We could not accomplish all that we do without the ongoing support of our volunteers. From working during our events to helping our fruit and vegetable production crew in the field, there are many ways to get involved.
We welcome volunteers and volunteer groups who are dedicated to our mission and accept applications on a rolling basis. Please note, however, that our volunteer opportunities (and our capacity to coordinate them) may be limited depending on the time of year.
Volunteers are needed throughout the growing season to assist Tom Prohl, Fruit & Vegetable Production Manager & Educator, and his crew to maintain our fruit and vegetable plot and high-tunnel greenhouses. Potential tasks include planting and watering seedlings, transplanting, field preparation, weeding, mulching, cultivation, and harvesting. Fruit & Vegetable Production Volunteers must be prepared for physically demanding work involving moderate bending, pulling, and lifting in potentially adverse weather conditions.
Our education garden provides a hands-on learning experience for our visitors, summer campers, and field trip students. Education garden volunteers help to maintain our garden by weeding, mulching, planting, and watering throughout the growing season.
Wolfe’s Neck Center’s vast acreage serves as the backdrop to many families’ meaningful and memorable experiences during the spring, summer, and fall. As the snow retreats in the spring, we always discover leaves, branches, and other debris that winter leaves behind across our property. Working with Bill Horsfall, Outdoor Maintenance Manager, volunteers will tidy our common areas, campsites, and trails by raking leaves, clearing brush, and generally making all of these areas welcoming to the public and our guests. Volunteers who identify themselves as having particular skillsets, such as gardening, painting, or carpentry, may be assigned to projects that utilize their skills. This is physical work that involves moderate bending, pulling, and lifting during most weather conditions.
Our hiking trail system is used my many visitors throughout the year and especially during the summer months. Trail maintenance volunteers help with trail upkeep by clearing trails of leaves and tree limbs, pruning the trail corridor, maintaining the trail tread, and assisting in small construction projects under the guidance of Bill Horsfall, Outdoor Maintenance Manager. Volunteers must be prepared for physical work that involves moderate bending, pulling, and lifting during most weather conditions.
They’re passionate, mature, and responsible young adult volunteers (15-18 years of age) looking to gain leadership experience while learning about sustainable agriculture and local ecology. Working with their group, JCs spend their days outside assisting with camp activities and encouraging the curiosity of campers.
As a JC you will: Develop leadership skills, build experience for your college applications and resume, and have the opportunity to fulfill service requirements. JCs can choose to sign up for one or more of our 10 Farm Camp weeks. As this is a day camp, we do not have residential options available for Junior Counselors. There is no fee for participating in the JC program, but it requires an application and commitment from participants.
One of things that makes Wolfe’s Neck Center so special is that it is open to the public every day, year-round. In order to improve the visitor experience, we need volunteers that can be a presence at the farm when our staff is unavailable. Visitor support volunteers and farm docents will be trained to answer questions and educate visitors about our operations, facilities, livestock, agricultural practices, mission, etc. They also may be asked to assist with educational programs and/or tours. These volunteers must be friendly and enjoy talking to members of the public and be willing to assist on weekends when most of our staff is away.
Communications volunteers work with our communications team to assist with a variety of projects aimed at publicizing events and improving our marketing efforts. Potential projects include on-the-ground photography, publicity materials distribution, historical photo archiving, and online event publicizing. Some of these projects are ongoing while others happen prior to and during Wolfe’s Neck Center events. Volunteers may be asked to use their personal computers and transportation to complete certain tasks.
Event volunteers assist with a range of tasks needed to make our events successful including: event set-up and clean-up, parking, registration, activities, crafts, face painting, flower arrangement and decoration, and food & drink preparation and service. We are also always looking for those to assist in visitor support, answering questions, directing visitors, and and managing lines.
If you’re interested in an early season camping experience and don’t mind putting in some hard work, come camp for free while you and your family/friends of all ages help clear leaves and debris from our campsites! This is a fun way to help out while meeting some awesome people! Please call our campground office (207) 865-9307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Wolfe’s Neck Center partners with the United Way of Greater Portland every May for a Day of Action. This a chance for large corporate volunteer groups to help with a variety of big projects including grounds clean-up, trail maintenance, construction, prepping fields and gardens for planting, and more. The Day of Action is an all-day effort with lunch provided. Registration is completed through the United Way’s online platform. Information can be found at http://www.unitedwaygp.org/day-of-action/ with more details provided as the event date approaches.
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