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.
Every year Wolfe’s Neck Center hosts several large events, including our Spring and Fall Festivals, Farm to Table dinner series, Harvest Dance, and several smaller educational and children’s programs. There are many different roles that event volunteers can serve in, but all should be comfortable interacting with the public.
Event volunteers assist with a range of tasks 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.
Volunteers are needed throughout the growing season to assist our Fruit & Vegetable Production Manager & Educator in maintaining 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.
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 our 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.
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 to help answer questions, lead tours, and educate visitors about Wolfe’s Neck Center’s mission. 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 instructing educational programs and/or tours. These volunteers must be friendly and enjoy talking to members of the public and be willing to learn about all the different elements of our farm.
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.
Want to soak up the springtime sun, with free camping too? Held on the last weekend of April and first weekend in May each spring, we invite folks to camp for free while helping to get our beautiful campground in tip-top shape for the season. All ages welcome. Volunteers get a free campsite for the weekend, dinner Friday, all meals Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
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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. Click here for more information and details as the event date approaches.