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Volunteer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Volunteer with SnakeEllanor C. Lawrence Park, located in the Chantilly / Centreville area, offers a welcome change from a high-speed life. The natural and cultural history of the area is evident in every corner of the 600+ acre park. Visitors can spot wild turkey, deer and red fox in the meadow, at Walney Pond, or along four miles of meandering trails. A large variety of wildflowers, songbirds, and other plant and animal species can be studied. The Walney Visitor Center, whose core dates back to 1780, features live animal and history exhibits and a hands-on area to introduce the public to the park's past and present. Surrounding the center, remains of a springhouse, icehouse and other features link people to the land and offer clues to life on a 250-year-old Fairfax County farm. Slow down, take a breathe of fresh air and join us!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Click on a position below to learn more!

  Junior Park Naturalist

JOB TITLE:

Junior Park Naturalist

GOAL:

To provide high quality service to the public.

DUTIES:

Duties may include any or all of the following: Caring for the site display animals,  assisting with the maintenance of trails and gardens, assisting with public programs and assisting staff with varied tasks such as answering phones, organizing activities, visitor service and other projects as needed 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Should have an interest in nature, history, animal care, and the stewardship of the county’s natural and cultural resources.  Comfortable working in a public setting where routine varies.  Ability to work and communicate well with others.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend required site trainings and will receive on-the-job training  Volunteer will be trained by a Park Naturalist and/or shadow other experienced Junior Park Naturalists for at least one month of service.  Following this training the volunteer will work together with other Junior Park Naturalists before working independently. 

COMMITMENT:

A six month commitment is preferred.  Upon completion of required training, the volunteer will be asked to work one shift per week or every other week.  Typical shifts are 1-2 hours.  Some program assistance may require more time.

MIMIMUM AGE:

Twelve years old at ECLP.

  Senior Animal Caretaker

JOB TITLE:

Senior Animal Caretaker

GOAL:

To enrich the site’s interpretation by providing for the health and well-being of the animals housed at the center.

DUTIES:

Provide care for specifically designated animals and update the paid staff animal care supervisor (PSACS) weekly. Purchase animal care supplies with site funds.  Perform periodic health checks on all animals on display including:  reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, and insects.  Conduct periodic assessments of animal housing.  Perform any needed routine health or medical treatments.

 

Provide written recommendations to the PSACS if changes appear to be needed in care practices or housing set ups.  Maintain care records including health check and feeding records.  Change tank/exhibit set ups as directed by PSACS.  Assists PSACS in developing and executing procedures that will provide direction to the teen animal care volunteers.  Maintain an open, positive and sensitive attitude to the volunteers and public in regards to the performance of animal care duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience with the care of native reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects is helpful but not required.  Willingness to handle live animals from these groups and to speak to the public on occasion.  Willingness to work with the teen and adult animal care volunteers and the PSACS.  Interest in the stewardship of the county’s natural and cultural resources.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend required site trainings, will receive on-the-job training and will read Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed.  Enrichment training sessions are offered throughout the year.

COMMITMENT:

Upon completion of the required training sessions, the volunteer will be asked to work at least two hours per week.  (Prefer 5 hours).  Work can be done weekdays or weekends. 

  Program Leader

JOB TITLE:

Program Leader

GOAL:

To instill in preschoolers and school-age children an appreciation and understanding of their natural and cultural heritage

DUTIES:

Leads both indoor and outdoor children’s programs offered at the park or in the community.  The program leader assists with program planning and development which may include producing visual aids, using AV equipment and room set-up.  The program leader may also assist with other programs or park activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Volunteers should have a strong interest in nature, history, farm life or horticulture and the stewardship of the county’s natural and cultural resources.  Patience with young children and the desire to communicate effectively with children is essential.  Experience in providing leadership for groups of children is helpful.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend required site trainings, will receive on-the-job training and will read Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed.

TIME COMMITMENT:

Prefer a one year commitment.  Upon completion of the required training sessions, the volunteer will be asked to commit a consistent two hour weekly time period during the major program seasons (spring and fall).  Weekdays.

  Researcher

JOB TITLE:

Researcher

GOAL:

To study the parks’ natural, cultural and historical resources with the purpose of further understanding their significance and fostering their preservation.

DUTIES:

Conducts research related to natural, cultural and historical resources in the parks.  Performs oral history interviews, reviews records, deeds, and other documents. Visits historic and cultural locations to research, such as libraries and historic houses. Prepares written summaries of findings for park staff and for public information purposes.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Interest in learning about our natural, cultural and historical resources and their significance to our parks.   Prior research experience is helpful but not required.

TRAINING:

Must attend site trainings and attend one program quarterly.

COMMITMENT:

Prefer a one-year commitment.   Flexible weekday and weekend hours.

  Gardener

JOB TITLE:

Gardener

GOAL:

To enhance park grounds for visitor enjoyment and education

DUTIES:

Assists with all phases of indoor and/or outdoor gardening including propagation, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering and harvesting.  Checks for damage to plants and takes necessary action.  Notifies supervisor of equipment needs.  Reports activities to supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Basic horticulture knowledge.  Previous hands-on gardening experience.  Interest in the stewardship of the county’s natural and cultural resources.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend required site trainings, will receive on-the-job training and will read Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed.

TIME COMMITMENT:

Prefer a one year commitment.  Upon completion of the required training sessions, the volunteer will be asked to work at least two 3-5 hour periods per month.  Seasonal commitment is flexible.

  Resource Naturalist

JOB TITLE:

Resource Naturalist

GOAL:

To preserve and protect the parks’ natural resources.

DUTIES:

Assist with data collection and hands on resource management activities in the field.  Examples of projects include stream monitoring, flora and fauna surveys, exotic invasive plant control, reptile and amphibian surveying and controlled burn preparation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Interest in learning about our natural resources and their health. Most activities require light physical activity in uneven and/or rough terrain. Physical limitations can be accommodated to some degree.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend required site trainings, will receive on-the-job training and will read Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed.

COMMITMENT:

Prefer a one-year commitment.   Flexible weekday and weekend hours. Hours vary with project.

  Volunteer on Duty

JOB TITLE:

Volunteer-on-Duty

GOAL:

To assist visitors in enjoying Fairfax County’s parks, and understanding natural, historic and horticulture related topics

DUTIES:

Greets visitors upon arrival at the center.  Records number of visitors to the center.  Orients visitors to the park, including its natural and cultural features, facilities, rules and regulations, and programs.  Registers people for advertised programs or refers reservation requests to appropriate staff.  Hands out written materials.  Answers phone and takes messages when needed.  Assists with other projects as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Ability to communicate and interact with people of all ages.  Background or interest in natural history, cultural history, horticulture and/or gardening.  Pleasant telephone manner.  Ability to work independently.  Comfortable working in a public setting where routine varies.  Interest in the stewardship of the county’s natural and cultural resources.

TRAINING:

Volunteers must attend the division orientation and required training.

COMMITMENT:

Prefer a one year commitment.  Upon completion of the required training sessions, the volunteer will be asked to work two 4-hour periods per month

  Interpretive Trail Monitor

JOB TITLE:

Interpretive Trail Monitor

GOAL:

To provide natural and/or cultural history interpretation for visitors in the park.  Monitor patron activities, and offer assistance or provide direction when needed.

DUTIES:

Assist visitors with wildlife sightings, answer general questions about the park, and advise them of park rules & regulations when needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Have strong interest and/or knowledge in local natural and/or cultural history particularly birds, reptiles, and amphibians.  Helpful to have experience using a spotting scope.  Enjoy talking with people.  Helpful to speak Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese or other languages.

COMMITMENT:

Flexible schedule.  Two 2-hour shifts per month during spring, summer, and fall.

Volunteer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

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Why We Volunteer at
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

"I volunteer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park because I love kids and animals. Summer camp is my favorite!"

Hannah, a Junior Park Naturalist

"We've been neighbors of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park since 1994. We truly love and appreciate this beautiful park and as bird lovers, we appreciate the opportunity to help with bluebird conservation by being bluebird nest box monitors."

Val and Brad, Resources Naturalists

"I went to the park so often, I decided to help make the place that helped make me."

Cole, Junior Park Naturalist and Animal Caretaker

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