Opportunity Details

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

Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:18+

Care of the Park in Branch Brook Park

Known nationally as the first park open to the public in the United States, local treasure Essex County Branch Brook Park needs you! Volunteers will work directly with trained staff on behalf of Care of the Park at Essex County Branch Brook Park powered by Jersey Cares. The specific task will change weekly but includes one or all of the options noted below.

  • Pruning and grooming plants

  • Removing invasive species

  • Planting native plants

  • Creating and maintaining restoration projects

  • Maintaining historic trails​

  • General debris removal

Need To Know:

  • Ruthie Nguyentran is the contact at Jersey Cares responsible for engaging volunteers in this opportunity. You may reach her via email (ruthie@jerseycares.org) with questions or call the office at (973) 969-1189.

  • Waivers: There are two for each volunteer. 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 with you to the project. Click the links in this paragraph to download the waiver. 

  • Registration cutoff is 72 hours in advance of each occurrence start time. If you see an open slot and its less than 72 hours out, you may call the office and speak with Ruthie at (973) 969-1189. Please note, the office is closed on weekends and holidays. 

  • Groups, max size is 25 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 when registering. Plan ahead, confirm the names, then reach out to Ruthie to assist with registration if needed. 

  • 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. Also, face coverings are required at all times. 

  • 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.

  • Also, look for this sign in the park, it's where you will find the Care of the Park coordinator.
     


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