www.co.hunterdon.nj.us | Hunterdon County Office of Volunteer Services

Hunterdon County
Office of Volunteer Services

Jeanne Ferrari
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
(Phone) 908-806-5174 * (FAX) 908-806-2057

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About the Volunteer Services Office

Why Volunteer for Hunterdon County Government

Who Can Volunteer

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Download a Volunteer Application:

For Volunteers over the age of eighteen (18) please complete the Volunteer Registration and Screening Form and submit with your Volunteer Application:

 

About the Office of Volunteer Services

To enhance Hunterdon County government services, the Volunteer Services Office provides an approach to tap into the valuable resources of talent, creativity, experience, education and enthusiasm possessed by the citizens in our community.

Volunteers are currently wanted in a wide variety of positions: performing clerical duties, helping on one day projects, driving seniors to medical appointments, straightening and maintaining library materials and enhancing habitats in county parks.

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Why Volunteer for Hunterdon County Government?

Volunteers can help provide enhanced services that otherwise might not be possible. By volunteering you can . . .

  • Gain opportunities to learn new job skills and work experiences that may be added to your resume.
  • Develop a better understanding of county government, help your neighbors and be a valuable community resource.
  • Get involved in your local government to enhance and enrich government services and the quality of life in this community.
  • Put your experience and skills to good use.

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Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone wanting to contribute something . . . working people, retirees, homemakers, college students and young people ages sixteen and older. Persons between the ages of 12 and 16 may volunteer for a limited time, such as 6 months, the summer or a specific number of hours as required by school or other organizations subject to County approval.

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How Can You Help?

Please call the Volunteer Services Department at 908-806-5174 or email jferrari@co.hunterdon.nj.us to request a volunteer application. Applications are available as downloads in Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Word formats for your convenience.

Feel free to call our office and make an appointment to discuss a volunteer opportunity that would fit into your schedule. If nothing is right for you now, chances are there might be a position you would like in the future. Let us know what you would like to do to help us!!!

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Current Opportunities Available

Volunteers Wanted for Hunterdon County Government Opportunities

Hunterdon County is looking for volunteers to enhance our ability to provide a wide array of public service to our citizens.

Currently there are volunteer opportunities in the following departments:

LAND USE AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT:

CULTURAL AND HERITAGE COMMISSION

Art Goes To School Program- Homemakers, retired men and women, part-time workers, parents, singles, ages 19 to 90, are invited to teach art appreciation to schoolchildren. Learn about famous paintings and their painters in free workshops and then communicate, in your own style, to the most enthusiastic listeners ever - young children. If you (or someone you know) like art and are interested in working with children, in expanding your own horizons of knowledge and visiting art museums and galleries with our enthusiastic group of volunteers, and have a few free hours available during the school year.............WE WANT YOU!!

For more information on the Art Goes To School Program, please contact the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission at 908-788-1490 or cultural@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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PARKS AND RECREATION

[downlaod Parks 2015 Volunteer Opps]
* Note the times listed are the event times; volunteer shifts may begin before the event and end after the event.
EVENTS:
  • Maple Sugaring Living History – (Saturday, March 14, 2015 open house / 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM / Echo Hill) (March 11, 12, & 13 school & group field trips / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Echo Hill) During the event, cook and serve pancakes and talk about maple products.  Play a station character: the naturalist, the Native American, the frontiersman, or the evaporator tender.  Before the event (February weekdays) help collect sap.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Earth Day Volunteers – (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17-19, 2015, and Wednesday, April 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM Fri & Wed, 12:30 - 4:30 PM Sat & Sun / Echo Hill) Volunteers are needed to run crafts and take photographs.  Have an idea for our theme?  Friday: FIRE; Saturday: WATER; Sunday: AIR; Wednesday: EARTH.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Invasive Plant Pull – (Saturday, May 30, 2015 / 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM / Stanton Station / ages 12 through adult) This spring, we will combat invasive Japanese wisteria at Stanton Station.  We will use loppers and hand saws to cut this vine down from the trees it climbs.  Volunteers may bring their own gloves, loppers, or hand saws, but we will have tools available as well.  Come help with this important effort!  Please arrive a few minutes early to enjoy a light breakfast at Echo Hill before carpooling to the small satellite parking area of Stanton Station.  When we are finished, we will return to Echo Hill to enjoy a full lunch.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series – (Thursdays, June 25 through August 13, 2015 / 7:00 to 9:00 PM / Deer Path Park) Help County Rangers park cars.  Assist manager with concert tasks. Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • 4H & Agricultural Fair – (Wednesday through Sunday, August 19-23, 2015 / South County Park) Volunteers needed to run the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation information booth.  (Wednesday through Sunday, three- or four- hour shifts available from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday, or 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday.  Please contact Carol Bodder at (908) 782-1158 or parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Public Lands Day – (September 19, 2015 / 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM /ages 12 through adult / location TBA) Participate in a trail maintenance project!  More information to be announced in the beginning of September.  Individuals and groups who would like to volunteer for Public Lands Day or receive more information should contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us
  • Touch-a-Truck Day(Saturday, November 7, 2015 / 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / Deer Path Park) We need cool vehicle owners to bring their cool vehicles to share with the general public.  Many volunteers are needed for a variety of positions throughout the day—parking, greeters, hospitality, vehicle babysitting, lunch break help, train ticket taker, attendee clicker, setup/cleanup.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

  • Nature Club Assistant – (winter, spring, and fall at Echo Hill / spring and fall at Teetertown) Assist Park Naturalist with group of ten 4-6 year olds as they do nature activities.  Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, and 4:00 - 5:15 PM at Echo Hill.  Thursdays 9:30-11:00 AM and 1:00-2:30 PM at Teetertown.  Must be willing to commit to at least one of the time slots for an entire 7- or 8-week session.  Winter session runs January 13 – March 3 at Echo Hill.  Spring session is March 31 – May 19 (Echo Hill) or April 9 – May 21 (Teetertown).  Fall dates TBA.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Spring Break Camp – (Wednesday, April 1 or 8 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / Echo Hill) Assist Park Naturalists with a one-day nature camp for kindergartners through fifth graders.  We will cover camp favorites such as a stream study, shelter building, and a campfire.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Basketry Workshop – (winter, spring, and fall / Arboretum) Assist basket instructor with large groups, prepare material, set-up, and teach basketry.  Most programs run weekdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM, but some are on Saturdays or weekdays during the day.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Canoe Program – Assist canoe leader staff with canoe trips and clinics.  Includes loading equipment, assisting participants, loading and unloading canoes.  Some experience necessary.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us
  • Your Program – Share your knowledge, abilities, and/or experiences.  Would you like to offer a program to your community?  Call us at (908) 782-1158!  For recreation/craft programs, email Liz Fulmer at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  For nature/interpretive programs, email Tom Sheppard at tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

SUMMER CAMPS

  • Craft Camp Assistant – (July 6 - 10 / 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM / Arboretum) Assistant to counselor, helping with material preparation, set-up, and instruction of a multitude of crafts, using a multitude of media.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Creative Theatre Camp Assistant – (August 17 - 21 and/or August 24 - 28 / 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM and Friday until 4:00 PM / Echo Hill) Assistant to counselor.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Gardening Camp Assistant – (June 22 - 26 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM / Arboretum) We are looking for a volunteer who likes working with children and the earth.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.
  • Performance Camp Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – (June 22 - 26, July 13 - 17, and July 27 - 31 / 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Friday until 7:00 PM / Deer Path Park) A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 9th through 12th grades.  CITs can volunteer for one, two, or all three weeks.  A great opportunity for on-the-job-experience and a boost for your résumé.  CITs must attend a training session on Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 - 9:30 PM and will be offered an opportunity to take a CPR class.  To apply: submit an Individual Volunteer Application with attached recommendation from a teacher or employer.  You can pick up an application at the Arboretum or from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (Click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”)  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Summer Nature Program Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  We will select several Counselors-in-Training for each of our two Summer Nature Camp sites (Echo Hill and Teetertown).  Have fun outdoors while building your résumé.  CITs are required to attend an evening training session June 4 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Arboretum.  CITs will work Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, and must be able to commit to two weeks during the camp season (camp runs June 22 to August 14, 2015).  To apply: Submit an Individual Volunteer Application with a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer.  Applications available at the Arboretum or on our web site www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”)  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  

MONITORING & MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

  • Scout Groups – The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation accepts the kindness of scout groups looking to offer community service, including those scouts working on Eagle or Gold projects.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Adopt-a-Trail Program – We have formed an Adopt-a-Trail Program to help keep our parks clean, safe, and ready for use by everyone.  In order to accomplish this, we are seeking citizen volunteers and/or volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail and to agree to periodically walk and inspect the trail.  Volunteers will walk the trail at least once a month for ten months of the year, conduct litter clean-up, remove debris, do minor shrub and vine pruning, and report any need for additional work that may have to be performed by the County (such as fallen tree removal).  So if you love nature and enjoy working outside, please join the Adopt-a-Trail program.  To sign up, contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us
  • Garden Maintenance – Care for our Arboretum gardens.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.
  • Bluebird House Monitoring – We are seeking volunteers to monitor bluebird houses in the County Parks. Includes checking for nesting success at the end of the nesting season, as well as cleaning out old nests and repairing or reinstalling houses that fall down.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Survey Project – We are seeking volunteers to walk one of our parks twice a month to record what species they see each time, whether it is plants, fungi, mammals, birds, insects, etc.  Volunteers do not need to be an expert on all nature topics; however, they should have a basic knowledge of at least one of the categories of plants or animals.  We are building a database of all species living in our parks from volunteer and employee observations.  Please contact Tom Sheppard at (908) 782-1158 or tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
  • Data Entry – Occasionally we may seek volunteers to enter programs and events into our online calendar or other methods of press, or to do other office work.  Please contact Margaret Conroy at (908) 782-1158 or mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY:

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION

Hunterdon County Medical Reserve Corps- A local response is the first response to any disaster. The Medical Reserve Corps serves to help strengthen local communities' emergency response during large-scale local emergencies. Training programs are provided for all volunteers. To become part of the Hunterdon County Medical Reserve Corps, please fill in the on-line application at www.njmrc.nj.gov or please contact Tom Kachnowski, Hunterdon MRC Coordinator at (908) 806-4968 or hunterdonmrc@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Mosquito & Vector Control Program- Volunteer wanted for basic office work, laboratory work and fieldwork with the Mosquito Program. Please contact Tadhgh Rainey, at (908) 806-4417 or email trainey@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Community Animal Response Team (CART) involves a wide variety of people interested in helping animals in disasters. Email OEM Coordinator Brayden Fayhe for information bfahey@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call 908-788-1196 .

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts. Email cert@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) consists of members of volunteers from private industry and the emergency services as well as employees of the Hunterdon County Health Department. The team is fully trained and equipped and is frequently called out for hazardous materials incidents. They also assist in training the members of the local emergency services. Email OEM Coordinator Brayden Fayhe for information bfahey@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call 908-788-1196.

Technical Rescue Task Force (HCTRTF) is a joint effort between Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Flemington – Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, and the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management. The task force was originally organized during 2004. The participating agencies have a significant investment in the task force, including highly trained personnel as well as an extensive equipment cache that is required to respond and mitigate these types of “High Risk – Low Frequency” emergencies. The HCTRTF has operated at a number of incidents within Hunterdon County, and has responded on mutual aid requests to a number of surrounding counties. Email OEM Coordinator Brayden Fayhe for information bfahey@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call 908-788-1196.

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DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.) amateur radio operators who volunteer to provide radio communications for State and local governments in times of emergency.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY LIBRARY:

All Library Volunteer Positions are currently filled. You may still fill out an application and we will place you on a waiting list. Thank you.

Volunteers assist with shelving, shelf maintenance, displays, processing library materials and special projects.

Headquarters Library (314 State Route 12, Flemington) please contact Linda Zdepski, Extension Services & Volunteer Liaison at (908) 788-1277 or lzdepski@hclibrary.us

North County Branch Library (65 Halstead Street, Clinton), please contact Mary Noone-Kozakiewicz, Reference Librarian and Volunteer Liaison at (908) 730-6135 or mnoone-kozak@hclibrary.us

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DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES:

DIVISION OF SENIOR, DISABILITIES AND VETERANS SERVICES

Grocery Shopping Program (908) 788-1361 -Volunteer Shoppers serve those living in their own areas and grocery shop for people with disabilities and homebound seniors on their own shopping days. Please contact Pia Rey-Doklan at (908) 788-1361.
Volunteer Grocery Shopper Registration and Screening

Mr. Fix-it Program (908) 788-1358 -The Mr. Fix-it Grant Program is a volunteer program that provides home maintenance and repair service to Hunterdon County residents, age 60 and over, and people with disabilities. Mr. Fix-it Volunteers perform those jobs that, if neglected, would adversely affect the health or safety of the resident. Volunteers choose the area of the Hunterdon County that they would like to cover and specify skills they can provide (chores, plumbing, electrical work, etc.). Please contact Lisa Tulley at (908) 806-4183 or ltulley@co.hunterdon.nj.us 
Mr. Fix-It Volunteer Registration and Screening

Senior Health Insurance Program (S.H.I.P) Volunteer Counselor (908) 788-1361 - Would you like to provide counseling on Medicare and other health insurance plans, or information to people who soon will be eligible for Medicare? If so, become a S.H.I.P. (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor and attend a training session that will provide all the necessary information. S.H.I.P. volunteers meet with clients every Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 12:00. For more information please contact Pia Rey-Doklan, Field Representative at (908) 788-1361 or prey@co.hunterdon.nj.us.   

Volunteer Bill Payers (908) 788-1300 Volunteers assist seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance with financial paperwork such as check writing, record keeping or budgeting. Training and basic liability insurance is provided. Please contact Megan Youells at (908) 788-1300 or megan.youells@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - VITA (908) 782-3414 Volunteers coordinated through the UNITED WAY OF HUNTERDON COUNTY provides seniors, people with disabilities and low-to-moderate income individuals and families who need assistance with income taxes and PTR forms. Please contact amy@uwhunterdon.org - 908-782-3414 for information.

Volunteer Driver Program (908) 806-4194 -Volunteers wanted to drive Hunterdon County seniors or people with disabilities in County owned vehicles for medical appointments that may be in or out of Hunterdon County. Volunteer Drivers may specify where they do not want to drive. This Office requires Volunteers to have a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission background check performed by this Office prior to any volunteer placement and assignment. For more information, please contact Marian Herman, Volunteer Driver Coordinator at (908) 806-4194 or mherman@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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SURROGATE'S OFFICE

Volunteer Auditor- Volunteers wanted to work in Court office to review accountings regarding guardianships of incapacitated persons and conservatorships and report findings to court.

Volunteer Court Monitor- Volunteers wanted to meet with guardian and ward outside of court. Volunteers meet, observe and report findings regarding guardianship of incapacitated person to court.

Please contact Dalia E. Hoffman, Special Deputy Surrogate at (908)788-1156 or E-mail: specialdeputy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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COUNTY BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COUNCILS OR COMMISSIONS

Interested in being on one of Hunterdon's Boards, Committees, Councils or Commissions? Click here to find out how.

 

For more information, please call the Volunteer Services Department at
908-806-5174
or email jferrari@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

We look forward to having you join our team.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us