Volunteer With New Germany, Big Run and Casselman River Bridge State Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at New Germany State Park.

Adopt-A-Trail – New Germany

New Germany State Park has over 10 trails available for “adoption,” ranging in distance from a quarter of a mile to 1.6 miles. By adopting a trail, an individual or group agrees to provide routine maintenance for the trail, including clearing downed trees and debris, picking up litter, and checking for other safety concerns. In return for their efforts, the individual or group will receive recognition in the form of a sign near the trail entrance. This program is perfect for frequent trail-users, and can be very rewarding for those who have a genuine interest in trail stewardship. All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application and demonstrate competency with trail maintenance tools. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office.

Volunteer Rangers – New Germany, Big Run and Casselman River Bridge

Volunteer Rangers are needed to assist park staff with a variety of duties, including maintaining park property, assisting with park operations, answering visitor questions, providing interpretive programs, and assisting with special events. Training opportunities, such as CPR, first aid, and search and rescue, may also be available. Interested persons must complete a Volunteer Application and attend Volunteer Orientation training. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer will be eligible to become a certified Volunteer Ranger and receive a uniform. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office.

Volunteer Cross-Country Ski Patrol (X-C Ski Patrol) – New Germany

New Germany State Park is seeking experienced cross-country skiers to join the newly established Volunteer X-C Ski Patrol for the winter season. This special team of Volunteer Rangers will patrol the park on cross-country skis assisting park guests, reporting trail maintenance issues, and reporting any other problems or concerns. Interested volunteers may also be trained to assist with tracking and grooming ski trails. Volunteers must provide their own ski equipment and be at least 18 years of age. Interested persons must complete a Volunteer Application and attend Volunteer Orientation training. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer will be eligible to become a certified Volunteer Ranger and receive a uniform. If you are interested, but do not have your own skis, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office.

Volunteer Bike Patrol (VBP) – New Germany

The Volunteer Bike Patrol is a special team of Volunteer Rangers who provide assistance to park guests, especially mountain bikers and hikers, by offering information and directions. In addition, they report downed trees on trails, washouts, and other hazards. All VBP’s must provide their own bike and be at least 18 years of age. Interested persons must complete a Volunteer Application and attend Volunteer Orientation training. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer will be eligible to become a certified Volunteer Ranger and receive a uniform. If you are interested but do not have your own bike, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office.

Camp Hosts – New Germany

Camp Hosts are a valuable part of the volunteer team at New Germany State Park. Camp Hosts provide assistance with a variety of tasks throughout the camping season, including welcoming new campers, keeping campsites clean, promoting park programs and events, and providing campers with general information about the park and surrounding area. Camp Hosts are required to contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer work each week, for a minimum of four weeks. In return for their efforts, Camp Hosts receive a free campsite with electric hook-ups. Interested persons are encouraged to apply, although positions are limited. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office. A background check is required.

Annual Park Cleanup – New Germany

The Annual Park Cleanup is a one-day event held each year in early April. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to join park staff to complete a variety of tasks in an effort to prepare the park for the summer season. Activities may include raking leaves, cleaning up limbs and debris, cleaning out fire rings, washing windows, or a number of other tasks. Free pizza and soft drinks are provided for all volunteers, courtesy of the Friends of New Germany State Park. This event is a great way for students to earn Service Learning Hours for school! Interested persons should contact the park in March to pre-register.

Special Projects – New Germany, Big Run and Casselman River Bridge

Any volunteers or organizations seeking a special project are encouraged to contact New Germany’s Volunteer Coordinator, Ranger Luke Mongrain, at the address below. Ranger Mongrain will work together with the volunteer(s) to plan and develop a project based on the needs of the park and the interests and skills of those involved.

Park Photographers – New Germany, Big Run and Casselman River Bridge

Photographers, both new and experienced, are invited to help New Germany expand its portfolio! Photographs taken by volunteers may be used in the development of park brochures, press releases, flyers, or the park website. Exceptional photos may even be selected for display in one of the historic cabins within the park. A digital camera may be provided for limited use. Interested persons must complete a Volunteer Application and attend a short training with park staff regarding essential paperwork and program goals. Applications are available at the New Germany Headquarters Office.

Friends of New Germany State Park (FONG) – New Germany

The Friends of New Germany State Park (FONG) is a non-profit volunteer club dedicated to supporting the park through a variety of means. Members of FONG provide hands-on assistance with park programs, special events, and fundraising for the park. They also provide behind-the-scenes support by serving as advocates for the park and assisting with various promotional efforts for the park. For more information, please contact the Friends of New Germany at newgermanyfriends@yahoo.com.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the New Germany State Park Volunteer Coordinator:

Crystal McCann
New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, Maryland 21536
301-895-5453
Email: cmccann@dnr.state.md.us

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