Park System Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of many Park System projects and events.
For more information or to register, please contact
Melissa Bezahler, Coordinator of Volunteers,
at 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email

Experience Outdoor Life!   

Experience Outdoor Life


Trails Maintenance Team Members   
(ages 16 & up)
There are 120 miles of trails in the Monmouth County Park System. The Trails Team is instrumental in the maintenance of old trails as well as building new trails. The team meets on scheduled Saturday mornings at various park locations. All members are required to attend an initial training session prior to working. The training workshop serves as an introduction to the Park System, safety rules, tools and equipment, maintenance overview and to meet the Trail Crew Leaders.     

Upcoming Trails Maintenance Training Workshop: 

Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Trails Maintenance Training Workshop for New Team Members
Thompson Park Annex Training Center 
53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel   

Greet Visitors with a Smile!

Docent at Huber Woods Environmental Center

(ages 21 & up)
Greet visitors with a warm welcome and provide information about on-site ecology, exhibits, and facilities at four Park System locations:

Upcoming Training Workshop: 

Saturday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m.  
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
(ages 21 & up) 
Greet visitors and provide information about programs.  Volunteer shifts are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

Sunday, April 12 from 1-2:30 p.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth  
(ages 21 & up) 
Greet visitors and provide information about programs.  Volunteer shifts are available from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, April-October.  

For information on how to become a Volunteer Docent/Receptionist, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4283, or email   

Monitor and Protect!

Beach Nesting Bird Monitors  
piping plover(ages 18 & up)
The coastal properties within the Park System often provide habitat for threatened and endangered species, especially beach nesting birds. The Park System has opportunities for volunteers to serve as monitors at known nesting sites at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. This job provides on-site monitoring of the activity of beach nesting birds and interacting with the public using park provided information on the birds and discouraging actions which may have a negative impact on the birds and their chicks.

The job will require attending a brief training course provided by experts on Piping Plovers and other beach nesting birds. After completing training, the monitors will participate between April and August to assure monitoring coverage, especially during peak summer use and special events such as the Fourth of July celebrations in Long Branch. Techniques for monitoring and suggested equipment will be provided during training. Educational materials will be provided for public information.

Upcoming Training Workshop: 

Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center
221 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch

Come Garden With Us!

Garden Volunteers  
(ages 14 & up except where noted)
Gardening is fun, social and good exercise. Volunteers are invited to help garden at several park locations. To get started, all new garden volunteers are encouraged to attend an optional tree and shrub pruning workshop. 

Pruning Trees & Shrubs Workshop   
Wednesday, April 8 or Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft

Choose the date that you would like to attend. To register or for more information, please contact Melissa Bezahler at  or by phone 732-842-4000, ext. 4283.

Drop-in volunteering is available April through October

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteers
(ages 16 & up)
Invasive species have the potential to alter the form and function of the landscape by altering biological processes, displacing native species, and introducing pathogens. Volunteer your time and energy to help rid the parks of invasive species.

Invasive Plant Removal Orientation   
Thursday, April 16 from 1:30-3 p.m.   
Thompson Park Visitor Center
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft