• Botany • Conservation Education • Pest/Disease Control • Soil/Watershed • Natural Resources Planning • Science • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Job Description: Assist Natural Resource Management in invasive plant control and in the maintenance and restoration of vegetation resources.
Take an active role to assist the NPS in its mission to preserve and protect both cultural and natural resources
Develop knowledge and skills to use necessary for the protection of the natural environment
Learn how to identify and control non-native invasive plants
Learn how to plant and care for native plants
Increase personal appreciation for the significance of National Parks and of volunteering
Be reliable, punctual, resourceful, and detail?oriented
Be willing to work during most weather conditions
Enjoy working alone or with other volunteers with diverse backgrounds.
Must be able to work safely with hand tools such as loppers, handsaws, hand pruners, and other common hand tools.
Duties require some hiking off-trail, occasional effort in cutting vines, shrubs, and trees, and lifting heavy materials, and sometimes digging and raking.
Duties may include collecting native seed, planting native seed and plugs, and raking away dead thatch to prepare ground for planting.
Volunteers may replace posts, which involves climbing a ladder and using a post-pounder. These volunteers must be age 18 or older, and will be required to wear a hard hat and eye protection (provided by the park).
Work safe, work smart. The right protective gear is important and must be worn. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Long-sleeve shirts and a hat are recommended. Bring drinking water, and a snack if you need to. Eye protection is required for cutting woody plants, and is provided by the park.
Park staff will provide equipment, safety supplies and gear. You may bring your own gloves and non-power tools if you wish.
Volunteers must be willing to work at least 2 hours per shift. Inclement weather may result in cancellation or postponement. Scheduled Dates for Valley Forge NHP Weed Warriors for Fall 2019 and spring 2020:
Nov 23: noon to 3PM
Dec 7: noon to 3PM
Jan 11, 2020: noon to 3PM
Mar 28: noon to 3PM
April 11: noon to 3PM
April 25: noon to 3PM
May 9: noon to 3PM
June 6: time TBA, part of National Trails Day
If you are not available on these days, contact Kate Jensen and we may have other opportunities to work through our staff and group volunteers. If staffing levels permit, additional special sessions for corporate, school, youth, etc. groups can be scheduled. Please note: you will not be considered registered until you receive an email from Kate that confirms your participation and date of service.