines, rules, and regulations to make safety a priority
• Be reliable, punctual, and represent the National Park Service in a professional manner
• Be able to follow direction and work as a member of a team
• Properly wear Volunteer Uniform during all volunteer shifts (provided).
• Complete volunteer agreement forms and log volunteer hours for each fiscal year (October through September) to be turned in to Volunteer Coordinator in early October.
• Attend ALL required trainings.
• While performing the duties of this job, volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, kneel, and be physically active in an outdoor setting.
Opportunity to work with a friendly, fun, and motivated group of people with whom you share a passion for preserving and promoting the National Park System and specifically, the only national park in the country dedicated to American painting
• Natural Resource Management Task-By-Task Training
• Complete a basic federal background check required of all National Park Service Volunteers.
ABOUT WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE:
Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.
NOTE: THERE IS NO HOUSING AVAILABLE AT WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
NOTE: Weir Farm National Historic Site will contact applicants in the spring, as this opportunity runs spring through autumn each year. The park does not recruit and train volunteers in the winter season. If applying after November 1st you may not be contacted until March when seasonal training begins. Thank you!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: NOTE: THERE IS NO HOUSING AVAILABLE AT WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE