FOR CURRENT VOLUNTEERS
Welcome back! Thank you so much for all you do. We appreciate your hard work and time.
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FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS
At the Licking Park District, our volunteers time, talents, and enthusiasm helps us reach more people in our communities than we could possibly do alone. Volunteers may choose flexible opportunities based on their schedules and interests. Our volunteers have assisted with educational and recreational programs, citizen science, special events, park and trail maintenance, natural resource management, and much more. Scroll down for a more detailed description of our opportunities.
Who can volunteer – Individuals, families, Scout groups, school groups, corporate groups
As a Volunteer you can expect:
- Orientation, training and supervision
- Opportunities for friendship with other volunteers
- The development of skills or personal goals
- Satisfaction in knowing your work is meaningful
- Annual recognition event
APPLY – Please fill out an application by CLICKING HERE. You will receive an email from the Volunteer Coordinator with a link to complete your required background screening (at no cost to you).
Contact us by phone at 740–587-2535 for more information.
THE LPD 2020 GARLIC MUSTARD CHALLENGE
The Garlic Mustard Challenge is an effort to prevent the further spread of the invasive plant garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata). YOU can make a difference!
- When? April through June
- Where? Participate by pulling garlic mustard anywhere managed by the Licking Park District where garlic mustard is present. (**Permit Required to conduct this activity at Morris Woods State Nature Preserve [managed by the Licking Park District]. Contact our office for a permit: info@LickingParkDistrict or 740.587.2535)
- Who? Anyone can participate!
- How? Keep track of how many bags of garlic mustard you’ve pulled and report your bags using the online form!
Learn more! For more information on garlic mustard
Download the Garlic Mustard Fact Sheet
You can also learn more at our blog, where we discuss invasive garlic mustard in more depth.
Watch the training video on how to pull.
Become a Citizen Scientist. Map your data. EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species and pest distribution. It is fast, easy to use, and doesn’t require Geographic Information Systems experience. Learn how by clicking here.
(Adapted from The Great Garlic Mustard Challenge of New England)
Administration: Help in the office – we appreciate help with answering phones, filing paperwork, and preparing for rental groups.
Helping Hands: Everyone can use a helping hand. Please join the Licking Park District in beautifying and restoring our parks! Tools and work gloves will be provided. Volunteer projects vary, but duties could include:
- Painting – We have buildings, shelters, kiosks and other structures that can use a fresh coat of paint
- Gardening and Landscaping – The grounds around buildings and signs can always use some attention to keep them pretty
- Construction – If you are handy with tools, maybe you can help fix porches, repair shelters, replace rotting wood on sills, and other similar projects.
- Trails – There are miles of trails that need attention. Volunteers assist in cutting limbs back from spring through fall. Other assignments could include constructing erosion controls and trimming vegetation away from fencing.
Special Events: Help with events! Event volunteers assist on the event day for set-up, guest assistance, info table/booth help, registration, parking, or clean up. Volunteers may also choose to be involved in event planning. Events include: Outdoor Adventures (early May), Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop (June), Pace at the Park (July), Hartford Fair (August), Harvest Moon Festival (Oct), Howl-o-Ween (Oct).
Event volunteers also have the opportunity to learn new skills from professionals, meet others in the community, while supporting a healthy park system.
Programming – Would you like to be a part of providing exciting programs and events for the public? Our program support volunteers will work closely with our staff to help assist with educational and recreational programming needs. Volunteers may be asked to help set-up and clean-up after programs, join in activities as a second adult with a group of students, or lead small activities/games during a program. If you have a special skill that you can share with others, you can even lead programs. We have had volunteers talk about bees, forage meals, birds, and other great topics. Opportunities are available year-round and during the week and on weekends.
Citizen Science – Volunteers will be working in a friendly environment with staff members and contributing to science. No scientific qualifications are necessary, just an interest in environmental issues and a desire to help! Volunteers will be trained to be effective in field data skills, as well as knowledgeable about the natural ecological relationships of soil, air, water, plants and animals. Citizen Science projects include:
- Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring
- Butterfly Surveys
- MAPS Bird Banding
- Monarch Larval Monitoring Project
Paddlesports: We’re always looking for mature and enthusiastic volunteers for paddlesports programming. It’s not only an excellent way to meet new people, but you’re also helping some of the Licking Park District’s most popular programs. Programs include kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard classes on Mirror Lake at Infirmary Mound Park, as well as paddles down the Licking River. These are some of the areas where assistance is always appreciated!
- Qualified assistant leaders (must have previous paddling experience)
- Loading and unloading the trailers
- Gear checks, clean up, and maintenance
- Presentation assistance
Conservation Work Days: Join the Licking Park District in stewardship activities in and around the Parks. Conservation Work Day volunteers participate in activities that include native plantings, removing invasive species, restoring trails, and mulching trees. This is a great way to meet people, get a workout, and help the parks! Work gloves and tools will be provided.
Experienced volunteers may help lead small groups during a variety of workdays from early spring to late fall. These volunteers help gather tools and give instructions, monitor small groups of volunteers, and join in with the conservation work at hand.
These are just a few ways to engage your Parks. If you have other ideas, please contact us and we will help you connect to your passion in the Parks.