Come and volunteer at Prince William Park during National Park Service's Centiennial year!
Park: Prince William Forest Park is a 15,000+ acre park preserving a variety of natural and cultural history within 32 miles of Washington, D.C. The park has 37 miles of hiking trails, over 21 miles of bicycle accessible roads and trails, numerous campgrounds and numerous cultural opportunities varying from CCC cabins to the OSS.
PLEASE NOTE: Trail maintenance activities are now performed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club through an agreement with the park. The availability of volunteer opportunities on trails will be coordinated and determined based on the current labor needs of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. You can access their schedules on http://www.patc.net
Duties: Volunteers can use hand tools (shovels, pulaskis, pruning shears, etc.) in repairing erosion controls, delineating trails, eliminating short-cut trails, constructing/repairing boardwalk, removal of vegetation covering the trail, inspecting/repairing trail signs and litter pick-up. Also, there is a need for general trail patrol and inspection.
Skills: Volunteers must be able to use common hand tools, be able to communicate with visitors and co-workers, be able to hike over rough terrain in inclement weather and in remote locations. Must like working in the outdoors and be prepared for outdoor critters, such as ticks, spiders, snakes, etc.
Compensation: This volunteer position provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience within a professional work environment located within a national park. In addition. Also, the position provides the satisfaction of helping preserve and maintain a national park.
Area: The area has many other national parks varying from George Washington's birthplace to the Civil War sites of Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania.