Volunteer in Parks

Volunteering is a productive and rewarding use of leisure time, and thanks to the devotion of hundreds of residents who collectively contribute over 50,000 hours of their time each year, Onondaga County Parks are truly special places.

  • Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo
    The zoo is seeking dedicated, talented, reliable, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help with special events, assist in education programs, help maintain and beautify zoo grounds, and interpret zoo exhibits for visitors. Click here for more information or contact Ellen Vaughn at (315) 435-8511 x8528 or evaughn@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.
  • Friends of Beaver Lake Nature Center

    Become a part of the amazing team of volunteers that makes Beaver Lake Nature Center the special place that it is. Opportunities in various areas include visitor center, special events, canoe dock, snowshoe rentals, tour guide and more. Click here for more information or contact Beaver Lake at (315) 638-2519 or volevents.fobl@gmail.com.

  • Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery
    Since its inception in 1994, the Friends have undertaken a number of projects to enhance staff development, increase educational and recreational opportunities for hatchery visitors, and improve fish rearing capabilities. Click here for more information or contact Carpenter's Brook at (315) 689-9367 or cbfh@ongov.net.
  • Trout Stocking at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery
    Trout Stocking volunteers are needed late march thru Mid May to stock area streams, lakes and ponds. Stocking takes place Tuesdays-Thursdays 8:30am-4:30pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and commit to an entire day. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities, contact Carpenter's Brook at (315) 689-9367 or cbfh@ongov.net.
  • Highland Forest Nordic Ski Patrol
    The Highland Forest Nordic Ski Patrol is looking for some volunteers to help patrol the trails... improve your skiing and make new friends! Click here to learn more or contact Highland Forest at (315) 683-5550 or highland@ongov.net.
  • Jordan Level Trail
    Trail volunteers are needed for the Jordan Level Trail. The 4 mile stone dust trail is part of the Western Canalway and can be accessed from the Sims Store in Camillus, the Village Park in Jordan, Laird Road and McDonald Road. Parks is looking for families, individuals or groups - a scout troop would be ideal - to monitor the trail monthly and help pick up debris from April -October. If you would like to enjoy this trail while helping your community, call (315) 689-9367.

Internship Opportunities

Customized internship opportunities may be available, email Leiko Benson, at leikobenson@ongov.net at the Parks Administrative Office for more information.

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