Opportunity Details

Environment, Health & Wellness
Low-income communities, Visitors & Travelers
Cleaning,Gardening/Planting,Debris Removal

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:16+

Care of the Park in Branch Brook Park

Known nationally as the first county park system open to the public in the United States, local treasure Essex County Branch Brook Park needs you! Volunteers support experienced Care of the Park team members in a variety of projects that change weekly but include one or all of the options noted below.

  • Prune, groom, rake, cultivate, and water

  • Remove invasive species

  • Plant installations 

  • Create and maintain restoration projects

  • Maintain portions of the historic Lenape trail

  • General debris removal

Need To Know:

  • Dana Wise is the contact at Jersey Cares responsible for engaging volunteers in this opportunity. You may reach her via email (dana@jerseycares.org) with questions or call the office at (973) 969-1189.
 
  • Waivers: There are two for each volunteer and in this paragraph are the links to download both. Adults attending the project, please help us expedite the "day-of-project" registration process by printing the Jersey Cares Adult Waiver & Essex County Waiver in advance, sign and bring with you. If you meet the age restriction and are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the required Jersey Cares Youth Waiver & Essex County Waiver and bring it with you to the project. Click the links in this paragraph to download the waiver. 

  • Registration cutoff is 48 hours in advance of each occurrence start time. If you see an open slot and it's less than 48 hours out, you may call the office and speak with Dana at (973) 969-1189. Please note, the office is closed on weekends and holidays. 

  • Groups, max size is 50 people. Please note you must assign a Team Captain who will keep everyone motivated to achieve the goals set for the day. When creating a team in your "My Account" section please provide real names (this is required-no fictitious names please) when registering. Tutorial on creating a team - watch here.

  • This volunteer opportunity is labor-intensive and on most days during the peak season, it's hot out.

  • Make sure to bring sunscreen and you might want to wear a hat.

  • Bring work gloves, we have a limited supply of previously used and freshly clean work gloves to provide. 

  • Always wear closed-toed shoes.

  • Supply water for yourself and anyone with you.

  • Consider wearing bug repellent

  • We dig-in, get dirty, and recommend wearing clothes you are comfortable getting weathered, tattered, and torn. 

  • This is a rain or shine project. In the case of dangerous weather, the project may be canceled. Please stay aware of incoming messages regarding updates to the occurrence.

  • After you register you will be provided the meeting location via an auto-triggered email for the date you registered. Always register first, because we are unable to accept anonymous guests. 


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  • Choose an existing team you're already a member or captain of, or
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