Volunteer

volunteer groups for website_edited-3Share your enthusiasm and appreciation of the environment with children, increase your own knowledge of the natural world, spend time outside and meet people with similar interests.

Both Irvine's on-site and outreach field trip programs depend on volunteers to bring these high quality hands-on nature activities to students in and around Baltimore. Kids are naturally curious about the world around them, and respond well to Irvine 's hands-on approach. Retirees, at-home parents and all others with some time to share are encouraged to consider this meaningful volunteer opportunity.

For individual volunteering or group projects, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 443-738-9224.

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 High School Volunteers

Fill out the volunteer application for students.

Position: Animal Care Volunteer Animal care volunteers assist the animal care coordinator with day to day-to-day care of live animals. Duties include feeding animals, monitoring health of animals, cleaning cages and exhibits. Duties will take place both indoors and outdoors.  Position is available from Sept. to May during the school year, or May to August during the summer.

Position: Special Event Volunteer Volunteers will assist Irvine staff with preparation and execution of annual Center events and programs such as: Pumpkins on the Green, Pumpkinfest, Kids Unplugged, Member and Volunteer Picnic, etc. Duties may include setup and breakdown, food preparation, decorating, etc. Potential work times are flexible prior to each event with most being on nights and weekends.

Position: Youth Program Leaders Volunteers age 15 and older are needed to serve as Youth Program Leaders for Irvine’s Summer Nature Camp programs. Weeklong day camp sessions begin in June and run through August. Youth Program Leaders are required to work a minimum of two weeks. Must be self-motivated, flexible, responsible and love working with kids. Community service hours are granted in exchange for service. Find out more from our Youth Program Leader Flyer.

Position:  Junior Trail and Gardens Volunteers ages 14 and 15 are needed to assist with trail and garden maintenance every Tuesday from June 11 through August 20 from 9 a.m-12 p.m. Must be self-motivated and enjoy working outdoors. Community service hours are granted in exchange for service.

Fill out the volunteer application for students.

 College Volunteers

Fill out the volunteer application for students.

Position: Animal Care Volunteer Animal care volunteers assist the animal care coordinator with day to day-to-day care of live animals. Duties include feeding animals, monitoring health of animals, cleaning cages and exhibits. Duties will take place both indoors and outdoors.  Position is available from Sept. to May during the school year, or May to August during the summer

Position: Exhibit Hall Docent After proper training, docents provide center visitors with information about Irvine’s animals, exhibits, upcoming programs and membership. Public interaction may take place indoors and outdoors. Live animal presentations are a possibility. Work times are weekdays and weekends, year round.

Position: Naturalist Intern Interns will be trained to implement science-based lesson plans and will learn local natural history, trailside activities and teaching techniques. Other general duties include assisting with live animal care, program materials maintenance, trail and garden work, and exhibit interpretation. Monday-Friday, some evenings and weekends required. 15-30 hours per week.

Position: Volunteer Naturalist After proper training, volunteer naturalists will assist with the preparation and leading of school field trips and outreach programs to schools for students ages 3-16. Volunteers are required to participate in a training course offered at the beginning of each season. No experience necessary! Just bring enthusiasm for nature and working with children. Programs take place Monday- Friday during the school day.

Position: Administrative Support Office support volunteers assist Irvine staff by performing regular administrative duties. Responsibilities include assisting with bulk mailings, word processing, filing, and other general office duties. Knowledge of Microsoft office is helpful but not required. Potential work times are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., as needed.

Position: Special Event Volunteer Volunteers will assist Irvine staff with preparation and execution of annual Center events and programs such as: Pumpkins on the Green, Pumpkinfest, Kids Unplugged, Member and Volunteer Picnic, etc. Duties may include setup and breakdown, food preparation, decorating, etc. Potential work times are flexible prior to each event with most being on nights and weekends.

Position: Youth Program Leaders Volunteers age 15 and older are needed to serve as Youth Program Leaders for Irvine’s Summer Nature Camp programs. Weeklong day camp sessions begin in June and run through August. Youth Program Leaders are required to work a minimum of two weeks. Must be self-motivated, flexible, responsible and love working with kids. Community service hours are granted in exchange for service. Find out more from our Youth Program Leader Flyer.

Position: Trail and Gardens/Maintenance Volunteers will assist Irvine staff with the maintenance and upkeep of gardens, trails and general maintenance. Must enjoy working outdoors and be able to lift 50 pounds. Hours vary.

Position: Nature Preschool Assistants Volunteers in The Nature Preschool serve as teaching aides to help facilitate nature-based play in a safe, calm learning environment. Duties include reading to children, assisting with outdoor exploration, engaging with children during daily hikes, and helping with set-up and clean-up. Volunteers must be physically capable of hiking up to two miles per day. Per our licensing agreement all volunteers must comply with State regulations, attend an orientation, and participate in periodic preschool staff meetings.

Fill out the volunteer application for students.

 Adult Volunteers

Fill out the volunteer application for adults.

Position: Animal Care Volunteer Animal care volunteers assist the animal care coordinator with day to day-to-day care of live animals. Duties include feeding animals, monitoring health of animals, cleaning cages and exhibits. Duties will take place both indoors and outdoors.  Position is available from Sept. to May during the school year, or May to August during the summer.

Position: Exhibit Hall Docent After proper training, docents provide center visitors with information about Irvine’s animals, exhibits, upcoming programs and membership. Public interaction may take place indoors and outdoors. Live animal presentations are a possibility. Work times are weekdays and weekends, year round.

Position: Naturalist Intern Interns will be trained to implement science-based lesson plans and will learn local natural history, trailside activities and teaching techniques. Other general duties include assisting with live animal care, program materials maintenance, trail and garden work, and exhibit interpretation. Monday-Friday, some evenings and weekends required. 15-30 hours per week.

Position: Volunteer Naturalist After proper training, volunteer naturalists will assist with the preparation and leading of school field trips and outreach programs to schools for students ages 3-16. Volunteers are required to participate in a training course offered at the beginning of each season. No experience necessary! Just bring enthusiasm for nature and working with children. Programs take place Monday- Friday during the school day.

Position: Administrative Support Office support volunteers assist Irvine staff by performing regular administrative duties. Responsibilities include assisting with bulk mailings, word processing, filing and other general office duties. Knowledge of Microsoft office is helpful but not required. Potential work times are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., as needed.

Position: Special Event Volunteer Volunteers will assist Irvine staff with preparation and execution of annual Center events and programs such as: Pumpkins on the Green, Pumpkinfest, Kids Unplugged, Member and Volunteer Picnic, etc. Duties may include setup and breakdown, food preparation, decorating, etc. Potential work times are flexible prior to each event with most being on nights and weekends.

Position: Trail and Gardens/Maintenance Volunteers will assist Irvine staff with the maintenance and upkeep of gardens, trails and general maintenance. Must enjoy working outdoors and be able to lift 50 pounds. Hours vary.

Position: Nature Preschool Assistants Volunteers in The Nature Preschool serve as teaching aides to help facilitate nature-based play in a safe, calm learning environment. Duties include reading to children, assisting with outdoor exploration, engaging with children during daily hikes, and helping with set-up and clean-up. Volunteers must be physically capable of hiking up to two miles per day. Per our licensing agreement all volunteers must comply with State regulations, attend an orientation, and participate in periodic preschool staff meetings.

Fill out the volunteer application for adults.