Volunteer

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Got time? We've got a volunteer opportunity to match your skills!

Find upcoming opportunities to volunteer and meet others here.

Saturday Service Days
Volunteer at Pickering Creek during our monthly Saturday Service Days.  These volunteer days will feature a wide variety of activities that will keep the Center accessible and inviting to visitors, improve habitat for birds and wildlife, and help with the Center’s community outreach efforts. Click here for upcoming service dates.

Weed Warriors
Have some frustrations to work out?  Want a work out? Pulling invasive plants like Japanese Honeysuckle and English Ivy might be just the thing for you!  Set your own schedule, pull or cut for 5 minutes or 5 hours, we can point you to the areas that need it most. It's a great work out, and it greatly benefits the wildlife and trees of Pickering Creek! Clippers can be provided!

Groundskeepers
Mowing, trimming, weeding, painting, fixing and removal of exotic plant species are only a few of the general everyday chores that need to be done to keep Pickering Creek looking it's best. If you like being outdoors and enjoy variety, we've got something for you.

Buildings Maintenance Crew
Gifted in carpentry, painting or other odd jobs? Pickering is fortunate to have unique buidlings that were built with the superior building skills and materials of over 90 ago. Keeping up with such buildings takes quality and patient workmanship. We are looking for folks interested in giving our buildings the tender love and care they have earned!

Writers
Put your creative and factual writing skills to work. Assist Pickering Creek by writing press releases, newsletter articles, content for the website, and/or trail guides.

Gardeners
Assist Pickering Creek with its Children's Imagination Garden. Gardeners will assist with plantings, weeding, watering as needed, and otherwise maintain the Children's Imagination Garden. Gardeners must be available at least one day per week and may establish their own schedules.

Photographers
There is so much to photograph at Pickering, and so little time for staff to capture all the amazing moments with children exploring wildlife and the beautiful seasonal changes of the site. If you fancy yourself a gifted photographer and have time to spend outdoors doing what you love, let us know, and we can give you an idea of the shots we need and you are willing to share for use in printed materials, grant reports, press releases and more.

Office Support
Are data input, mail merges and envelope stuffing more of a game to you than a hated chore? We could use your help periodically throughout the year.  Put your name on Office Support team list, and we will give you a call when we need you!
 

WING WATCHER CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
Project FeederWatch at Pickering Creek
Additional Wing Watchers are needed to help out with project FeederWatch in December.  FeederWatch is an easy, fun way to monitor winter birds as they visit our feeders this winter.  FeederWatch observation days at Pickering Creek are Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 7. Wing Watchers are volunteers that participate throughout the year in a wide variety of organized bird citizen science projects used by Audubon and its partners including Project FeederWatch. This team is especially designed for volunteers of all ages and birding skill levels and may be of interest to those who enjoy wildlife watching in general.  Volunteers interested in participating in Project FeederWatch should contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a short orientation session.

Nest Box Monitors
Nest boxes are nothing without monitors! Join our team of volunteer Bluebird and Wood Duck nest box monitors to ensure safe, productive and native wildlife use of our extensive network of boxes.

Trail Monitoring Time As Decided by the Volunteer
Volunteers keep our trails inviting and safe for visitors and students. They walk their assigned trails on a regular basis to carry out light maintenance tasks such as briar trimming and trail lining, to report on downed trees, damaged boardwalks, and other trail hazards, and to check paths after major weather events. Regular monitoring is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons at Pickering—while keeping the paths in tip-top shape. We are looking for volunteers to monitor the Pond Loop, the Farm to Bay Trail and all trails spurs, including the Wetland, Margaret Olds, and successional spurs.

Sign up for ongoing trail monitor training and Samantha will schedule a time to meet with you to go over monitoring responsibilities.

e-Bird Monitoring
E-bird monitoring, led by members of the Talbot County Bird Club, takes place on the first Monday and third Saturday of each month. A census of birds taken on those days is recorded on the eBird site and used to accumulate an historical record of bird species and numeracy—and to provide Pickering with a specific record of its bird populations, especially important as we increase wetland habitat. Volunteers are needed to assist the leaders by spotting birds and assisting in the recording of data.

Pickering Garden Days
Pickering Creek has a number of small garden areas that feature, primarily, native plants which flourish with regular TLC. Lend helping hands to Pickering gardens and enjoy the company of fellow volunteers as we plant and prune (and weed) for an hour or so in the garden beds at the Center entrance, Byron House, and near the office. Find out when they are scheduled by calling Samantha.

If you don't see something to suit your talents, we may have other volunteer jobs for you.
Please complete a volunteer application, and Samantha will contact you.

Questions?
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at spitts@audubon.org or call 410-822-4903 ext. 26

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